Resources: Notes on Life and Language in the United States

2 REAL English Questions to Start a Conversation at a Professional Event

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Thu, Oct 09, 2014 @ 12:01 PM


Did your English teachers in school teach you "textbook English"?

Are you now out in the business world and are you frustrated because you realize that the phrases that you learned in school aren't actually used in real life English?

If so, I will teach you two great questions to start a robust English conversation at a professional networking event in English.

Check out my video below!

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Topics: Video Lessons, Business English Vocabulary

Video Tip # 6: Why You Should Stop Studying English Alone

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 @ 08:37 AM

Are you feeling unmotivated?

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Topics: Advice for English Students, How to Learn English, Video Lessons

It's Sizzling Out! 6 American English Phrasal Verbs for a Hot Day

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Wed, Jul 17, 2013 @ 08:01 AM

Wow! We are having a hot summer here in Boston!

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Topics: Phrasal Verbs, English Lessons, Video Lessons

5 Mistakes You Are Making in Everyday English Conversations

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Tue, Jun 11, 2013 @ 08:54 AM

Today's lesson is a video quiz! Do you tend to make the same mistakes again and again?

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Topics: English Lessons, Video Lessons, English grammar

How to Make Him or Her Fall in Love with You in English

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Thu, Feb 14, 2013 @ 07:42 AM

Happy Valentine's Day! In United States culture, February 14th is a day for lovers! Today you will probably see many women carrying roses with smiles on their faces and men snatching up candy in the grocery store to give to their dates.

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Topics: Phrasal Verbs, Vocabulary Workshop, Video Lessons

21 Ways to Say Hello and Goodbye in American English

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Wed, Jan 23, 2013 @ 07:11 AM

The other day I was speaking with a woman who came to the United States from Japan about 7 years ago.

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Topics: English Lessons, English Conversation, Vocabulary Workshop, Video Lessons

Need Help with English Vocabulary? See, Look, and Watch

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Mon, Aug 27, 2012 @ 07:47 AM

A great question came up in one of my classes this week! My student asked me about the difference between the verbs "to look," "to see," and "to watch."

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Topics: English Lessons, Vocabulary Workshop, Video Lessons

English Video: Choosing the Right Word at the Right Time

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 @ 06:39 AM

Welcome to today's English video lesson. Do you ever get confused about which vocabulary word to choose when you are speaking English? When you study English from a book, the words don't seem difficult, but sometimes it is easy to get confused during a conversation when you feel nervous or anxious about making a mistake. The best way to sharpen your vocabulary is to work with an English tutor every week and practice the words in real conversations. You can start by checking out today's English video on three sets of  confusing words.

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Topics: English Lessons, Video Lessons

ESL English Grammar- Describing Habits in the Past and Present

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Wed, Jul 06, 2011 @ 10:03 AM

What is the difference between "used to do" and "to be used to doing" ? This is a question that a lot of our English students in New York and Boston ask. In today's ESL English grammar lesson, we will find out how to use both expressions to describe habits and activities in the past and in the present. Do you have a free minute? If so, watch the video lesson below and take the quiz to test your learning.

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Topics: English Lessons, Video Lessons, English grammar

I Will Learn English or I'm Going to Learn English? The Future Tense

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Fri, Jul 01, 2011 @ 05:51 PM

"I will learn English" or "I'm going to learn English". Which phrase is correct? This is a common question for English students. The future tense is another part of the English language that you need to learn through English immersion- speaking English as much as possible with native speakers. However, there are a few rules that you can remember to make it easier to know which phrase to choose. Do you have one minute? Watch this video lesson and learn when to use "will" and when to use "going to".  Good luck and enjoy the video! Please leave a comment below or contact us if you have any questions!

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Topics: English Lessons, Vocabulary Workshop, Video Lessons

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