Common Mistakes in English and How to Fix Them

common mistakes in englishIt’s no secret that English can be a tricky language, both for non-native speakers as well as those who have been speaking it all their lives. As perhaps the most complex of all languages, it’s easy to forget a grammatical rule, misuse a word, or never learn a key concept in the first place. Just because mistakes are commonly made, both in conversation and in the written form, doesn’t mean you have to be one of those getting it wrong.

Are you a non-native English speaker who wants to become more proficient in the language? Don’t be discouraged or intimidated by the challenge! Even people who have been speaking English since their first word make various mistakes every day. Take a look at five methods for teaching English that really work. If you’re a teacher who wants to learn more about teaching English for academic purposes, enroll in this Udemy course. In the meantime, take a look at some of the most common mistakes people make regarding the English language, and learn how you can avoid joining the masses in their errors.

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How to Improve English Pronunciation in 8 Easy Steps

how to improve english pronunciationWhether you’ve been speaking it for your entire life, or you’re just now learning for the first time, correct pronunciation of the English language is very important in how you come off to those around you. People that speak the English language may have many different accents, be it a deep Southern drawl, or a proper British intonation, learning to correctly pronounce the language doesn’t mean getting rid of your accent, but simply smoothing out some of the rough edges that others may have been too polite to tell you that you have.

If you happen to know where some of your weaknesses lie in your pronunciation, and would like improve upon them, then you’ve come to the right place. Polishing the way you speak can help in countless ways, not least of all, your confidence, and can also help your chances of getting a job, landing a date, and just generally make you sound intelligent and refined. But don’t polish too much, you still want to hold on to any of the charming quirkiness in your diction that makes the way you talk unique, but you do want to learn how to pronounce any new or difficult words correctly. If this is a something you’re serious about taking care of, then you may want to also check out this course on English pronunciation, and this article on American pronunciation if you really want to blend in.

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French Teaching: The How, What, and Why

french teaching Teaching French can give you a really rewarding career, tons of travel opportunities, and the rewards of expanding your student’s experiences of French culture though language. It’s actually not that difficult to teach, especially for native English speakers. Because at its core, the English language is heavily influenced by German and French.

Also, courtesy of modern media, most native English speakers already have exposure to the French language, from Moulin Rouge to Pepé Le Pew’s funny accent on Saturday morning cartoons. [Read more…]

Words With Long A Sound – A, A-E, AY, AI, and EI Patterns

words with long a soundSpelling can be tough, especially in the English language. Words aren’t necessarily spoken the way they’re written, even in the most simple letter arrangements. Depending on the position of a letter in a word, the number of letters in the word, and a letter’s relationship to the letters around it, that letter can have its sound changed, or remain silent altogether! Vowels, in particular, have two sounds: short or long. You can learn more about short and long vowel sounds in this guide. Here, we’ll be focusing on just words with a long A sound. Learn more about English pronunciation and vowel sounds in this course.

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How Long Does it Take To Learn French?

how long does it take to learn frenchBonjour!  French is a beautiful language, it is romantic, and it can be fun to learn.  French is the second most learned foreign language in the world after English, and over 200 million people today speak French; making it a popular and desirable second language choice.

When choosing to learn a second language, one of the initial concerns many people have is how long it will actually take to pick up the language.  So if your question is: how long does it take to learn French; we are going to go over some estimates and show you how you can learn French fast in just 5 simple steps.

Nous allons commencer!

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Advise vs. Advice – Differences and Definitions

advise vs adviceOne wrong letter can mean much more than a simple spelling error. Sometimes, it can mean the difference between a grammatically correct sentence and an improper one. When it comes to the words advise and advice, that letter flips the switch on the actual word type. One second it’s a verb, the next it’s a noun, and verbs and nouns don’t do well when we try to substitute them for each other.

If you’re stuck on the difference between advise vs. advice, keep on reading. We’ll examine the definitions of both words, and use them in some sample sentences to help you get a hang of their meanings. For more in-depth language tutorials, check out this introduction to English grammar course.

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French Lifestyle: Flirting, Food, and Fun

french lifestyleThe lifestyle and culture of France is completely unique and was formed by time, geographic location, politics, wars, major historical events and more. Both domestic and international groups have merged and created a culture based upon traditions that are a combination of new and ancient, foreign, exotic, quaint and homespun. French people have an attitude of live and let live, have fun and stay relaxed but learn and do as much as possible.

Younger generations of French people are rather unconcerned with judging the lifestyles of others, whereas older French people are involved in preserving the traditional Catholic life of yesteryear. Older generations prefer to always speak French and fully expect visitors to speak enough French to survive while on vacation, which you can learn in this course. Younger generations enjoy showing off their knowledge of the English language and are almost always willing to playfully flirt with foreigners on vacation. [Read more…]

Korean Grammar: Your First Step Towards Fluency

korean grammarEver wanted to learn a new language, but found it too daunting? Fear not! Korean, with its complicated looking characters, is actually one of the simplest Asian languages to learn. Impress your friends with exotic words and easy to learn phrases. It just might be the thing for you.

Try your hand at it by learning Korean grammar step-by-step. Vocabulary, pronunciation, and spelling are important in any language, but it’s best to start off with grammar. Once you understand the grammatical rules of a language, all the rest will follow. This language-learning course will also help you make the most of your language learning journey. [Read more…]

Well vs. Good – What’s Proper in Which Context?

well vs goodIt isn’t uncommon to hear the phrase, “I’m doing good,” or, “I don’t feel good.” They’re spoken often enough that it sounds right, but in reality both phrases use the word good where the word well should rightfully be. This is an easy mistake to make. The words well and good both seem to mean the same general thing, and are often used interchangeably. In this guide, we’ll cover the key grammatical differences between well vs. good, and teach you how to use them both correctly. Check out this English grammar boost course to learn more about common usage errors and fixes.

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Modal Verbs: Express the Function of a Verb

modal verbsAs if English wasn’t hard enough to learn, modal verbs complicate things even further. There are a lot of irregularities in the English language that can be confusing to students learning it as a second to their native tongue. We don’t have genders like a lot of languages, instead we stick with “a” or “the”; we have 12 tenses most of which are never used; and we have so many similar words that often get mixed up like accept/except, bear/bare, and their/there. English and other Germanic languages, however, utilize modal verbs to help express a function and are vital to gaining command of the English language.

If you’re new to English, check out this grammar rules and tricks course to give you the edge you need to succeed.

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