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IMAGINE YOUR WORLD WITH ENGLISH

ENGLISH IS NOW A REQUIREMENT IN MANY JOBS

English is probably the most commonly spoken language in the world. English has become a requirement in professions such as medicine, and computing. Research in many fields is now published in English. Many university textbooks are only available in English.

IF YOU DON’T BECOME FLUENT, YOU WILL GET LEFT BEHIND

English is becoming the language for international communication. Unfortunately, this means that the best jobs and the best opportunities will go to those who speak English fluently.

WE WANT TO HELP YOU IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH

Imagine your World with EnglishLearning the English language is a skill. English can be broken down into small pieces and each area mastered. There is nothing mysterious about it.

It is, though, very difficult to master a language without the help of skilled teachers.

It is also almost impossible to know if you are reinforcing your own errors unless you have someone to help and correct you.

We can help you improve. We can make sure you don’t get stuck in your mistakes.

MANY CHOICES FOR THE CASUAL LEARNER

We offer excellent free options: FacebookTwitterYouTubePinterest, Blogs, and Free teaching (stories with learning links, plus more).

THE BEST CHOICE FOR THE SERIOUS LANGUAGE LEARNER

Imagine your World with EnglishFor the language learner who is serious about becoming fluent and wants systematic instruction, with one-to-one help from a professional teacher, we have ONLINE ENGLISH COURSES.

ONLINE COURSES are the answer for those who want to become fluent.

Take the Free Placement Test to see if your level is right for these courses.

 – Imagine your World with English –

TO EAT LIKE A… what? YOU DECIDE

Learning English Online-eat like a horseLove those idioms!

Isn’t it fascinating that many languages have similar, or even identical, idioms?

For example, in English, if I want to communicate that people should not judge others by their appearance, I say:

Don’t judge a book by its cover.

A French speaker who wanted to communicate the same thing might say:

L’habit ne fait pas le moine.  

i.e., The habit (robes/clothing) don’t make the monk.

Some idioms are very common in everyday English. But there are other idioms that we would never hear if it weren’t for our grandparents using them!

What is an Idiom?

An idiom is an expression used by a group of people (often by people who live in the same part of the world). An idiom typically creates a picture in one’s mind, instead of being an exact translation of the words.

Do you need to learn English idioms?

There are two answers to that question: yes, and no.  (That helps a lot, doesn’t it?!)

Yes, because native speakers use them. So if you do not learn them, you may feel lost when others are speaking, especially in a group conversation when it often is not convenient to ask for help.

You need to learn popular idioms for UNDERSTANDING.

No, because you can typically find another way to say the same thing.

Using idioms for SPEAKING is personal choice.

To Eat Like a… what? You Decide.

Here are 3 questions to test your knowledge of idioms.

Do you eat like a horse?

Do you eat like a pig?

Or, do you eat like a bird?

 

 

 

 

COFFEE AND A WHAT?!?

iphone6-plus-box-space-gray-2014Spoken English has an unusual rhythm. Because of this, most voice recognition programs have a lot of problems.

For example, the other day, I used my iPhone to send a text message to my sister. Instead of typing out the message, I dictated, using Siri.

Me: Siri, please send a text to Maureen.

Siri: What would you like your message to say?

Me: I am on my way. Would you like me to pick you up* coffee and a muffin?

What Siri typed: I am on my way. Would you like me to pick you up coffee and enema?

You can put enema into this translator. I don’t think there is a nice way to describe it!    – Laura

 

 

*this means purchase and bring to you

5 PHRASAL VERBS FOR AN EXCELLENT CAMPING TRIP

HAVE YOU EVER GONE CAMPING?

Maybe this is the summer for you to try it!

 

TRANSCRIPT:

Here are 5 Phrasal Verbs for Camping

Summer is a great time to TRY OUT new things such as camping.
As soon as the weather starts to get warm, people make plans to TAKE OFF for the weekend.
Many people like to go somewhere where they can enjoy nature.
If you plan to go camping for the first time, you will need to FIGURE OUT what to take.
When you arrive, if it is windy, you should wait for the weather to CALM DOWN before you try to SET UP your tent.

