How to Improve your English for Work Quickly 

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Are you struggling with speaking English at work? You are not alone. Most of our students use our online English classes because they want to feel good speaking English at work. Do you get nervous when you have to speak English in meetings or with clients? Do you feel uncomfortable making presentations in English? Don’t worry. It’s natural to feel stress when English isn’t your first language. 

Of course there are many obvious things you can do to improve your English at work… practicing speaking with a friend, reading the newspaper, taking online English classes etc. But in this article we are going to focus on some strategies that will help you improve your communication skills quickly in the workplace. Sometimes reframing a problem can help you solve it. 

 

5 tips for Improving English for Work Quickly

 

1- Slow it down

This is probably the most powerful tip to remember. So many of our English learners speak way too fast! It’s not a race. Slow down your speaking and you will have a better chance of finding the right words and be able to put them in the right order. If you have an accent, slowing down your pace will reduce its effect as well. Keep it slow and others will be able to understand you better. 

 

2- The Internet is your friend

Maybe this tip is super obvious, but any question you may have about English grammar, vocabulary or pronunciation is at the tip of your fingers. Need to figure out another way to say something? Use google to find a synonym. Want to learn how to pronounce a tricky word? Use youtube to find a video example. You’d be surprised how many native English speakers use the Internet as a dictionary… nobody’s perfect!

 

3- Less is more

Don’t worry about impressing your co-workers with your extensive vocabulary. If you are talking in a meeting, keep it simple. Sometimes we see our students get into trouble when they try to complicate things with big words and run-on sentences. Stick to the facts and you won’t get tongue-tied. 

 

4- Nervous before a meeting? Say something first!

Anxiety is totally normal and even more common in the workplace:) I know it feels crazy, but think of anxiety (or stress) as your body’s way of telling you “Hey, it’s time to wake up. Focus!” However, too much of stress can be a problem. And we know that the pressure can affect the way you speak English. 

Have you ever felt stressed out at the beginning of a meeting? Do you feel butterflies in your stomach as soon as you sit down in the conference room? Try this trick to control your stress. Try to be the first person to say something. Even if it’s just asking someone how they’re doing. Hearing your own voice will calm your nerves and remind you “yes, I can do this. I can speak English at work.” Give it a try.

 

5- It’s all in your head

Many of our students speak English just fine. They know the basic rules of grammar and have decent vocabulary. Some may have accents, but their pronunciation is satisfactory for the most part. However, when they are in the spotlight, they freeze. They start to doubt themselves. They worry about what others think. That fear can be paralyzing. 

I know it’s easier said than done, but ask yourself: “Do you really think your co-workers want to see you fail? Are you less of a professional because English isn’t your first language?” The answers to these questions should be an emphatic “NO!” Your co-workers want you to succeed. They are on your team. And English isn’t your first language, but hey… you know two languages! Finally, ask yourself “Can I speak English without stress at work?” Of course you can. Reframe those negative thoughts. Believe in yourself and you’ll have an easier time with English at work.  

 

6- Bonus tip: Practice with an expert

I hope you enjoyed our article. Want to practice using some of these strategies with an expert teacher? If you get used to speaking with our Native English speaking teachers, you’ll be more confident at work. After just a few classes you’ll begin anticipating your mistakes and feeling good speaking English. Sign up for a Lingoloop free trial class today!

 

Cuter or More Cute?: Comparative Adjectives

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When you are comparing the cuteness of two things, is it correct to say one is more cute or cuter? If you’re thinking it depends on how cute the items are, you are… WRONG! The answer is that “cuter” is correct. It seems like both could be correct, but there is actually a grammar rule. It has to do with something called comparative adjectives.

 

What’s a Comparative Adjective?

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A comparative adjective is the form of an adjective used to compare two things. Think of words like harder, better, faster and stronger (Does that remind you of a song?). Let’s use some comparative adjectives in a sentence. For example:

 

“This mattress is definitely harder than the one we have at home.”

 

“Michael Jordan and Lebron James are both great players, but I like Lebron better.”

 

“Michelle ran faster than me in the last race.”

 

“I feel stronger than I did last year.”

 

For the most part, the rules of comparative adjectives are straightforward. If we are talking about regular comparative adjectives, all you have to do is consider the number of syllables (we’ll discuss the difference between regular and irregular comparative adjectives later). 

 

If it is a one syllable adjective, just add “er.”

