Business English Practice

businessLooking for a new job?  Then you might want to brush up on your business English vocabulary in order to make the best impression possible on your next job interview.  Learning the most accurate business vocabulary, phrases, expressions, and jargon is very important if you want to find a job in the English speaking world.  At this website you’ll find exercises that will help you learn the vocabulary most commonly used in the medical field, information technology, accounting, sales and marketing, as well as general business terms.

www.businessenglishsite.com/

Confusing English Words

English can be confusing for second language learners because there are so many similar words to choose from.  Unfortunately, the only way to improve your English fluency is to practice, practice, practice!  So, try taking these quizzes to help you with some commonly confused English words.  After you complete each quiz, look up the ones you got wrong in the dictionary to learn what the word means and how to use it properly.  You can also check out the last link that has a database of over 3000 confusing words with examples of how to use them correctly.

http://esl.about.com/library/quiz/bl_confusing1.htm

http://esl.about.com/library/quiz/bl_confusing2.htm

http://homeworktips.about.com/library/grammar/bl_grammar_quiz.htm

www.confusingwords.com/

Add New Vocabulary Every Day

vocabularyNeed to add some more vocabulary words to your studies?  In order to become fluent in English, you need to learn new vocabulary words every day and use them in conversations.  Get a notebook, some flashcards, or use a computer program like Word or Excel, and add at least five new English words every day.  Look up their definitions in the dictionary, write them in sentences, add them to your daily conversations, and practice their pronunciation.  This will help you remember and understand them quickly.

www.manythings.org/vocabulary/lists/l/

www.esl-lab.com/vocab/index.htm

http://esl.about.com/library/vocabulary/bl1000_list1.htm

http://iteslj.org/v/

www.wordcentral.com/buzzword/buzzword.php

Beginning Reading Comprehension

couple-reading-booksDo you truly understand what you’re reading?  Comprehending or “understanding” what you are reading is very important when learning to speak English.  The more you read the more you will learn and the better you will understand how English is spoken.  So, try reading these short articles and then answering the questions below.  Don’t worry if you don’t understand everything at first, just keep trying and soon you will find that you are reading, speaking, and understanding English better and better every day.

http://esl.about.com/od/beginnerreadingskills/Beginning_English_Reading_Comprehension.htm

Intermediate Reading Comprehension

readingThe link below will help those ESL students who are at the intermediate level with their reading comprehension skills.  Read each article, study the vocabulary, and then take the quiz at the end of each article to see how well you understood what was being discussed.  Comprehending or fully “understanding” what you are reading in English is an important skill that will help you to become a fluent English speaker!

http://esl.about.com/od/readingintermediate/English_Reading_Comprehension_Skills_for_Intermediate_Level_Learners.htm

Advanced Reading Comprehension

owl-readingHere you will find several dozen articles that you can practice reading for English comprehension.  After each article there is a quiz that will test your comprehension skills.  These reading examples are for the advanced ESL learner and will help you prepare for the TOEFL, GED, or other college level classes and exams that require advanced reading comprehension skills.

http://esl.about.com/od/readingadvanced/English_Reading_Comprehension_Skills_for_Advanced_Level_Learners.htm

Word Search Puzzle: Colors

word-search-main_FullWant to take a quick break from your studies by playing a fun quiz?  Then take a few moments to do this word search puzzle and find the 15 hidden colors that are lost in the puzzle grid.  You might want to print it out to make it easier to search.  The first link is the puzzle itself and the second link shows you where the colors are hidden in the puzzle.

Puzzle: www.usingenglish.com/files/pdf/colours-word-puzzle.pdf

Answers: www.usingenglish.com/files/pdf/colours-word-puzzle-answers.pdf

Words That Are Easily Confused

ConfusedHere’s a quick quiz you can take to practice your understanding of easily confused words in the English language.  Two choices are given in each sentence, so simply choose the word that you think is the most correct for that sentence.

The first link is the quiz and the second link is the quiz with just the correct answers showing.

Quiz: www.usingenglish.com/files/pdf/easily-confused-words.pdf

Answers: www.usingenglish.com/files/pdf/easily-confused-words-answers.pdf

Sharpen Your Spelling Skills

spellingIn order to become a fluent English writer, you need to be able to spell English words correctly.  This can be a challenge for second language students because there are a lot of exceptions to the spelling rules.  If you want to improve your English spelling skills, you need to practice, and you can do just that by visiting this spelling/vocabulary quiz page.  There are over 150 quizzes, so have fun!

www.manythings.org/fq/1/spelling.php?u=1