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Simple past tense- Dictionary meaning, examples with exercises

Meaning of simple past tense

The simple past (also termed as the past simple tense, past indefinite tense, or preterite tense) is a verb tense to indicate an action that is completed in the past. It is to speak about something that has already happened.

Simple past tense examples

Base Form Past Tense Form Example Sentences
Play Played She played the piano every morning last month.
Take Took He took the bus to school.
Travel Traveled Jack traveled to Switzerland last year.
Write Wrote She wrote her journal yesterday night.
Go Went Jill went to school today morning.
Eat Ate She ate salad for lunch.
Work Worked She worked as a banker earlier than her current job.
Fly Flew She flew to Sydney 2 years ago.
Use Used He used the latest gadget for his work.
SeeSawShe saw him last October.
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Simple future tense- meaning, examples with exercises

What is the simple future tense?

The simple future tense/future indefinite tense is to indicates an action or condition that will begin and end in the future. It refers to an action that hasn’t happened as yet. It refers to a thought or an action that you plan to do or could occur later than now.

Simple future tense examples

  • I will go to school tomorrow
  • She will visit China next year
  • The team will play in Argentina
  • She will go to meet her mother this weekend

We usually use the present future tense to express the following ideas:

  • The simple future tense is used to predict a future occurrence. For example, “It will be sunny tomorrow.”
  • To express a spontaneous decision. For example, “We’ll pay using our credit card.”
  • To express willingness/ unwillingness towards an action. For example, “I’ll clean up for you. I’ll never be dishonest.”
  • To make a suggestion for future action. For example, “Shall we go to a movie tonight?”
  • To give an invitation to a future event. (usually in the interrogative form). For example, “Will you join me for the class tomorrow?”

Let’s practice:

  1. Make a sentence using the simple future tense.
  2. Fill in the simple future tense in the following blanks by choosing the right word from the brackets.
  • She __________ to draw (will like/Likes/liked)
  • She __________melodiously at the concert (sings/sang/will sing)
  • He ___________to the market in the evening (go/went/will go)

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Simple Present Tense- (Present Indefinite tense) Meaning, examples with exercises.

Meaning of Simple present/present simple tense

The simple present tense is a verb tense that speaks of an action that is happening at present or right now. It also refers to an action that happens regularly and is continuous, hence it is also called present indefinite.

Simple present tense examples

Base FormPresent Tense FormExample Sentences
PlayPlaysShe plays the piano every day.
TakeTakesHe takes the bus for school.
TravelTravelsJack travels every summer to Switzerland.
WriteWritesShe writes her journal every night.
GoGoesJill goes to school every day.
EatEatsShe eats salad for lunch.
WorkWorksShe works as a banker.
FlyFliesShe flies to Sydney every year around this time.
UseUsesHe uses the latest gadgets.

We usually use the present simple tense to express the following ideas

  • Use simple present tense to express or speak of any Habit or a custom, which is repeated very often.

For example, He plays football every day.

  • To speak of future plans/ timetables.

For example, She walks every morning. He goes for a jog every night.

  • To state facts or general truths.

For example, she hates liars. He admires honesty.

  • To tell jokes and stories or to report sporting events in real-time.

For example, John makes fun of Jill’s nasal accent. Rio passes the ball to Shane for a goal.

Let’s practice:

  1. Make a tense using the simple present tense.
  2. Fill in the simple present tense in the following blanks by choosing the right word from the brackets.
  • She __________draws (Like/Likes/liked)
  • She __________melodiously at the concert (sings/sang/will sing)
  • He ___________to the market every afternoon (go/goes/will go)

Read more on Simple Past tense: Click here

Read more on Simple Future tense: Click here

Read more on the 12 tenses of Engish grammar with detailed explanation and easy examples: Click here

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Verb Tenses: How to use them with examples.

Tenses: Types, meaning and examples

Verbs come in three tenses: past, present, and future, They are further subdivided into 12 categories.

What are the 12 Tenses in English and why are they important?

Verb tenses in English are broadly divided into the past, present, and future. In English grammar, tenses are used to indicate when an action happened and if it is still going on or finished. The tense of a verb is used to refer to time while communicating in English.

There are 12 tenses in the English language. Namely:

  1. Simple present
  2. Present continuous
  3. Present perfect
  4. Present perfect continuous
  5. Simple past
  6. Past continuous
  7. Past perfect
  8. Past perfect continuous
  9. Simple future
  10. Future continuous
  11. Future perfect
  12. Future perfect continuous
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Nouns: Abstract noun and Collective noun with examples

What is a Noun?

A noun is the name of a person, place, or thing. When we specify who or what we are particularly speaking of for the listener to be able to relate to, that’s called a noun.

Types of Nouns with examples

Types of NounsDefinition Examples
Proper NounName of a person, a place, an animal, or thing. Max, Burj Khalifa, October.
Common NounName of a class or section of people, animals, or things.Teacher, Doctor, Tiger.
Abstract NounThese are feelings, quality or characteristics, ideas, or state of being.Happy, anger, honest, rich.
Collective Noun Denotes a group of nouns or a set of things. They are a group of common nouns and can be counted. Shoal of fish, Swarm of bees, pack of wolves.

How can we identify the type of Noun?

There are 4 main types of nouns to identify:

  • Proper Noun: Proper nouns is the name of a person or of something you specifically imply. It is the name of a person, place, animal, or thing.
    Examples: Wall Street Journal, Albert Einstein, London, Monday, etc.
  • Common Noun: It refers to the name of a class or section of people, animals, or things.
    Examples: Teacher, Nurse, Street, Post office, Table, Bench, etc.
  • Abstract Noun: They are nouns used to define anything that cannot be seen, touched, or sensed by any of our senses. An idea, a state of being, a feeling, a quality, or a characteristic quality can be termed abstract nouns.
    For example, you can be sad, and feel the emotion, but not touch it, smell it, taste it, or even see it, but you do know it exists within you.
  • Collective Noun: Nouns that are considered to be a group of nouns or a set of things, people, animals, emotions, or concepts considered as a single whole. They are a group of common nouns and can be counted. 
    For example, a banana is a common noun, the collective noun for it
    will be a bunch of bananas/hand of bananas.
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Practice writing in English- Top 10 tips for beginners!

