Category Archives: Learning English

If you are learning to speak English then this category is for you. In this category you will find helpful advice for learning English as well as lessons, activities, and more. Here you will find information about learning grammar, pronunciation, speaking, listening, reading and writing.

What Is Irony? And Why Is It So Hard To Explain?

In my humble opinion, the word ‘irony’ is one of the most misunderstood words in the English language, not just by ESL students but also by native speakers of English. The words irony, ironical, ironic, ironicalness completely confuse native speakers and students alike. Even I’ve had a few problems writing this blog post! This is my 8th revision… Read More »

Pronunciation of ‘ed’ Endings

The -ed ending is used to change a verb into the past form. The pronunciation can be quite tricky, here we look at the three different types of pronunciation and how you should be pronouncing them. Although I’m not a fan of rule based learning, some students find it beneficial to have set of rules to determine on their own how they should be pronouncing words in English. Read about the rules here and find out the correct pronunciation of the -ed ending!

How To Write A 3 Paragraph Essay

How to Write a Three-Paragraph Essay  The essay example below is shortened from a four-paragraph essay. See the differences. The Introduction Paragraph: I am a professional single mother, very busy and hard working with two daughters and demanding work, but I feel fulfilled. My profession and the motherhood for my beloved daughters gratify me fully. I begin my… Read More »

How to Write A 4 Paragraph Essay

Parts of a Four-Paragraph Essay: the introduction paragraph, the supporting paragraph, the conclusion paragraph   Exercises The essay example below is written in four-paragraphs: an introduction paragraph containing the main idea, two supporting paragraphs, and a conclusion paragraph. The Introduction Paragraph: I am a professional single mother, very busy and hard working with two daughters and demanding work,… Read More »

The Present Perfect Continuous Tense

The Present Perfect Continuous Tense “I have been cooking dinner.”   This is an example for the Present Perfect Continuous: They have been painting the apartment. (The apartment now is covered in fresh paint.) This is an example for the Present Perfect: They have painted the apartment. (The job is finished.) The result referred to depends on the… Read More »

how to write a good essay in an exam

What makes an essay a good essay Check your essay against the following benchmarks. A good essay demonstrates these elements: 1. The essay has a title. The title highlights the main topic of the essay in a concise phrase. 2. The essay begins with a main topic statement in one or few sentences. 3. Supporting ideas follow the… Read More »

Types Of Verbs And Examples

Every sentence is made up of a subject and a predicate (see Parts of Speech). The key word in the predicate is the verb. It tells what the subject is or does. Verbs are divided into two types: action verbs and linking verbs. Action Verbs are verbs that tell what the subject does. Sarah looks for her car… Read More »

How Can I Improve My English?

Many students often ask their teacher how they can improve their English. Find out some simple tips and advice about how to improve your standard of English. Basically, you need to surround yourself in the English language and this will help you to learn faster. Remember that practice makes perfect so the overall theme to this blog post is about practice. It covers speaking, listening, reading and writing and gives you ideas about how you can practice your English language skills.

How to Improve English Reading Skills

Many students often ask how they can improve their English reading level and this blog post seeks to provide some helpful advice for students that are at an intermediate or higher level. The basic idea is that students should practice as much as possible. However, students need to understand the basics of the language and not read something that is above their level. This will help to ensure a natural progression when improving reading comprehension.