How to Use Go +Ing (the Gerund) to Describe Fun Activities

Let’s go back to basics and review a somewhat unusual grammar structure that trips up even fluent non-native speakers. I’m talking about the verb go + ing, also called go + gerund or go + verb + ing. If you’ve been listening to native speakers, you’ve probably heard them say something like: I’m going running after work. I went shopping last night. Let’s go dancing this weekend. Many people find this grammar structure tricky because … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Which Matters More? The Difference Between Fluency and Accuracy

Ever since I started to work with advanced and fluent non-native English speakers, I’ve started to notice a surprising trend: many of them don’t actually recognize or acknowledge when they are completely fluent in English! I recently met with a potential client who had managed to almost completely eliminate his accent in English, and at the end of our session, he asked me, “How would you describe my English? Am I advanced?” In shock, I … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Why It’s Important to Fix Common Mistakes to Feel More Confident Speaking English

 Let me be honest with you: over the past few year, I’ve realized how important it is for non-native English speakers to stop focusing on perfection. As a recovering perfectionist myself, I’ve had to learn to ignore and let go of the impossible goal of sounding just like a native speaker in Spanish in order to achieve my real objective: communicating clearly and truly connecting in conversation. Rather than stressing out about avoiding mistakes entirely and … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Recognize When to Use Gerunds and Infinitives

Just a few questions before we get started: What’s something you love doing? What’s something you hope to learn in the next couple of years? What are you looking forward to this weekend? Personally, I love riding my bike. I hope to learn how to weave in the next couple of years. I’m looking forward to going to the beach with my friend tomorrow. What do all of these questions have in common? Well, for … Read the article and watch the video lesson

How to Use the Definite Article with Familiar Places and Spaces

How to Use the Definite Article with Familiar Places and Spaces

Using articles can be challenging when you are learning English, even if you are an advanced English student! If your native language doesn’t have articles, you may forget to use them from time to time, or you may be confused by the way English uses the definite and indefinite articles because it’s different than your mother tongue. Even still, getting their usage right is important for sounding more like a native speaker, and that’s why I’ve listed using articles accurately as … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Learn to Use Articles Accurately

Articles. Articles are tiny little words, but they can cause so much stress for non-native English speakers. We use them (or don’t use them – it depends!) with every noun, in every sentence. There are so many rules, and so many exceptions. If you feel confused by articles, you’re certainly not alone! Many English learners study the basic rules, use articles correctly 50-75% of the time, and then choose to move on to more difficult … Read the article and watch the video lesson