10 ways to improve your English fast.

Get better at English fast

Get better at English fast

 

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I decided to create a post detailing how to get better at English. I am doing a list because they are popular right now. This is based on my 8 years dealing with and helping students to improve. It is also based on my own 6 year study of Japanese. In the future, I will go into them in m0re detail.

Top Ten ways to improve English

1) Decide what your weakest point is. Is it grammar, listening, speaking, writing or reading?

2) Decide why you are learning English. This will affect your steps to improvement.

3) If you have problems with grammar, you need to read study books or you can ask me here. With 8 years experience, I can answer quickly.

4) If you have problems listening, listen to music. Listen to music from different countries, Some recommendations – USA – The Beach Boys, UK – The Beatles, Australia – AC/DC

5) If you have problems speaking, do Skype lessons with me or go to a local English school.

6) If you have problems writing, write more. Try these challenges, I will give you feedback.

7) If you have problems reading, choose something you are interested in and read it. Go to Q&A if you want help choosing a book or website

8) If you have problems writing, write a diary. Try to write about interesting things to stretch your vocabulary.

9) To build your vocabulary, make a list of 5 or 10 new words a day and study them before you sleep.

10) Have fun learning English. This blog is created with the goal of making English fun. Try you’ll be surprised how much fun you can have and how much I can help you.

That is my list. Come back soon for more detailed advice and please ask me questions.

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About EZEnglish

EZEnglish – The fun and easy way to study English. Choose your English level or an option from the buttons above.

Helping the world speak English.

Helping the world speak English.

I teach English as a foreign language. I have been living and teaching English in Japan for 8 years. I plan to use this website as a resource for my students. Feel free to use anything to study or teach. I am open to contributions from anyone. If you wish to add a contribution, send an email to cgdaly1@hotmail.com. Anything that is posted on this site may be sold.

I will give the author 50% of any profit.

I will take 40%.

The other 10% will go to a charity.

Please contribute any way you can to produce excellent content for English learners.

My first challenge– I will only choose the best one. A hand drawn picture of Japan.
Here are the entrants so far

A hand drawn picture of Japan:

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japan

japam

dadsmap

 

 

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Can anyone write a cob the dog story?

All words must be phonetically regular. Fat, ben, sim, pot, mug are phonetically regular. The letters are representing the natural or most common pronunciation. Put is an example of a phonetically irregular. Most 3 letter words are phonetically irregular. Ape, eat for example let is phonetically correct 3 letter word. Just think of the difference between cap and cape the “a” sound in the word “cape” . Most two letter words are phonetically regular. Look at my example

Cob the dog went to Japan. Cob was sad. He had one box. The box had a cap, ham, bud, jam jar, keg, bat, bib and bad art in it. The box was big. The box was red, white andblue. In the end, Cob landed in Japan and met Tom the fat cat.

 

Words that are not pronounced regularly. They are called sight words. Can anyone produce one with only 5 sight words? I have used 6 sight words. They are in bold.

Rules

Stories must be about 100 words long

Stories can only have 5 sight words

Stories are about cob the dog

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Write for jpinfo!

I have recently discovered a great website jpninfo.com

Try to write an article for this website and I will help you with your English. Email me at cgdaly1@hotmail.com for help or

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Draw a picture of the following adjectives

Study and learn English

Please draw a picture to represent these adjectives

1) Small

2) Big

3) High

4) Low

5) Fast

6) Slow

7) Hot

8) Cold

9) Strong

10) Weak

Let’s study and learn English!

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Let’s study the be verb

Study and learn English

To help beginners to study English. Lets start with the be verb.

The be verb must match the subject.

I am – He/She/It is – They/We/You are

To study English, write 6 sentences. 2 with am, 2 with is and 2 with are. Five sentences should be true. One should be a lie. Try to guess which one is the lie by using a negative be sentence.

For example,

I am an English teacher.

I am from England.

My brother is a salesman.

Spongebob is cute.

My wife and I are funny.

Japanese people are serious and kind.

Answer

I am not from England.

Good luck learning English. Please comment and try this challenge

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Read this article and do the challenges to improve your English

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http://time.com/3000978/the-emojis-strange-power/

The Emoji’s Strange Power

The Internet’s favorite icon can do much more than decorate a tweet

Much of the world’s information may now be saved in the virtual cloud, but the first data-storage systems were simple drawings like this: . Humans have been using images to communicate for millennia, since long before written language existed. Emoji, the latest example of that pictorial impulse, have become such a critical part of our hyperconnected exchanges that they are emerging as a dialect all their own.

Named by combining the Japanese words for picture (e-) and character (moji), emoji are the alphanumeric-size graphics that tweeters, texters and emailers around the world are now using thousands of times every second. They are the meant to show affection at the end of a flirty text and the sent to say, Just whatever. The panda faces and winking ghosts may be easy fodder for Grandpa’s next screed about how kids are ruining the English language (), but many scholars have come to see emoji as an important tool, helping restore the context that has been lost as in-person communication has given way to inboxes.

“It’s easy to write them off as just silly little smiley faces or thumbs-up,” says sociolinguist Ben Zimmer, the executive producer of Vocabulary.com. “But there’s an awful lot of people who are very interested in treating them seriously.”

Among them are academics, entrepreneurs and some of the world’s largest tech companies, who see big potential in these little icons. The Unicode Consortium–an organization that standardizes digital code so text can be exchanged no matter the device or language–coded roughly 250 emoji this summer, giving software giants a way to ensure that a sent from an iPhone shows up as a on a Samsung. A fan’s video of Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love” that used emoji to narrate the lyrics () became such a viral hit that it prompted the star to sell emoji shirts. Others have gained online followings by using emoji to sum up famous movie quotes (“I see dead people”:), as inspiration for ad campaigns or as material for puzzle apps. But that may just be the beginning.

