Do you want to understand English better? Do you need English for school or work or to reach a special goal? 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.
It also provides activities, lesson plans, and materials to make teaching ESL easier and more rewarding.
The best way to learn vocabulary is to read and practice it over and over in context.
The easiest way to improve reading skills is to read a lot on the same subject, so that you recognize the ideas and vocabulary and can integrate them into your own thinking.
For these reasons, among others, EnglishHints tries to connect and cross-link reading, activities, and vocabulary practice as much as possible.
The English Detective newsletter is especially useful for making those connections.
Each issue (usually twice a month on Tuesdays) has a theme with related readings and resources, and often also vocabulary and exercises.
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√ 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.
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Try this short quiz to see if the lessons and exercises in EnglishHints.com could help you learn English online.
(After answering and checking each question, click the right-facing arrow to get the next one.) For questions 1-6, choose one or more:
In question 7, sentence C is the different one. Sentences A, B, D, and E all say that English is my native language. C is in the unreal conditional tense. It says I have NOT always spoken English, but considers how things might be if reality had been different.) For a short explanation of the unreal conditional tense, see the Modal Verbs section about 'would.'
When I thought about how to explain the difference, I realized I would need to teach some grammar terms. (I was trying to prepare students for advanced-level tests of thinking and judgment like the NCLEX or TOEFL.) Grammar explanations can help you understand the reasons behind confusing sentence structures.
To understand professional or academic tests, journals, or textbooks, you need to recognize distinctions like the difference between 'although'/'even though' and 'even if.' If you have doubts about these differences in meaning, see Complex Sentences. (You can also practice them with Adverb Clause and Complex Sentence Practice.)
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.
For specific suggestions for your level, or for specific purposes like preparation for a test or business English, see Study English Online.
Just minutes a day in English will help you reach your goals. Enjoy the journey!