What Is The Difference Between IELTS And...

You've probably heard of the tests called IELTS and TOEFL. What are they, and which one is better to take? Moreover, which is easier? Read on! IELTS stands for "International English Language Testing System", while TOEFL means "Test of English as a...

English By Skype: Pros And Cons

There are a great many ways to learn English. Learning English online by Skype is one of them. It may seem the best option when we take into consideration the efficient use of time and the availability of the Internet worldwide. However, there are also...

Business Idioms & Phrases

Do you need to improve your business vocabulary? You're in the right place! This article will help you feel more confident in your interviews as well as in business meetings and board rooms from Singapore to Vancouver, from corporate offices to small...

Historical Development Of English Grammar

The serious study of English grammar owes much to a Latin grammar book, William Lily's "Grammaticae Rudimenta", first published in 1534 and later authorised by Henry VIII as the only Latin grammar book to be used in schools. In 1586 William Bullokar...

How To Write A Love Letter

The history of love letters extends all the way back to the beginnings of civilized correspondence. Love letters from ancient Egypt, Imperial China, and William Shakespeare's sonnets have become good examples of how to write on emotional themes. "My...

Top Mobile Apps For Learning English

Mobile learning (m-learning) has been recognized as one of the main additions to the process of learning and teaching a new language. Currently, there are dozens of language learning apps in the App Store (iOS) and Play Store (Android) markets. They...

How Does Texting Influence The English...

With the increased use of new technologies such as laptop computers, tablets, and mobile phones, the textese language (also known as txt-speak, chatspeak, txtspk, texting language, SMSish, txtslang, txt-talk, and others) has become very popular, but...

Fun With Words

While browsing a dictionary we came across a number of interesting words and expressions that can be fun to read and useful to know. Enjoy reading and write us your suggestions for the next edition of Fun With Words . The you are here arrow on maps...

British Authors Every Student Should Know

Studying literature is one of the best, if not the best, ways to learn the English language and to develop a "feel" for it. Once you acquire a rudimentary knowledge of English language constructions, you can then build on them by studying literature at...

The Most Beautiful Words In The English...

If someone asked you to name the most beautiful word or phrase in English, how would you choose it? Would your choice be based on the meaning of the word, its pronunciation, or spelling? In his essay "English and Welsh," J.R.R. Tolkien claimed that...

Can You Correctly Pronounce All The Zodiac...

Astrology tries to determine a correlation between events in the sky (also known as ‘celestial events’) and behavior of people on Earth. Primarily, it’s focused on correlations that cannot be explained by the traditional science and the basic laws of...

Fancy Learning Some British Slang?

So you think you've mastered the English language? Wait until you meet a British person who showers you with some extreme British slang! in Britain, slang dates back to before the 16th century and it's changing all the time; new words and phrases are...

Do You Know All The Computer Keyboard...

Earlier computer keyboards were based either on teletype machines or keypunches. By the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, all computers used electronic keyboards. The layout of the computer keyboard still owes its origin to the inventor of the first typewriter...

Smart Tongue Twisters

A tongue twister is a phrase, sentence, or rhyme that presents difficulties when spoken as it contains similar sounds— Whistle for the thistle sifter , for example. To get the full effect of a tongue twister, you should try to repeat it several times...

Extreme Pronunciation

"The Chaos" by Dr. Gerard Nolst Trenité first appeared (in a shorter version) in an appendix to his textbook Drop Your Foreign Accent, published in 1920. The Chaos, by Charivarius (Gerard Nolst Trenité) Dearest creature in Creation , Studying English...

Shakespeare's Sayings We Use Nowadays

William Shakespeare is regarded as the world's supreme dramatist. His impact on the English language was so great that even after four centuries, we still use some of his phrases . While he may not have been the first to utter these words; he certainly...

Trending Words In The English Language

Language is alive and forever changing. Approximately 25,000 new words are introduced into English on an annual basis. Which of these do you think will survive into the next century? Affluenza - A blend of 'affluence' and 'influenza'. A social...

'He Who Dares To Teach Must Never Cease...

Behaviorist B. F. Skinner was one of the pioneers of the idea that the human being is born with a tabula rasa (an empty brain), and throughout the course of our lives we learn how to do things. This goes for everything under the sun - starting from a...

The Cambridge Exams

When talking about "Cambridge Exams", we use it as an umbrella term to group together different exams at different levels. We can divide these into two groups- ESOL and IELTS. All of these exams are recognized as qualifications by institutions all over...

Common Spelling Mistakes In English

We've asked our Englishforums members to write down their most commonly misspelled words, and here are the top 55 in alphabetical order: Correct spelling Common misspellings ache ake, ach, ace accommodation accomidation, accomadation, accomodation...