Poetry can be really difficult when you're learning another language. Or does it really have to be so? Can you take something that seems daunting (difficult), and turn it into a learning experience? I'll show you some great ways to use poetry to improve your English. I'll also introduce you to a couple of fun poets that are hilarious. (Watch until the end!)
Imagine that you're having a conversation with a friend in English, and they say something like, "I hate peanut butter." How do you respond to that? Is it "Me, either," "Me, too," or "Me, neither"?
These phrases can be really confusing to English learners, and they often use them incorrectly.
I've taken all of my Instagram (@empowerenglish, if you want to follow me there) video lessons for you and put them into one video so that you can learn how to use these phrases properly.
When you're studying for the IELTS, TOEFL, or you just want to improve your conversational English, you may feel like giving up. However, you have to keep persevering, or working toward your goal. Here are some idioms to improve your vocabulary about perseverance that you can use to up ("Up" is used as a verb here.) your vocabulary score and your confidence.
Improve your knowledge of soft skills and how to use them in your job search to help you get the job you want!
When you're in your next meeting or presentation, listen for the idioms in the video below that use the words "give" and "take." They'll help you to understand the flow of the conversation. Then try to use them in your emails, presentations, or in your conversations with your colleagues to improve your English!
You can improve your listening comprehension for the IELTS exam or for understanding presentations and lectures when you listen for the very transition words you use when you're writing an essay or speech.
These transition words tell you what the speaker is trying to tell you that may not be very obvious. They may be trying to emphasize a point, relate to something they said earlier, illustrate a concept, etc. When you can identify the function of the transition words you hear, you're going to better understand what is being said.
Check out this compilation video for some short, helpful lessons to improve your listening comprehension in English.
Managers who are learning English may sometimes struggle with the right way to express something to their employees.
Here are two dictation exercises that show a way to deal with wanting to 1.) express appreciation to a subordinate and 2.) to check in on an employee's progress with a certain project they're working on.
Listen to the exercises, and write down what you hear. Check the video again to make sure you got it right. Best wishes!