How Long does it Take to Learn English?

How long does it take to learn English? As an English teacher, this is a question I get asked over and over. My answer is always the same: It depends. More specifically, it depends on these four main factors: How […]

Setting SMART goals

Do you have language goals? You should if you want to improve your English. Research shows that people who set goals are more likely to achieve success. Goals help you identify what you want to achieve, keep you focused on what’s important, save you time, and provide a way to measure your progress – which helps improve your motivation to learn more.

60 strategies to improve your English

This is a hodgepodge (a mixture) of strategies I often share with my students in Japan to encourage them to become more accountable for their own learning. Good language learners are very proactive. Do you use all these strategies? Are they any you think you should use more?

Here’s a listening IDEA…

Have you ever wondered how movie actors become so good at speaking in a dialect that is different from their own, or how they learn to speak English with a foreign accent? Well, apparently, many of them go to the IDEA website – the International Dialects of English Archive. This site is a free online resource, interesting for English language learners.

The ultimate rejoinder list

A few posts ago I wrote about rejoinders and offered some basic ones that you can use to show interest, happiness, sadness, or surprise. Here are some more rejoinders to express agreement, understanding, not understanding, disagreement, apologizing, praising, refusing, accepting, and more!