17 Free English Lessons: Best of Clark and Miller 2017

17 Free English Lessons: Best of Clark and Miller 2017
Today, I’m going to show you the 17 best free English lessons from Clark and Miller in 2017.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. The English Lessons That Pissed off the World
    Well, not exactly, but these ones were a little controversial.
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. My Personal Favourite English Lessons
    These ones are my babies. I love them. Don’t touch them!

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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

The big, fat english tenses overview

There’s a reason this lesson has the adjectives “big” and “fat” in the title.

It’s big.

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.

Click here for the lesson.

Free English Lesson #2

What should I read in English? 8 books that you will finish

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.

Click here for the lesson.

Free English Lesson #3

Do You Know These 8 Very British Idioms?

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.

Click here for the lesson.

Free English Lesson #4

Can you understand these 8 natural British English questions

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.

Click here for the lesson.

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

7 things British English speakers say that your teacher told you not to

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.

Click here for the lesson.

Free English Lesson #6

Why reported speech is a waste of time and what you should say instead

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!

Click here for the lesson.

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

28 phrases to feel comfortable in English conversations

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…

Click here for the lesson.

Free English Lesson #8

How to Answer "How Are You?" + 9 Interesting Ways to Ask It

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.

Click here for the lesson.

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

Are You Making These 4 Advanced English Mistakes? (Hint: You Probably Are!)

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.

Well done!

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.

Click here for the lesson.

Free English Lesson #10

2 Things You're (Probably) Doing That Make You Sound Unnatural in English

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!

Click here for the lesson.

Free English Lesson #11

4 Simple Changes to Make You Sound More Fluent in English

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.

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Free English Lesson #12

11 Little Drawings That Will Help You Remember English Rules Forever

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.

Click here for the lesson.

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

Can You Understand These 22 British English Signs

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.

Click here for the lesson.

Free English Lesson #14

9 bands to fall in love with and improve your English with

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?

Click here for the lesson.

Free English Lesson #15

How to Remember English Words - With 9 Advanced Vocabulary Examples

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!

Click here for the lesson.

Free English Lesson #16

4 Ways to Use the Present Simple and Present Continuous That You (Probably) Didn't Know

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.

Click here for the lesson.

Free English Lesson #17

25 Phrasal Verbs and When Not to Use Them

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.

Click here for the lesson.

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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8 thoughts on “17 Free English Lessons: Best of Clark and Miller 2017

  1. Hello! Happy New Year ! I am really greatful to you for your lessons.
    That was fun! As for the 22 Bgitish signs, well I got 17 of 22, but it was tottaliy impossible to do without tips.
    Phrasal verbs are total disaster for me.
    And one more question – what is the difference in using the verb TO HAVE and TO HAVE GOT ?
    Thank you!

    1. Good work on the signs!

      Yes — some of them are really not very well graded to say the least! The quiz is basically there for you to discover what you didn’t know so you could check it out. Btw — well done for getting 17 out of 22 — an impressive score considering how difficult it was! In fact some Americans told me that they didn’t know what some of them meant!

      Yes — phrasal verbs are everyone’s idea of some sort of hell! But just keep going with them! One of the best things you can do is spend some time trying to figure them out from context by listening to a Listening Project post again and again or by reading a text several times (from a non-formal source like an Iain Banks book).

      Meanwhile — “to have” and “to have got.”

      Well, if you mean “to have got” here (and not simply “have got”), then you’re looking at what the grammar nerds call a “perfect infinitive.”

      So let’s say you have a desire to eat some sort of massive cake. You can simply express this by saying, “I want to eat some sort of massive cake,” right?

      But let’s say you enjoy the feeling AFTER eating the cake — that lazy, full feeling. How would you express it? You have the same verbs, right? (“want” and “eat”), but it’s a bit different because although the first verb “want” is in the present (it’s what you want now), the second is for the past (the eating of the cake is finished).

      So we take the second verb and “push” it to the past. Normally we do this by making the verb past tense, but we can’t do that here because it’s an infinitive (“to eat”).

      In situations like this, when we can’t change the verb, but we want to push it to the past, we just add “have.”

      So “I want to eat cake” becomes “I want to have eaten cake.”

      This works for the gerund (-ing), too:

      So “I like writing” becomes “I like having written.”

      But perhaps that wasn’t quite what you meant?

      If you’d like to know the difference between “have” and “have got,” then read on!

      When in the present tense (“I’ve got a really annoying cousin” / “He has a serious problem when it comes to driving properly”), there’s not really a big difference. I think some Americans aren’t familiar with “have got,” but I’d say they’re interchangable.

      The only difference comes when we want to change tenses — to the past or the future.

      There is no past of “have got” (“had got” to mean “had” sounds a bit weird and old-fashioned), and there is not future (“will have got” becomes something different.

      So when talking about the past or the future, we’re stuck with “had” or “will have,” “gonna have,” “having” etc.

      I hope that answers your question!

      1. If a may in(t)erject, “I want to have eaten cake.” — such a dandy for my liking, I’d say “to gormandize”… hang on a tick, though! Excuse me, but — since when and in what universe, my good sir 😉 “to have got” and not a proper “to have gotten” the grammar boffins call a “perfect infinitive”, eh?!

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