This page contains affiliate links. Please read my Disclaimer for more information. A super short history of what hacking means for non-English natives Hacking is a term that came from the computer industry. In the computer world, a hacker is someone that uses computers to break into other computer systems to steal information or to […]
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This page contains affiliate links. Please read my Disclaimer for more information. Self-study like a master with the best Japanese study tools In this article, I introduce the key resources for studying Japanese available to students today. How much can you learn on your own? With the study tools I introduce below, I reckon, you […]
What’s on the box that’s good to watch? My English students often ask me which UK television programmes are good to watch, and as a language student myself, I know that finding programmes that are interesting, entertaining or useful for language practice can be hard. Especially so, when you are a non-native and not aware […]
Free Audiobook For anyone who likes to listen to audio books, a free high-quality recording of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is available from archive.org. Here is a direct link. If anyone wants to practice listening to English at native speed, this is a great resource. Also, if you already have the book, reading while listening […]
Free to use and excellent English study resources Here are the best free English resources I have discovered on the internet and used in my teaching. Each resource can be used for self-study, and all are free to use. Breaking News English Free, ready-to-use EFL / ESL lesson plans on the latest breaking news -in […]
If you are tired of hitting the textbooks or battling with English this playlist can help freshen your mind up. Each video has lyrics embedded in the video, or in the description section. The 1990’s were a great time for rock music. There was the grunge scene that brought us Nirvana, then came the nu-skool […]
Notting Hill Carnival is a street festival that comes around once a year in Notting Hill, London. The streets are usually jam-packed, with sound systems and carnival parades entertaining the crowds. It is the largest street festival in Europe, and in the world, only Carnaval in Rio De Janeiro is bigger. Over 2 million people […]
This morning, we were watching some YouTube after breakfast, and we stumbled upon a nice phonetics music video. Phonetics are a linguistic term for the study of the sounds of speech. However, this video isn’t technical. It has been made for children to learn from. It has got a nice song to sing along to, […]
Passion for music British people have a real passion for music, and love to talk about the latest songs they have heard or music they already know and love. However, as a native speaker and teacher of English, I know that there are many informal ways to talk about music that are commonly used. In […]
Memorise efficiently Anki is an app for memorising anything. It is especially useful for language learners as it can save much time and effort on memorising vocabulary and grammar patterns. Anki helps you only practice the material that you are going to forget, therefore making your study time very efficient. However, learning how to use […]