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Purpose Vs Goal – Practical Explanation

Mastering synonyms is one of the most important skills for speaking fluent English. Did you know, for example, that the English word “beautiful” has over 60 synonyms they use in everyday conversations? How many of those do your students use when speaking English? Synonyms for “beautiful” are the subject of another article. Today we’re going to…

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61 Synonyms for “Beautiful” and the Key to English Mastery

English has tons of synonyms for every concept. However, students need to understand the differences between them and how they’re really used in everyday conversations. Imagine one of your students goes into a room full of British and American people and he starts talking to them. He gets into an exciting conversation, he feels like…

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Why The Eskimos Have 53 Words for Snow

Language reflects culture. Speaking a new language gives students a new pair of glasses to look at the world. This is my philosophy with English mastery too. If your students want to master English, they need to master the Anglo-Saxon way of seeing the world, their culture and mentality. But what does it all mean in…

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Ken Hale: The Guy Who Spoke 50 Languages

Ken Hale could speak 50 (yes, fifty!) foreign languages. He was a professor at MIT until his death in 2001. “Was he sitting all day learning languages?” – one of my students asked. Well, not really. He grew up on a ranch in Arizona. He loved rodeos and bull riding. Ken even won some rodeo…

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Intensive Reading: Grow Your Students’ Active Vocabulary by 500%

Students can increase their active vocabulary 5 times just by doing so-called “intensive reading”. Intensive reading is one of the least talked about and least understood way of practicing English but it’s incredibly powerful. I learned almost every single language I know this way (in large part). For example, a few years ago I was…

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The English Communication Secret I Learned The Painful Way

There’s a communication secret I promised to tell you last time. In fact, I learned this the hard way. I didn’t know about it when I first visited England. Even though I read lots of books, passed language exams with excellent results but still, nobody really prepared me for real-life communication with the English. It’s not…

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