Signs for the Times

The modern roots of emoji can be traced to a digital miscommunication. In 1982, the computer-science staff at Carnegie Mellon had taken to bantering on online discussion boards, but jokes often failed to translate. To prevent the long tirades that resulted from the misunderstandings, research professor Scott Fahlman suggested that sarcastic messages be labeled with a smiley sign like this 🙂 . It worked, and soon after came the displeased 😦 , the winky 😉 and the embarrassed XD. Those rudimentary signals of emotion got an upgrade in 1999, when Shigetaka Kurita, a Japanese telecommunications planner, figured visual cues could improve communication on mobile phones. Inspired by Japanese comics and street signs, he sketched ideas that were soon brought to life, copied by other companies and transmitted all over Japan.

When Kurita drew the first emoji, only half of U.S. households had computers. Now the total number of words in all text messages sent every three months exceeds the word count of all books ever published, according to text-analytics firm Idibon. These rapid-fire communiqués lend themselves to the efficiency that visuals like or provide. In person, we can suss out what someone is really saying through a furrowed brow or nasal tone. Images help translate those cues for the digital world. “Emoticons and emoji provide this nice shorthand,” says Idibon’s Tyler Schnoebelen, who studied emoticons at Stanford. In a text, softening a declarative statement might take two long sentences–or a single .

That electronic economy can pay real-life dividends, as Facebook engineers have discovered. Say someone puts up a photo of you that you find . Facebook lets you click “I don’t like this post” and send a polite plea to the poster, asking that it be taken down. When the complainant includes emoji like a simple flushed face (), the odds of getting a response improve.

The team also found that people are more likely to use an image when the emotion it expresses is clear, so Facebook worked with University of California, Berkeley, psychologist Dacher Keltner and Pixar artist Matt Jones to develop a set of what they call stickers, based on descriptions of human expressions chronicled by Charles Darwin in 1872. Analyzing how the use of those emoji corresponded to life offline, Keltner found that the richer the array of emotions expressed, the happier and healthier users tended to be. They also turned up some national tendencies. Canadians, for instance, are much more likely to express sympathy (sympathy)than Americans are. “The kind of emoji that you send on a regular basis really tell you something about your personal life and the kind of culture you live in,” Keltner says.

There is no standard catalog of emoji. Unicode can tell companies like Apple or Google that certain bits of code should show up as a smiley face, but it’s up to software manufacturers whether that is displayed like or android. Countless apps provide other options. But the most familiar emoji are the set Apple included as a native feature in its 2011 system update, which started the emoji explosion in the U.S.

That’s the set that Fred Benenson, a data engineer at Kickstarter, used when organizing a complete retelling of Moby Dick through emoji. Added to the Library of Congress in 2013, Emoji Dick begins, . As any Melville aficionado knows, that’s a rough equivalent of “Call me Ishmael.” But the fact that non-Melvillites would likely be confused highlights the limitations of emoji: while they may be obvious in some cases, the meaning of many is vague (see: ). Context can complicate even the simplest smiley face. And the roughly 1,500 emoji identified by Unicode are hardly a replacement for the 250,000-plus words in English or the variety of the real world. Standard emoji sets, for instance, aren’t ethnically diverse, filled with  and . Apple has promised that more inclusive emoji are coming.

The difficulty of translating life into icons isn’t putting off businesses like the Noun Project, which aims to create a “visual dictionary,” eventually hosting an icon for every object, like a car wash ( ), and concept, like being drunk (). It currently boasts 60,000, used by customers ranging from ad agencies to doctors communicating with autistic patients. Even more ambitious are projects like iConji. Like Renaissance thinker Francis Bacon, founder Kai Statts believes he can build a single language uniting strangers from Mumbai to Manhattan. Among the challenges he’s faced in doing so with symbols: distinguishing between this  and that . Meanwhile, a British company, Emojli, is attempting to create the world’s first emoji-only social network, where words aren’t allowed. “Many people have hoped for something that was both a language and beyond anything we know as a language,” says Zimmer. “With emoji, that’s more of a possibility. It’s just a question of what we do with it.”

Activities

bantering, emerge, flirty, fodder, screed, viral hit, giants, show up, write them off, inspiration, standardize, tirade, rudimentary, dividends, odds, tendencies, distinguish, vague

Choose one of the word or phrases above to complete the sentences. Remember to use the word in its correct form.

I asked her to write another document outlining her plan. I couldn’t understand the first document clearly because her instructions were too ________.

I only studied biology for one year in high school. I only have a __________ understanding of the subject.

The ______ of them getting married are exceptionally good. They have been together for a long time and she has recently announced that she is pregnant.

I have a _________ to listen to music while I ride my bicycle.

The teachers ________ about us not doing our homework was long and boring.

Liverpool still have an outside chance of winning the game. Don’t _____________ .

She touched my shoulder in a _________ manner. I think she likes me.

My friend’s youtube video is a _________. More than 2,000,000 people have watched it.

There is something wrong with your document. I double click the icon, but it won’t __________ on my screen.

He likes to __________. He is always telling jokes and making funny remarks.

Questions about the article

1)Why are emoji becoming a dialect of their own?

2)Where does the word emoji come from?

3)Why are emoji an important communication tool?

4) What does the Unicode Consortium do?

5)Why were emoji created?

6)How many words are sent in text messages every 3 months?

7)What did Keltner discover?

8)What are two downsides of emoji?

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On a train role play

On a train

Imagine you are in this situation. You want to sit down. What would you say? How could you start a small talk conversation? Please write your ideas in the comment section. We will do a role play. I will play the part of the other passengers.

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