Writing in English is an incredible skill one can possess. It feels super powerful if you can write well in English. With our writing, we can convince, persuade or even bring business to our organization. Having said that, it could be a challenge for beginners to write perfectly in English. I would share the top 10 tips and tricks for beginners to be able to write as perfectly as a native writer in English.

Why is Writing in English so important?

English writing skills are obviously important for beginners. We all look for English lessons for beginners or search for classes or lessons to learn writing. Be it writing in English for article writing, writing a speech,  Letter writing, Diary writing, writing for exams as IELTS or TOEFL. For those of you who wish to study abroad or apply for that dream job, your writing skill makes you stand out from the rest. Writing is the first thing that your future employer sees about you, be it through your CV or the cover letter you attach along with it. Writing is a skill that cannot be ignored. Whatever the reason, you probably need to improve your English Writing Skills.

Top 10 tips to follow as a beginner in English writing

Now that you know the importance of writing in English. what can you do to improve in writing? Practicing in English is a surefire way to improve your English writing skills. Here I share the top 10 English writing tips for beginners to help you improve your writing! 📝⚡️

So let’s get started!

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Top 20 English YouTube Channels to follow to improve Spoken English in 2021!

English has emerged as the global language, with everyone trying to learn English as a native English speaker. SNS such as YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, etc has become the most frequently visited websites by English learners. Learning comes best when we are not aware of the process of learning, for instance, we learn best when we watch an English movie, a Video, or even when we read a few pages before sleeping.  In fact, right now, while you are reading this blog, you are learning English.

In this article, I will introduce 20 Vloggers active on YouTube with great English learning Videos, with millions of people following them and learning through their channels.

Top 20 English YouTube Learning Channels

Survey date: January to June 2021

Survey method

At the time of the survey, 105 YouTubers were selected with the “English tag” from the google analytics of The YouTube Channel Crawler. After that, English-based YouTubers were extracted from the search results of “YouTube” and “English”, and the top 20 people who seemed to specialize in the English learning system were selected in order of the number of followers from among the whole. 

A few parameters that were also considered while shortlisting the Top English YouTubers were:

  • The highest number of subscribers
  • Well Produced Videos making it easier and fun to watch
  • Great Content
  • Consistent with English learning Videos

≫ inquiries about the ranking of the YouTubers from here.

Rank Top 20 YouTube Influencers Number of Subscribers
1Learn English with EnglishClass101 5.51 million
2Learn English with Ronnie! 4.14 million
3Ethan from learn English with tv series
4.08 million
4 Marina from linguamarina 3.75 million
5 Learn English with Emma
3.64 million
6 Rachel’s English 3.57 million
7 Speak English with Vanessa 3.13 million
8 JamesESL English Lessons
3.20 million
9 ChetChat 2.69 million
10 English Lessons with Adam 2.56 million
11 Learn English with Rebecca.
2.33 million
12 Oxford Online English 2.27 million
13 Daily English Conversation 2.24 million
14 Gabby from Go natural English 2.06 million
15 Easy English
1.67 million
16 AcademicEnglishHelp 1.51 million
17 Learn English with Papa Teach Me
1.39 million
18 AccurateEnglish 1.04 million
19 Keith Speaking Success 809,000
20 Bob The Canadian 717,000

1. Learn English with EnglishClass101.com

Subscribers: 5.51 million

Alisha has great videos on how to speak like a native speaker with a lot of live classes on YouTube. She expresses herself in simple English, with English subtitles. Her videos are known to be very informative, challenging your listening comprehension skills, and will help you progress in your English study. This channel has about 1469 videos on learning English so far, with the most popular video on Learn English in 30 Minutes that has about 19 million views already. Her latest video released on 11th June 2021 on “How to Become Fluent in Speaking English – YouTube” already has about 22,000 views in less than a week.

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2. EnglishLessons4U – Learn English with Ronnie!

Subscribers: 4.14 million

Ronnie has a great style of teaching and a sense of humor! Her videos are very clear with a touch of quirkiness that makes them memorable. They are super useful and easy to understand. Her channel has about 242 videos on learning English so far, with the most popular video on Basic English Grammar: Have, Has, Had – YouTube that has about 22 million views already. Her latest video released on 18th May 2021 on “How I remember the spelling of difficult words”  has already been viewed by 168,000 viewers.

3. Ethan from learn English with tv series

Subscribers: 4.08 million

Do you feel it’s difficult to find people to practice your English with and improve your Speaking and Listening skills? Ethan here has developed the RealLife English app, so you can connect with people from all over the world and take your English speaking skills to the next level, while also improving your listening skills with our Podcast lessons with transcripts and definitions, whenever and wherever you want.
The channel has about 404 videos in total, with the most popular video on Sexy English Lesson | Learn English with Friends – YouTube that has about 5.1 million views. The latest video was released on 12th June 2021 on “Learn English with PULP FICTION | John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson & Uma Thurman”  has already been viewed by 21,000 viewers.

4. Marina from linguamarina

Subscribers: 3.75 million

Marina Mogilko, originally from Saint-Petersburg is an entrepreneur and YouTuber. Her videos help to improve her English accent

The channel has about 310 videos in total, with the most popular video on How to speak English fast and understand natives (Part I) that has about 7.8 million views. The video teaches Techniques to sound more native and how to understand native speakers. Her latest video was released on 11th June 2021 on “Stop Saying “I THINK!” Use these alternatives to SOUND LIKE A NATIVE”  has already been viewed by 57,000 viewers.

5. Learn English with Emma

Subscribers: 3.64 million

Emma is TESOL-certified and has taught students from various backgrounds, ages, and levels. From immigrants to international students, private lessons to classrooms, her experiences have been varied and have allowed her to gain insight into the challenges that ESL students face.

