Sound Like a Native with Collocations

Collocations are two or more words that usually go together and sound more natural to native speakers.  For instance, instead of saying “have a break” native speakers would say “take a break.”  Instead of saying “make a crime” native speakers would say “commit a crime.”  Instead of saying “wash the dishes” native speakers would say “do the dishes.”  It’s not necessarily that the other sentences are wrong, it’s just not how native English speakers talk.

www.englishclub.com/vocabulary/collocations.htm

http://esl.about.com/library/vocabulary/blcollocation_1.htm

www.better-english.com/strongcoll.htm

Vowel Sounds

parrotPracticing your pronunciation of English is very important if you want to be understood when speaking.  Students from different countries have a variety of different pronunciation problems when learning English due to the fact that they are not used to forming their mouths or tongues in the way that is required to pronounce the English words properly, which is true for most foreign languages.  So, in order help you improve your pronunciation of English, try practicing with some of the following links.

www.sozoexchange.com/category/dailypronunciations/

http://fonetiks.org/index.html

Let’s Talk at the Library

letstalk_400The Gwinnett County Library offers FREE English conversation classes every week at many of their branch locations throughout the county.  All classes are held in English only and there are a variety of times to choose from.  This would be a great activity for you to participate in as an ESL student in order to practice your English with a new group of people and make new friends.  Please see the Gwinnett County Public Library for more information on their exciting Let’s Talk program.

www.gwinnettpl.org/ProgramsAndEvents/Adults/LetsTalk/index.html

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