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 English online.
Use it to increase & practice your English vocabulary, reading comprehension, and writing skills. Get ready for English-language tests.
If you teach ESL, use the lesson plans, activities, and materials here to make your job easier and more rewarding.
(You can also find sources of interesting reading material at different levels and on different subjects, including lots to read online.)
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 work 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 on the third Tuesday of each month) has a theme with related readings and usually vocabulary review or practice.
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Listen, read, and practice English whenever you can! It's easy to learn English online!
√ 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.
√ Read a lot! Study English language newspapers. Analyze journal articles in your field. Read stories to your children. Even read ads—-anything that makes you think in English!
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. There are explanations or links below the quiz. )
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 it 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.'
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 inclusive in the same way. It talks about its “various possible effects on their profits and other products”—not just its costs or profit.
For specific suggestions for your English level, or for specific purposes like preparation for a test or business English, see Study English Online.