The channel has about 189 videos in total, with the most popular video on IELTS Speaking Task 1 – How to get a high score – YouTube that has about 11,000 views. The video teaches you everything you need to get a higher score in Task 1 of the Speaking section of the exam!. Her latest video was released on 10th June 2021 on “How to talk about your boss in English – YouTube”  and has already been viewed by 31,000 viewers.

6. Rachel’s English

Subscribers: 3.57 million

Rachel’s English is your online American English pronunciation resource. All videos have closed captions to help non-native speakers understand. New videos are added every week! So, go ahead and learn about the specific mouth positions for each sound with the Sounds.

The channel has about 800 videos in total, with the most popular video on How to Improve Spoken American English – Sound like a Native Speaker – YouTube that has about 5.2 million views. This video outlines two different exercises (Ben Franklin Exercise and Imitation Exercise) you can do to reduce your accent and improve your pronunciation. Her latest video was released on 8th June 2021 on “English Vocabulary Pizza Party! | Learning Phrases & Idioms with Pizza – YouTube”  has already been viewed by 25,000 viewers.

7. JamesESL English Lesson

Subscribers: 3.20 million

James is positive, loves singing and teaching. He teaches learners how to sound more natural and intelligent. Using these adjectives on the speaking section of IELTS and TOEFL exams will impress your examiner and improve your score. It gives a technique you can use to remember anything!

The channel has about 253 videos in total, with the most popular video on Improve your Vocabulary: Stop saying VERY! – YouTube has about 3.32 million views. This video emphasizes how using the same word, again and again, is boring, which is why native English speakers use a wide variety of vocabulary to express their thoughts and feelings. The latest video was released on 1st June 2021 on “5 questions to get the conversation going!”  has already been viewed by 180,000 viewers.

8. Speak English with Vanessa

Subscribers: 3.13 million

Venessa is full of Positive energy, personality, and always happy, lets you a little inside her life and has great content, always gives in tips and homework in her videos. She teaches to Speak English naturally, confidently, and fluently.

The channel has about 439 videos in total, with the most popular video on “Understand FAST English Conversations [Advanced Listening Lesson]” which has about 7.5 million views. The video teaches you to Listen to a fast English conversation and practice a study method that will help you to understand all native English speakers. Her latest video was released on 11th June 2021 on “5 Secrets to Understanding FAST English”  and has already been viewed by 51,000 viewers.

9. ChetChat

Subscribers: 2.69 million

A focused platform in the education and career space for study tips, learning English, scholarships, study abroad, education, and career advice.

The channel has about 297 videos in total, with the most popular video on Stop Using These Words in Daily English Conversation | Use Alternate English Words | ChetChat – YouTube that has about 9 million views. This video teaches advanced English vocabulary. The latest video was released on 11th June 2021 on “Stop Using ‘YES’ in Daily English Conversation | Use Alternate English Words | ChetChat English”  has already been viewed by 95,000 viewers.

10. English Lessons with Adam

Subscribers: 2.56 million

Adam hails from Toronto, Canada, he has taught, coached, and edited for hundreds of non-native English users for 14 years, in four countries. concentrated on helping people prepare for tests such as the IELTS, TOEFL, and SAT.

The channel has about 174 videos in total, with the most popular video on How to increase your vocabulary that has about 7.01 million views. This video teaches some great tips for remembering your vocabulary and learning new words. This lesson will show you how to learn more than one new word at a time and how to practice learning and remembering words that will improve all areas of your English quickly. The latest video was released on 25th May 2021 on “12 Common English Expressions for Work”  and has already been viewed by 46,000 viewers.

11. Learn English with Rebecca

Subscribers: 2.33 million

Rebecca is from the United States. Her English lessons, shortcuts, and tips can help you achieve your goals. Her style of explaining concepts is brilliant. Directly starts her classes and keeps them short and to the point.

The channel has about 270 videos in total, with the most popular video on 8 Common Grammar Mistakes in English! – YouTube has about 10 million views. The latest video was released on 7th June 2021 on “PREPOSITIONS IN ENGLISH: work in, as, from, for, at, on…”  has already been viewed by 55,000 viewers.

12. Oxford Online English

Subscribers: 2.27 million

Oxford Online English is an online English school with many teachers online offering premium-quality online English lessons to suit your needs. great videos on Stress syllables and pronunciations. With Live lessons every Wednesday and Thursdays.

The channel has about 191 videos in total, with the most popular video on Speak English Fluently – 5 Steps to Improve Your English Fluency – YouTube that has about 5.66 million views. This video teaches about fluency and what you can do to change this situation and improve English fluency. The latest video was released on 3rd June 2021 on “Adjectives and Adverbs in English”  and has already been viewed by 25,000 viewers.

13. Daily English Conversations

Subscribers: 2.24 million

This channel hosts free English vocabulary Videos, English grammar Videos, English exercises, and English lessons. Thousands of English Videos are waiting for you. They will help you learn English. You’ll also see lessons for English speaking practice, tenses in English grammar with examples.

The channel has about 300 videos in total, with the most popular video on Speaking English Practice Conversation | Questions and Answers English Conversation With Subtitle – YouTube that has about 15 million views. This video teaches some great tips on speaking English with conversation practice, Questions and answers in English conversation, and has English speaking lessons with subtitles. The latest video was released on 11th May 2021 on “Daily Conversations in English for Speaking & Listening Practice | English Conversation Practice – YouTube”  has already been viewed by 95,000 viewers.

14. Gabby from Go natural English

Subscribers: 2.06 million

Here you’ll learn English the Go Natural English way – with advice to help you speak English like a native, with real English conversation and listening practice. Here you’ll finally learn American English with a focus on English speaking skills. Unlock the English-speaking world and finally understand English conversation.

The channel has about 601 videos in total, with the most popular video on 9 Ways to Think in English and Stop Translating in Your Head | Go Natural English – YouTube that has about 11 million views. This video teaches you to think in English. Stop translating in your head and speak fluent, natural English without hesitation. The latest video was released on 11th June 2021 on “Can you say these difficult words? – YouTube”  has already been viewed by 11,000 viewers.

