FAVORITE ENGLISH TIPS FROM AN E.S.L. TUTOR:

LEARN ENGLISH: ‘ITS’ OR ‘IT’S’?

As you learn English in my private classes, you will learn English correctly — more correctly, sometimes, than Americans! I very often see the words its and it’s written wrong, in both America and England.  I even see them wrong on big public signs. The apostrophe (‘), of course, is the difference between its and […]

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LEARN ENGLISH: THE “HIS” AND “HERS” PROBLEM

As you learn English, you will see that English, like all languages, is constantly changing.  Even Americans sometimes say they have to learn English constantly:  They mean they must learn English as it is used today, not learn English as it was yesterday! One of the biggest changes in English in the last 30 years […]

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LEARN ENGLISH: BRITISH OR AMERICAN ACCENT?

Foreigners who learn English as a Second Language (E.S.L.) often ask me whether they should learn English with an American or learn English with a British accent.  I am in favor of  the American accent. This is a subject that interests me very much.  Accents are a specialty of mine, and I have lived as […]

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LEARN ENGLISH: GREAT SPELLING RULES

As you learn English, you will see that to learn English spelling is not always easy, for foreign students or even for Americans! Here are some simple spelling rules for some familiar problems as you learn English spelling: 1) “I-E” or “E-I”? If the word is pronounced “ee,” it is usually “I-E,” with some important […]

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LEARN ENGLISH: 3 KINDS OF “TO”

Foreign students who learn English are sometimes amazed to learn that a simple sound like “to” is spelled three different ways: to, two, and too. It is very easy to tell the difference: Two only means the number 2. Too means also or more than enough (including an extreme).  (Peter went too.  It was too […]

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