2017 is about to start and I’d like to ask you a question:
“How good will your English be at the end of 2017?”
Think about it for a second.
It’s amazing how much you can learn and how much you can improve in just one year. And the best thing? It doesn’t have to be hard work.
When learning a language, the most important thing is to practice regularly. Just a few minutes a day can make a big difference.
Today, I’m looking back at all our posts of 2016 and bringing you the best ones.
What I’m asking from you is this:
Choose a few pieces of advice from these posts, and work on them every day in January. Then send me a message: How did you feel? Did it motivate you to continue regular practice?
While looking back at all our posts, I noticed that the most popular ideas fall into four different categories:
- Big grammar — full grammar lessons on one topic
- Big vocab — big vocabulary lessons
- Little grammar hacks — simple grammar tricks that you can use immediately
- Self-study — tips on how to include English into your daily routine
So here they are!
1. The conditionals
I never understood why most course books teach the conditionals (“if” sentences) separately. They all follow the same rule.
In this blog post, we look at how the rule works and how it changes depending on how “real” the situation is.
There’s also a very dangerous rabbit in this one. So watch out! Click here.
2. Is it “a” or “the”?
Articles (“a,” “an” and “the”) are often quite confusing for learners of ALL levels of English.
In this infographic, you can see how articles work. There’s a logical way of looking at it, and a way that’s more about the feeling. You’ll also learn most of the irregular uses of articles — all in the same infographic! Click here.
3. The passive
The passive in English is much easier than you think it is. In fact, there’s actually just one rule.
4. Present perfect
This tense is probably the most famous English tense.
I love this tense. I find it really beautiful because it’s a way to express the past and the present at the same time. There are several different situations when we can use the present perfect, but they all work on one simple principle.
5. The Future
When you talk about the future, which tense do you use?
Do you always say “will” for any future situation? Did you know that there are at least 10 more ways we can talk about the future?
Proverbs are a great way to “feel” a language. They give you a window into how the culture of the language works.
They’re also great fun to learn and when you use them, people will admire your English!
7. Personality adjectives
I often say that words are just like people. And they are! When we make characters for our new words, they can be easier to learn.
Describing people is a very useful skill to have in English. But people are complicated.
Little grammar hacks
8. When to use “-ing”
Sometimes, there’s a simple rule that can solve 100 problems.
9. “In,” “on” or “at”?
Believe it or not, there is a bit of a system behind three of the English language’s most common prepositions.
There’s one part of English that I think is the most important when you want to speak clearly and like an expert. If you can control this part, then you have the tools to master the language quickly and easily.
What is it?
It’s getting the words in the right order!
11. “Make” or “do”?
This is one of the most common questions I get from learners. “Make” and “do” are very common verbs that we use in lots of different situations.
Most languages only have one word, but we have two. How do you know which one to use?
It’s quite simple with this basic hack. Click here.
12. Sing in the shower
When learning a language, routine is very, very important. We don’t all have a lot of time to dedicate to studying.
But fortunately there are tricks to make the most of the time you have.
This one is proven to increase your confidence, grammar, vocabulary, writing skills, listening skills and speaking skills.
And it’s fun! Click here.
13. 8 surprising tips to make your English study more powerful
There are lots of small things that you can do to work on your English today.
I put together some of the most unusual and surprising, but excellent, advice you can take to get your English where you want it to be.
Even if you only choose one of these tips to do every day, you will quickly see your English improving. Click here.
14. What should I watch in English?
Watching “real English” can drive you crazy because it’s sometimes sooooo difficult to understand.
But watching “learner English” isn’t satisfying, because you know it’s easier than normal English.
What should you do?
15. Activate your English
There are over 1,000,000 words in English. This means that no one can ever “finish” English, which is good news, right?
Remember, learning a word is about more than learning its meaning. You need to learn how to use it. In this post, you’ll learn how to use a simple piece of modern technology to get a really “deep” understanding of a word.
Words are just like people. If you really want to know them, you have to meet their friends. Click here.
16. How to improve your English writing and happiness in 10 minutes a day
What if I told you that there was a very simple exercise, which only takes 10 minutes a day, that you can do to improve your English writing skills AND that makes you a happier person?
You’d try it for sure, right?
So thanks for being a part of this, for reading and for commenting (and for sharing)!
I’m really looking forward to continuing writing these posts and helping you with your English in 2017.