Learn More English: Reading, Vocabulary, & Grammar Hints & Practice

Better English for a Better Life

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Do you want to understand English better?  Do you need English for school or work or to reach a special goal? Do you teach English and need ideas for lessons and reading or vocabulary practice?

EnglishHints can help you learn more English and understand it better, read and write it more fluently, and prepare for English-language tests and projects.

At EnglishHints.com you can learn

  • academic vocabulary-- essential for professionals or for high school and university study in English,
  • grammar (including sentence structure, parts of speech and verb tenses), to help you speak and write clearly and confidently, and
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You can practice

  • vocabulary you've just learned with exercises and games,

You can even

  • activities if you’re teaching ESL and need ideas for your class.

English Hint # 1?

Listen, read, and practice whenever you can-- then practice some more!

√ Even a few minutes a day will make a real difference! Play a game, learn an English idiom, or do an exercise from this site when you have a few minutes free.

√ Make yourself think in English! Tape notes to the bathroom mirror, sing a song in English while you clean or do chores, listen to the radio or a podcast in English while you exercise.

√ Talk to anyone you can in English!

√ Read a lot! Study English language newspapers online, analyze journal articles in your field, read stories to your children, even read ads—-anything that makes you think in English!

√ Get practical English hints and practice activities: sign up for English Detective, our free newsletter. See the sign up form on the left.

Practice Quiz

Try this short quiz to see if the lessons and exercises in EnglishHints.com could help you learn English online. (See bottom of the page for suggestions about related pages.)

(After answering and checking each question, click the right-facing arrow to get the next one.)

For questions 1-6, choose one or more:


If you want to know more about questions 1-2, see List of Suffixes. For question 3 see Negative Prefix List. For 4-6 see Common Idioms, which has the links to the alphabetical index pages.  Question 7 is explained in "Why study grammar?" on the English Grammar Lessons introductory page.

In question 8, all of the sentences are similar in meaning. However, A, C, and D talk about considering only profitability (A), costs (C) or value (D). The example sentence talks about “all the different ways it may  impact their business.” Sentence B is similarly inclusive. It talks about its “various possible effects on their profits and other products”—not just its costs or profit.

Incidentally, much of the vocabulary for these sentences is taken from the Teamwork and Technology page in Vocabulary Games. ‘Analyze’ and ‘analyst’ can be practiced in the readings and exercises accompanying English Detective 1, and much more business language can be practiced in issues 11 and 12. See Academic Vocabulary Word Lists page 1 and 3.

For help planning what you need to learn in English, see Learning English Online. For specific suggestions by level, or for specific purposes like preparation for a test or business English, see Study English Online

Remember, just minutes a day studying English will bring you closer to your goals. Enjoy the journey! 

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