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5 Ways journal writing improves your English

journal writing

Journal writing in English may not be at the top of your to-do list in 2016, but perhaps it should be. Keeping a journal is rewarding, providing a space for reflection and  a way to record your days. Not only are they a place for self-expression, but journals are also an effective tool for improving your English. If you’re not sure if… Read More

Dictation that makes a difference


Dictation is a long-used method for improving language skills. Traditional dictations require the listener to write word-for-word what is said by either a teacher or recording. This time-tested method requires a variety of language skills such as listening, grammatical, vocabulary, and spelling skills. Dictation Practice Listen to these four sentences several times, writing down exactly… Read More

Secrets of Successful Language Learners

What are the secrets of successful language learners? ESL Online Magazine interviewed one successful learner in last week’s post. Here’s more of what Evelyn has to say: Successful language learning starts with mimicry Go where your heart leads you, cars, sports, science, economics… It really doesn’t matter, but what matters is that you need to… Read More

More on making bread

In the last installment of ESL Online Magazine, we introduced many ways that bread has found its way into the English language. If you missed it, you can read it here. In today’s post, I’d like to share my favorite bread recipe and a poem that you can use to improve your pronunciation, though not… Read More