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8 Tips to improve your English learning skills
Steffen Carter
With the availability of a number of techniques and methods, you can improve your English learning skills without making grammatical mistakes.

What does Fluency Actually Mean?
Kerry Campion
Do you understand what it really means to speak a language fluently? The majority of students don’t which holds back their language learning progress.

Learn English from Call of Duty – an innovative platform for easy learning
Hans Gunnarsson
Language has helped human beings in communicating with each other since ancient times. When it comes to effective communication, language always takes

Can Lucid dreaming help someone learn English?
Jane Dunn
There has been a spike of interest in the media lately around lucid dreaming and the different benefits it can bring. This article looks at what some of the latest research has revealed and how these findings could be put to use in order to help someone learn a second language.

Build Superhuman Confidence in Speaking English
David Buckley
David Buckley maps out some simple techniques that English students can use to boost their confidence when speaking English.

8 Ways to Sound More Like an American When You Speak English
Micah Bellieu
Some surprising mistakes can keep you from sounding like a native U.S. English speaker. Here’s how to fix them.

3 Ways to Speak English More Confidently
Steven Hobson
The article is aimed at English learners who lack confidence in speaking English, and teaches three ways to help build confidence.

Citation Styles
Michele Kirschenbaum
This article explains the three most common citation styles used in research papers with an example for each.

Brexit Vocab
Joe Essberger
The term Brexit entered the English language in the year 2012 and has since spawned many variants and alternative terms, most of them humorous.

5 Common Subject-Verb Agreement Mistakes of ESL Students
Mark Nichol
It’s not always easy to get the verb and the subject to agree in terms of number. Even native speakers sometimes get that wrong.

8 Ways to Use the Preposition “by”
Andrew Forrester
Andrew Forrester looks at different uses of “by” as a preposition, and gives you practical examples

IELTS Writing Quiz
Philip D
An online multiple-choice quiz to test how much you know about the IELTS Academic Writing and General Training Writing exams

IELTS Exam Tips
Philip D
Ten practical tips about preparing for and taking IELTS

Top 10 Apps for Learning English
Miley Wils
Miley Wils offers her choice of mobile apps for learning and teaching English.

Tips for Non-Native English Writers
Cheryl Alvin
Non-native English speaker Cheryl Alvin offers practical ideas to help other non-native English speakers become good English writers.

7 Tips for Learning English Vocabulary
Cheryl Morris
Follow these ideas and learn new English words more easily.

6 Ways to Cut Wordiness for More Effective Writing
Emma Wilson
Less is more. Six easy ways to say more in fewer words.

How to Proofread for Error-free Writing
Emma Wilson
A few tips to help you check your writing and make sure it is always correct.

Please Fail The IELTS! And 9 More IELTS Tips
Ben Worthington
10 useful tips from IELTS experts on on how to improve your IELTS score.

A Tip for the Possessive Apostrophe
Apostrophes need not be learning catastrophes
by Rolf Palmberg

Poolside Interview with Peter Tuinstra
Meet Thailand's American superstar in this interview with Josef Essberger.

Poolside Interview with Brian Boyd
Josef Essberger interviews the creator of Grammarman, the world's first and only grammar superhero.

Successful Public Speaking in English
Josef Essberger
How to prepare and give the perfect presentation in English.

Poolside Interview with Matt Errey
Josef Essberger interviews the inventor of Word Up, the popular ESL board game.

Listening - A good way to learn English
Weena Kanadpon
Are you still a baby?

The First Christmas Card
Josef Essberger
Today, we send millions of Christmas cards every year. But in fact the Christmas card is a relatively modern invention.

Informal Contractions
Josef Essberger
What do words like "gonna" and "wanna" mean?

Speaking versus Writing
Josef Essberger
The pen is mightier than the spoken word - or is it?

English is Not Phonetic
Josef Essberger
Spelling and pronunciation are not the same in English.

Five Tips for Easy Email
Josef Essberger
How to write "good" emails and make life easier for everyone.

The Olympic Games
Keith Landry
This article tells the story of the Olympic Games from ancient to modern times, and describes the symbols, music, medals, motto, people and events.

40,000,000 Christmas Puddings! That's a lot of Pudding!
Josef Essberger
As the year draws to a close, people in Britain tuck in to one of their favourite traditional recipes.

Homestay for Language Holidays - and More
Jim Porter
The benefits of staying with a family when studying English abroad - or even when not studying!

Language Holidays - What are they and Why?
Josef Essberger
The benefits of learning English on a Study Abroad program.

Improve your English through Reading
Josef Essberger
How to make progress by reading.

"Ghoti" = "Fish"
Josef Essberger
English is not phonetic. Why you can't tell how to pronounce a word by looking at it.

Job Letters in English
Josef Essberger
How to write letters of application to go with your CV or resume.

Tips for Language Learning
Susan Ernenwein
Here are some suggestions to help you practise your language skills.

Famous Quotations
Josef Essberger
A "quotation" is usually a short text - perhaps one or two sentences - written or spoken by one (usually famous) person and often repeated or at least known by others.

How to Make Progress in English through homestay
Christine Robbins
Living with your teacher.

Chatting in English
Josef Essberger
How to practise your English by chatting online.

What's IN a Preposition?
Josef Essberger
When is a preposition not a preposition?

Self-Study = Distance Learning
Stephen Orr
How computers and language learning software are giving learners more options.

Grammar is your Friend
Josef Essberger
How grammar can help you to learn a language more easily.

Letter Writing
Josef Essberger
A guide to writing letters in English.

Millennium - 2000 or 2001?
Josef Essberger
When does a century change?

Josef Essberger
Internet abbreviations, codes and lingo.

Your CV or Resume in English
Josef Essberger
How to write your CV or resume in English.

Better Homework, Revision & Examinations
Josef Essberger
Tips for making progress.

Word and Sentence Stress - The Key to English Pronunciation
Josef Essberger
Why stress can help your pronunciation.

Practising English outside School
Josef Essberger
How you can still make progress even when you're not at school.