Category Archives: ESL

This is the category for English as a Second Language (ESL). This category is suitable for articles that are addressed to both teachers of ESL and to students of ESL. Related articles can be found in English, English Dialects and Slang, Speech Styles and World Languages.

How to Love English

Hi all! I would like to help you become a better English speaking person who loves the English language!

  • First, you have to read! You should try to read short stories in English. You could also watch some English movies without translation. Try to write in English in your diary.
  • Next, try to talk with your friends in English. You could also try to communicate with other people over the net. Try to get a Twitter or Facebook account – it will help you practice a lot.
  • After that, write your own English blog and share it with your family and friends and ask for their opinions.
  • Later, try to listen to English audio books and watch English shows.
  • You should now be a better English speaking person! Enjoy!
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How to Make English Conversation if You Do Not Speak English Very Well

Learning a new language can be a very difficult experience. Often, even years of study can leave you with good reading skills, but still uncomfortable with making conversation. Following a few steps can increase your confidence and open up the world of conversation in English.

  • Absorb a lot of English. Read books, websites, and magazines. Watch English-language television and movies. This will help you learn normal conversational English. But be careful, creative reading is more important than reading for reading.
  • Start simple. Speak to a friend or coworker. If you and your friends normally do not speak English, try speaking English for a day. Practicing in a supporting environment can build confidence for students of any language.
  • Avoid confusing topics. Although you may have an incredible insight into religion or politics, such topics can make a conversation unpleasant.
  • Ask questions. If you do not understand what the other person says, do not be afraid to ask.
  • Practice often. The more you speak English, the more comfortable you will become. Speak, read, and write English whenever you have the chance.
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How to Master English Words

In spite of our sophisticated talents, we might have experienced few uneasy moments when it became the time for rich vocabulary. But our communication skills highly bring the best of us to the fronts of our life. Our Word Power determines our level of success. Mastering English words is the first step to master communication skills. This guide is for speakers of English as a second language as well as native English speakers who wish to increase their vocabulary skills.

  • Determine your present level of vocabulary. This is something you can do by taking few Vocabulary tests which are available through a few websites. By taking these tests, you will come to know your strengths and weaknesses in your present level of vocabulary.
  • Buy a few books to help your studies. Go to any good library or bookstore and find a knowledgeable staff person. This person will be able to listen to you speaking, and help determine the books that will help most.
  • Begin at your present level. If your level of vocabulary level is high, start at the highest level where you recognize and understand every word put before you.
  • Prepare a study schedule. Follow your schedule, even if it is only for 30 minutes per week, once a week. It’s better if you can spend 10 minutes per day – daily usage and practice will help fastest.
  • Subscribe to a website which sends A Word A Day to your Inbox. One such site is through Merriam-Webster, the dictionary company. You can find many others, as well.
  • Say each word as you read it. This is very important. Make sure your pronunciation is correct. There’s nothing more embarrassing than trying to impress people with your newfound language skills, only to find out that the word you were going for was pronounced “Fa-SEE-Shus,” not “Fa-KET-EE-uss.” (That’s “facetious,” by the way.) Pronouncing the words out loud will help them form naturally when you speak them in front of others. It is especially important for non-native speakers to do this as English pronunciation of vowels and consonants often differs from your native language.
  • Write down the definition, and then a few sentences using those words. This will help them stick in your head, along with the meaning as you write them down. Read your sentences aloud, making sure to pronounce carefully. There is a little muscle memory at play here – forming the words correctly the first few times will ensure that you always form them this same way. If you start saying a word wrong, it’s really hard to get your brain around the correct way later.
  • Repeat the new words each day, adding one new word every day. As you feel sure you will not forget word #1, drop it from the list, and continue.


  • Never get dejected or lose heart. English is a funny language and has lots of weird words. Even natives get confused.
  • Do your studies regularly.
  • Share your new words with your friends who may need those words.
  • Always try to use humor or funny ideas with new words. The funnier the better! It helps you remember the words easier. Example: “adhere” (meaning: “stick to, stay with”) — “The mouse was adhered to the cheese, because it was covered with Superglue.”
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How to Perfect Your English

English is the universal language. Knowledge of this international language is nowadays a must to do business at international level. Many working people want to improve their English knowledge.

  • Take a course to improve your basic knowledge of English. Without a strong basic foundation in the language, it would be a Pyrrhic victory to go ahead. So, learn the basics from a person who is well versed in English for some time, so that you will reap the benefits in the future.
  • If you hesitate to take initiatives, your future will not take you to any higher places either in English learning or anywhere else in your life. Having a strong foundation is the secret of success in any field. The more you go upwards, the more you will realize the significance of basic knowledge. So, take all steps to learn the basics. You are not the only to raise this question – How can I improve my English?
  • Read aloud and slowly anything you find (newspapers, Wikipedia or WikiHow articles). Go as slow as possible to understand the meaning behind what you read.
  • You can choose children’s books which have fairly easy vocabulary and sentence construction. Reading such stories should give you a better understanding of the words. This way, you can improve your vocabulary.
  • Write in a notebook (your personal dictionary) the new words that you learn each day.
  • Go through this dictionary once in a week so that don’t forget the meaning of these words.
  • Improve your vocabulary. By using more complex and advanced words, you are prone to perfect your english.
  • Every time you go through your personal dictionary, visualize the meaning of the words you wrote. For example: For the word hallucination, you should imagine what the word actually means. This visualization method will make you understand the small difference between similar words such as consent and permission.
  • Construct your own sentences using the words which you have noted in your dictionary.
  • Then use those words in your daily conversation with your friends and in your written communications.
  • Along your way, be open to new words and don’t be afraid to ask someone who speaks English what they mean. (Then, don’t forget to list them on your dictionary)
  • If you follow this method for the next few weeks, then using new words will become your spontaneous habit.
  • Never hesitate to read aloud. The worst thing that could happen to you is to be corrected. And, think of it, it’s not bad. By being corrected, you have a pointer on where to improve your pronunciation or accent.
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How to Prepare to Teach English in Japan

If you’re recently graduated, or are thinking of a career change, you might want to look into teaching English in Japan. Besides a pretty fat salary for recent grads, there are a lot of opportunities to teach free-lance making much more on the side. When you consider it gives you a chance to see a country most dream of, it can be a nice way to start your international career.

  • Apply for your passport.
  • Begin your Internet search for jobs in Japan. Start with the larger schools, then continue to smaller schools. In their adverts they will often clearly spell out if they provide accommodations and visa. Salary and working conditions are also clearly spelled out. If not, ask. For detailed information about dozens of currently available positions.
  • Check out the school, after they agree to hire you, to make sure working conditions are normal.
  • Start studying Japanese. It’s not necessary to be able to speak Japanese to get a job in Japan, but it sure makes things easier.
  • Get a certificate of eligibility through your employer. You will need to bring it your local consulate to get your visa stamped.
  • Write your resume and cover letters and start working on a theme like “Why I want to teach in Japan”. Make sure it also includes all personal references with their contact information.
  • Take care of any tax matters. Some countries, such as America, will not tax your income made in Japan however you may need to file some forms before you leave. You should research this matter well in advance because you may need to take a certificate to your employer to avoid Japanese income taxes and it may take as long as eight weeks to get it from your government after you file the paperwork.
  • Book your flight and send this information to your new employer, so that they can make arrangements to pick you up at the airport.

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