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The Benefits of Learning English Online

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Are you a non-native English speaker? If not, then the next questions is: Are you a professional that is pursuing a career in which fluent English is a necessity? In the global market that we are in today, speaking professional and business English is becoming more and more important. With the use of internet , smartphones, and Skype, the English language has become a vital part of many professions around the world. Regardless of what industry you are in, nowadays most international business communication is done in English.

With easy access to the online world, there is a great opportunity to use this technology for learning English online. With online English courses, you have the opportunity to speak with Native English speaking professors from anywhere in the world. We use a dynamic and interactive curriculum which results in rapid and visible progress. Using Skype, Google, Youtube, and many other online resources, we help ESL students toward their goal of speaking English with confidence.

Our curriculum largely focuses on Business English. We believe that writing (e-mails, presentations) listening, and conversation skills are imperative to a good overall knowledge of the English language. Business professionals around the world need to master both formal and conversational English in order to succeed in multinational organizations, and we make sure that you are ready to reach that level.

A good online learning system focuses on: Business English, Listening, Reading, Pronunciation,Phrasal Verbs, Conversation, and Writing. It’s also important to study in a private class environment. Many language specialists believe that the best way to learn a language online is through taking private classes. This ensures that each student receives the individual, focused attention that is necessary to be comfortable speaking in a public professional setting. No two learners are equal, which is why we develop an original study plan for each of our students, based on what you need to improve.

If you need to improve your business English, learning online via Skype is a great option. After a long work day, people don’t have the time nor energy to go to an English school. You’re tired, and you have other responsiblities. With an online English course you can get home from work, and easily schedule a time for your class when it’s most convenient for you. Get comfortable, turn on your PC, log in to Skype, and get ready for class! With intenet access, a microphone, and Skype, it’s really that simple.

At Express-English, we have the tools that will take your English to the next level, and we are looking forward to sharing those tools with you. Send us an e-mail or a message on Skype today to have your free trial Professional Online English Class. We look forward to speaking with you!

 

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Learn English Phrases: English Phrases using “Walk”

Learn English Phrases: English Phrases using “Walk”

Learn Common English Phrases: English Phrases and English Phrasal Verbs using “Walk”

English phrases and phrasal verbs are an absolute necessity when learning to speak the English language. Local phrases will help take your spoken English to the next level, and will help you sound like a native speaker.  You don’t want to learn English so that you can pass a test, you want to be able to speak English and communicate with people that you encounter both in your career, in your everyday life, and your travels.

Today’s FREE online English lesson will present some phrases using the word “walk.” Read through the following phrases and phrasal verbs, study them, and add them to your English vocabulary!

Phrasal Verb: “Walk around” – To walk around without any particular goal or destination. This phrase is used often when visiting a new city, a new part of town, or even a museum, to discuss the action of walking through the various parts of this location, without a specific plan.

Example: “Jen and I walked around the city for nearly 3 hours this afternoon.”

Phrasal Verb“Walk in” – To enter a place by means of walking, often a home or apartment. This can also be a synonym for “arrive” or “get home.”

Example: “I just walked in 5 minutes ago. Let me get changed and then we can talk about dinner.”

Phrasal Verb: “Walk into” – To accidently collide with something while you are walking. This can end up being very painful!

Example: “I walked into the corner of the table and now my knee is bruised.”

Phrase of the Day:  “A Walk in the Park” – An easy job, something that is not difficult at all to complete.

Example: “My creative writing class is a walk in the park. It’s definitely my easiest class.”

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English Idioms: To be on the same page

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Have you ever heard the phrase “to be on the same page (as somebody else)”?

This is an English idiom that I like to use with my students in our online English classes. Idioms like this are important for attaining fluency and advanced spoken English, especially when speaking English in a professional setting.

Here’s an example:  ”This morning I met with my boss to discuss the progress of the new project. I just wanted to make sure that we were both on the same page.”

This is a commonly used phrase in the United States that can be used to describe a situation where two people (or a group of people) have the same knowledge and information, and are in agreement about a certain plan or strategy. This can also represent the process of sharing new information, or ensuring that both parties clearly understand the other’s perspective in a professional setting.

Sometimes people say “We’re not on the same page.”, or “We have to get on the same page.” Also, it is possible to use the word “wavelength” instead of “page” in certain cases.

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English Reading Comprehension – Life on other Planets?

