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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Jackie
Jackie
08:24 19 Oct 20
Amazing, I'm very happy with the classes.
Archana Tandel
Archana Tandel
17:33 01 Jun 20
Very supportive staff, knowledgeable. Loved their teaching skills
Paria Taslimi
Paria Taslimi
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
Kelvin Garcia
18:20 13 Jan 20
The best app. The owner is the best he has the best teachers
Candide M
Candide M
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
Shekar Br
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!

 

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.

Minnesota Bridge: The Brain Muscle 

Treat your brain like a muscle

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. 

 

They wash their hands with soup

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!

English Prepositions Quiz by Lingoloop

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Knowing how to use English prepositions is key to becoming a fluent English speaker. Before we get to the Lingoloop Prepositions Quiz, do you even know what a preposition is? Let’s review!

A preposition is a word (usually a small one) that is used to show a relationship between a noun and a pronoun in a sentence. Common prepositions include the following words: “to”, “at”, “by”, and “of.”

Even though these are little words, English learners can struggle with the right way to use them. Take our Prepositions Quiz below to see how much you know!

 

How did you do on the Prepositions Quiz?

Hopefully it wasn’t too bad!

Like we said before, knowing the proper way to use prepositions can really take your English fluency to the next level. Want to practice your prepositions with our Expert tutors? Click here to sign up for a Lingoloop free trial class!

How can I improve my Business English?: real concerns from real students

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Business English is hard when you are a non-native speaker. You may be asking yourself “How can I improve my Business English?” Well, even the most advanced English learners can struggle with how to improve their professional English speaking skills. Some of it comes from not having the right words or mispronouncing them, but much of that struggle can be from a lack of confidence or fluency (being able to speak without hesitation).

We asked our Lingoloop students who are focusing on business English, about the challenges of using English in the workplace. Here is a list of their concerns.

#1 “I don’t want to seem impolite.”

A recent student who works in a corporate job wanted to learn how to say “I can’t right now, but I’ll finish it by the end of the week.”  She feels when she says anything other than “yes,” it might come across as impolite. Of course there are many polite ways to say “No” in English. But it can be difficult to think of them on the spot! When you have a chance look at our recent blog post about different ways to say “no.”

 

#2 “I feel like people stop listening to me.”

Another comment we get from people in management positions is that they feel that their team members stop listening to them after a few sentences because the listeners are distracted by the speaker’s limited vocabulary, pronunciation, etc.

One way to improve in this area is to learn the jargon (idiomatic expressions) of your field. There are so many idiomatic expressions and acronyms in business! People love to find a short way to say something. It will help you speak more succinctly and connect with your co-workers. 

It can be frustrating when people don’t listen to you! It becomes distracting and can lead to the next thing on our list.

 

#3 “I lose my train of thought.”

It can happen to the best of us, but it happens a little too often to non-native speakers. Because many of our students are stressed about having to speak English, little things can derail their thoughts. All of a sudden, you forget what you were going to say!

Even if you are taking a Business English course to improve your vocabulary, don’t forget that it’s important practice using what you learn. Lingoloop group classes are a great way to practice speaking in front of others and improve your focus. Many students claim feeling more confidence after just a few classes!

 

#4 “I feel insecure when I’m on a conference call.”

There is something unnatural about speaking on a conference call. Only one person can speak at a time! There are awkward pauses and moments where people can’t hear. Even worse, now with video calls on Zoom, Facetime and Skype, there is the added pressure of worrying about what you look like. If you have Zoom anxiety check out our recent blog post about this topic! 

 

#5 “Small talk is difficult for me.”

Some of our learners have little problem with speaking English in a technical setting, but when it comes to making “small talk” with co-workers, they don’t know what to say (or maybe they don’t know what others are saying). Some of it is cultural and some of it has to do with idiomatic expression. There are so many colorful ways to say things in English! It can be hard for non-native speakers to understand. 

Is Business English hard?

So what do you think? Do any of these reasons sound like something you would say? If so, sign up for a Lingoloop Free trial class and improve your business English with our 5-star online English course. Most of our students use Lingoloop to improve their English for their current job or to help them find the next one. Speak English professionally and with confidence. Try it today!

 

Who’s the Boss? – Business English Quiz

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Some say the International language of business is English. However, sometimes Business English can seem like its own language. There is so much jargon and technical words that make it difficult for English learners to understand.

Are you the boss of Business English? Let’s see if you can score 10/10 on our quiz!

Relax, it’s just business!

I hope you enjoyed our quiz. Feel free to share it with friends!

Many of our students use Lingoloop to improve their English for business – to help them feel good speaking English at work. If you feel like you could use a boost, sign up for a Lingoloop free trial class today!

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To be or not to be: the grammar quiz

 

It is, what it is… the verb “to be”

 

Our Lingoloop students tell us that the verb “to be” is the most complicated verb there is. It’s true! There are many rules and forms of the verb depending on the subject, verb tense etc. Truthfully though, “to be” is complicated in most languages, not just English.

