How to increase your English vocabulary

Pile Of Words

As you learn English you face the big challenge of learning and remembering new words and expressions.

How can you increase your vocabulary and become a great communicator in English?

The best strategy is to be exposed to a variety of English through reading, listening and speaking;  writing down new words to help you remember then using these new words in your daily life.

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How to speak Australian – abbreviate everything!


How to speak Australian? Abbreviate everything!  In this video I share the video by hijosh with a transcription of all the words.

I often show this video to my students. The word list and following questions can be used in an ESL lesson.

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Do you know the world population?

countries-by-population-size-1.pngIn my English teaching we often have the topic of world population and how many people live in Australia, Sydney or the student’s own country.

Here is a quick quiz: Do you know the world population now (in April 2018) in billion? (a) 6 (b) 7.5  (c) 8  (d) 8.5

Which are the 5 most populated countries?

What is the population of Australia?   23, 24, 25 or 26 million?

What is the population of your country?

You should know the answers to these general knowledge questions! Read on for the facts.

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Top 10 Inventions of the past 100 years

inventorWhat do you think are the most important inventions of the last 100 years?

In a recent ESL lesson I asked the students to discuss what they thought were the most important inventions.  Naturally they named the mobile phone as something they couldn’t live without.

I showed the following video, but before you watch it make your list of the greatest and most practical innovations.  You can find the top 10 list at the end of the article.

What would life be like without this invention?

How would it impact your life?

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Irregular English Verb list

Irregular Verbs
Irregular Verbs

A big challenge for people learning English is remembering the many common irregular verbs.   Native speakers probably don’t think about how verb tenses are made.  Irregular verbs can be confusing!  Swim, Swam, SwumRead, Read, ReadGo, Went, Gone.

The purpose of this post is to share an A4 sized chart I made of 147 irregular verbs, Click the link to download the PDF: Irregular Verb list PDF file

Did you know the most common irregular verbs are be, do, have, go, get, say, see, think, make, take, come and know?

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