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One of the most important aspects of learning English is reading comprehension. Reading articles will help you improve your sentence structure, English Vocabulary, and phrasal verbs. One advantage of taking online English classes with Express-English is that we make use of the countless online resources which are available to us. BBC online is a great resource for reading articles and watching videos, both of which are essential tools for English students of all levels.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21350899

This article from the BBC website discusses some recent discoveries reported by NASA. The Kepler space telescope has been taking photos of various patches of sky, using a special method to locate planets that have similar qualities, sizes, and orbit as the Earth. The main goal of the investigation is to determine how many earth-like planets exist near our solar system, and how many of the planets have the elemental qualities which are necessary to sustain life.

Read the article, and then answer the following English Comprehension Questions:

  1. How do they determine which planets could sustain life? 
  2. How many exoplanets have been discovered?
  3. What conditions are necessary for an area to be considered a habitable zone?
  4. Do you believe in alien life forms?

English Vocabulary Review

  • Dim - not bright; obscure from lack of light or emitted light
  • Cosy (Cozy in the U.S.) - snugly warm and comfortable
  • Far better than – in this case, far is used as an adjective for “much”
  • Heart of the issue – the most important aspects of a situation
  • abound - to occur or exist in great quantities or numbers
  • implication -  a sign or an indication, suggested as naturally to be inferred or understood
  • Pluck Out - to pull off or out from the place of growth, as fruit, flowers, feathers
  • Colloquial - characteristic of ordinary or familiar conversation rather than formal speech, also known as informal/local slang
  • Tip of the iceberg - this is used metaphorically, to describe something that can be easily observed, but not the rest of it, which is hidden

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The Universal Language

What is language? When you hear somebody talking about “the universal language,” what do you think of? You may have guessed that this blog post would be about learning English, considering this is the site of my online English School, however today I am going to discuss something a bit different: Music.

Music is a language which transcends the typical forms of communication; speech, words, phrases, colloquialisms. Although music and language are very closely related, I’d like to discuss some of the differences between the two.

The most direct, informative method of human communication is through spoken language. Language in general, consists of an alphabet, or letters which are arranged into words, and then combined in various ways to construct sentences, or phrases. I think we can all agree that this is the basis of most human communication. The point that I would like to exemplify here, is that the majority of the our communication is based on the literary definition of the words which we are using.

  • Here’s a simple example: I’m hungry, I’m going to make myself some pasta.
  • Or: I’m tired because I had to wake up at 5:00 AM today.

I have to admit, that I absolutely love language. It’s incredible to be able to communicate so specifically, the way that we are feeling, what we are thinking, our hopes, our desires, anything and everything.  One of my greatest passions in life is learning new languages, and one day I hope to be able speak several different languages. For now, I’ll just have to settle for English, Spanish, and a bit of Portuguese. My favorite language of all however, is one that everybody can speak, but also one of the most difficult to master: Music.

For as long as I can remember, Music has been a very important part of my life.  As a child, my parents would play records or listen to cassette tapes in the car, and as an adult, music has become a presence in my life on a daily basis. Music has always fascinated me, and continues to do so more and more each day. Of course, a large portion of modern music contains lyrics, which results in a more direct form of communication. What a concept! Literal messages combined with a  musical twist! This is one of the reasons that I love Hip-Hop: music mixed with poetry or story-telling.

The type of music that I’d like to focus on today though, is Jazz. Jazz, unless accompanied by a singer, is purely instrumental. Obviously, there are thousands of different genres of instrumental music, however my personal favorite is Jazz. The great Jazz musicians are complete masters of their instruments, or virtuosos. When a musician has such natural ability to play an instrument, it truly allows them to be able to purely express themselves, their emotions, their feelings, and their mental state through the music.

Let’s take a look at one of my favorite Jazz Pianists: Thelonious Monk. Here is a video of him and his quartet playing the song “Blue Monk” in Oslo in 1966.

Just by watching and listening to the musicians, it tells you something about their feeling, their mood.

Here’s another of my favorites. This one is by Art Blakey (one of my favorite Jazz drummers) and the Jazz Messngers, called “Dat Dere.”

Just watching these videos and listening to the interaction of the musicians fills me with emotion. What about you? How does this music make you feel, when you focus in on it and forget about everything else? This is what I was referring to when I spoke about Music being the universal language. It doesn’t matter what language you speak, nor does it matter if you understand the words in this blog post! Anybody on the planet, (or better yet, the universe) that has the sense of hearing sound can understand something from listening to music.

  • How do these videos make you feel?
  • What is your favorite kind of music and why?
  • Be sure to check the vocabulary words written in BOLD print!
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