 

Adjective Comparative
loud louder
soft softer
round rounder
tall taller

 

If it is a regular two syllable adjective, in most cases you can either add “er” to the end or use “more” before the adjective. If you are modifying an adjective that ends in “y” change the “y” to “i” before adding the “er.” See below:

 

Adjective Comparative
happy happier or more happy
crunchy crunchier or more crunchy
narrow narrower or more narrow
simple simpler

 

Got an adjective with three or more syllables? It’s best to just add “more” before the word.

 

Adjective Comparative
exciting more exciting
gigantic more gigantic
reputable more reputable
dangerous More dangerous

 

What’s an Irregular Comparative Adjective?

So of course there is an exception to the rule. After all this is the English language. Rules were meant to be broken! So there’s a category of adjectives (irregular) that don’t follow the typical (or regular) rules of comparative adjectives. Here is a short list of the major ones:

 

Adjective Comparative
much / many more
far further / farther
bad worse
good better

 

So, how much have you learned today? Have you learned more than you thought? I hope you thought it was a good article. I don’t think we could have done a better job!

 

Well I hope  we didn’t confuse you too much:) Now that you know to use “cuter ” instead of “more cute,” do you have other grammar questions? If you want to perfect your English grammar, sign up a Lingoloop free trial class. Meet with one of our qualified teachers today. During the trial class we’ll assess your speaking skills and develop a plan to help you feel good speaking English!

 

 

English Fluency Test – How Good Is Your English?

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Are you wondering how good your English is? You may be asking yourself “How fluent is my English?” or “How can I test my English?” You may know many of the basic rules of English grammar and have a great vocabulary, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you are fluent. Fluency is about being able to communicate in English easily, accurately and quickly.

Here is a general English test we developed to measure your fluency. We can’t really measure your speed, but this online fluency test is designed to assess your comfort with words in context and common sayings that native English speakers use.

If you can get at least 20 of these 25 questions right, you are probably on par with our Level 4 Lingoloop students. Let’s see how you do!

Did your English fluency score match up with your expectations?

Did you do better or worse than you thought on our online English fluency test? In either case, if you want one of our expert teachers to assess your speaking level and help you identify your mistakes, try Lingoloop.

Sign up for a free trial class with an expert teacher today.

 

Best Ways to End an Email in English

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Many of our students ask us “What is the best way to end an email in English?” 

Well, the answer is it depends. Is it a formal communication? How well do you know the person? Is it a professional email? There is a lot to consider!  However, let’s not overthink it! Most times you won’t offend anyone too badly with the wrong kind of closing:) Are you stressed about how to end an email in English? Before we get into the options, let’s discuss the context of your communication.

 

Who are we talking to and why?

So this is the way I think about it. The context will dictate how formal you want to be. Consider two things. 

  1. How close are you to the person(s) you are emailing?
  2. What is your relationship to them?

This will determine how formal or informal to be when ending an email. If it’s not someone you know very well, you probably want to err on the side of caution and be more formal with a closing. When you are emailing a friend, it’s probably OK to be very casual. If you are emailing someone in a professional context (say a customer or your boss), even if you know them very well you may want to be formal just to show a sign of respect.

Here is a short list of common email endings or closing (in English) and what they mean.

 

9 Ways to End an Email in English

Sincerely This is a classic formal closing that harkens back to when people actually wrote letters with pen and paper:) It’s a go to closing for business emails to clients, colleagues and other professionals. To be sincere, means to be genuine… like you mean what you say.
Respectfully This is a very formal way to end an email in English. Respectfully, Respectfully Yours or With Respect, these all mean that you have a lot of respect for the person you are emailing. This is something you’d use when applying for a job. 
Regards Regards, Warm Regards and Best Regards are ways to say that you are thinking of your audience, but in a very polite and formal way.    
Best Wishes This is a nice thing to say… nothing wrong with wishing someone the best! It is considered formal, but also very personal. You would typically use it when there’s closure though. Use Best Wishes if it might be awhile before you see or talk to someone again. 
Thank You In my opinion Thank You is somewhat neutral when it comes to being formal or informal. It is a very versatile closing that shows respect, care and appreciation. Of course if you shorten it to Thanks it becomes less formal. 
Cheers In America Cheers is more often something you say when you are raising your glass and making a toast. However, if you are British or Australian it’s commonly used as a casual closing for an email. 
Take Care Take Care is a nice and simple way to close an email. Sometimes you hear someone say this at the end of a phone call. It’s a roundabout way of wishing that no harm comes to them… or simply wishing them well.
XOXO Hugs and Kisses is a super casual way to close a message. It really should only be used with close friends and family. You wouldn’t want someone to get the wrong idea!
Nothing More often than not, it’s OK to close with NOTHING. Especially if your email communication is more like an exchange or conversation thread. Sometimes you may just put your name at the bottom or nothing at all. It’s not very formal, but totally acceptable… especially in this day and age where everyone is trying to save time.

