What’s the most recognizable landmark in New York City?
How long is your layover in Amerstdam?
Do you have to check into the hotel by a certain time?
It will take about an hour to clear customs. Make sure that you have filled out the T27J before you head to the customs officer.
Learn some important travel vocabulary.
Proper pronunciation in English is a combination of the right sounds and rhythm. The rhythm of English is how we understand words and meaning.
The Writer’s Almanac is a great resource to practice proper pronunciation, especially rhythm. The website publishes a different poem and recording every day. The poems and accompanying recording are very valuable resources for students who want to practice pronunciation on their own.
Read the post to get the definitions and examples of the words in use.
Download a pdf list of the 30 most common verbs in the English language. Many of the most common words in English are irregular, so I have included the past simple verb form and the past participle (for the perfect tenses).
If you are feeling overwhelmed by the irregular verbs in English. Start small and start with this list because these verbs are the most common, so the most useful.
It’s spring in Montreal! I am checking the weather forecast every day (some would say religiously) trying to figure out when I will be able to start gardening. Last night the temperature went below zero and we had frost. This spring is cooler than usual. At least it is sunny. It has been rather dry too; we haven’t had any rain in a week. Usually, it rains a lot during the spring. The saying goes: “April showers bring May flowers.” So I hope that I still have lots of flowers in May!
I hope that the weather heats up soon!
It’s a great way to learn how ordinary people speak. about themselves. There are great examples of everyday expressions.
Most podcasts for beginners are either newscasts, language instruction or simulated conversations. Sometimes, they are a combination of all three!
Grammarly has come out with a free version. I use a similar tool in French and wanted something good to offer my students. For the last 2 months, my students and I have been using Grammarly for emails and written assignments. It’s a free tool that checks spelling and grammar.
Overall, we appreciated the tool. It caught mistakes, was easy to use, provided synonyms and gave them a sense of security. It is a decent tool for students and professionals who write English at a beginner and immediate level. If students are at a higher level, the program, even the premium version, probably won’t be very useful.