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?

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!

Responding to negative questions

In English, we usually give short yes/no answers to questions using tag endings. For example, if I ask you, “Do you speak English?” you answer, “Yes, I do.” The I do part of your answer is the tag ending. Always use tag endings when you give short yes/no answers…

Circumlocution strategies

Part of communicating in a foreign language means that we have to negotiate meaning when we lack the vocabulary. The more you are able to apply circumlocution strategies, the faster you will learn new things and the more fluent you will become. This post includes some strategies to help you to get someone to guess the word you are thinking.

Rejoinders

A rejoinder(あいづち)is a quick response to show that you are interested, have an opinion, or simply are paying attention. Using rejoinders, along with follow up questions and comments, is essential for having smooth conversations. Try talking to someone without them […]