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Thursday, September 30, 2010

VocaTube - Vocabulary about Sports on YouTube

VocaTube

Do you know how to name your favourite sport in English? And which are the verbs commonly used when talking about sports?

In this new post about the VocaTube series, we present you a list of high quality educational videos that we have selected from YouTube. These videos will show you the most relevant vocabulary about sports.

Remember that vocabulary can only be improved with practice and listening through repetition. It’s difficult for everyone to understand from the beginning but you’ll notice that the more you listen, the better your understanding.

Video that includes the main sports along with a final test – elementary English



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Another video with the most significant sports – elementary English



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Educational video for children that shows different characters playing some sport – elementary English



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Video that shows how to use verbs play, go and do with your favourite sports – intermediate English



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Video that teaches a big quantity of sports in English – intermediate English



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Sports-related expressions in English – advanced English



Link to the video on YouTube

Video about the history of football in Argentina, very interesting to learn more specialized vocabulary – advanced English



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Friday, September 24, 2010

Collins - Free English Online Dictionary

Collins Dictionary

Do you know the Collins brand? It’s a top world-wide company that creates dictionaries and products for the learning of languages. With an extensive experience of more than 175 years, you’re sure to find the word you’re looking for in its English dictionary.

Collins offers a free online version for its dictionary that contains over 30,000 English words and references.

For instance, if you look for the verb to keep, it will display a list with the possible results that include the verb keep and different combinations for the phrasal verbs: keep at, keep away, keep back, keep down, keep fit, keep from, keep off, keep on, keep out, keep to, keep up.

Apart from the online dictionary containing English definitions, Collins also offers a Thesaurus dictionary that has a wide range of up-to-date entries, a generous choice of synonyms, and thousands of antonyms. For example, if you look for the word though, you’ll find a big list of synonyms like strong, rough, harsh etc, along with examples that illustrate the meaning for every word in each context.

Last but not least, Collins has a tool known as Cobuild which is the indispensible reference work for intermediate learners of English. Cobuild provides extensive examples that help in getting a good understanding of the word you’re searching for in a variety of contexts or scenarios.

Visit Collins Dictionary
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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Vocatube - Vocabulary about a Bedroom and a Hotel on Youtube

VocaTube

Have you ever found that you can’t think of the English word for things that you would find in a hotel bedroom, like ‘pillow’ or ‘blanket’, for example?

Well, don’t panic! This new post in the VocaTube series will come to the rescue. We’re presenting several videos that will give you the right vocabulary and will show you how to be confident in a hotel when asking questions about the room and the complete the check-in process.

Remember that vocabulary can only be improved with practice and listening through repetition. It’s difficult for everyone to understand from the beginning but you’ll notice that the more you listen, the better your understanding.

Vocabulary about the bedroom – elementary English



Link to the video on YouTube

Vocabulary about the bedroom for children – elementary English



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English test for children “What’s this?” – elementary English



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Conversation at the hotel reception, subtitled video – intermediate English



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Check-in at the hotel – intermediate English



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Conversation at the hotel reception, checking new messages – advanced English



Link to the video on YouTube

A Mr Bean style hotel booking, hilarious video – advanced English



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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Skype and Live Mocha - Two Great Ways to Learn Alongside Learners

Skype and Livemocha

For those of you who have spent much time in the classroom (and who hasn't?), you know how boring it can sometimes be to have a teacher always telling you what to do. But the beauty of learning the English language (or any language), is that most of the learning happens outside of the classroom.

While classroom learning can be useful, practicing every day with native speakers is the best way to pick up the way the language is as it is used in the real world. Sometimes, however, it may be difficult to find native speakers in your area. And that's where the Internet comes in. For me, the most helpful and convenient language practicing tools were completely free and available online. These are two of my favorites.

Skype

People around the world use Skype to keep in touch with their friends and family practically for free. But one day, I discovered that you can use Skype to practice speaking, listening, and learning another language, too. When you change the settings on your status for Skype to "Skype Me!", this enables people you don't know to talk to you. Because of the casual environment, you can learn in a very natural way.

Some of the best language learning experiences I ever had were chatting with strangers on Skype. If you don't feel comfortable using webcam or audio, you can always stick with instant messaging. This way, you'll learn how to abbreviate in the native language. And by doing so, you'll learn very important skills in keeping up-to-date with current Internet trends, which is critical to know in our world where we must always be connected online.

LiveMocha

LiveMocha is a relatively new, year-old website that gives you the best of both formal and informal learning. Although you can be a paying customer, you can also do a lot on the site completely for free. My favorite feature of LiveMocha is the part that allows learners to submit writing and speaking exercises to native speakers so that they correct the grammar, spelling, pronunciation, etc. As a learner, you are also asked to be a teacher and share your language knowledge with others by helping those who want to know more about your native tongue.

Another great feature of LiveMocha is that it fully uses social networking and is very similar to Facebook in its capacity to connect a community that shares common interests. If you haven't yet checked it out, LiveMocha is certainly a tool worth looking into.

With both of these tools, language learning is a shared experience. By immersing yourself in a community (as in LiveMocha) or simply speaking individually with individual speakers (as with Skype), you'll be more excited about learning. And you may just get to help others learn something, too. The even exchange of knowledge with fellow learners is what makes these two learning platforms so exciting.

Download Skype on your computer

Download Skype on your mobile

Visit LiveMocha and discover all its possibilities

This guest post is contributed by Olivia Coleman, who writes on the topics of online colleges and universities. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: olivia.coleman33 @gmail.com.
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Monday, September 6, 2010

VocaTube - Vocabulary about Drinks on YouTube

VocaTube

We are presenting today the third post on the VocaTube series, whose role it is to bring you the best videos to learn English online on YouTube.

Videos for this entry are related to the topic of drinks. Moreover, videos are sorted according to the level s of difficulty (from the elementary to the advanced level) so you’ll be able to watch the ones you’re interested in.

Remember that vocabulary can only be improved with practice and listening through repetition. It’s difficult for everyone to understand from the beginning but you’ll notice that the more hours you listen, the better your understanding.

Basic drinks in English – elementary English



Link to the video on YouTube

More essential drinks in English – elementary English



Link to the video on YouTube

Drinks and condiments with questions and answers, ideal for kids – elementary English



Link to the video on YouTube

Order drinks and food in a restaurant – intermediate English



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Order drinks and food in a restaurant (along with courtesy rules) – intermediate English



Link to the video on YouTube

English in 30 seconds, words for drinks – intermediate English



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Drinks Basics and the Home Bar – advanced English



Link to the video on YouTube

Key bottles to stock a home bar – advanced English



Link to the video on YouTube

Popular liqueurs and alcoholic drinks, subtitled video – advanced English



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Thursday, September 2, 2010

ESLjokes.net - Learn Vocabulary and Grammar through Jokes

ESLjokes.net

ESLjokes.net is one of those websites to learn English online that truly amazes you. The idea of this online resource is simple: it teaches different grammar lessons and key vocabulary through jokes. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

There are currently around 50 jokes organized according to the level of the student: Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate and Upper intermediate / Advanced.

ESLjokes.net is an excellent Web page for students because it allows studying English through jokes at the same time have some fun. Every joke contains a grammar explanation along with exercises to reinforce the acquisition of new grammar rules.

Teachers can also benefit from this wonderful online resource by printing out jokes and exercises as worksheets for the students. Using a joke as an educational tool will for sure make classes more enjoyable.

Visit ESLjokes to discover its wonderful jokes!
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