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Questions specifically about learning or teaching the English language. Questions about the grammar or vocabulary of English can be asked on English Language Learners Stack Exchange or English Language & Usage Stack Exchange.

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How can I know my English level? [duplicate]

I learn English everyday. How can I know that I am making progress or not?
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Question about distinction between “trellis”, “grid”, “grating”, “mesh”, etc. etc [migrated]

I have a question denoting the right word for a particular object. In German, we have mainly one word for all the objects denoted by "grid", "trellis", "grating", "...
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What 's the difference between 'It was starting to rain' and 'it started to rain'? [migrated]

In grammar- momentary verbs such as 'start,finish,marry,put up...' are rarely used in 'continuous tense'. But there's an example in dictionary - It was starting to rain. So. What's the difference ...
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Can anyone help me to find out what resources are suitable for practicing the TOEFL exam reading section?

I had the TOEFL exam a few days ago. I got 27 in writing, 25 in speaking, 26 in listening, and 17 in reading. Although I was able to read all the text, in the reading section, almost easily, the ...
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How should I improve my English learning routine?

I'm trying to improve my English level. Those are what I do every day: I read texts 2.5 hours a day, I listen to podcasts about 1.5 hours a day, I learn 20 new words and repeat the previous words and ...
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EFL / ESL language study books based on historical topics

I like history. Is there any EFL/ESL method which teaches English with historical subjects like WW2 or history in general? I am looking for a book that is professionally designed for language learning ...
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Website offering simulations of the IELTS test

I'm looking for some website offering simulation IELTS tests. When I was planning to present the TOEFL I found a website called Scorte Nexus, that offers simulation TOEFL tests, and I found it very ...
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Constructivism Learning Theory for English language teaching

Constructivism is a theory of learning to help the learners to construct something based on their own understanding. it implies that learners are encouraged to construct their own knowledge instead of ...
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How can I improve my IELTS writing skills?

I have problems with sentence connectors, structure and vocabulary. I need to get IELTS test band 7. Please provide some learning material. I tried to find something on google, but there are many ...
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How do I improve my English listening and speaking skills?

I am 17 from Egypt have been learning English for like 15 years so its supposed to be similar to my native spoken language (Arabic-Egyptian dialect). During those 15 years, I've been somewhat good at ...
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I would love to make my English conversational

I've been self studying English and I'm pretty good in reading and listening. I do have a good pronunciation, but well I have to pause a lot when speaking. Not because I don't know what to say or what ...
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How to explain certain grammar constructs to ESL students

How do I explain to someone whose first language is not English the following concept: If I want to ask you about something, the phrase is "How does it work?" If I am about to explain how ...
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What are some effective methods for improving one's accent?

I am a non-native English speaker. I've started learning the language roughly ten years ago, and have been practicing it ever since, be it through exposure to English-spoken content (movies, music, ...
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What is a weekly lesson plan?

What is a Weekly Lesson Plan? The context in Poland, Young Learners of Grade-3. ESL.
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B2 level requirements for English

I would like to find the requirement for level B2 level (CEFR) for English. I am mainly interested in the grammar requirements, but also in the other requirements. Are there any details like that? I ...
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Language learning seems tough and a long process

English is not my mother tongue, but in my country it was compulsory for all the schools to teach their students English right from KinderGarten. I remember we used to have a picture book of English ...
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I have been reading a lot recently but how to improve my writing skills?

I am a working professional and English is my second language. I realised that my vocabulary is very weak so I started reading. I don't have enough patience to complete a novel so I started reading ...
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Problems teaching the 'gn' and 'gh' to an English learner

I'm teaching a French girl English (I'm not a qualified teacher, I'm more of a language assistant, I'm an English native, I'm at university at the moment). She is having trouble with pronouncing words ...
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Are there any languages besides English of which teachers are commonly monolingual?

Many teachers of English are monolingual in this language. In job postings, it is seldom required that they be at all conversational in the language of the country where they are to be employed. If ...
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How to find other people to improve English speaking ability?

I'm an intermediate student of English. I would like to improve my speaking skills. How can I join an online group to speak with other students?
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Negative questions in (English language) listening tests

I work for a company that produces ELT materials. We write various kinds of reading and listening passages, followed by comprehension questions. Our staff writers use the "What is NOT true" ...
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Usage of comma of full stop in direct speech [closed]

My daughter asked me if this is correct or not - "We've first got to put the shelves together, then find a way to put them up," said Hermione, in a matter-of-fact tone of voice. - my answer ...
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Esperanto: English or Spanish

I'm trying to learn Esperanto. I speak fluent English and Spanish and a A2 of German. I was wondering how it would be easier to learn it. Should I translate it to English or Spanish. I guess my ...
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Is the 'Case' in English the same as 'Vibhakti' in Sanskrit?

So I just read about the category of 'case' in linguistic grammar. I wished to know if this 'case' is the same as 'vibhakti' in Sanskrit, wherein the nouns have to end with a particular sound as per ...
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Do “Subject Matter” and “Pedagogical Content Knowledge” mean the same things in ESL/EFL?