If you have a moment give our simple “to be” grammar quiz a try. These are some pretty common uses, so it shouldn’t be too tricky. Can you get a perfect score?


We hope you got them all right! Whatever your score, if English is your second language and you want to improve your ability to speak it confidently, sign up for a Lingoloop Free Trial Class to learn more about the Lingoloop method and why our students love it!

Internet Slang Quiz

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Slang on the Internet?

There are so many acronyms and slang people use to communicate on the Internet. Initially these were abbreviations for longer phrases, but people nearly treat them like they are actual words! Take our Lingoloop Internet slang quiz below and test how well you speak Internet:)

 

I hope you enjoyed our quiz. If you want to brush up on your slang and learn to speak like a native speaker, sign up for a Lingoloop free trial class. Practicing real English conversations with our expert tutors over video chat will improve your skills and boost your confidence quickly!

 

Lingoloop Online English Course

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Have you thought about taking an online English course? There are many online English courses to choose from. As a Lingoloop tutor, I’d like to share some thoughts about why Lingoloop is the best online English course!

Communication is key

Some learning programs boast that you can speak English fluently in six weeks, or that learning a language using the newest method will be “easy.” The truth is, any method of learning a language is just an artificial version of the truly effective way in which people have been learning languages since the dawn of civilization: communication!

Language is an integral part of who we are and how we relate to one another. Language learning is a dynamic process. It needs to be interactive, but personal. So if the method or technology strips the “person” out of it, you aren’t left with much. 

The art of conversation

That’s what I love about teaching on Lingoloop. Here, we help you improve your English through the art of conversation. When I log on to begin my evening tutoring sessions, I feel like I’m sitting down with friends. Mugs of coffee or glasses of water in hand, we discuss the lesson topic, along with events and issues going on in our native countries and around the world. We answer discussion questions, but we also share stories, advice, recipes, laughter, and perspective. We connect. Sure, we pause long enough to correct a mispronunciation or a pesky irregular verb, or to pick up a new vocabulary word or expression. I mean, you’re here to learn to speak English! But soon we’re back to talking again. In language learning, communication is both the end result and the method to get you there. Practicing real English conversations with our 5-star online English course allows your English to improve organically and meaningfully.

Speak English fluently

To speak English fluently means the ability to speak easily and accurately. Do you know a lot of grammar and vocabulary, but just can’t seem to relax and avoid mistakes when you speak? If fluency is what you seek, then conversation practice is the method you need. Studying grammar textbooks or word lists is great, but the only way to speak English confidently is to speak and listen more and more, especially with a native speaker who is knowledgeable and experienced enough to correct your mistakes.

Invest in yourself… take an online English course

Maybe for you an online English course is the gateway to a new career, an academic goal, preparation for travel, or just an item on your “bucket list.” Regardless, the only way to get started is to start, and the only way to succeed is to keep going. If you’re ready to speak English confidently, then it’s time to connect with a tutor on Lingoloop.

See you in class!

 

Teacher Steve (check out my video below!)

 

The Battle of English vs. Math (the 1 rabbit 6 elephants riddle)

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At Lingoloop we care very much about words. Words are important… even when you are doing Math! Take for example this simple (yet complicated) riddle. It is sometimes described as “the battle of English and Math” or “the 1 rabbit 6 elephants question.” Some versions even have 9 elephants:)

 

1 rabbit saw 6 elephants while going to the river.

Every elephant saw 2 monkeys going towards the river.

Every monkey holds 1 parrot in their hands.

 

How many animals are going towards the river?

 

Take some time to think and then scroll down for the correct answer.

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The battle of English vs. Math… who wins?

 

If you answered “5” you are CORRECT! Let’s break it down:

 

Sentence 1: 1 rabbit saw 6 elephants while going to the river.

In sentence 1, there are 7 animals, but only 1 (the rabbit) is going to the river. The word while is modifying rabbit, not elephants. Think about it this way: if we changed the sentence to: ”The rabbit saw a plane while going to the river.” we would not say that the plane was going to the river. 

 

Sentence 2: Every elephant saw 2 monkeys going towards the river.

Since we see the word every, we know that all of the elephants saw 2 monkeys going towards the river. The trick here is that sometimes people assume that each of the 6 elephants saw 2 discretely different (or separate) monkeys. The sentence does not say that, so we cannot make that assumption. All we know for sure is that 2 monkeys are going towards the river.

 

Sentence 3: Every monkey holds 1 parrot in their hands.

This isn’t that tricky as long as you know the right number of monkeys! So if there are 2 monkeys going to the river, there must only be 2 parrots if every monkey is holding just 1 parrot.

 

1 rabbit + 2 monkeys + 2 parrots = 5 animals

So as you can see… every word counts! Very simple words can have a dramatic effect on meaning. Even native English speakers can struggle with communication if they don’t choose their words carefully. 

Are you struggling with getting your point across? Or maybe you are having trouble listening to what people are saying. If you need to improve your English communication skills, try Lingoloop. Sign up for a Lingoloop free trial class to get your English skills assess by an expert tutor!