5 Ways to Improve Your Vocabulary

Everyone needs to build their vocabulary at some time in their life, whether you are an ESL student who simply needs to gain vocabulary and use it for everyday life or if you are a native speaker who has got a new job or even is starting to study in a new area.  Vocabulary development…

IELTS vs TOEFL: Which is easier?

For most students who are planning to go to University, they will need to pass an English Proficiency Test of  IELTS or TOEFL before they can start their course. But the big question is ….which is easier IELTS or TOEFL?. The only answer to this is another question: Which is easier, swimming the Atlantic ocean…

How did the English Language Start?

  This is a big topic and I will obviously make it only short, but…… …actually English didn’t start in England, in fact as far back as historians can work out, it started in Germany! Then as these people slowly moved across Europe and ended up in England as we know today, they took the…

ESL/EFL Abbreviations Explained

You might be a bit confused by the all the abbreviations you see connected with English learning. To start off with here are the most common abbreviations: ELT – English Language Teaching ESL – English as a Second Language EFL – English as a Foreign Language The main difference between these are that ESL is…

Do Children Learn English Faster than Adults?

  I have to say it – “English is so easy even a child can speak it!” But joking aside, having taught both children and adults English, there are plusses and minuses to both. 1. Children’s brains are like sponges! True, this is a real advantage for children because their mind is so flexible and…

How to Improve your Reading Skills

Why are some texts difficult to understand? Most readers when reading something challenging, have to confront some or many of these problems listed below: • the passage has too many unknown words • the paragraphs has some long, complicated sentences • the topic is about a something you know nothing about • the topic is…

10 Most Common Spelling Mistakes

Nobody’s perfect! But here are the 10 most common spelling mistakes in all the English language that even native English speakers make. Take a look at them and test yourself (…and your teacher too!). 1. address – double d and double s 2. accommodation – double c, double m 3. business – remember the i…