5 PHRASAL VERBS FOR CAMPING!
1. TRY OUT something new this summer!
2. Maybe you should TAKE OFF for the weekend.
3. Before you go, FIGURE OUT what to pack.
4. When you arrive, wait for the weather to CALM DOWN before you…
5. SET UP your tent.

 

5 PHRASAL VERBS YOU NEED FOR SPRING

20150407-5 pvs for springYou probably know that conversational English is filled with phrasal verbs. If you don’t understand phrasal verbs, it can be difficult to KEEP UP with spoken English.

Here are 5 phrasal verbs for you now that spring has arrived.

1. PUT ON

When the sun is shining brightly, it is tempting to leave home without a jacket, but the weather can change quickly in the spring.

Also, even though the sun is warm, the deep frost in the ground may not be completely thawed yet. As it thaws, the ground cools the air.

So, in the spring, even when the sun is shining, it is a good idea to PUT ON a jacket or a sweater when you go outside.

2. TAKE OFF

If you are too warm, you can always TAKE your jacket OFF.  (see definition 1)

There is something about the arrival of spring that always makes me feel restless. I want to clean the whole house. I want to run. I want to TAKE OFF for the weekend. (see definition 3)

 3. COME UP

This phrasal verb is a good one for gardeners, or people who enjoy watching the changes in nature as the seasons change. This phrasal verb works well for flowers, and anything that grows in a garden. (see definition 4)

The tomato plant in the photo has just COME UP.

4. PICK UP

In the fall, there is wind before the winter snow.

When the snow melts, there are often wet papers or plastic bags on the ground that were buried under the snow all winter.

You will probably have some garbage on your lawn that you need to PICK UP. (see definition 2)

Most cities have a spring cleaning program. But in addition to that, when regular citizens take a minute to pick up litter instead of stepping over it, it makes the city a better place for everyone.

5. CLEAN OUT

Spring! Spring! Hooray for spring!

Open the windows and let the fresh air in! Spring is a time for cleaning. Clean the house and CLEAN OUT the basement and the garage.

Do you know the difference between clean and CLEAN OUT?

 

Go ahead! Try out these new phrasal verbs to improve your listening skills, and help you learn which ones you want to regularly use in your speaking.

Happy spring!

 

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DON’T BE AN APRIL FOOL

APRIL 1st IS APRIL FOOLS’ DAY IN CANADA

April 1That means that until 12:00 noon, people play friendly practical jokes (also called tricks, pranks or hoaxes) on others. When they are ready for the listener to know it’s a joke, they say, “April Fools!”

An April Fools’ joke can be simple, or complicated. Typically, April Fools’ jokes revolve around getting someone to believe something that is not true. They are always light and fun, never hurtful.

Children, for example, love to wake up their parents early in the morning with false information. They might tell them (with great alarm) that the family pet has gone missing, or that an airplane has just crashed in the back yard.

NOT JUST FOR INDIVIDUALS

Over the years, businesses and media groups have planned some very elaborate April Fools’ hoaxes. I have included a couple of my favourites below.

SWISS MOUNTAIN CLEANERS

On April 1, 2009 the Swiss Tourism Board released this video with the secret of why their mountains look so clean.

 

SWISS SPAGHETTI HARVEST

On April 1, 1957 the BBC news broadcast the following report which many feel is still one of the best media hoaxes ever.   At that time, pasta was not common in the U.K. so many believed the report.

WHAT COUNTRIES CELEBRATE APRIL FOOLS’ DAY?

April Fools’ Day (sometimes called April Fool’s Day or, in some countries, All Fools’ Day) is not a national holiday in any country, but it is well known in Canada, Europe, Australia, Brazil and the United States.