One of the most common problems learners of English have during language exchanges is not knowing what to talk about, especially for the first meeting. Both you and your partner are probably feeling extra nervous during that first conversation, and it can be hard to think of things to talk about. That is why it […]
Are you stuck at the intermediate level, feeling overwhelmed and frustrated, and not sure how to make progress? Are you over-complicating things, hopping from one English learning resource to the next and getting nowhere? Are you tired of not feeling fluent? Feelings like these at the intermediate stage are very common. They lead to frustration, […]
Why should you care about finite verb forms? Finite verb forms in English contain a lot of information. They mark number, person, tense, and mood, all of which contribute to meaning. Finite verbs are also the the part of the verb phrase that has to agree with the subject (in person and number). In the […]
Learning phrasal verbs is a challenge for English learners. Here are some tips to make learning phrasal verbs as painless as possible, plus a free exercise!
Learn the idiom to throw someone/something for a loop, and test yourself with a quiz!
If you have ever taken an English course, you probably learned the phrase “One moment, please” or “just a moment” for politely asking someone to wait for a very short period of time. Phrases using moment are useful for formal situations. But in everyday conversational English they can sound stiff and unnatural. Here are three […]
You can do a lot of things with the word very in English. The simplest use of very is as an intensifer. An intensifier is a word that makes another word stronger or adds emphasis. Very as an intensifier You put very directly in front of the adjective or adverb that you want to intensify. […]
If you’re trying to learn English on your own but are feeling overwhelmed by all the options, here are 3 of the best sites for finding free English courses online. Alison has a huge variety of (ad-supported) free online English courses for learners of all levels. The courses are self-paced, so you can study as […]
If you’re wondering which is better for you, a free language partner or a paid teacher, this article explains some of the pros and cons of each.
Tips about how to succeed at your first English lesson at italki, and how you can overcome your fear and book that first lesson. I put off booking my first lesson with a professional teacher for far too long, and I hope the story of how I overcame my fear and went on to find a teacher and have a successful lesson will encourage you.
Listen to this recommended podcast episode to learn how Benjamin Franklin turned his enemies into friends. He was so good at it that this psychological manipulation is now known as The Benjamin Franklin Effect.
Do you need someone to practice speaking English with? You don’t need to live somewhere with access to native speakers. There are many sites online where you can find a native speaker of English who will talk to you over Skype or other chat services for free. I have tried many of them for you, and here is a list of the ones I think are best.
Lori gives you a quick and easy way to find the meaning of idioms that aren’t in your dictionary.
A list of the most useful free online dictionaries for English learners.