8 Tips to Avoid Forgetting English


If you have been reading this blog for a while, you will know about the huge amount of resources available online to learn English. The reality, however, is that many students will get excited about all this information and absorb it all… temporarily. After a while, they will forget what they learned.

I see this all the time as a teacher. A student will come to me and tell me about how long they were studying at their English institute and the good grades they got. The conversation would follow with me saying something like: “Great!, and what are you doing with your English right now?”. When I say this, they will reply something like: “I studied it then but haven’t really used it since I graduated…only occasionally”. The story repeats again.

Learn How to Type Better and Faster in English


Learning how to type in English is really important. Chances are that if you are learning English, you’ll want to use it to improve your work situation. Well, as it is no surprise for you, you won’t be speaking all day. In an everyday situation, you will be required to use all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing), and the writing part will be most likely typing on a keyword.

But, how can I do this, Howard? I can barely write on my own native language. Much less in English! I just can’t find the “ñ” in my computer at work! (If you speak Spanish, you will understand). That’s the reason why I wrote this article. For you to learn how to type better AND faster. Yes, in that order. It is useless to write 200 words per minute and do so with massive errors.

Like with all things in life, the more you practice, the better you will get. There are no shortcuts for this. This guide is here to streamline the process, so you spend as little time as possible learning to type, and as much time as possible learning English.

So, here are some skills you need to acquire in order to become a typing master.

Achieve Fluency for Free! The Best 8 Resources to Learn English for Free


Free, isn’t that a beautiful word? That excitement you get when someone gives something to you free of charge? It is a wonderful feeling indeed, especially when learning English. Although many students need a person that keeps them accountable, the amount of progress a student will have depends on how much time and effort is putting into learning.

This is when free resources come into play. They allow a student to keep nurturing even after he/she leaves the classroom, and experience has shown me such students are the ones that get to be fluent and achieve their language learning goals. I have the case of a friend of mine who’s an online Spanish teacher. He never stepped a foot into an institute, however, by using free resources to learn English from the internet, he got to be fluent in the language. Over time, he got his certification to Teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL).

7 Tips to Learn Irregular Verbs in English


If you checked the last article about verb tenses, you may be feeling a sense of achievement by now, and you should. A big part of learning a language is being able to convey meaning, and that is something you can do already, so congrats! Let’s raise the bar a little bit. Just when you finally think you understand the tenses, you run into irregular verbs.

There are over 170 irregular verbs in English, and they all break the standard rules as most words do. Today I play, yesterday I played. Simple, right? The thing with irregular verbs is that there isn’t a rule you can learn for them. The only solution? Memorize them.

How to know if a verb is irregular

Let’s first define what an irregular verb is. Regular verbs have an established pattern through all their tenses. Usually, the only thing you have to do to form one is add -ed  at the end of the word and that’s it. For example:

Understanding Verb Tenses in English


Following up with our explanation about verbs, in this article I will address this topic that has proven to be quite challenging for English students, verb tenses. Besides showing the action or state of being in the sentence, the verb also indicates the time this action took place.

There are some languages (Thai for example), where the verb has basically one form, no matter if the sentence is about the past, the present, or the future, the verb is the same. In these cases, extra words – Tomorrow, yesterday, now and so forth – indicate the time. This is not the case in English. In this language, six different verb tenses express time, and each of these tenses places the action or the state of being at a point in time.

Three of the six English tenses are called simple and the other three are called perfect. My intention here is not to go deep into their construction, but rather to touch upon the basis of each. Will address each one in detail in further articles, although I will go further into the present perfect tense as it is so common.

Establishing Foundations. Main Verbs and Auxiliary Verbs


In my previous article, I introduced you to a topic you might not have ever heard, so it is time to remember some basic grammar to complement our understanding of verbs. This will be a refresher for English students that have been learning for a long time, as well as an introduction to new students that are just starting out. Let’s talk about the main and auxiliary verbs.

What are they?

The main verb is also called the lexical verb or the principal verb. This term refers to the important verb in the sentence, the one that typically shows the action or state of being of the subject. Main verbs can be on their own, or they can be used with a helping verb, also called an auxiliary verb.