15. Easy English

Subscribers: 1.67 million

This channel uses animated Videos. The videos contain lots of conversations on various topics that will help you improve your English vocabulary and spoken English. You can also learn grammar in a fun way, easy to understand by almost anyone! The English level used in our videos ranges from beginner to upper-intermediate. Learn English in an entertaining way!

The channel has about 95 videos in total, with the most popular video on School Conversation, School Dialogue – YouTube that has about 10 million views. This video shares great tools for beginners to learn new English words., and it’s great for improving vocabulary. The latest video was released on 9th June 2021 on “Daily English Conversations 3″  has already been viewed by 56,000 viewers.

16.AcademicEnglishHelp

Subscribers: 1.51 million

IELTS and English help by www.AEHelp.com is dedicated to offering useful videos to help with exams to get band 7 and more.

The channel has about 627 videos in total, with the most popular video on IELTS Speaking Interview – Practice for a Score 7 – YouTube that has about 10 million views. This series will teach you the skills that will help you to be successful, confident and to reach success on these questions during the speaking interview. Follow the instructions carefully and make sure to practice. The latest video was released on 12th June 2021 on “IELTS Live – Speaking Part 3 – Expert Answers”  has already been viewed by 7, 500 viewers.

17. Learn English with Papa Teach Me

Subscribers: 1.39 million

Learn English with Aly from Papa Teach Me. He has a speaking club to practice speaking, with  a great sense of Humour

The channel has about 400 videos in total, with the most popular video on Learn the Cockney accent with Jason Statham – YouTube that has about 4.5 million views. This video teaches a Cockney accent or how to speak like a true Londoner. The latest video was released on 27th May 2021 on “Do you EVEN understand EVEN?”  has already been viewed by 22,000 viewers.

18. AccurateEnglish

Subscribers: 1.04 million

Lisa Mojsin is the director of Accurate English in Los Angeles. She teaches accent reduction and American pronunciation to non-native speakers. She works with professionals and actors in LA. very beneficial, especially for people who already know some things but need to advance them.

The channel has about 125 videos in total, with the most popular video on Ten Advanced English Words for More Fluent Speech – YouTube that has about 5.5 million views. This video will teach you ten advanced English words that you can use to sound more fluent. Avoid using the word “very” when speaking English. Also, practice linking, which is connecting words together, by using these new words in sentences. The latest video was released on 13th June 2021 on “More advanced English with a native speaker in Los Angeles. Grammar and idioms with Megan. (part 2) – YouTube”  has already been viewed by 55,000 viewers.

19. Keith Speaking Success

Subscribers: 809,000

English Speaking Success is designed to help you speak better English, give better answers, and get a higher score on the IELTS Speaking test.  It has IELTS Speaking TIPS, RESOURCES, LESSONS, and Sample answers. It is run by Keith O’Hare, owner of the Keith Speaking Academy with live classes every Thursdays

The channel has about 198 videos in total, with the most popular video on IELTS Speaking: How to Introduce Yourself – Tips and Tricks – YouTube that has about 3 million views. This video teaches how to introduce yourself in IELTS speaking part 1, including giving your name, talking about your home, hometown, work, or studies. There are lots of tips and tricks about making this part of the test work for you. The latest video was released on 12th June 2021 on “Speak English Like a Native Speaker in 20 Minutes – YouTube”  and has already been viewed by 31,000 viewers.

20. Bob The Canadian

Subscribers: 717,000

Bob is a great teacher who will help you learn how to speak English fluently and with confidence. His videos help understand and pronounce common English phrases, as well as videos that are just meant to encourage you in your journey towards learning English.

The channel has about 466 videos in total, with the most popular video on How to Order Food at a Restaurant in English – YouTube that has about 1.4 million views. Do you want to learn how to order food at a restaurant in English? In this English video lesson, Bob takes you to 4 restaurants and helps you learn 4 different ways to order food in English.

 The latest video was released on 13th June 2021 on “Let’s Learn English! Topic: Dream Jobs! 👩🏽‍🚀👨‍🍳👩‍⚕️ (Lesson Only)” has already been viewed by 2,200 viewers.


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Top 10 Ways To Improve Writing Skills In English

Writing in English can be both a desire and a want too. In a fast-paced world, just having technical skills is no longer enough. If you need to be competitive and be able to go beyond your limitations, writing in English is an essential skill to master over. There are many reasons why you must consider practicing your English writing skills over Spoken English.

7 Important reasons for writing in English

Writing Skill has been widely considered as an essential skill to master be it by students or professionals, or in learning English as a Second Language (ESL) as it is a skill that helps perfect vocabulary, grammar, present ideas, thoughts, or edit, revise, etc. It is a skill globally recognized and widely incorporated in all our communications done internationally. Here are a few reasons why you must consider enhancing your English writing skills:

1. Email writing

We all have email addresses. Emailing has been an important mode of communication on the internet for decades. Being able to write is important for you to be able to express your thoughts in a manner that can be understood clearly by the reader. It helps you apply for jobs or in making friends, write to family, and apply for a university. Not being able to write well in English can be a hindrance to any of these activities. Both formal and informal emails will always require clear writing.

2. Letter Writing

Letter writing has always been the need of the hour when it comes to connecting with someone far from you, with the world shifting to writing a letter online, be it personal or business letters, enhanced writing skills are the only skill that would help you at letter writing. As opposed to talking on the phone, letter writing is more advanced that would require you to think and express your thoughts with clarity.

3. Paragraph writing

Good writing skills are the handiest skill a student must possess.  Every student as they level up has to write in English during the days of educating themselves, be it in school as a summary writing, paragraph writing, essays, or even precis writing. A student in a college or a university would need to work on a thesis, articles, or writing research papers. Writing skills is one of the most important skills that is tested time and again in almost all exams a student undergoes.

4.Diary Writing

Let’s consider our love for writing personal diaries. We all love to write aimlessly about ourselves, how would we do that with poor writing skills? It is a hindrance with a lot of times when one is unable to express their exact thoughts in writing, we tend to give up on the desire to write. Practicing our writing skills is crucial to expressing our thoughts.