Do "Subject Matter" and "Pedagogical Content Knowledge" mean the same things in ESL/EFL?
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Examples of short English presentations about computer science with advanced English

I will have English exam in few days. I am preparing for one part of exam – 12 minutes long oral presentation. Presentation should summarize some text with topic connected to computer science based on ...
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How to improve my English skills while using it daily with people who are not proficient in using it, without absorbing their mistakes?

I'm not a native English speaker, and I have been speaking English for 5 years (the university I went to was an English-medium university). Since then, I have been using it for all my academic work. ...
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English words by CEFR level - open source

Are there any open source data that categorizes English words based on CEFR levl and is available to download? As an example I found https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/wordlists/oxford3000-...
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Is it possible to become fluent in pre-12th century English?

I would really like to learn to speak Old English, but it seems that spelling and pronunciation weren't exactly standardized in the early medieval times. In fact, I'm not sure we know much about Old ...
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Which activities are appropriate for which age group?

When preparing for an ESL lesson various activities are included in various stages of a lesson plan. For instance, milling, drilling, info Gap, Gap filling, text-matching, multiple-choice, true/false,...
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What are the components of English Language teaching?

As far as I understand teaching English means: Teaching how to listen in English Teaching how to speak in English Teaching how to read in English Teaching how to write in English But, what are their ...
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How can someone already well read in English improve upon the language?

I am an Indian who has studied in English medium schools all my life. I have a strong grasp of basic English but still face difficulty sometimes. Be it phrasing some ideas into words or pronouncing ...
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English -> Tamil, Windows desktop dictonaries available?

Are there any English -> Tamil dictionaries available as desktop software for Microsoft Windows? The following characteristics would be ideal: Freeware No advertisements Available offline
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Is it more difficult for a native Chinese speaker to learn English, or vice versa?

I am a native Chinese speaker, and it was an excruciating journey for me to learn English. My personal belief is that the reason lies in the linguistics, namely the Chinese language may be somewhat ...
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How to look up for literary and informal expressions meaning?

I'm using Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary 9th edition as a source for definitions but sometimes it doesn't show informal or literary expressions even if they are very common especially when the ...
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Characteristics or Preferences of Age Groups When Learning/Acquiring a Language [duplicate]

I've been looking for some research studies to get into more depth about the characteristics of age groups when learning a language. My main focus is on ages of 17 and 18 (basically, when teenagers ...
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Is learning English as a second language a skill or a knowledge?

I think learning English is not just learning a skill like other skills (for example carpentry) because learning is also knowledge based, like history and physics. Language helps us ...
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How important is IPA to learn pronunciation for learners with non-roman alphabet

I think there is general agreement that IPA is crucial for learning pronunciation of a language like English, because there are no strict rules of pronunciation, and plenty of exceptions. IPA is ...
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Why we could say “I did it my way”? [closed]

I guess we usually say "I did it in this way", but I can find such below: 1. "I did it my way"; 2. "Everthing he achieved in life was earned the hard way". so we can just omit the "in"?
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Is the core of teaching a second language like English intelligibility or native like fluency? [closed]

I think the core of teaching English as second language should be intelligibility but not native like fluency. This is not just my personal opinion but it is the opinion of many scholars who make ...
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Are there any languages in the world that contain no sounds foreign to English?

Are there any languages in the world that contain no sounds foreign to English? It need not contain all or even most of the sounds in English. Just no additional ones that native English speakers ...
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Any English learning resources similar to Pimsleur, but suitable for intermediate to advanced speakers?

I like Pimsleur because it teaches you to speak in the context of full sentences and dialogs rather than isolated grammar rules and vocabulary lists. Are there any similar resources for learning more ...
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Proficiency or competency scale for the learner

There are a lot of ways of assessing verbal proficiency in a language. Unsurprisingly, most of the research and teaching material are for language teachers and researchers. However, I was wondering ...
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Which books use etymology and derivational morphology to teach English for L1 Cantonese and Mandarin speakers?

My friend's native languages are Cantonese and Mandarin. She rates herself at B1. Peer-reviewed research substantiates that etymology can assist in learning vocabulary. See Google Scholar. English SE ...
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Can English people understand my English even if I do not use English grammar, but just words, adverbs and context?

I would say English language is way too difficult because of its grammar. For example, we have to conjugate many different tenses. Other languages such as Vietnamese do not conjugate tenses. For ...
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Helping a Chinese native improve her advanced-level English

I'm helping a middle-aged, college-educated woman from mainland China improve her English. This is a hard-working, well-educated, highly-self-motivated student. She has lived in the USA for many years....
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Which online English dictionary is good for etymology, British spelling and pronunciation, as well as idioms?

There are several English-English dictionaries online; in addition to Wiktionary and Tatoeba (kind of) and no doubt other folk-edited dictionaries, there seem to be some curated ones: Cambridge, ...
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Are graded readers with monolingual glossaries commonly available?

I’ve been using the book “Read and Think Spanish” to improve my Spanish, and it’s been a great resource, because it provides information about vocabulary or short phrases, but otherwise is just an ...
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What's the most complete book on English grammar?

I'm a foreigner who has never studied an English grammar book before and who now has the necessity to not only study the topic, but to know everything a good speaker should know. For this reason I ...
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Is there a book that teaches the main exceptions to English spelling rules?

I've got books on the rules, now it's exception time!