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You can always find great English resources on the World Wide Web!

There are a lot of great resources on the World Wide Web, and here’s one that you can use to help improve your grammar:

English Grammar Secrets

The site has clear and simple lessons on grammar subjects that range from “Present Continuous” to “Zero Conditional”.

You can click here to visit the site, but remember that these are grammar secrets – so, shh, don’t tell anyone!

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Many of the videos on YouTube are meant to entertain people, but the site also has a lot of educational ones. This series of articles is called YouTube University, or YouTube U, for short. It features YouTube videos that can help you improve your English. To see previous YouTube U articles, click here.

Today, in our fifth YouTube U video, we learn about how to improve our English by reading and listening to the news.

 

News stories can help you increase your vocabulary and strengthen your comprehension. In this video, the teacher talks about how journalists, or people who write news stories, try to answer these five simple, but important, questions:

  • Who?
  • What?
  • When?
  • Where?
  • How?

Since that’s the way journalists write the articles, that should be the way you read and listen to the articles. If you can answer those questions, then you can probably understand what the story is about. That will make it more interesting, and your English will definitely improve!

As always, if you have any questions or comments, you can leave them in the comments section below!

RebeccaESL is part of Engvid.com, and the videos have been viewed over 8 million times! You can watch more of them here and visit the Engvid.com website, which has more lessons from multiple teachers, here.

ESLnewscast.com is on vacation until August 14! You can still read a new Phrase of the Day each day, and we’re reposting articles from our archives, like this one:  

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What do large pizzas and larger numbers have in common?

Let’s find out!

Everyone who studies English as a foreign language in school probably learns how to count to 100, 1,000, or perhaps even 100,000.

But what about counting the really BIG numbers? How do you say a number like…

17,032,399

First, let’s talk about pizza.

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ESLnewscast.com is on vacation until August 14! You can still read a new Phrase of the Day each day, and we’re reposting articles from our archives, like this one:  

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It is easy to feel relaxed on this beach!

There are times when you will read or hear a word and not know what it means. Looking for hints or clues, which are small pieces of useful information, can help.

Always try to learn from the hints. It will make learning English easier and more interesting!

Previous Learning From Hints articles: negative prefixes, the prefix “un”, and Test Yourself!

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Suffixes, or endings, can change the meanings of words. For example, some verbs and nouns can be changed into adjectives by adding an adjective suffix.

Understanding suffixes can help improve your English, because they can tell you information about the words you are looking at.

The purpose of this article is to introduce some common adjective suffixes.

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These cupcakes are mine, but you may have one!

ESLnewscast.com is on vacation until August 14! You can still read a new Phrase of the Day each day, and we’re reposting articles from our archives, like this one:  

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Beth takes Beth’s dog to the park, and Ryan cleans Ryan’s car. 

Beth takes her dog to the park, and Ryan cleans his car.

Those two sentences have the same meaning, but are written differently.

Which one sounds better?

Most people would choose the second one, and they would be correct. That’s because the second one doesn’t repeat the peoples’ names; it uses her and his, which are both possessive adjectives.

In this article, we’ll discuss what possessive adjectives and possessive pronouns are. (And pay attention, because there’s a test at the end!)

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Many of the videos on YouTube are meant to entertain people, but the site also has a lot of educational ones. This series of articles is called YouTube University, or YouTube U, for short. It features YouTube videos that can help you improve your English. To see previous YouTube U articles, click here.

Today, in our fourth YouTube U video, we learn about five common and useful phrasal verbs.

A phrasal verb is defined as a verb plus a preposition or particle, and they are extremely common in English.

Hopefully, this video will give you five new phrases to add to your vocabulary, because the more phrasal verbs you know, the better your English will be!

As always, if you have any questions or comments, you can leave them in the comments section below!

AlexESLvid is part of Engvid.com, and the videos have been viewed over 5 million times! You can watch more of them by clicking here, and can visit the Engvid.com website, which has more lessons from multiple teachers, here.