Studying Grammar: Is It Worth It?

Study English Grammar at Language Link VietnamMany students believe that studying grammar is the best way to learn English. I disagree! Grammar helps you pass tests, and at some level it may help you understand the language. But if you want to learn English, studying grammar is not the best way.

Why is this? Language is for communication. It is not a collection of rules. When you study grammar, you avoid communicating with another person, and this is why some people may know all the rules of a language…but still cannot speak it.

Bad Reasons for Studying Grammar
I believe the main reasons people study grammar have nothing to do with learning:

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Writing Is A Process

Improve your English writing skills at Language Link Vietnam!Writing is not easy. It takes study and practice to develop the skill. For both native and non-native English speakers, writing is a process. A piece of writing is never “complete.” It is always possible to improve it.

Whether you are writing an academic paper, business letter, or blog post, it may help you to break the writing process into five steps:

  1. Prewriting
  2. Writing
  3. Revising
  4. Editing
  5. Publishing

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The IPA for Beginners

The IPA is the International Phonetic Alphabet. Watch this video to learn about phonemes, and how the IPA can help you improve your English pronunciation. Make sure you have your speakers turned on so you can hear the audio!

Download the IPA for Beginners PDF and use it at home!

Key Points:

  • Phonemes are the sounds of English. Phonemes translate English letters into sounds.
  • With a dictionary and the IPA you can teach yourself how to pronounce English words, and where to put the stress
  • Phonemes are easy, quick to learn, and they will be your friends for as long as you are learning English

How To Learn Vocabulary

When it comes to learning a new language, vocabulary is key. But how, exactly, do you learn new words? This article provides some methods you can use.

Reading Is Best
After years of studying how people learn languages, experts have discovered one thing:

The best way to learn vocabulary is by reading!

 
Think of how you learned new words while you were growing up. You discovered many of them while reading. This is the best way to learn new words when you’re studying a new language. The more you read, the more words you will discover. Not only that, if you read often, you will begin to see the same words again and again, and this will help them become a natural part of your vocabulary.

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IELTS vs. TOEFL – Which is Better?

IELTS or TOEFL: Which is Better?The IELTS and TOEFL exams are known by English students worldwide. Both exams are used to assess the English ability of applicants, especially those who wish to study in English language universities. If you intend to study or live abroad, chances are at some point you’ll have to take one of these tests.

TOEFL stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language. It is developed and administered by ETS – a non-profit organization in the USA. IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. It is developed and administered by three organizations: the British Council, Cambridge ESOL, and IDP from Australia.

Let’s examine both exams to see which is right for you.

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Reading is Everywhere

Many students think of reading as a classroom activity. But you can read anywhere! First, let’s look at why reading is a good thing:

  1. You discover new English words (vocabulary)
  2. You notice how sentences work in English (grammar)
  3. You recognize the rhythm of English sentences, and notice when things don’t “sound” right
  4. You can find out about other cultures
  5. You feel confident about your reading skills!

Here are some easy tips for getting better at reading.

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Best Websites for Improving Listening

Listening is the Key to Fluency!Think of how you learned your native language. You listened for a long time before you ever began to speak. Reading and writing came much later.

Of all the skills, listening is the skill that helps you develop fluency: the ability to speak naturally. But just as you learned your native language, you need to listen a lot more than you speak. The sooner you get into the habit of listening to English, the faster you will develop your skills.

There are thousands of websites that will help you build your English listening skills. But how do you know which sites are good? And do you know how to use them?

The websites below are all excellent quality and will help you improve. We’ve included some notes to help you use these sites effectively. Happy listening!

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