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How to Learn Real American English on Your Way to Work for Free

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Mon, Nov 18, 2013 @ 07:16 AM

Do you feel comfortable speaking English with native speakers or are you still memorizing phrases from a textbook and trying to use them in conversation?

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Topics: English Conversation, Vocabulary Workshop, Listening Practice

Dating at Harvard in the 1960's: An English Listening Lesson

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Mon, Aug 26, 2013 @ 08:04 AM

Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a college student in the United States in the 1960's?

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Topics: English Lessons, United States Culture, Vocabulary Workshop, Listening Practice

How ESL Podcasts Can Give You a Confidence Boost in English

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Tue, May 28, 2013 @ 11:03 AM

Want to know the best way to gain confidence in yourself as an English speaker?

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Topics: Advice for English Students, How to Learn English, Listening Practice

How to Bring Your English to the Next Level with Music

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Mon, Oct 01, 2012 @ 07:54 AM

Do you like music? Who doesn't?!

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Topics: How to Learn English, Listening Practice

Going Home? Why It Might Be Harder Than You Think

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Wed, Sep 26, 2012 @ 07:55 AM

 Are you getting ready to return to your home country after living in the United States for a while?

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Topics: English Lessons, Cultural Competence, Listening Practice

Improve your English Conversation Skills | The Big Match

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Wed, Sep 19, 2012 @ 07:49 AM

Want to improve your English conversation skills and learn the right vocabulary to talk about the great sport of tennis in English?

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Topics: English Lessons, Vocabulary Workshop, Listening Practice

Listen to an English Conversation | A Traditional American Wedding

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Wed, Sep 12, 2012 @ 03:14 PM

Everybody loves a great wedding!

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Topics: English Lessons, United States Culture, Listening Practice

Learn about Labor Day with Native English Speakers

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Thu, Sep 06, 2012 @ 08:08 AM

Monday was Labor Day! What is Labor Day?

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Topics: English Lessons, United States Culture, Listening Practice

English Listening: The Top 7 Places to Eat in New York

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Sun, Jul 17, 2011 @ 08:42 AM

Practice your English listening while you learn from two New Yorkers about the 7 best places to dine in New York! New York is a city of variety! You can find pretty much any kind of food from anywhere in the world. The only problem is, sometimes that food can be very expensive. So what should you do? Should you just eat fast food and sandwiches to save money? Of course not! Listen to today's recording and get our secrets about some great places to dine and learn about how to take advantage of Restaurant Week this summer! Take notes and start enjoying all of the culinary adventures that are available to you in New York. Please listen carefully to the conversation and then answer the questions to check your understanding.

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Topics: English Lessons, Life in New York, Listening Practice

Verbs in English: Talking About Emotions

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Wed, Jun 22, 2011 @ 08:14 AM

Do verbs in English drive you crazy??? They are one of the biggest challenges for many of our English students in Boston and New York. Why are they so challenging? A unique aspect of the English language is phrasal verbs. A phrasal verb is a verb combined with a preposition such as get through, get over or get around. Anyone who is trying to learn English will probably struggle with these. Do you feel confident about your verbs in English? If not, don't worry! In this post, you can learn some new verbs that you can use in casual, everyday conversation when you talk about feelings and emotions. We have a video lesson with 4 questions to test your knowledge. After you watch the video, try the comprehension quiz. Leave a comment below to let us know how you did!

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Topics: English Lessons, Vocabulary Workshop, Video Lessons, Listening Practice

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