Who Stole the Money? A Brief Lesson in English Intonation

I didn’t say he stole the money.
I didn’t say he stole the money.
I didn’t say he stole the money.
I didn’t say he stole the money.
I didn’t say he stole the money.
I didn’t say he stole the money.
Which one of these sentences means “I think someone else stole the money?” Not sure? OK. Which sentence implies that I merely suggested that he stole the money? Still don’t know?

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Dangerous Liaisons: How to Speak English Without Sounding Like a Robot

Dangerous Liaisons. No, I am not talking about the 1988 Glenn Close and John Malkovich movie about gossiping 17th century aristocrats. I am talking about the English pronunciation phenomenon of an otherwise absent consonant sound at the end of the first of two consecutive words, the second of which begins with a vowel sound and follows without pause. Or, to put it more plainly, how native English speakers connect their words when speaking, making listening comprehension for ESL students the most difficult of the receptive skills.

You see, English isn’t spoken as it is written, therefore when spoken naturally and at full speed it bears little resemblance to the written version of the same sentence. For this reason, liaisons are an essential part of learning how to speak English and just as importantly, a part of understanding English.

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Idioms: They’re Sexy and You Know It.

Why learn idioms? Think of some common idioms in your language and about how important they are to communication. They are powerful ways to convey your meaning.

Experienced BridgeEnglish Denver teacher, Robyn Jacobs, says that using idioms and phrasal verbs show the meaning of your words in English in a very strong way. Thus, if you can use idioms correctly, you will sound fluent, confident and knowledgable. Sexy, in other words.

Why learn idioms? Think of some common idioms in your language and about how important they are to communication. They are powerful ways to convey your meaning.

Experienced BridgeEnglish Denver teacher, Robyn Jacobs, says that using idioms and phrasal verbs show the meaning of your words in English in a very strong way. Thus, if you can use idioms correctly, you will sound fluent, confident and knowledgable. Sexy, in other words.

Why learn idioms? Think of some common idioms in your language and about how important they are to communication. They are powerful ways to convey your meaning.

Experienced BridgeEnglish Denver teacher, Robyn Jacobs, says that using idioms and phrasal verbs show the meaning of your words in English in a very strong way. Thus, if you can use idioms correctly, you will sound fluent, confident and knowledgable. Sexy, in other words.

Why learn idioms? Think of some common idioms in your language and about how important they are to communication. They are powerful ways to convey your meaning.

Experienced BridgeEnglish Denver teacher, Robyn Jacobs, says that using idioms and phrasal verbs show the meaning of your words in English in a very strong way. Thus, if you can use idioms correctly, you will sound fluent, confident and knowledgable. Sexy, in other words.

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Meet Justin Wahe: Head English Teacher and Gentle Giant

When Justin Wahe came to work at BridgeEnglish Denver, the term “gentle giant” came to my mind. He is, after all, six feet five, a towering foot and two inches taller than my short five foot three inch frame and by far the tallest person at the school.

While some very tall men can have an intimidating effect on people, Justin, on the other hand, has the most pleasant disposition, nicest smile and greatest attitude around. When I am having a bad day, he always seems to cheer me up. Justin would seriously do anything for we teachers here at BridgeEnglish Denver, not to mention being committed to giving the best education to the students as possible.

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Why is that Teacher? The Small Matter of the History of English.

One of the hardest questions an ESL teacher has to face in the classroom is “Why?”

Oh, the dreaded word “why,” the bane of every ESL teacher, the one question that is impossible to answer and yet ever-present in ESL classrooms around the world. It isn’t that the teachers don’t want to answer our students’ questions about why certain prepositions go after certain words or why the h is silent in one word but pronounced in another word, or why there are three different words that sound exactly the same but are spelled differently and have completely different meanings (there, their and they’re). We really would like to answer our students. The only problem is, we can’t, because there isn’t an answer.

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What Exactly Does it Take to Learn English? A Look at Learning Styles in an ESL Classroom

“How long will it take to learn English?” This is a question I hear quite a bit from my ESL students and I never really know how to answer, primarily because I can’t predict the future. Six months? A year? Everyone is different. Some people learn faster than others. Some people just have a natural gift for absorbing languages. Lucky them! But I do know that if you are aware of how you learn, that can make things a little easier and perhaps go a little faster.

Learning styles come in various forms and everyone has their own unique way of learning even if they do not realize it. There are four basic styles of learning and they are auditory, visual, kinesthetic and tactile. Learners however, are not limited to one single style of learning. Some learners use different combinations of all four styles. So what do these learning styles mean?

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What Every English Student Should Know Before Taking a Language Evaluation.

The big day is approaching. You’ve registered and paid for your English Language test, you’ve sharpened your pencils and have extra sheets of scrap paper. But what’s missing? Let’s face it: everyone needs a little help preparing for a big test. There are several strategies a student can use when faced with an important exam: […]

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Does the IELTS Prep Course Really Work?: A student’s perspective

For many students, taking standardized exams such as the IELTS is an intimidating process; there is a limited amount of time and it is difficult to know where to spend it. However, enrolling in a quality preparation course focused on testing-taking strategies can give students the confidence necessary to obtain the highest score possible. But, […]

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