What Verb Should I Use? Linking Verbs and Action Verbs


A verb in a sentence is like a set of tires in a truck. Let’s say you load your truck with ideas that you want to deliver to another person. You can be certain that without a good set of tires, those ideas will never get to its destination. That is what verbs do, they are the vehicle that takes what you want to say from one point to another. Every sentence needs one, and you need to start using one if you want to do anything with it. There are different types of verbs, and in this article, I will explain you two different types of verbs and when to use each of them. These are linking verbs and action verbs. Let’s get started.

Linking verbs express a situation or a state rather than an action or a process. They consist of several types of verbs. With these verbs, math intersects with English in a way, because these verbs are like a giant equal sign placed in the middle of your sentence. For example, you can think of the sentence

Difference Between Learning English Online or in the Classroom


With so many options to study English online, you might be considering whether this option is good for you, as it is far more flexible. Back in the day, when thinking about learning online, the first thing that would come to mind is presentations or quizzes, activities that we would have to do on our own and then compare to a pre-established answer. Nowadays, however, there is another very important element in online learning, the live, synchronous one.

Live learning allows the teacher to connect with students and engages them more by adding a human element. It is especially good for learners who are not self-taught or who are used to the traditional model of education where they have a teacher in front of them. This element is particularly important in any course, as it gives the teacher the chance to give feedback and correct students in a way it is not possible through a quiz.

In many ways, live online lessons are similar to traditional face-to-face classes, as the teacher can present information and interact with a group of students in real time. In other ways, however, there are some important differences. Let’s take a moment to explore them.

In this context, the first difference is classroom management. In a physical classroom, the teacher is free to move the learners around and group them as he/she feels fit. This gives them the freedom to engage students with activities where they can interact with each other. In an online setting, it is up to the teacher to create activities that have the same amount of engagement between them, usually through different online resources. This is paramount in the case of lessons one-on-one where the student-teacher interaction is direct.

Am I Speaking in The Right Way? 3 Types of English to Use in All Situations

Am I Speaking in The Right Way? 3 Types of English to Use in All Situations

I mentioned in the last article about the existence of different types of grammar, and yes, In English, there are different types of grammar. The use of one over the other will greatly depend on the context and situation we are. Some of the types we can mention are historical (how language has changed through the centuries), comparative (the similarities or differences between languages), theoretical (studies the essential components of any human language), and so on.

I can see you scratching your head already and thinking if you should have studied Italian instead, but don’t despair. Although there are different types of grammar, you only have to know two of them in order to improve your speech and your writing.

Descriptive grammar gives name to things – the parts of speech and parts of a sentence. When you learn descriptive grammar, you understand what every word is (its part of speech) and what every word does (its function in the sentence). To put in in simple terms, it is a set of rules that are based upon how a language is actually used.

Be careful though, if you study it beyond a certain point you will find yourself saying things like “balloon” is the object of the gerund, in a gerund phrase that is acting as the predicate nominative of the linking verb “appear”. Trust me, you don’t want to get to be in this position. However, there is one important reason to learn some grammar terms, and that is to understand why a particular word or phrase is correct or incorrect.

Why Should I Learn Grammar? 3 Tips to Learn Grammar in a Modern Way


In the middle ages, grammar meant the study of Latin, the language educated people used to study. In fact, grammar was so closely associated with Latin that the word referred to any kind of learning. These days, however, it refers to the study of language, specifically, how words are put together. For some teachers, it means a set of standards that you must follow to speak and write “better”. This definition of “better” is quite subjective, as it changes according to the audience, purpose, and situation.

The study of grammar is a must, but it needs to be taking care of in a very intelligent way. Although it is true that structure is required to make progress in the language, there’s a tendency in classrooms of teaching grammar rules in a way that a student cannot relate the content with real situations. For example. Let’s say you want to learn the simple past. You will obviously need to do some grammar exercises to understand how to use it. However, if you are asked to write the bio of your favorite basketball player, you will feel passionate for doing the task, and you will start using the structures way often, I can tell you that.

English Teacher Howard
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