Do you use vending machines?

I live in Japan. In Japan there are many vending machines around, many many many vending machines!  What’s a vending machine? A vending machine is a machine which sells items like snacks, drinks, alcohol, cigarettes, etc. to customers automatically, after the customer inserts money or credit into the machine. Click the link below for audio pronunciation Vending machines most often sell soft drinks. How …

English study tip! Preparing English to tell your own story

Do you do anything that’s unusual? Do you have an odd hobby? Prepare to talk about these things in English! This is a great way increase your vocabulary and remember new words. It’s also a great chance to talk about yourself with others! Let me explain what I mean with an example. On Wednesday I went to a Red Cross …

English study tip – Write an English Journal

Writing an English journal is helpful for practicing new vocabulary.  Write about your day in English using adjectives to describe events and your feelings.  The journal doesn’t have to be too complicated. It can be simple, just 2 or 3 sentences. Try to use any new words you have learned recently or words that you have trouble remembering.  Write about interesting …

Making a schedule – setting time to study English

Hello to all my students, followers and friends.  Today I want to show you why it’s important to have a schedule: Next I want to share with you a strategy that you can use to make your own schedule, and an app I use on my computer, smartphone and tablet PC to keep my schedule organized. Very basic! How to …

2013 – A year in review *REVIEW!

Review!  Reviewing your new language practice is very very important! Remember when you were a child? You were hearing and using 1st language every day, that’s how you learn. You learn it, and then you use it. You talk with people,  you read books or magazines,  listen to music,  read directions, watch TV etc.  This is review. Learning a 2nd …

English Learning strategy

English Learning strategy Have a schedule. Set a regular schedule for English practice. Think about when you were a child, how did you learn your native language? How often did you use it? Every day. How often did you listen to it? Every day. How often did you read or see something new? Every day. Now we are adults, we …

My 3 best tricks for learning English – BONUS TIP

My 3 best tricks for learning English BONUS TIP I have been giving you tips for learning English all week, here is one more that I don’t want to forget. Use your favorite English movies to help you improve. I often tell my students to watch their favorite English movie (or TV show) on DVD with English subtitles. This way you can …

My 3 best tricks for learning English #1

My 3 best tricks for learning English My number 1 trick for great English practice Here is my #1 secret for learning a new language. Are you ready? Talk! Talk a lot! Talk about what you know, what you do, what you did, what you will you do and what you want to do. Talk about things that interest you …

My 3 best tricks for learning English #2

My 3 best tricks for learning English Number 2 Tips for Reading/Listening Choose topics that are interesting to you. Follow your hobbies, interests or job topics. If you listen to English audio but you can’t connect to the topics, you will get bored. If you are bored you won’t want to study. If you read English books or English news …