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Archive for September, 2012

Common Writing Mistakes

Posted by englishlessons on September 25, 2012

It can be challenging to find your own mistakes in an email or an essay for a test like the TOEFL or TOEIC.  

The mistake below is covered in Step 11e in Writing in English – High Beginning+, an online, interactive program that helps you write clear, concise, and correct English.

Step 11e has an interactive presentation for this grammar rule followed by scored practices with immediate feedback.

Mistake Correction
  1. I was really irritated because he made me working overtime.

  1. I was really irritated because he made me work overtime.

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Idiom of the week – Seed money

Posted by englishlessons on September 25, 2012

Definition:

money that is used to start a business or other activity

Examples:

The venture capital firm provided the seed money for his start-up.

She got the seed money for her new business from a lot of small investors.

Picture it:

You plant seeds so they can grow into mature plants.

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Idiom of the week- Come under fire

Posted by englishlessons on September 17, 2012

Definition:

be subject to critical attack

Examples:

The government official came under fire for changing her position on taxes.

The new CEO came under fire when he asked all employees to take a pay cut.

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Idiom of the week – Light a fire under someone

Posted by englishlessons on September 11, 2012

Definition:

motivate someone to start sooner or move faster

Examples:

He’s behind on his part of this project. Can you light a fire under him?

This remodeling project is taking too long. If we offer the contractor a bonus to finish on time, maybe that will light a fire under him.

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New version of “Animal Tales” – with photographs

Posted by englishlessons on September 10, 2012

Animal Tales

AmEnglish.com® and LittleELL.com have just released a new version of Animal Tales with photographs. This online, interactive program is designed for English language learners at the high beginning level and above. The focus on rhyming words is a fun way to reinforce correct pronunciation in English.

Animal Tales features nine poems* about nine animals with:

1. Audio, text, and photographs for each poem

2. Audio, text, and photographs for facts about each animal and its environment

3. Scored dictation practices to check listening comprehension

4. Scored review quizzes to check reading comprehension

5. A scored final review with “fill in the blank,” “multiple choice,” “dictation” and “word scrambles”

*The poems are written in anapestic tetrameter. Other well-known examples of poetry using this poetic meter are Twas the Night Before Christmas and many poems by Dr. Seuss.

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Idiom of the week – Fire off something

Posted by englishlessons on September 7, 2012

Definition:

write something quickly, especially when you are upset or angry

Examples:

He was mad, so he fired off an angry email to the person.

She fired off a response to his inappropriate request.

Picture it:

Think of shooting without taking the time to aim.
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