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20 English Collocations with the Word BREAK

20 English Collocations with the Word BREAK | Learning English is a Journey | Scoop.it
Break is one of the most common verbs in the English language. Here are some common collocations using the word break! = stop doing the habit = fracture
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Learn Conversational English Online by Watching Vlogs - YouTube

https://www.tofluency.com/tools - In this video lesson, I talk about how you can learn conversational English by watching vlogs online. Learn what vlogs are ...
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Do you know what is a vlog?

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Self-studying for IELTS: a tip for improving your speaking score

Self-studying for IELTS: a tip for improving your speaking score | Learning English is a Journey | Scoop.it
Update. I was delighted to hear that this post got shortlisted for Teaching English – British Council blog award. If you decide to vote for it (in which case, THANK YOU! :)), let them know by ‘liki...
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For those of you studying for IELTS, this post by Olya Sergeeva is a must read. 

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35 Idioms for class

35 Idioms for class | Learning English is a Journey | Scoop.it
Time to get Schooled!!! 35 classroom idioms and how to use them.
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Rob Howard's latest post.

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Best Music to Learn English

Best Music to Learn English | Learning English is a Journey | Scoop.it
Here are my top 5 music artists that English students should listen to. They have been chosen because they have clear pronunciation and great vocabulary.
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Which music artist do you find easy to follow?

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Learn the collocations with have

Learn the collocations with have | Learning English is a Journey | Scoop.it
Jason R. Levine produces some of the best videos for teaching and learning English online. You probably know his super famous rap on irregular verbs. However, for this post we agreed to create materia...
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#World English Language Day: The Influence of Technology on the English Language Over The Centuries | English with a Twist

#World English Language Day: The Influence of Technology on the English Language Over The Centuries | English with a Twist | Learning English is a Journey | Scoop.it
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25 English Expressions with the Word PAPER

25 English Expressions with the Word PAPER | Learning English is a Journey | Scoop.it
One unit of paper is called a sheet of paper or a piece of paper. If the paper has horizontal lines on it, then it is called lined paper or notebook pape
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Learning a language – 10 things you need to know

Learning a language – 10 things you need to know | Learning English is a Journey | Scoop.it
Thinking about learning a foreign language? From ignoring your age to avoiding the F-word, our multilingual experts share their tips
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12 British Legal Terms Explained

12 British Legal Terms Explained | Learning English is a Journey | Scoop.it
Although English courtroom dramas keep American fans riveted, some legal terms can be a bit of a muddle, leaving statesiders confused.
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For those of you who are interested in the British Legal System (excluding Scotland and Northern Ireland that have a different legal system), or like following British legal dramas, these terms could come in useful.

 

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How to Express and Accept an Apology in the English Language

How to Express and Accept an Apology in the English Language | Learning English is a Journey | Scoop.it
Learn different ways to express and accept an apology in English.
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A must if you're planning on spending any amount of time in the UK!

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How to Stop Worrying About your Language Talent [Infographic]

How to Stop Worrying About your Language Talent [Infographic] | Learning English is a Journey | Scoop.it
Today it occurred to me that we have not had an infographic on Fluent for a
while, and I fancy sharing another good one with you. I do collect cool
infographics related to language learning on my Pinterest boards, but every
now and then it's cool to do a deep dive.

Before I jump into the points I'll be making, I just want to point out that
my views on aptitude, attitude and training are not accepted by all.
Linguists do often maintain that some natural aptitude for language
learning exists. In fact, the military has apparently even started testing
for it. I am personally not in the camp of people who want to promote a
message of "There is a chance you have no talent for this project" simply
because becoming the best ever language learner is not the point. If you do
want to be an army quality translator in 6 months or become a finished
product in a minimal amount of time, it might be that you aren't cut out
for it. Let me tell you a story: I am not cut out for fitness. I grew up
overweight, heck, I am not exactly slim now. But I can swim a mile, run 10k
and do an hour of tough exercise these days. And I love it. My aptitude
does not matter when it comes to enriching my life.

So cut out the target of perfection, and think about whether your practice
is meaningful and right for you. Language learning aptitude may account for
how quickly you pick up a language, perhaps even whether your speaking
voice ends up beautiful and accent-free ten years into the future, but it
will not account for not even trying.

There Is No Such Thing As A Polyglot Gene

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Today's chosen infographic is this illustration of Malcolm Gladwell's
10,000 hour rule. When I first read his book Outliers, this principle was
absolutely fascinating to me. I had never even questioned the idea that
some people are just naturally born for being great at what they do. We are
often confronted with terms that reinforce this whole idea even more, for
example "child prodigy".

But Gladwell came out with some data (in the realm of pop science, of
course) investigating high achievers from a different angle, and found that
practice is mightier than talent in most cases.

How Can You Overcome The "No Talent" Fallacy

One of the most common misconceptions about language learning that I
encounter is this persistent idea that learning another language is a skill
that is open to an exclusive group of people. The English blame their whole
nation for being "rubbish at language learning." The active language
learners on the internet look up to "polyglots" who are awarded rock star
status. The real language learning masters though are invisible and just
get on with it. Click to Tweet This

If you want to make real progress and become one of those people that other
people consider talented, the secret is to practice. Gladwell says that
there is even a number of hours you can put on that practice: It is 10,000.
The hours add up with every second we spend deliberately practicing - and
that means focus, repetition and engagement.

