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Questions tagged [learning]

For questions related to improving one's proficiency in English or specific English language skills.

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What are some books and materials that are considered best or really good for English learners? [migrated]

I have been learning English ever since I visited United States for the first time when I was 15, and since high school, the desire for perfect acquisition and integration of English language skill ...
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Is it better to learn English grammar separately or learn the language then the grammar follows [closed]

I studied grammar in my school days but I don't remember most of the rules. Still, I am able to manage somewhat. So is it necessary that we learn grammar thoroughly or just read a lot and grammar will ...
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A is for Apple / A stands for Apple

We generally say: A for Apple. What is the meaning of this? When we say to our kids "A for Apple", what does the "for" mean?
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Do I have to look up a word in the dictionary to learn it?

For instance, there's been a couple of words and phrases whose meaning I have been able to intuitively guess, but couldn't find on places like the Oxford Dictionary or the Merriam-Webster, and so on. ...
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Learning Enlgish for beginners [closed]

I'm new in Enlgish language and I want to start learning English. I learning english reading a programming books etc.. but I think it's not good way to start learning English, there are too much words....
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meaning of “the scale still hunched and human” and 3 other phrases

I am reading the book "Aloft" By ChangeRae Lee, and I have the questions of the following 3 phrases. be exactly in your own skin the scale still hunched and human putting on a serious buzz in a rope ...
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How to improve listening/speaking if learned mostly by reading/writing? [closed]

My first language is Spanish and I learned English mostly by reading/writing in academics and professional context but few listening and speaking practice. I got a job abroad and after 2 months I ...
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English with Harry Potter

I'm just reading Harry Potter, though people say reading books is not going to improve my speaking fluency. I'm just reading it, marking down all the text I feel I would not be able to say myself, ...
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“Not Until” for future event

I read that sentences that begin with "Not Until" have the following structure. Not until [1st clause: subject + auxiliary verb...] [2nd clause: auxiliary verb + subject...]. Of all examples I ...
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Where to learn intermediate level English in online? [closed]

I have done my schooling and graduate in English medium. But still, i find myself not strong in English. Please navigate me to correct temple.
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Must a kid in an English speaking environment learn phonics?

According to wiki: Phonics is a method for teaching reading and writing of the English language by developing learners' phonemic awareness—the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate phonemes—in ...
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Are there any books that can help me improve my spoken English? Any suggestions? [closed]

I’ve known that there is Word Power Made Easy for extending my vocabulary and On Writing Well for improving my writing. Any suggestions for books that can improve my speaking?
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Improve clarity of speech without losing my foreign accent

I believe that as long as a foreign accent is understandable it can even be used as an asset, instead of liability. Problem is, every time I'm being taught to speak more clearly I'm being taught to ...
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Type 2 Conditional Sentences

I asked this question at English Language and Usage sites before but I was suggested to ask this question here instead. I'm learning about conditional sentences now. This is the site that I'm using ...
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How do I learn words, with almost similar meaning, but distinct usage? [closed]

I am not talking about homonyms/synonyms/homophones. This fill in the blank question sparked my curiosity: The Tower Of Pisa attracts visitors from all over who flock to Pisa to see one of the ...
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Have to versus need to

What is difference between I have to ... and I need to ...? Like sometime we use I have to go for a meeting but sometime use I need to go for a meeting. Are both correct or wrong or have any ...
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Are there any respectful but strong words to tell people to move faster?

The pedestrian way that leads to the place where I live is not wide enough for people to walk abreast. But sometimes, some people with strong muscle were walking very slowly ahead because they were ...
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Why “Begin” and not “begins” in the phrase “Let the adventure begin”?

Normally, the phrase "The adventure begins" uses the third person version of the verb. Why is it "Let the adventure begin"? It is because this is a special tense?
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Meaning of “You not like me”

I was listening to the song "You not like me" by 50 cent. 50 uses the phrase in the hook many times, If you get shot and run to the cops you not like me You ain't got no work on the block, you ...
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Education technology that helps with learning English

As a language learner, I have always had a very traditional, pen-and-paper approach to learning a new language (English included). I have played around with websites and apps like Livemocha, Duolingo, ...
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Is listening to people speaking an effective way to improve spoken English? [closed]

I can read most of things I see on the internet, and if I watch a video or documentary on youtube I can understand it pretty well (about 95%), but when I speak to people in English the words just don'...
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How to overcome sequences of negative words which still cripple my comprehension?

Despite my attempts and *surplus of questions (since joining ELL), sequences of negative words still annihilate, lame, squash my reading comprehension. So how can I decisively vanquish this paralysis/...
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Is it a good practice to map English words and verb tenses to my own native language? [closed]

I've a general question about understanding and memorizing English words and phrases. Sometimes when I read a sentence or phrase with complex verb tenses (like continuous perfect forms) I can't ...
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Can we use “fall” in place of “fallen”? [closed]

I was listening the song "Guts over fear". It contains a line, Started thinking my name was fall. I can't understand it. It would make sense if it were "fallen" not "fall". So my question is, ...
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How to read numbers in English

I want to write a program which will translate a number into text, but I am not sure how to read those numbers and about the rule. 999,999 =? Nine hundred ninety nine thousand and nine hundred ...
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When to use “gets” with “I”?

