learn english through jokes

How To Learn English Through Jokes

I have been teaching English for almost five years now. I taught students in both China and Canada. The one method I enjoy teaching English the most is by way of telling jokes. When one usually lectures or teaches you never really know if the student fully understands what is being spoken or taught.

Whenever I explain the lesson through a joke I know the students get the point when I hear them laughing. I find laughter to be a confirmation that the student has fully acknowledged what has been taught to them.

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“I prefer to entertain people in the hope that they learn, rather than teach people in the hope that they are entertained.” Walt Disney.

Why We need Strategies for Creativity

I came across this quote from Walt Disney recently while reading a favourite book & it immediately reminded me of my adventures in teaching online in the last two years. My goal was to create springboards rather than lessons, per se. In other words, a suitably concocted launching pad is all that’s needed for students to go off on their own linguistic tangents of self-discovery.

Much of this focus was in alignment with my online tribe of Edupreneuring pioneers who ‘walk’ the Disney ‘talk’. My association with George Machlan’s Edupunk movement on WiZiQ was part of a large-scale experiment in reversing overt teaching strategies and allowing learning to be incidental rather than by design.

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Twitter vocabulary in context

How to use Twitter to learn Vocabulary in Context

Here is an easy way to enhance your vocabulary learning. It is important that when you learn vocabulary you learn it in context. Just cramming the words won’t get you far as our brain needs more information in order to store the learned words more efficiently.

Most vocabulary lists are simply tables with two collums, one side the new vocabulary, the other side the translation. But what we need is the vocabulary in a sentence in order to retain it. And even if you have a book that offers example sentences, those sentences are often constructed and don’t reflect the every day life.

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Studying in London

Great Free Resources for Learning British English

As you know, there are different dialects of English around the world like British English, American English, Australian and so on. In most cases it does not really matter which English dialect you learn as long as you try to stick with it and don’t mix up different Englishes. When you learn English as a second language in school, in the vast majority of cases, you’re either taught British or American English.

However, the situation changes when it comes to studying in London or working in New York City. Dialects, accents, a slightly different vocabulary and grammar can play an important role as proper spelling might have an effect on your grades at university or your coworkers will simply understand you better when you talk the way they are used to, may it be in a British or American accent or the use of certain words and vocabulary .

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Are you a King or a Prisoner? The Danger of Reliance

A few months ago, I started writing an article with the stated purpose of inspiring more native English speakers to open their eyes to the potential in language study. The cause is an everlasting one, often considered peripheral by Brits and Americans, and continually overlooked. I drew the picture of monolingualism as a prison, and almost hesitated to publish the words because this is such a strong image. Prisoners are trapped because of choices they have made, or situations they have found themselves in. They are stigmatised, struggling for hope and expected to mend their ways.

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misconceptions about language learning

Misconceptions about Language Learning #8: Without Moving Abroad, you will Forever Miss Out

A lot of prominent language learners on the internet are expats of some kind. Some have been on the road for years like Mau Buchler, others like David Mansaray are posting about their experiences of living in a different country. It’s completely reasonable to assume that language and this sort of mega-immersion of living abroad are inextricably linked, but as a learner could this mindset be putting a bit of pressure on you? Instead of busting a myth as I usually do, my aim today is to make you consider a different angle of language motivation.

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Italian Job Titles

Italian Job Titles and the Difficult Path to Equality

As you probably already know, the Italian language has two genders, maschile (masculin) and femminile (feminine), but is this rule always observed? If we look at Italian job titles, it is not always so.

A male doctor is a dottore, a female doctor is a dottoressa; but a female lawyer is an avvocato, like her male counterpart, and not an avvocatessa; the same holds for presidente, which is used for both female and male presidents. As you can see from these examples, not always is there in Italian a specific feminine noun to define some professions.

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Tripp & Pin

How To Teach English while Tripppin’ With a Mission

It’s my pleasure as a brain-friendly coinnoisseur of fun teaching ideas to introduce a ground-breaking new teaching site that scores exponentially high on all counts of creativity and practicality.

my_scoopI feel a bit like Lois Lane, as Superman’s reporter, hitching a ride in the sky and getting to view the teaching world from above. As I see all of the struggling learners and frustrated teachers down there, I know that it is my duty as a reporter to get this out. My Fair Languages editors will be proud this scoop indeed.

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