If you want a quick way to improve your English skills, identifying and targeting your mistakes is one of the most effective ways to get there. So to help you speak your best English, I’m going to talk about a mistake that I hear learners make, no matter their native language or even their level. So what is it?
Today I’m back with 5 more mistakes that I’ve heard many of my German students make. In case you missed it, click here for Part 1.
Keep reading to see if you’re guilty of any of the things on this list. I’ll also give you the correct version so that you can start improving right away. Continue reading
I was on holiday in Croatia last week – so I thought I’d interrupt my usual content with something a little different.
Here are some photos from my trip, plus a list of Croatian words and phrases that I learned along the way. They might come in handy if you decide to visit this gorgeous country yourself.
Do you want to learn a new language but don’t have much free time? This is one of the most common issues facing language students, especially working adults.
As I tell my students, the key is to maximise your learning efficiency. So if time is an issue for you, here are 3 tips that will help. Continue reading
In my last post, we talked a bit about the importance of using filler words and sounds that fit the language that you’re learning: “umm…” in English, “euh…” in French, “ähh…” in German.
But maybe you don’t want to umm and ahh. Those sounds can work really well in casual situations, but they aren’t always the best choice in a more professional setting, especially a very conservative one.
So what can you do to buy yourself a moment to think about what to say next? And how can you do it without saying “like”, “you know”, and “umm…”? Continue reading
What do you do when you’ve started your sentence, but suddenly need a moment to think about what to say next?
“Did he, you know, inform them of the changes to the, uh, agenda?” Continue reading
Over the past few weeks I’ve found that most of my students – whether advanced or beginner – have needed a bit of a review of the present simple and the present continuous (also called the present progressive).
So whether you started learning English a few months or a few years ago, here’s a bit of a refresher. We’ll start with a quick review of the forms (Section 1), go over when to use which tense (Section 2), and then talk about 6 mistakes I often hear people make (Section 3). Continue reading