I've been listening to the song "Crack A Bottle". In "50 Cents" first verse he says, "I gets what the !@#$ I want so what I trick" As far as know, s is atached to the words like, get(s), work(...
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Annotations or explanations for difficult reputable English writing?

The following generated another idea on How to improve understanding of long sentences in prose? Are there any books, guides, or annotated editions that explain or gloss complex English writing, for ...
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From which level should I start learning English Language?

I was learning English Language from Grade 1 until my graduation from the university. But I can't talk, write and listen good. I don't know my English Language Level. How to determine the Level? When ...
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How to improve understanding of long sentences in prose?

What are some efficient, methodical, productive ways to improve the skill and speed of interpreting, parsing, and reading long prosaic sentences? I refer not only to legalese or legal language, but ...
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Searching for a word by pronunciation

One of the common problems that a language learner often faces is searching for a word knowing only the pronunciation. Usually it is possible to guess the correct spelling, but sometimes not. How ...
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Is it possible to forget your mother tongue?

Is it possible to think in English without translating? Someone who learned English, Is it possible to think in English this person? to be like mother tongue or like a baby born in America.
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Effective way to teach English for non-native high school students

I am from India. I have been assigned to teach English for an academic outreach program for high school students in rural areas, mostly children of illiterate farmers. We have a 40 minutes session per ...
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TOEFL listening detail analysis

The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) listening test involves a 5-minute-long lecture on a variety of subjects and topics. In The Official Guide to the TOEFL Test, it states the aim of the ...
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Mnemonics for learning the days of the week

I can't memorize and repeat quickly the days of the week even though I studied English for several years (I always need to count with my fingers). How are the name of the days taught to children? Is ...
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he thought to be working for the Russian government

I have a doubt in "to be working". And can I use "to be worked" instead of "to be working"? I'd like to know the exact difference in meaning between them? Please help me... Here's the example ...
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What's this kind of more advanced, analytical reading called?

My previous posts, especially those concerning Mastering the National Admissions Test for Law by Mark Shepherd, reveal flaws, lapses regarding English questions 'of comprehension, analysis and, to ...
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Question about book reports [closed]

I are writing a book report and the main person's name isn't revealed. How do I write about this?
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Usage of the word “gratis” in English

As Spanish native speaker, I cannot find the context or usage of word "gratis" in English Language, as example: All apples are gratis. I know (maybe I'm wrong) that it would be better to use: ...
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How do you translate “Es para que hubiera más cafeterías” into English?

Today I was at school talking with a friend about there are a lot of students but very few cafeterias,so he said Es para que hubiera más cafeterías. I was trying to figure out how to translate ...
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Video games to learn English [closed]

Here is a small story. in the game Oblivion there is a character who says "... then I took an arrow in the knee and I am not an adventurer anymore." This way I learned that the expression "to take [...
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Writing like an Arbitrator or Mediator - How would I search for that?

User Jasper's instructive comment under How to phrase a follow-up question politely, if there's evasion? motivated this question: Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People ...
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Present-perfect-tense vs. Simple-past-tense

I've been reading this question. I have also been reading this pdf. From these two sources it appears that there is no difference between Present-perfect-tense and Simple-past-tense. I myself ...
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How can one certify one's knowledge of English without paying for exams?

My friend speaks English at FCE level and would like to prove that in her CV, but cannot afford to pay for a relevant exam. Are there ways she could certify her English knowledge that are less ...
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How to ask the names of people in a group?

I am not getting the correct sentence for asking the names of all people in a group. I know their nick names and I want to know the actual name of every person in one sentence. The sentences which ...
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“I am been” or “I have been”?

The scenario is: I have started my job in a company a few weeks ago. Now I am telling someone that I am doing this from a short time only, that is only from a while. The sentences that come in my ...
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Teaching English as a 2nd language to a dyslexic adult

I have a student who has Dyslexia, the reading & writing disorder. He is over 30, he has difficulties differentiating "p" and "q", "o" and "a" and vocabulary learning is a very challenging task ...
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How can I extend Scrabble to increase use of conversational English with non-native speakers?

I am an Australian living in Japan and I just started teaching two parents in their home (they have a three-year old whom I don't teach). In their first lesson, I taught them how to play Scrabble - ...
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What to look for in language schools to learn especially good english “speaking”? [closed]

I am from a country which does not speak English for daily use. I can understand written english well (except Shakespeare). I can speak and pronounce "some" words very well. I have visited UK for 1 ...
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First English Book for Children with non-English Mother tongue - Age 2+ [closed]

My nephew (Age 2) is about to visit and I was looking online for a book that is like an introduction to the English language. He already has several books in German that contain plenty of nouns and ...
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How to learn English in quick way [closed]

I am not very good with the English language. I have three questions: While talking to others, most of them ask me why I am talking in much too complex a fashion (that is, they are not understanding ...