What else can we help you with?

With the world becoming more connected, communication is as important as ever. Especially when it comes to using English in business. If you are a professional that needs help speaking English with the right pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary, try Lingoloop. Need help with emails, a presentation or maybe an interview? We can help!

Our expert teachers are ready to help you feel good speaking English! Sign up for a free trial class today

Lingoloop Online English Class Free Trial

Are you wondering “What is Lingoloop really like?” or “What happens during the online English class free trial?” Well, the best way is to just do it, but we realize that some of you may be cautious and want to learn more before you give it a try:) 

What happens in a Lingoloop Free Trial Class?

Our free trial class is the best way to learn about our program and meet our wonderful tutors! It’s also a way for us to get to know you and understand your needs.

The free trial class is 20 minutes long. We’ll talk about your goals with English and why you need to improve. Then we will go through a lesson so you can see how our method works. Lastly we will talk about how to use the website to book classes and start feeling good speaking English!

Lingoloop goals

Goals

Most of our students/customers want to improve for professional and social reasons. Maybe you feel that your English is holding you back in your career. Perhaps you are having problems communicating with your child’s teacher. Whatever the reason, we can help!

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Lesson:

Every class we have a conversation about one topic. Some days we’ll talk about things like travel. Other days we’ll talk about technology, and some days we’ll talk about more simple things like movies and music. We’ll talk about anything you would talk about in a social setting. The point is to get you comfortable talking about anything!

Every class begins with some pictures. We ask you to describe the picture to us – tell us a story about what you see in the picture. After the pictures, then we ask you questions about your experience with the topic. We observe you talking to help us understand your ability.

Each time after you speak, your tutor will type your answers on the screen exactly how you said them. This is where we show you your mistakes and how to fix those mistakes. We will focus on your grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. 

Over time you will be able to anticipate your mistakes before they happen. Before you know it, you’ll be correcting yourself and speaking with more confidence!

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During the Free Trial Class we will also be assessing your English level. We use our own leveling system to make sure only students of similar level are in the same group classes.

We will explain how to purchase a subscription plan on www.lingoloop.com and how to book classes. 

It’s that simple!

So now that you know the details, are you ready to give it a try? If you are looking for a way to boost your confidence speaking English or just want to practice for an interview or presentation, give Lingoloop a try. Click here to sign up for a free trial class now.

Lingoloop Success Stories

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Learning a language is hard. There are ups and downs, good days and bad, waves of confidence followed by times when you feel like you can’t get your singulars and plurals straight. As a learner you are constantly made aware of your mistakes, being corrected on wrong tense, word choice and faulty pronunciation. We often focus solely on what we’re doing wrong and seldom on what we’re doing right

But what is the point of learning a language if we don’t acknowledge the successes? Recognizing the triumphs is just as important as noticing the failures.

Our student success stories!

Here are some success stories from real Lingoloop students to inspire and motivate you to get to your next big ‘ah-ha’ moment. 

  • Alexandra from Los Angeles improved her communication skills through Lingoloop classes and went into her auditions with more confidence than ever before after softening her accent.

 

  • Amrita from New York was able to nail her job interview and started working as a daycare assistant after just a few weeks of Lingoloop classes.

 

  • Daniela from Toronto gained a better understanding about the different verb tenses and how to properly phrase her work emails.

 

  • Meng from Montreal learned to accept her mistakes as learning opportunities. She also learned to not let the fear of making mistakes prevent her from talking in English.

 

  • Simon from Orange County learned about American culture from his North American Lingoloop teachers. He uses this knowledge to help in his reporting job that focuses on the American perspective.

 

  • Sandra from Sao Paulo was introduced to several tricks to improve her pronunciation including fun exercises such as tongue twisters!

 

  • Steve from Mexico City used his individual Lingoloop classes to focus on phrases for the workplace and learned how to perfectly express his opinion during meetings with colleagues.

 

  • Young from Vancouver was able to communicate more clearly with his friends and neighbors in his running group after finding his voice in Lingoloop classes.

