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30 Sports Idioms for English Language Learners to Use in Everyday Conversation
30 Sports Idioms for English Language Learners to Use in Everyday Conversation
Stephen M. Ross, an American sports team owner, says, “Sports is the common denominator in the world that brings everyone together. If there’s any one place in the world where there is equality, it is probably sports.” Sports bring people together across cultures regardless of language barriers. However, when it comes to understanding how to communicate using sports language or sports idioms varies greatly from one culture to the next.
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Ways to Save Money While Studying English in DC
Ways to Save Money While Studying English in DC
Are you preparing to study English in Washington DC? This is a fantastic choice! Not only will you be immersed in the language and the culture, but you will also get to live in one of the most exciting places in the US! However, along with being one of the most exciting places in the US to live, DC also ranks as one of the most expensive cities in the US.
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15 Outdoor Study Spots for Students in DC This Summer
15 Outdoor Study Spots for Students in DC This Summer
When it comes to learning English, practice makes perfect. The more you study (or practice) English, the better you will be at communicating using it. For those students attending language schools in Washington DC, the summer weather makes studying more enjoyable. In May, the average temperature in DC is 76 degrees Fahrenheit. From June-August, the temperature rises about ten degrees with highs in the mid-to-high eighties.
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8 Ways to Prepare for the TOEFL
8 Ways to Prepare for the TOEFL
If English is not your first language and you wish to attend an American university, then you need to plan to take the TOEFL iBT. The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is an exam that measures an individual’s ability to use English, specifically at the university level. As such, the TOEFL iBT is the English-language test most preferred by universities in the United States, France, Germany, and by graduate programs in Canada.
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20 Easy Ways for Language Learners to Practice English
20 Easy Ways for Language Learners to Practice English
Learning English is an excellent way to improve your life. However, if you begin your English learning process with dread and a belief that it is impossible, it will make you miserable. Too many people start and stop learning English right away because they think it is too difficult. Typically, this is because people are focusing on textbooks and grammar rules.
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Top 10 Spring Activities in DC for Students
Top 10 Spring Activities in DC for Students
Spring brings DC back to life with warmer weather and beautiful blossoms. For students attending language schools in Washington DC, spring is a perfect time to explore DC and immerse yourself in the English language and American culture.
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10 TED Talks to Motivate English Language Learners
10 TED Talks to Motivate Language Learners
Are you taking an English class in DC and looking for ways to boost your language learning outside of the classroom? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Today, we are talking about how popular TED Talks are exceptional supplemental learning tools for language learners. If you have never watched a TED Talk, you may be wondering what makes them so special. TED stands for “Technology, Entertainment and Design,” which began as a conference for leaders in 1984. During this conference, leaders listened to powerful speeches on various topics in multiple languages. Beginning in 2006, these inspirational TED Talks have become available for free on the official TED website. Currently, there are over 3000 TED Talks available to watch on […]
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Learn English and Visit the Cherry Blossoms in DC
All You Need to Know about the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival
If you are taking English courses in Washington DC during the spring, you are in for a treat. Spring in DC is beautiful. Everything comes back to life and the flowers bloom. Most recognizably, the cherry blossoms trees along the National Mall blossom, which is celebrated for four weeks each spring. The History of the National Cherry Blossom Festival In 1912, Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki gifted America with 3,000 cherry blossom trees to represent the bonds between the two countries.  As cherry blossoms are Japan’s national flower, this gift represented friendship. In 1915, America sent a gift of flowering Dogwood trees to Japan. Then, in 1934, the first Cherry Blossom Festival was held. It continues to be one of the most […]
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Use Your Mobile Device to Learn the English Language
Have a Mobile Device? Use It to Learn a New Language
If you are like most students attending language schools in Washington DC, then you are glued to your cell phone (or mobile device). So why not make the most of your mobile device by finding ways for it to help you learn a new language? Today’s students are familiar with mobile devices, which means there is not a steep learning curve when it comes to using this technology for language learning. As Hayo Reinders explains, “learners are used to working with them, often more so than with computers.” Not only are they familiar with mobile devices, but many students “prefer to use mobile phones for many activities, from emailing to reading books.” Therefore, it makes sense to use mobile devices to […]
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Use Instagram to Learn a Foreign Language Washington DC
Instagram is Not Just for Pictures – Use It to Learn a Foreign Language
Social media is here to stay, so why not harness its power? Instagram is the popular picture-based social media app that has over 800 million users with 80% of those users living outside the United States. So, it comes as no surprise that people are using the visually stimulating app to connect with others worldwide. One of the major reasons for its widespread popularity is that it allows users to build connections with people across the globe – even those who speak different languages. As PSFK reports, “Several Instagram users dedicated to teaching their native language (or a different one they have learned) have garnered a substantial following. The accounts take advantage of Instagram’s translate feature and use the social media […]
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Washinton DC for Au Pairs to Learn English
DC is the Perfect Place for Au Pairs to Learn English
Are you considering becoming an au pair in America? If so, move Washington DC to the top of your list. If you are a young adult hoping to experience US culture while providing childcare for a host family in the US, there is no better place than the capital of the United States.
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Learn Language Vocabulary Washngton DC
12 Tried and True Ways to Learn Foreign Language Vocabulary
When it comes to learning a new language, vocabulary is critical. You need words to communicate. Unfortunately, many people hesitate to learn a new language only because the idea of learning a whole new set of vocabulary words seems too difficult. That’s not true.
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