Learning English

The books you should read (pre-intermediate and intermediate level)

My students often ask me to recommend graded readers that would be both – captivating and easy to read. I decided to make a list of the books I would personally choose if I were studying English. All the books are accompanied by audio, which makes  a perfect combination for developoing reading and listening skills.Read the rest

6 movies about memory manipulation

I’ve always been fascinated by movies about memory manipulation. The ones where new memories could be implanted into the mind of the main character, or where some memories could be deleted.

I’ve often wondered what my life would be like if I had control over what I remember or forget. Is it just me, or have you also drifted into the fantasy world?Read the rest

The Winter Olympics – ESL vocabulary

Hello, everyone! Are you following the Olympics? Do you know how to speak about the Games in english?

You’re welcome to this short video lesson.

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Battlefield – Lea Michelle – Activities for English Learners

This week I’ve fallen in love! I can’t help but sharing with you this wonderful music hoping that it will also touch your heart.

 

It’s called “Battlefield”. Does it make sense? Battle + Field.

 

It definetely sounds like a song about a war. And yes it is about it.… Read the rest

The one thing you need to do to improve your English in the New Year

So you started learning English (or any other language), because you need it for your career, self-development, travelling… You name it.

You managed to squeeze in two or three English classes a week into your schedule, you may even occasionally find some time for self-study. Some time ago you put an audio course on your player, didn’t you?… Read the rest

Why you should know your favourite songs by heart!

Do you remember when you first started learning English (or any other foreign language)? Was it at school? At home? Your first time abroad?

Were you excited or frustrated? What kept you motivated? Or did quit and give up?

 

I would be very interested to read your story. You’re welcome to go ahead and share it in the comments!Read the rest

Blackmore’s Night – Home again – English with songs

For English Learners

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I’ve been many places
I’ve travelled ’round the world
Always on the search for something new
But what does it matter
When all the roads I’ve crossed
Always seem to lead back to you…

Old familiar faces
Everyone you meet
Following the ways of the land
Cobblestones and lanterns
Lining every street
Calling me to come home again

Dancing in the moonlight
Singing in the rain
Oh, it’s good to be back home again
Laughing in the sunlight
Running down the lane
Oh, it’s good to be back home again

When you play with fire
Sometimes you get burned
It happens when you take a chance or two
But time is never wasted
When you’ve lived and learned
And in time it all comes back to you…

And when I got weary
I’d sit a while and rest
Memories invading my mind
All the things I’d treasured
The ones I’d loved the best
Were the things that I’d left behind….… Read the rest

4 things you need to know about listening skills

The question I get asked most of the time is how to improve listening skills. About 70% of my students say that the biggest challenge about learning English is to understand what other people say, especially native speakers in a real life situation.

I believe that there are 4 main reasons for comprehension difficulties.Read the rest

Adele – Someone like you – English with songs

For English Learners

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I heard that you’re settled down
That you found a girl and you’re married now.
I heard that your dreams came true.
Guess she gave you things I didn’t give to you.

Old friend, why are you so shy?
Ain’t like you to hold back or hide from the light.… Read the rest

Ain’t got no – Nina Simone – English with songs

For English Learners

A great way to improve your listening skills is to listen to english songs very attentively and try to understand as much as possible. Another way is to do a gap-fill exercise!

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I ain’t got no home, ain’t got no shoes
Ain’t got no money, ain’t got no class
Ain’t got no skirts, ain’t got no sweater
Ain’t got no perfume, ain’t got no bed
Ain’t got no mind

Ain’t got no mother, ain’t got no culture
Ain’t got no friends, ain’t got no schooling
Ain’t got no love, ain’t got no name
Ain’t got no ticket, ain’t got no token
Ain’t got no God

Then what have I got
Why am I alive anyway?… Read the rest