 

  • Jenny from San Francisco used her Lingoloop class time to edit a speech that she gave in front of hundreds of students after graduating with her Masters degree.

 

  • Eric from Houston worked on the delivery of his work presentation. His Lingoloop teacher helped him prepare in the days leading up to his talk with his coworkers.

 

So ask yourself today, ‘What am I doing right in English?’ and celebrate those achievements. If you want to aim toward success, sign up for a free trial class and learn with our awesome, qualified teachers who will have you feeling like a fearless English speaker in no time. 

 

 

 

Looking for an English Grammar Class Online?

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Are you looking for an English grammar class online? 

English grammar is one of those things that is easy on paper (reading, writing, or taking a test). But when you try to speak (with perfect grammar), it is more difficult – especially when English is your second language.

One example we see quite a bit is international students studying in the U.S. and Canada. They get good TOEFL and IELTS scores, but when they come to North America and have to speak English, they freeze!

Of course, there are many ways to improve your English grammar online. You can read articles. You can watch videos on Youtube. You can also use educational game sites like Duolingo. However, there is a limit to how effective those things are if your main goal is to speak with perfect grammar.

If you want to speak with correct grammar, you have to practice speaking. Ideally, you will practice with someone who is an expert, native English speaker. If you don’t have access to someone like that, try practicing English with our experts in a Lingoloop English class! 

Lingoloop English Grammar Class Online

In a Lingoloop class, our teachers are trained to analyze your speech. You will practice real English conversations about everyday topics. Our teachers will type out your speech and make real-time corrections and suggestions on screen. Check out the video below as an example:

After class, your teacher will email you the class notes so that you have a reminder of what you learned. Over time, you will be able to anticipate your grammar mistakes before they happen. You will become more fluent and speak English with more confidence.

So if you are looking for the best English grammar class online, try Lingoloop. You have got to try our method! Sign up for a 25 minute free trial class today!

ESL Online Course Reviews

Studying English as a second language is a commitment. You want to improve your English, but it won’t happen over night. Before you choose an ESL online course, do the work to figure out which program is right for you.

Most programs like Lingoloop offer a free trial class. It’s a great way to get to know the teachers and the method of teaching. During the Lingoloop free trial class we spend time understanding your goals, assessing your English speaking level and showing you our method.

Lingoloop’s ESL online course reviews

Of course it is also important to read reviews. Who else would know better about an online ESL course than the students? At Lingoloop, we are proud to have very good student reviews on Google and Facebook. Take a look at our Google reviews of our online ESL course below:

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Lingoloop helps me grow in my English skill. when I join the class I experience the fearless and confident... conversation. I do recommend it to my friends.read more
Yerin Choi
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16:54 18 Nov 20
I recommend this online English class. you could know the way how to improve your English skill especially speaking.
Yen Nguyen
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00:34 02 Nov 20
I'm really happy to learn with the Lingoloop platform. The teachers are so nice and qualified.Thank you so much.
Jackie
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08:24 19 Oct 20
Amazing, I'm very happy with the classes.
Archana Tandel
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17:33 01 Jun 20
Very supportive staff, knowledgeable. Loved their teaching skills
Paria Taslimi
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02:59 27 Apr 20
The best experience I’ve ever had.I’m so happy to find you lingoloop thank you so much for everything 🙏🏻
Kelvin Garcia
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18:20 13 Jan 20
The best app. The owner is the best he has the best teachers
Candide M
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09:33 13 Dec 19
Lingoloop is amazing! Teachers are friendly, patient and ready to help you to improve your English. The class is... convenient and it gives me the confident to speak English with less mistakes.Candide.read more
Shekar Br
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03:58 05 Dec 19
Great learning experience! I have become quite fluent in English and thanks to lingo loop and tutors especially Joel!
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Now that you’ve had some time to read some of our most helpful reviews, sign up for a Lingoloop Free Trial Class. Learn why our students rave about our unique method of teaching! If you want to read more about our customer success stories, click here!

 

English Speaking Practice with Lingoloop

Have you heard of the saying “practice makes perfect?” If you want to get better at anything, repetition is important. Even if your goal is not speaking English with absolute perfection, practice is the key to any level of improvement. 

Our Lingoloop tutors have helped thousands of people improve their English with our online ESL classes. Here is a short list of reasons why our students love our method of guided English speaking practice.