5. Writing blogs/Journals

Every blogger is not someone who has done their master in the English language, they are common people like you and me who know how to express their thoughts in a way that the reader can understand. Writing is the only skill that they master.

6. Applying to a University

Applying to the most desired university is no longer simple. Other than undergoing tests and exams, being able to write a resume, along with a covering letter is crucial. Correct grammar, punctuations, spellings are the key in written communications. It is easier to form a good impression through writing than by talking.

7. Applying for the perfect Job/ Getting more clients

At one time or the other, most of us need to write a job application or reply to an email sent by a client if we already are well placed. Having a great conversation with an interviewer or a client, but not being able to send a well-drafted email, would undo all the efforts and set a poor impression in the client’s mind. Spoken English is necessary, but considering most of your continuous conversations are being written, mastering written skills is equally important to spoken English.

Top 10 ways to improve writing skills in English

Now that we know how crucial writing skills are as a form of communication. Here are the top 10 ways to improve your writing skills.

1. Write daily to become better

For a beginner, it can be hard to understand where to get started in improving writing skills. Writing enhancement can be tricky unless and until you practice it regularly. When it comes to writing you must be practicing it daily. Start small, practice writing a paragraph or answer emails every day.

2. Consider the reader’s mindset while writing

Writing in a language your reader can understand is important. Know what is relevant and interesting, stick to the topic you wish to write on. Being clear on your thoughts is one way of writing it too. Make your writing easy to understand and avoid using fillers.

3. Make an outline before you start

Writing in any form, be it a formal email, letter writing, or even writing an essay or a blog on any topic, needs to be systematic. A professional writer would always work on an outline first, before starting to write. That helps one to stay focussed on the topic and write crisply. Always work on the topic, title, and key points you wish to include in your writing.

4. Write the way you think

It is good to read what others write but copy-pasting what others write is plagiarism, that is a poor show of your writing skills. Be original! Write all that comes to your mind, edit it later, but write what you can think of and not what others thought of.

5. Keep it simple and clear

We all love our writings to be superior in quality and have love to show our knowledge in English by the vocabulary we use in our writings. Consider reading an article with words that you hardly understand, you would soon lose interest in reading it. That’s how your readers would react to your writing if all that you use is complex vocabulary. Good writing is not a usage of difficult vocabulary only, it is all about how it manages to have readers enjoy reading what you write. Keep it simple, and allow your readers to enjoy what you write!

6. Brush up on the basics

Even fluent writers in English love brushing up their knowledge of Basic English grammar. Sentence structure, rules of using the right grammar, and punctuation is a great way to brush up on the basics of writing. Click here to know more about sentence structure and basic grammar rules. 

7. Use an editing tool

It is great to have a professional tool to check what you write. Most text editors, word processors like google, Microsoft word have a built-in proofing tool that helps to correct basic spelling and grammar. However these tools are not perfect, they fail to highlight many errors and mistakes, teaching you very little on how to eliminate grammar errors.

Grammarly and Hemingway are the most popular professional tools used by almost everyone writing on the internet. They are online editors that can help you improve your writing by identifying specific writing errors, suggesting corrections, and showing different and better ways of framing the same sentence. This helps in understanding different ways of framing your ideas in a written format.

8. Find a writing partner

Practicing your writing skills all by yourself can be a daunting task when you are not sure of the mistakes you make. Having a writing partner in such a case would be a boon to beginners who wish to learn writing. Chatting apps/ Online learning apps that connect you to live teachers is a great way to practice writing as you chat. Eigooo is one such online platform that allows you to chat on any topic with teachers, improving your writing skills with the teachers correcting your errors as you chat with them.

9. Do a final read-through

After writing, even with the editing apps checking for errors, it is recommended you read out what you wrote loud enough as the final test. Some things can be grammatically correct but sound unnatural to the ears. If any part of your writing sounds weird while reading out loud, you could rephrase it for better clarity.

10. Create Templates

If you find yourself writing a similar document repeatedly, such as replying in a set format to business emails or applying to too many universities, it is best to create a template for that document, that would save time and increase efficiency every time you write it. Email templates are widely used and serve as a huge time saver for entrepreneurs who use them.

Conclusion: Master your Writing skills in English

There is always room for improvement when it comes to mastering writing skills. If you are a non-native English speaker, it is best to use a professional editing tool that has your back when it comes to writing. Any investment there is a great investment to learning and for a better future.

Eigooo, the English Training Chat Application

To improve your English, the best way is to practice every day.

Eigooo supports you with a 24/7 chat service with real teachers.

  • You can chat with the teacher one-on-one.
  • The teacher will make immediate corrections to your messages.
  • No need to make a reservation. You can start whenever you want.
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PASS IELTS- Registration, preparation tips and passing criteria

Introduction to IELTS

IELTS or The International English Language testing system is an international test recognized worldwide that evaluates the English proficiency of non-native English language speakers. It was first established in the year 1989. It is one of the major English language tests in the world. This test assesses the English language proficiency of non-native English speakers. It was started about 41 years ago with more than 1600 test centers in over 140 countries now.

Countries accepting IELTS test scores for immigration purposes

IELTS is accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian, European, Irish and New Zealand academic institutions, by over 3,000 academic institutions in the United States, and by various professional organisations across the world. 

It is the only secure English language test approved by UK visas and immigration (UKVI). The IELTS tests assess the ability of a candidate to listen, read, write, and speak in English. It is developed by experts at Cambridge English language assessment with inputs from writers from around the world. The band scores of IELTS used for each language skill (listening, reading, writing, and speaking) ranges from 0 (these are the ones who do not attempt the test) to 9 ( these are experts who scored the highest in this test) with each institution setting a different threshold. Usually, institutions do not consider test scores older than two years as valid scores. There can be an exception if the candidate proves to have maintained their proficiency in English, though

Countries that popularly accept IELTS

Canada

In Canada, IELTS is accepted for citizenship and immigration to Canada. It is through universities and colleges across Canada. You must take the IELTS tests if you wish to shift to Canada for work, education, or to live there. You would need to score a minimum band score of at least 6, to be allowed to emigrate to Canada.