Watching Youtube is Not Practice

According to this infographic, you can see that watching an expert perform
the task you want to master is not something that really helps you improve.
Neither is mindless repetition. Just like you can see in educational
settings, it's pointless to demonstrate.

Here are some interesting questions to get you thinking:

* Will 100 hours of Duolingo give you real progress or make you feel
frustrated enough to believe that you "have no talent"?
* Is accountability the most important aspect of 10,000 hours of
practice?
* How many hours can we get into 6 months?
* How many language learners are aware that practice in the second
foreign language will require so much less work than practice in the
first foreign language?

I would love to hear what you think. No matter what it is, here is the
bottom line: You are NOT missing a talent for language learning. You are
NOT making progress more slowly than others. Even The Beatles were not born
as great musicians. Neither was Mozart.

Get back to basics. Practice deliberately, embrace the learner status and
remember what you came to language learning for.

The Importance of Learning Skills

In my experience I have seen students succeed the most when their systems
and learning styles were set up very well. Students in full-time education
are in a learning habit, they take better notes and revise by habit which
gives them an advantage. In fact, this was part of the reasoning behind how
I wrote The Vocab Cookbook: It's designed to help language learners
understand a good vocabulary learning process and apply it easily. The idea
is to form habits that are easy for you, not creating extra burdens. Does
it work for you?

Thanks for reading this article on Fluent, the Language Learning Blog. If
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25 BEST WEBSITES FOR LEARNING ENGLISH

25 BEST WEBSITES FOR LEARNING ENGLISH | Learning English is a Journey | Scoop.it
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There is something for everyone.

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Do you like...? What's it like? Learn English with Simple English Videos - YouTube

You can see this video with a clickable transcript at our video website: http://www.SimpleEnglishVideos.com Many thanks to Jase and Kathy for appearing in th...
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This is an excellent video by Vicki Hollett to explain the use of "like" as a verb and preposition.

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17 Best Reasons to take a Conversation Course

17 Best Reasons to take a Conversation Course | Learning English is a Journey | Scoop.it
This week, a look at why you should consider conversation classes for furthering your advanced level skills.
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Rob Howard's latest post giving you some excellent reasons to start a conversation course. What are you waiting for?

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You've gotta fight, for your right, to learn.

You've gotta fight, for your right, to learn. | Learning English is a Journey | Scoop.it
The right match between teacher and student is extremely important towards success. Here are tips to help ensure the fit.
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The course is yours, the learner. If it's not working for you, talk to your teacher. But remember to give positive feedback, too. We teachers appreciate it!

Good tips from Rob Howard's Online Language Center. 

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Learn Languages Better – A Language Learner Once Again (feat. Vicky Loras)

Learn Languages Better – A Language Learner Once Again (feat. Vicky Loras) | Learning English is a Journey | Scoop.it
it gives me great pleasure to feature Vicky Loras as a guest author on my blog tonight. I've known her blog about education for a long time, and I admire the...
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A language teacher as a language learner - featuring the lovely Vicky Loras.

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Miss or Lose? Learn English with Simple English Videos - YouTube

You can see this video with a clickable transcript at our video website: http://www.SimpleEnglishVideos.com We also make videos for organizations - promotion...
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 Another excellent video from Vicki Hollett.

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Preparing for IELTS: Useful Links

Preparing for IELTS: Useful Links | Learning English is a Journey | Scoop.it
Are you currently preparing for the IELTS exam? If so, you might have noticed that there is a lot of stuff available on the internet to help you. But where do you start? Here! This post gives you a...
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For those of you preparing for IELTS, these links prepared by Lizzie Pinard might be of real help.

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How to Study Vocabulary Words

How to Study Vocabulary Words | Learning English is a Journey | Scoop.it
5 useful methods you can start using today to learn new words effectively.
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Some useful tips from Really Learn English

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How long does it take? Learn English with Simple English Videos - YouTube

To see a video on 'How long does it last?' follow this link:http://youtu.be/VMQFXrf6XqI To see a video on the difference between the verbs 'take' and 'last',...
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How long does it take? We use this expression to refer to time and journeys.

This video shows you how to use it. 

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High or Tall? Learn English with Simple English Videos - YouTube

You can see this video with a clickable transcript at our video website: http://www.simpleEnglishvideos.com/vocabulary Follow me on twitter @VickiVideos so y...
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Tall or high - which one to use and when? This video by the wonderful Vicki Hollett gives you a simple but clear explanation.

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Am I too old to learn a new language?

Am I too old to learn a new language? | Learning English is a Journey | Scoop.it
The brain's neuroplasticity decreases with age, but this shouldn't put off older learners – they do have some advantages
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It's not too late, folks. Let's do this!

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5 Verb Mistakes You Should Stop Making Today

5 Verb Mistakes You Should Stop Making Today | Learning English is a Journey | Scoop.it
Grammarly blog
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A useful reminder.

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Verb Mistakes which should not be done..!!