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All of our students want to speak English fluently. What does fluency mean exactly? To us, it means “to say the right thing without having to think about it.” You want to speak perfect English almost like it is a reflex. Continuing with the sports comparison, think of the great athletes. In order for them to excel at their sport, they spent countless hours perfecting their craft. Their goal is to make the perfect throw, or shot, etc., without having to think about it… to react with perfection! Even if your goal is not to become the Michael Jordan of English, you’ve got to put in the practice to make an improvement. 

What does this mean for Lingoloop? Our classes are designed to make sure our students are the ones doing most of the talking. This is your time to practice. Our tutors are not lecturing. We offer guided conversations that get you speaking. Think of our tutors as trainers helping you with an English speaking workout:)

 

Practicing real English conversations

As I mentioned before, Lingoloop is not a lecture. We believe that good grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary are the goals of every lesson… they are not the actual lesson! In each class we have a lesson plan that focuses on a practical real world topic. One day you may be practicing a conversation at a grocery store. In another lesson you might be discussing politics or even practicing an interview. Our Lingoloop tutors type what everyone is saying and provides real-time notes and corrections.

At the end of every class the tutor emails the notes to the students so that they have something to practice at home. 

 

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We love mistakes

At Lingoloop we believe that mistakes are opportunities! In order to improve, you need to know what you are doing wrong. As you practice speaking English in our online classes, patterns will emerge. After a few lessons, students tell us that they begin to anticipate their own mistakes. Before you know it you will be correcting yourself!

 

The most important goal, speaking English with confidence

We believe that confidence is more important than perfection. Native English speakers make grammar mistakes all the time so it’s ok to give yourself a break:) Don’t get me wrong, we know the goal is to correct your mistakes, but it is important not to let those mistakes (or the fear of those mistakes) lock you up! 

 

Try the best way to practice speaking English

Want to try the best way to practice speaking English online? Sign up for a Lingoloop Free Trial Class. In 20 minutes we will learn about your goals, assess your speaking level, and show you the Lingoloop method. Try it today! 

English mistakes made by Brazilians

It’s OK to make mistakes… in English!

Lingoloop has students from all over the world. Over time, we’ve noticed that students from the same countries (or regions) tend to make similar mistakes. 

Many of our students are from Brazil. Brazil is the largest and most populous country in South America. Unlike the other countries in South America that speak Spanish, Brazilians speak Portuguese. The pronunciation of the Portuguese language is quite different from that of English which can create some unique challenges. Today we will focus on some of the English speaking mistakes we notice that Brazilian English learners make.

 

Adding the “ee” sound

Brazilians tend to add the “ee” sound to the end of many words. For “Netflix” they might say “Net-ee-flix-ee.” The reason is that Portuguese words don’t end with consonant sounds. 

 

Negative sentences in the past tense

Brazilians sometimes struggle with forming negative statements in the past (in English). For example, they may say “I did not heard that” or “She didn’t ate yet.”  This is because in Portugese to form negative sentences in past tense only requires adding “näo” to the past tense form of the verb. It’s not so simple in English!

 

Using “keep” for “put”

Brazilians tend to use the word ”keep” when they really mean “put.”  For example, they may say “go keep it on the table” instead of “go put it on the table.” It has to do with the translation of the verb “guardar” which can be used to mean keep, save or put. 

 

Using “do” instead of  “does”

It is not natural for Brazilians to use the word “does.” Often they will just use “do” in place of “does.” For example they may say “Do it make sense?” 

 

 

Dropped “s”on 3rd person verbs

Brazilians sometimes forget to add the “s” to a verb when the subject is in the third person. For example you may hear “He work very hard on the project.” Of course the proper way is to say “he works.” To be fair, students from other countries get this wrong as well.

 

No use of “an”  

Brazilians don’t use “an” in English because that concept doesn’t exist in Portuguese. For example they may say “a apple” instead of “an apple.”

 

The “th” sound….

Most Portuguese speakers have trouble with the “th” sound. When they say a word starting with ”th” they pronounce it with a “d” sound. 

 

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In Portuguese “sopa” is “soup” and “sabao” is “soap.” So it can be confusing for Brazilians to say the word “soap” because they automatically think of “soup.” Is that confusing enough? 

It’s not easy speaking English when it’s not your first language, and we know that English learners from certain parts of the world have distinct tendencies and make very specific mistakes. Regardless of your mother tongue, the best way to improve your English speaking is to practice doing it! Sign up for a Lingoloop free trial class today!