USA

More than 3,000  institutions in the USA accept IELTS test scores as evidence of proficiency in English Language skills. The minimum band score required in the USA can vary from 6.0 to 7.0.

New Zealand

To apply for a New Zealand visa permit, you need to apply in the category of skilled migrants. In which, the immigrant must have an overall band score of 6.5 in IELTS.

UK (United Kingdom)

IELTS Academic, General Training, and Life Skills are all accepted by the UK visa and immigration (UKVI). It is for those who want to work, study, or emigrate to the UK. You need to at least have a band score of 6.5 in each test and 7 as the overall band score for better placement.

Ireland

Ireland accepts an IELTS score with a band requirement of at least 6.5 overall and 6.0 in each module. Hence to emigrate to Ireland, a test score of a minimum of 6.0 is mandatory.

Australia

Australia has a point-based immigration system, and the IELTS is an important part of the assessment for it. It is acceptable by the Australian government. and has been approved. It is also needed for visa and immigration purposes. Further, you need to fulfill the minimum band requirements of at least 5.5 in every module.

Types of IELTS Tests

There are different types of IELTS tests you can take. The type of test to take would be the purpose of taking the test and the country you wish to emigrate to. The IELTS test has two variants:

1. IELTS Academic

A  student who desires to have an education abroad in countries such as the UK,  Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or Canada among others are required to take the IELTS academic exam. The academic exam has questions and tasks that are relevant to interactions that a student would have and is more academic in nature. 

The IELTS academic exam for immigration purposes can only be taken by medical professionals who wish to apply as a skilled migrant. This applies to doctors, nurses and nursing assistants, pharmacies, lab technicians, and other professionals

2. IELTS General Training

Anyone who wishes to emigrate from their home country to an English- speaking country is required to write the IELTS general training. In the IELTS general training, the writing and reading section of questions pertains to everyday work and life.

If a student wishes to continue staying back in a foreign country for work purposes after the completion of their education may have to take an IELTS general training to apply for the work visa but there are also some countries that allow international students to pursue work after graduation as an extension of the initial student visa. It is good to do a double check since the immigration policies of every country are different from each other. Professionals looking to emigrate to countries such as Australia or Canada have to take the IELTS general training. This however cannot be interchanged with an IELTS academic score.

The IELTS test format

It is an advantage to understand the format of IELTS to be able to score well in this test. Make sure you are familiar with how the IELTS test works.  The two 2 IELTS tests available, which are IELTS academic and IELTS general training, are both graded in exactly the same way.

The first three parts of the test are usually taken on the same day in the following order:

Listening Test

The IELTS listening test is designed to assess a wide range of listening skills including how well a test giver can understand the main ideas and specific factual information. whether they are able to recognize the opinions, attitudes, and purpose of a speaker. if they are able to follow the development of an argument.

The IELTS listening test contains 40 questions with each correct answer awarded one mark the score of out of these 40 questions are converted to the IELTS 9 band scale scores are either reported in whole or half bands.

Reading Test

The reading test is to assess how quickly and efficiently one could read and manage one’s time. The candidate will be asked to read three different passages and answer questions in the IELTS reading test. The content of the reading test is different for both the academic and the general IELTS training tests.

The IELTS reading test also contains 40 questions with each correct answer awarded 1 mark. The score of these 40 questions is converted to the IELTS 9 band scale scores. The academic and the general training reading test are graded on the same scale; however, the academic reading test can have reading passages which contain more difficult vocabulary with greater complexity of Style.

Writing Test

The IELTS writing test is to assess the English writing skills of the candidate along with assessing how well a student could respond appropriately, organize ideas and use a wide range of vocabulary and grammar accurately. The writing test is on general topics. Candidates will be presented with an imaginary situation and asked to write based on the situation.

A band score for the writing test is measured on each of these four:

  •  Task achievement
  •  Coherence and Cohesion
  •  Lexical resource
  •  Grammatical range and accuracy

 The benchmark is measured equally and the score on the tasks is the average band score.

There are no breaks between the days the Listening, Reading, and writing tests are held. However, the last test, which is the speaking test, can be held on the same day as the other three tests or a week before or after that depending on the arrangements by the University.

Speaking Test

The speaking test would involve a certified examiner in the IELTS speaking test. It is interactive and as close to a real-life situation. A variety of accents can be used and the test is usually recorded. However, the content of the IELTS speaking test is the same for both the academic and the general IELTS training test.

The IELTS speaking test is designed to assess a wide range of skills the examiner will want to test, such as:

  • If the student can communicate their opinions and information on general topics and common experiences.
  • If they could speak at length on a given topic using appropriate link full stop
  • If they could express and justify the opinions
  • Organize the ideas, analyze and discuss issues easily in English.
  • If a user can relax and talk fluently and sound as natural as possible.

The speaking test examiners use assessment criteria to award a band score for each of the four criteria

  •  Fluency and coherence
  •  Lexical resource
  •  Grammatical range and accuracy
  •  Pronunciation

These criteria are weighted equally and the speaking band score is the average of it all.

Tips and tricks to pass the IELTS exam

The IELTS exam is one of the most recognized exams which are used by many English-speaking countries for immigration of foreign nationals, be it for a student visa or for work purposes. It is also an exam that comes at a cost to attempt it. Universities charge an exam fee close to $194. Hence it is recommended you prepare for this exam thoroughly before attempting it.

To prepare for the IELTS exam it is important to understand the test format.   

1. Know the test format well

Familiarise yourself with the format of the test by reviewing the test content, as well as the questions and task types for each section. I have mentioned this above under “The IELTS test format” in the same blog post.

2. Read the rules and regulations of the IELTS exam

It is important to read the IELTS exam rules and regulations that are shared with candidates at the time of registration, through the notice and declarations included in the application form.

3. Practice with Sample questions

The candidate should always practice with sample questions that can help you familiarize yourself with the format of the test.

Click on this to check the sample test questions that will help you prepare for your IELTS test. This will give you an idea of what to expect in the Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking test.

