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What Americans Think When They Hear Common English Mistakes

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 at 4:14 pm

This guest post was originally written for our Russian sister blog, Альма-матер. The writer is an American student, Matthew Kupfer (who’s also currently a VOA intern!). He talks about some common mistakes made by Russian speakers when they’re learning English – and explains what Americans hear when they hear those mistakes: I’ve spent a few […]

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Is Having An Accent a Positive or a Negative?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, June 24th, 2011 at 2:33 pm

On his blog about life at Berkeley College in New York, blogger Jose Navarro debates whether having an accent is a positive or a negative for international students in the US. He writes of his English language skills: Now, it’s not that I have a problem with the language, but I do (as most of […]

Memorable Posts: American Culture and Returning Home

by Nareg Seferian - Posts (16). Posted Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 at 6:47 am

What were your favorite articles from the past school year? I went through the posts, and picked the ones I remembered. Here they are, in no particular order (except perhaps chronological): #1) How to Speak English Fluently?, by Nick I thought that one was helpful when it comes to learning and getting accustomed to the […]

Top 5 Informational Posts: Start Here

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Saturday, June 18th, 2011 at 8:44 am

The final, and possibly most important, of our recaps looks back at the most informative posts we’ve done over the past year. If you’re just discovering this blog or just starting to think about studying in the U.S., these posts will be a good way to start. Top 5 most informative posts: #1) Applying to […]

Top 5 Most Shared Posts on Facebook and Twitter

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Continuing our look back at the top posts of the past school year, here are your… Top 5 most shared posts on Facebook and Twitter: #1) Transforming from Passive Student to Active Advocate: Shu Wen’s Story They talked about how free the U.S. education is and they talked about liberal arts education where if you […]

Top 5 Most Viewed Posts of the School Year

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, June 14th, 2011 at 12:14 pm

As the academic year comes to an end and summer vacation begins, we’ll take a look back at the past school year and share some of your favorite posts…and some of our favorites too!  So stay tuned over the next week or so for a bunch of lists recapping the best of the past school […]

Coming to America to Get the Degree: Ebrahim’s Story

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 at 10:43 am

A few months ago (yes, months – sorry for the delay), Ebrahim Alattar posted on our Facebook wall offering to share his experience coming from Kuwait to study civil engineering in the U.S.  Since we love to learn from others, we took him up on his offer, and asked him your questions…and some of our […]

Coming to America from Tibet: An Interview with an Intensive English Student

by Sebastian - Posts (17). Posted Monday, April 25th, 2011 at 10:10 am

Namulang is from Tibet and has been in the U.S. about two months studying English at the University of Kansas Applied English Center. What does he like best about the U.S. so far? The sports, he says, especially KU’s well-known basketball team.

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How to Speak English Fluently?

by Hau Hoang - Posts (6). Posted Monday, March 28th, 2011 at 10:55 am

The most popular question I get from my friends in Vietnam is how to speak English fluently and correctly. I realize that it is a aching question that not just my friends, but also learners of this global language are trying to answer. In my case, even though I was taught English since the beginning […]

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Two Fun English Learning Games

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, March 17th, 2011 at 11:12 am

Two fun online games to help you improve your English that we’ve stumbled across this week: 1) Knoword – a vocabulary and spelling game. The computer gives you a definition and the first letter, and you type in the word.  You can also switch between American English and British/Canadian English.  Thanks to the QI elves […]

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Learning by Teaching: What Happens When a Non-Native Speaker Teaches ESL

by Sebastian - Posts (17). Posted Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 at 12:16 pm

It’s a busy season for college students – March, when half of the semester is gone and there’s still half of it to go. It’s a busy time because midterms, the biggest exams next to finals, start soon. It’s a busy season for those in student organizations since big events are coming up. And it’s […]

Recapping 2010: Some Personal Favorites

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, December 29th, 2010 at 7:55 am

It’s not as scientific a measure as most viewed or most commented, but here my top 5 favorite posts our bloggers wrote in 2010.  Although, let’s be clear, all the bloggers are amazing, and picking out just 5 feels really unfair.  As a bonus, I’m also including my top 5 favorite “Question of the Week”-style […]

5 Movies to Get Into the Holiday Spirit and Practice English

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, December 24th, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas! Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, it’s a festive time of year here in the U.S., what with all the sparkling lights and pretty trees. Many of you have said that one of the best ways to practice your English is to watch American movies.  So as a Christmas present, […]

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Question of the Week: Learning and Studying in English

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, December 10th, 2010 at 4:51 pm

This week’s Question of the Week was about keeping up academically, especially when English is not your native language.  How difficult is it to compete with your American classmates?  What’s been the hardest part about taking classes in English?  How can you make sure your English is good enough when you arrive? We got so […]

Well, OK Then: An Insight into American English

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, December 9th, 2010 at 2:16 pm

File this under: things you never thought to think about.  Why do Americans say “OK” so much? Turns out, the word was invented as a joke, and just sort of stuck around. It was on March 23, 1839, in a Boston newspaper, that the newspaper first used ‘o.k.’ and explained those as an abbreviation for […]

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