2020 should lay to rest the qualms of many English-speaking people over the exact name of that European country between Belgium and the North Sea—the one that’s famous for being low and flat (below sea-level in places) and for growing tulips. Is it Holland? Or Netherlands (or maybe “the Netherlands”)? We know they speak Dutch, […]
The fact of the matter is that sometimes you need time to think.
Superb demo by NASA
Fake news has been a weapon of war among other things for millennia.
What’s an ATM? What’s a PIN? What’s a pedant? What’s the joke?
Europe’s politicians don’t seem to know the difference between a migrant and a refugee.
Watch as Hillary Clinton abuses Julius Caesar’s famous words “Veni, vidi, vici” with her own.
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
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
Are you still a baby?
The First Christmas Card
Today, we send millions of Christmas cards every year. But in fact the Christmas card is a relatively modern invention.
What do words like "gonna" and "wanna" mean?
Speaking versus Writing
The pen is mightier than the spoken word - or is it?
English is Not Phonetic
Spelling and pronunciation are not the same in English.
Five Tips for Easy Email
How to write "good" emails and make life easier for everyone.
The Olympic Games
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!
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
The benefits of staying with a family when studying English abroad - or even when not studying!
Language Holidays - What are they and Why?
The benefits of learning English on a Study Abroad program.
Improve your English through Reading
How to make progress by reading.
"Ghoti" = "Fish"
English is not phonetic. Why you can't tell how to pronounce a word by looking at it.
Job Letters in English
How to write letters of application to go with your CV or resume.
Tips for Language Learning
Here are some suggestions to help you practise your language skills.
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
Living with your teacher.
Chatting in English
How to practise your English by chatting online.
What's IN a Preposition?
When is a preposition not a preposition?
Self-Study = Distance Learning
How computers and language learning software are giving learners more options.
Grammar is your Friend
How grammar can help you to learn a language more easily.
A guide to writing letters in English.
Millennium - 2000 or 2001?
When does a century change?
e-ENGLISH IYKWIM ;-)
Internet abbreviations, codes and lingo.
Your CV or Resume in English
How to write your CV or resume in English.
Better Homework, Revision & Examinations
Tips for making progress.
Word and Sentence Stress - The Key to English Pronunciation
Why stress can help your pronunciation.
Practising English outside School
How you can still make progress even when you're not at school.