4. Take the Practice Test on the official website

Once you have done your practice and feel prepared to give the IELTS exam, it is important to test yourself by getting a progress check on the official practice test. Progress check site for IELTS academic exam / Progress check site for IELTS General training exam.

This test is an official online practice test that is marked by IELTS-trained and qualified markers. Once you give the practice test, you would receive feedback, including the overall band score with an individual band score for each exercise on listening, reading,  writing, and speaking. This will help you to prepare and understand which areas you need to improve and focus on.

5. Paid Preparation courses

If you are not sure, practice for the test on your own. I would recommend you take the assistance of a paid preparation course. There are various IELTS centers and language schools around the world that help with IELTS preparations.

Online English teaching apps that connect you to real teachers like Duolingo.com, Eigooo.com,  and Cambly.com  are popular teaching sites that help you practice English with a teacher online.

How to apply for IELTS,  the registration,  and the eligibility criteria

Eligibility Criteria

Now that you know all about the IELTS test, let us understand the eligibility criteria/who can take these tests. The IELTS exam is open for all and there are no specific eligibility criteria. There are many institutes that have different eligibility criteria but the IELTS test in specific has no selection criteria. However, these are some points which a candidate must keep in mind before registering for the IELTS exam:

  1. The minimum age of the candidate must be 16 years and above.
  2. The candidate must have a valid, non-expired passport.
  3. You will be eligible to take the IELTS if you are planning to emigrate to the UK, New Zealand, or Canada
  4. If you are planning to study in the USA, the UK, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand,
  5. If you wish to study in the USA, UK, or Australia as a medical professional.

Registration process for IELTS

You could register for IELTS both online or via an offline process. IELTS registration of the IELTS test is available on fixed dates per year depending on the demand from country to country. Candidates can also reattempt the test whenever they want. There is no limit to the number of times the candidate attempts the IELTS test, however, every time a candidate registers for the IELTS exam, he or she would have to pay an exam fee of about $194.

Steps to Register for the IELTS exam online

1.Visit the official IELTS website

2.Click on book a test.

3. Select your preferred test

4. Check for the test location closest to you

5. Fill in your personal details (Form for personal details)  

6. Upload the image of your passport as instructed on the registration site.

7. Select the list of colleges that you want to send the test reports to (This is for students who want to give an academic test)

8. Pay the test fee as prescribed on the IELTS registration website. Fees can be paid online using a debit/credit card.

9. Once the payment has been made a candidate can take a printout of the acknowledgment receipt

Steps to Register for the IELTS exam offline/in person

  1. Visit the official IELTS website
  2. Click on book a test.
  3. Select your preferred test,  
  4. Check for the test location closest to you
  5. Select your preferred location
  6. Click on “Register for IELTS on paper”
  7. Download the application form to print, complete, and submit to your local test center
  8. Documents required at the time of registration include a photocopy of your passport ID (front and back page) signed and dated declaration document.
  9. Proceed to pay the test fee at the counter of the local test center after all the documents necessary are accepted and approved by the authority.

IELTS Test Results

  • The results are usually declared in13 days after the test dates for paper tests. (3-5 days for computer-delivered IELTS).
  • Test centers will either post your Test Report Form to you or have it ready for you to pick up in person. You can also collect your TRF at the IDP IELTS offices. You would need to carry your passport as a form of identity proof in order to pick your TRF.
  • You will receive one copy of your Test Report Form*. (*Those applying to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will receive two. You will need to provide the test center with proof of application to IRCC.)
  • If you have nominated institutions to receive copies of your IELTS test results, these will be sent automatically on your behalf.  Any additional copies will incur a small administration charge.

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To improve your English, the best way is to practice every day.

Eigooo supports you with a 24/7 chat service with real teachers.

  • You can chat with the teacher one-on-one.
  • The teacher will make immediate corrections to your messages.
  • No need to make a reservation. You can start whenever you want.
  • The free trial is ready.

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Top 5 Online Apps to Learn English Grammar with live Teachers

The Importance of Learning English Grammar

Grammar is the backbone of any language and helps us understand each other. English grammar rules are guidelines that are necessary for accurate communication, whether that be for writing in English or speaking. We need it to avoid misunderstandings and to express our thoughts and emotions clearly. 

There are many ways to learn English Grammar in the modern world. From basic English grammar books that have practice exercises to English speaking online courses.  

The internet is full of resources that anyone can access and use. Many people opt for online English classes because it lets them study from anywhere, and gives them access to the best teachers from around the world.

Simple Methods to Learn English Grammar

1. Identify and focus on your weak areas

After learning basic English grammar, you need to find out which areas are the most difficult for you. Each of us learns at a different pace and that applies to English, too. You might not be clear about the tenses in English, while someone else might be struggling with English articles. 

Once you know where your skills are lacking, you can focus on revising and practising that rule so you can improve.

2. Set aside enough time to learn and practice

This would seem obvious to most people, but many of us lack the determination to make learning a part of our daily routine. If you are a student, you would have more free time and can plan accordingly. For people who go to work daily, maybe setting aside 15 to 30 minutes daily would be possible. 

Our brains are equipped to pick up things we do often, so it is necessary for us to make it a habit to study English grammar daily. This helps us retain what we learn and practice, which in turn makes it easier for us to recollect and use when needed. 

3. Keep a record of your progress

While learning a language, having a point of reference is important to go back to when in doubt. English grammar has many rules that a beginner might not be able to memorize easily. Writing down these rules and practising them by doing grammar exercises is a basic step to learn them.

You can use a notebook to do this or keep an online record that you can access anywhere. Having a record of what you learn will not only show you how much you are learning but also serves as a reference when you are unsure about something. You can also share this record with your friends for their input and feedback.

Top 5 Online Apps to Help You Learn English

English grammar is a skill that a learner needs to practice to develop. Grammar practice exercises and writing in English are important for a fluent communication. Having a teacher to interact with and get feedback from will greatly help a learner get perfect. Here is our list of the top 5 online services that you can use to learn and practice English grammar while having fun conversations with teachers.

