Five Ways to Show Active Listening During Conversations with Americans

 Are you listening? Then you need to show me. Showing active listening is absolutely essential in American culture. Like it or not, when we are speaking a language that isn’t our first, we often have to show other people that we understand them. In my experience learning Spanish, I found that my listening skills have always been stronger than my speaking skills. Even though I’m now fluent in Spanish, I often feel like I … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Listen to More High Quality English to Improve Your Speaking (Input vs. Output)

 Even though I haven’t specifically mentioned it before now, I’ve been consistently challenging you with my articles and video lessons. The language I use when writing is a little more complex than you may find on other sites for non-native English speakers. My sentences are sometimes quite long, because I write the way I speak, layering ideas on top of each other. I speak with a natural, normal speed in my videos, because this … Read the article and watch the video lesson

How to Find Focus and Improve Your English More Quickly

Think back to when you first started learning English. Your very first experience studying the language was probably when you were in school. You might not remember exactly what you first worked on, but chances are you started with classroom vocabulary. When you’re learning in the classroom, your teacher is completely in charge of deciding which skills you need to focus on, choosing the most essential language so that you can start communicating, and structuring your learning plan. For … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Improve Your Conversation Skills Through Listening: Four Podcasts About Real Life Recorded by Real People

Have you noticed that podcasts are super popular right now? Podcasts can be downloaded onto your computer or your phone and listened to anywhere – in the car, on the bus, in the kitchen, or just when sitting at your desk. You can find podcasts on just about any topic, but for me, the best ones focus on life. That’s it. Life. Real life questions, concerns, confusions, and challenges, discussed by real people who are … Read the article and watch the video lesson