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English Idioms 2

I am currently (Fall 2020) teaching a Bachelor 2 course on English Idioms at the Université Saint-Louis (Marie Haps). These exercises are designed to complement and practice the material learned in Units 11–15 (with a few ones from Units 1–10) of the course and should be fine for anyone with a B1 English level. The […]

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Idioms

English Idioms 1

I am currently (Fall 2020) teaching a Bachelor 2 course on English Idioms at the Université Saint-Louis (Marie Haps). Resources and Links Antidode: bilingual corrector, dictionaries, etc. Ankiweb: memorization app. Idioms Slides 1–11 used in the course to help you review the material. Full description of the course on the University site. More Exercises on […]

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Listening to English Online

(This is a revised version of an older post) At some point when you learn English (or any other language), it is important to listen to “real English,” not just to small pieces or excerpts from language textbooks and manuals, even if you do not understand everything. There are many easy ways today to listen […]

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How to Improve your English

3 questions Listening Reading Speaking Writing Vocabulary Grammar How do you keep on learning a language during the lockdown? How do you improve your English when you can’t go to classes, conversation tables, private lessons? More generally, how do you get your language skills up by yourself? Though some of this information might be useful […]

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Learning a Language? Improve Your Pronunciation with the International Phonetic Alphabet

You’ve done it (or you had no choice). You’ve decided to learn another language! But then, quickly, the frustration builds up. Reading and writing is going along ok, but the speaking … the pronunciation. The bane of many language learners: how to actually speak that language without making a complete fool of yourself. Two quite […]

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English TH

How To Pronounce the English “th”

“ze mozer of ziz boyz iz tirti-tree” A standard problem of English pronunciation: the English “th”. It involves sounds that many languages do not have. With a little help and practice, this is actually not very hard. One should notice that it is possible to have a very clear and intelligible English without mastering the […]

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English Vowels

This semester I am substitute teaching again at the Institut Libre Marie Haps in Brussels. I am teaching two courses of English oral practice in Bachelor 1 and 2, applying the course of English phonetics the students have had before. I wanted to include the usual chart of English vowels in my slides. Since I […]

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