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Category: ESL

It shouldn’t have taken this long, but it has. In last night’s American Idol, judges and host Ryan Seacrest finally made it through an entire week without mispronouncing the name of newly announced Top 13 finalist Jena Irene. Up until this week, Jena would have to remind the judges and Seacrest of the proper pronunciation […]

If you are a professional living and working in the US and you have not yet perfected your English accent, there’s no time like the present. Reducing your foreign accent gives you advantages you don’t have now, including: Being understood the first time Presenting material and making speeches with confidence Better interviewing skills Being seen […]

Mark Zuckerberg, the 29-year-old billionaire who founded the social networking company Facebook is on a new mission, this time taking on immigration reform in America. His latest entrepreneur move has been to co-found the immigration reform advocacy group FWD.us which aims to bring talented people from across the globe into the United States and help […]

American universities are seeing an increase in the number of Brazilian and Saudi students studying abroad on their campuses that may lead to a larger trend. According to a new report from the Institute of International Education (IIE), while students from China continue to make up the largest foreign contingent on American campuses, those from […]

Even for those of us who speak English as a first language, wishing our friends of the Jewish faith a Happy Chanukkah can be a challenge. This mainly stems from the fact that there are at least six different accepted spellings of this holiday in the English language, and even pronunciation of the word Chanukkah […]

We love to post American idioms from time to time for you all to enjoy and learn from. Here are some idioms for ESL and pronunciation students can use to practice English as we approach Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Christmas, and celebration of the New Year. All the bells and whistles: This is an item, such as […]

Learning how to be successful in the legal field is challenging, but even more so for non-native English speakers. When studying to be a paralegal, lawyer or court transcriptionist, taking English pronunciation courses should be just as much of a priority as any other legal or university class you’re taking. Beyond teaching English pronunciation, learning […]

Learning tenses as a non-native English speaker can be difficult for several reasons. Some languages unlike English do not have a tense system making it hard to use tenses correctly. With English having no direct relationship between tense and time, they can be confusing at first. While tenses take extra time and practice to master, […]

Idioms exist in every language, providing words or phrases that have a figurative meaning and are not taken literally. When learning English as a second language, American idioms can be confusing, as the literal translation of opaque idioms may not convey the same meaning in one’s native language. With over 25,000 estimated idiomatic expressions in […]

The most important thing you can do to improve your spoken English is to slow down. It will help native English speakers to understand you as you work on your pronunciation, and additionally it will help keep you from developing poor speech habits, like mispronouncing the /th/ sound and others. Take the time to concentrate on what […]