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Is Learning English your New Year’s resolution?

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It is the beginning of the new year and many people like to make New Year’s resolutions. So, what is a New Year’s resolution?  It is a promise we make to ourselves to improve something in our lives.   Here are ten of the most common resolutions:

  1. lose weight
  2. quit smoking
  3. get out of debt and save money
  4. get in shape
  5. eat healthy food
  6. drink less alcohol
  7. volunteer
  8. get a better job
  9. spend more time with family
  10. learn a new language

So, what are your new Year’s resolutions?  If improving your English is one of them, here are 3 tips to help get you started:

  • STUDY ENGLISH EVERY DAY.  Whether you study for one hour or ten minutes, make learning English part of your everyday life.
  • LEARN AT LEAST ONE NEW WORD A DAY. Sign up for a ‘word of the day email’ and try to use that new word throughout the day in speaking and/or in writing.
  • WRITE DOWN NEW EXPRESSIONS YOU HEAR. Keep a list of these new expressions on your smart phone (if you have an iPhone you can use the ‘notes’ app). Learn the meaning of these expressions and ask your English teacher or English-speaking friend how to use these expressions in conversation.  Lastly, start using them:)
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SHARKS!

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Did you know the movie, “Jaws” was released in theaters almost forty years ago!  In honor of the great film, here is a great photo and short article about the interesting creature.   

STAKING OUT  THE GREAT WHITE SHARK

After reading the article, here are some activities you can try:

1.  Describe the picture.  What is happening?  What verb would you use to describe what the shark is doing?   

2. The article discusses the need to “repair the animal’s reputation”.  What does the author mean by this statement?

3.  Muller says that waiting for a shark to appear is an “intense experience”.  What do you think he means?

4. Muller has a book ‘coming out’ in 2015.  What does this mean?

Interesting Vocabulary:

  • premiere (noun)
  • diligently (adverb)
  • capture (verb)
  • decoy (noun) 
  • prey (noun)

See if you can use these words in sentences.   

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Hello English Learners!

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Hi everyone and welcome.  My name is Jennifer and  my blog is about learning English.  Here I will share ideas on how to improve your English communication skills.  The most important thing to remember is that learning English should be fun.  If you are dreading your next English class, you may need to consider learning in a new way.   Also, know your English goals.

  • Do you want to be able to have a conversation with a native English speaker?
  • Do you want to be able to watch American television shows without using subtitles?
  • Will better English ability help you at your job?
  • Do you need an 800 on your TOEIC exam?
  • Do you want to sound like a native-English speaker?

No matter what your goals are, I look forward to helping you get better at using English.    You can learn more about me by clicking here.

 

Thanks,
Jennifer

 

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