Friday, July 21, 2017

Growing Your English Garden

Some people struggle to learn a language, with the hope that they pick it up with some basic effort and exposure to the language; unfortunately, learning a language well requires a great deal of effort and patience, and the process is similar to growing a garden. "How can that be?", you say. Well, watch my video on the topic:

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Hotel Rooms

Have you been to a really good or bad hotel? Such experiences are often memorable. Now, try my newest listening activity on hotels. Enjoy:

Monday, July 17, 2017

University Programs

So, how do you go about choosing a university program where you can pursue your major? That's a tough question. In my newest listening activity for beginning students, you can practice your basic listening skills on the topic of university and college studies. Give it a try:

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Cleaning Clothes

Admit it, men. We sometimes (or often) make mistakes, and we seldom want to admit them. Well, in this conversation, this man (me) makes a huge mistake that makes his wife very unhappy. Give it a try:
http://esl-lab.com/washerdryer/washerdryerrd1.htm

Now, share your ideas. Are there certain things that women are better at doing than men? Is the opposite true as well? Are there certain stereotypes about men and women that need to be addressed?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Father's Day

Father's Day was last Sunday, but I always enjoy visiting listening activities that I have created on the topic. In this case, my daughter plays the role of a young girl who is buying a gift for her father. Actually, we made this recording more that 15 years ago, but it is still a favorite. Enjoy.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Sleeping problems


Unfortunately, some people have trouble falling a sleep, and that certainly would be hard on your health and even your relationships if you are keeping others up. However, some people maintain very odd schedules and engage in activities that keep them up all night. So, in this listening conversation, what is the man's problem and how can he best deal with it? Give it a try. Do you ever find yourself in similar situations? Please share?

Friday, June 2, 2017

Study Abroad


Many students are interested in studying abroad to learn English. However, learning the language isn't as easy as you might think. Before you travel overseas, you decide what your goals are and if they are realistic. Many students think that they can learn English just be being in the vicinity of where English is spoken. Unfortunately, many students isolate themselves with other students of the same country, and they never learn much English.

Some of my students who come from overseas come to do some sightseeing, but they find opportunities to use English on a daily basis. Please share your ideas on the topic.

Randall