It’s the end of the year!
And you survived it. Congratulations!
When you’re learning a language, it’s really, really helpful to go back and review what you’ve learned over the year.
So I’ve taken a look at all the English lessons I wrote in 2017 and divided them into 5 categories so you can check them out in a reasonable and organised way.
Because I know how reasonable and organised you like to be!
So here are the categories for the year’s best free English lessons:
- The English Lessons That Went Crazy on Social Media
Some lessons this year were all over social media. Let’s revisit them and see what all the fuss was about.
- The English Lessons That Pissed off the World
Well, not exactly, but these ones were a little controversial.
- The English Lessons to Improve Your Social Skills
Hey, it’s New Year’s — time to go to parties and meet people. But you might need some phrases first, right?
- The Lessons for Natural, Fluent English
This year had a strong focus on sounding more natural in English. Sound less like a robot with the advice in these lessons.
- My Personal Favourite English Lessons
These ones are my babies. I love them. Don’t touch them!
The English Lessons That Went Crazy on Social Media
Some of the free English lessons this year really went crazy on social media.
If you shared any of these, then you rock, and I’d love to buy you a cup of tea one day.
Free English Lesson #1
There’s a reason this lesson has the adjectives “big” and “fat” in the title.
And it’s fat.
There are a lot of sites out that that give an overview of the tenses, but a lot of them are very dry, and most learners probably fall asleep halfway through reading them.
So I wrote this to show you the “big picture” of English grammar in a way that makes you understand it all so much more easily. Hopefully, it also won’t make you want to scream.
Free English Lesson #2
Starting a book in English is easy, right?
We can all start reading a book.
But how many books in English do you finish?
And why are there so many that you don’t finish?
In this lesson, I answer that rather important question and suggest some good books to get you started.
Free English Lesson #3
Do you need to communicate with British people much, either at work or in your social life?
Total nightmare, aren’t they?
They seem to have no idea how to speak directly and simply, right? (This is according to some recent research.)
One of the tricks to understanding Brits and their weird ways of speaking is by learning some of the idioms that they use.
So here are 8 of the most common British English idioms.
Free English Lesson #4
Again — one of the reasons British people can be so hard to understand is the fact that they use strange phrases and idioms.
If you need to understand what Brits are saying, this is another must.
The English Lessons That Pissed off the World
OK. It didn’t really make anyone angry, but there were a couple of lessons this year that some people really disagreed with.
And that’s OK.
If someone disagrees with you, it can be a good thing because you talk about it, and it generates interesting discussion.
Free English Lesson #5
Some people didn’t like this lesson because it contained a lot of “incorrect” grammar.
That’s a fair point, but this lesson is really useful if you need to communicate with British people.
That’s because a lot of British people don’t really care about the grammar being correct.
So you’ll need to be able to understand them when they say these weird things.
Free English Lesson #6
It’s probably an exaggeration to say that reported speech is a waste of time.
But most natural English speakers use different expressions when they report what people say.
Do you need to understand the English speakers in a random course book, or do you need to understand the English speakers in the real world around you?
If your answer is “real world English speakers, please,” then this lessons is for you!
The English Lessons to Improve Your Social Skills
So it’s New Year’s.
Have you got any parties planned?
Hoping to meet some new people?
These lessons are designed for you to get awesome at meeting new people and socialising successfully in English.
Free English Lesson #7
It’s a really simple thing, but somehow, it’s also the most difficult thing ever.
Not just meeting people and talking to them.
But also meeting people, talking to them and not feeling stupid.
It happens to all of us.
But with these phrases and strategies, it gets a lot easier…
Free English Lesson #8
I know, I know … this seems easy.
But you’d be surprised how many people get it wrong.
Also — you don’t want to say the same thing every time someone asks you how you are.
This lesson will show you how to add colour and variety to this very important part of socialising.
The Lessons for Natural, Fluent English
Sounding natural isn’t just about the “correct” grammar or the “right” vocab.
It’s also about using the right phrases and structures and cutting out unnecessary words.
Being correct isn’t enough.
Unless you want to sound like a robot.
Or a zombie — grrr!
Free English Lesson #9
When you’re at a high level of English, things get tricky.
You’ve come a long way and you’ve learned so much grammar and so much vocabulary.
But now you need to change strategy.
One way to start is with your mistakes.
These are 4 of the most common fluency or “naturalness” mistakes I hear in high-level English learners.
Free English Lesson #10
One thing that makes learners sound quite unnatural is repetition.
One thing that makes learners sound quite unnat… just joking.
It can be difficult to express some things without repeating yourself a lot.
But you don’t have to.
Here are two neat little tricks that will make you sound twice as natural and cut the number of words you use, giving you more time. For smiling and eating!
Free English Lesson #11
Wanna hear some good news?
There are some things that you might be saying that sound unnatural BUT can be fixed with a tiny little change.
You can go from sounding a bit difficult to understand to sounding like a master with the smallest of fixes.
Here are four of these fixes.
Free English Lesson #12
Who needs words?
Words are a waste of time!
Let’s look at pictures instead.
It’s easier and you can remember them more easily.
My Personal Favourite English Lessons
These free English lessons were the ones I enjoyed writing the most.
Maybe it was that I was happy to make a complicated concept clear, which felt good.
Maybe the images looked amazing, which felt good.
Maybe I thought I was being funny, which felt good. (Though my humour is a bit weird, it’s true.)
For some reason or another, these were my favourite lessons of the year.
Free English Lesson #13
Have you ever been to the UK?
There are signs EVERYWHERE!
It’s weird. Wherever you go, there’s a sign telling you to do something or not do something or remember something or forget something.
But for English learners, some of the signs are not that easy to understand.
So I took photos of them and put them into a quiz.
If you’re planning a trip to the UK (or if you already live there), you’ll want to know what these signs mean.
Free English Lesson #14
Who doesn’t love music?
One of the best ways of improving your listening skills (and your happiness) is through music.
So I talked to a lot of other English teachers and students and made a list of bands that are great to learn English from.
Also — isn’t it great discovering new music?
Free English Lesson #15
When you look at a new word in English and try to remember it, what happens when you see it again?
Do you understand it immediately?
Of course not — these things take time.
But what if we just don’t have enough time?
Well, there’s a neat strategy you can use to remember words much faster.
In this lesson, you’ll see 9 advanced English words and 9 images that will make you remember those words. Forever!
Free English Lesson #16
Don’t let your teacher tell you that grammar is everything.
It’s important, of course.
But the grammar rules you learn in books get broken ALL THE TIME!
In this lesson, you’ll see how the present continuous isn’t always for actions happening now and the present simple isn’t always for general habits and states.
Free English Lesson #17
Yay! Phrasal verbs.
A lot of learners love phrasal verbs.
But a lot of learners hate them.
Either way, there’s a time and a place for phrasal verbs.
Sometimes you should use them, sometimes you shouldn’t.
Find out the right time and place for these 25 phrasal verbs.
That’s it — the end of a fantastic year.
I hope the free English lessons here help you out and give you the extra boost you need.
Now — time for the party, yeah?
Happy New Year and may 2018 be the game changer for your English goals!
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