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

Spelling is Essential to Understanding

dictionary1Spelling is so very important when it comes to understanding English and communicating properly.  The English language is filled with words that sound the same; words that are spelled the same; and words that have letters in them you don’t even hear when spoken…it’s crazy!  Many native speakers have poor spelling skills, but as a second language learner you have the opportunity to get it right the first time.  One of the best ways to learn how words are spelled is to simply look them up in a dictionary.  Whenever you see a word you don’t understand, look it up, practice how to say it, and then try using it in a sentence every day for a week.  This way you will get used to how the word is used and how the word is spelled.  Here are some links that can also help you with common spelling errors.

http://esl.about.com/od/writingintermediate/a/l_spell.htm

http://esl.about.com/od/writingstyle/a/g_spellrules.htm

http://eslus.com/LESSONS/SPELL/SPELL.HTM

http://esl.about.com/od/intermediatewriting/a/w_usedictionary.htm

Singular to Plural

singularMaking singular words into plural words can be difficult to understand at times because there are so many different rules that can apply and exceptions to those rules…making it more complicated than it needs to be!  For instance, most words become plural simply by adding an “s” to the end (hat/hats, car/cars, envelope/envelopes).  However, words ending in “y, f, s” and others all have different rules that apply to them, so you need to learn these rules before you can confidently make singular words into plural words correctly.  Look at the link below to learn these rules and then practice what you’ve learned on the exercises at the bottom of the lesson sheet.

 www.english-4u.de/plural.htm