Language Exchange PART 3 – How to Make it Last

This post is part three of a short series about online language exchange. The first addressed where to go, and the second was about who to choose. If you haven’t read those yet, please check them out now! And now, […]

Language Exchange PART 2 – Who to Choose

In my last post I shared ten websites or apps that you can use to find one or more partners for language exchange. In this post, we’ll look at who you should ideally choose as a language exchange partner and […]

Language Exchange PART 1: Where to Go

Did you know you can learn to speak English well from home and through the Internet? Yes, it IS possible. What you need is a language exchange. For many people, it’s difficult to practice speaking and listening with someone if you […]

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 […]

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!

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.