1. Duolingo – Play Your Way to English Fluency

Duolingo is one of the highest-rated educational apps on the App Store. Most of the features are available with the free version and users can learn any of the 37 available languages, including English. 

The app follows a game format and users gain virtual coins for completing a lesson. New levels are unlocked and the user’s fluency score increases. Lessons on the app adapt to the user’s method of learning. According to a study, 34 hours on Duolingo can be compared to a university semester of language courses.

What I like best about this app

Voice recognition tests the user’s pronunciation, while translation and listening exercises build a user’s vocabulary. Users can certify their progress by attempting the Duolingo English Test on the app. The certificate is accepted by universities worldwide. 

Fun fact: Game of Thrones fans will be overjoyed to know that High Valyrian is a course on the app. And so is Klingon for the Trekkies (Star Trek) out there.

How to subscribe

  • Login to the website on https://www.duolingo.com/ or access the app by downloading it on Google Play App Store
  • Duolingo Plus takes away any disruptive ads the free version has and comes with the Mastery Quiz which checks what you’ve learned. 
  • Plus users can also download courses from the app. Plans range from $9.99 to $79.99.

2. Preply – Fully Satisfied or Your Money Back

Preply is an online service that offers private lessons with tutors from around the world. Apart from English, there are 23 other languages that a user can choose to learn. With around 18,000 English tutors, a user can filter through the tutor profiles and find one that is most suitable. Whether it be for IELTS, pronunciation, or business English, there are experienced teachers who can help. The service is available on desktop and mobile, so a user can book a lesson in a matter of seconds. 

What I like best about this app

Preply has its own video platform called Preply Space and lets the user keep track of his/her progress online. In-built Learning plans focus on skills such as speech and vocabulary. There are also tutors who specialize in teaching kids and beginners, and tutors who focus on conversational classes.

How to subscribe

  • Login to the website on https://preply.com/ or access the app via Google Play or the App Store
  • Tutors charge at an hourly rate which can range from $5 to $100 for native speakers.   
  • The service promises a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so a user can get a refund if the trial lesson is not up to mark.

3. Eigooo – Real Conversations Anytime, Anywhere

Eigooo has been around since 2013 and offers English learners the opportunity to write in English, attempt grammar exercises, and study English grammar with a real teacher. Eigooo is supported on iPhone, Android, and desktop, which allows the user to log into the app or website and connect to a teacher immediately. It is a 24-hour service with teachers from around the world. 

The focus of Eigooo is to create a relaxed space where users are able to learn at their own pace, so there is no fixed curriculum for the user to follow. Instead, users can opt for a normal chat related to everyday topics, or pick one of the grammar challenges which are inbuilt into the app.

What I like best about this app

Live chat with an English teacher. A service that is unique and one of its kind. The main advantage of using the app is the immediate correction that the teachers provide. A user can get a “good stamp” for every sentence without an error. Sentences with errors are corrected and sent back to the user with the incorrect areas highlighted. This feature enables the user to avoid making the same mistake in the future. 

For those who would rather do something more fun, there are simple games which the user can play with a teacher. The user gets graded by the teacher based on how well the challenge was done. A+, A, and B are the grades that come with every challenge, and the user needs to avoid any error to get the coveted A+. 

Completed challenges, frequency of usage, good stamps, and A/A+ grades all play a role in the ranking system on the app. 

How to subscribe

Subscribe when you like the service. There are different subscription plans ranging from a 50 message pack for $3.99 to the All Day Premium plan for $299.99.  

4. Cambly – Find the Perfect Tutor For You

Cambly is another service that offers one-on-one English lessons through online video sessions. There are certified English tutors as well as native speakers from other walks of life who teach on the app. 

A user can search for tutors based on interests ranging from IELTS and Business English to Harry Potter. Tutors state their availability on the app, so users can schedule lessons or select a tutor who is online. 

What I like best about this app

There are varied courses such as Academic Test Preparation, Basic to Advanced Conversation Topics, Practicing Presentations and Job Interviews, IELTS Speaking Mock Tests, and even Raising Children. Each course has a number of lessons that give users comprehensive training in the topic they want to learn. 

Classes are held in an interactive classroom, which enables users to practice what they learn with online exercises. The lessons are recorded so users can review what they’ve learned. 

How to subscribe

5. RedKiwi – Learn by Imitation

RedKiwi is a Korean app that is designed to teach English learners through English videos from YouTube. The focus is on developing a learner’s listening and speaking skills. Users get to choose videos and do quizzes based on the content they watch. 

The challenge is to select the correct word from the given options that match the audio. This strengthens the user’s grasp of the language and is a strong foundation to build on. 

What I like best about this app

Videos are divided into three difficulty levels, offering something for any level a learner is at. There are simple videos aimed at beginners and difficult ones for the experts. In case a user has a question, he/she can pose the query through the app and get a response from one of RedKiwi’s English experts. There are also specific lessons aimed at office users, travellers, and students living abroad.

New videos are uploaded daily and users can request videos that they like from YouTube to be used on the app. People who love movies and TV shows will surely enjoy this method of teaching because of its novelty. And the best part, no complex grammar rules to read through.

How to subscribe

  • Login to Website on https://redkiwiapp.com/en/ or access the app via Google Play                              App Store
  • English learners can use limited features of the app for free
  • To access all features, there are subscription plans ranging from $4 for a month to $53 for a year. 

Network with Learners and Native Speakers

English has become a required skill for most professionals around the world and a large number of them are in the process of learning it. This makes the internet the ideal place to build connections with fellow learners so you could help each other.

Apps like HelloTalk are a good example of how easy it is to interact with people from around the world. Services like Facebook and Twitter have a wide user base and anyone with minimum social skills can use them for networking. Joining groups that focus on English learning is a good way to enhance your knowledge. Another good idea would be to join online English forums for ESL and IELTS students as they are useful when preparing for exams. 

Practice and enthusiasm will go a long way in your goal to master English, so make new friends who can help you on your journey. 

Notable Websites with Free Grammar Lessons

Grammarly.com

Elllo.org 

alison.com 

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