Should I Take Group or Private English Classes?

You know you want to study English in the U.S., but should you take group or private classes? One offers lots of interaction with other students, potentially from around the world, but the other offers the chance for very tailored study and accelerated language learning. Here’s what to consider when choosing whether group or private English classes are right for you.

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Should I take the IELTS or the TOEFL?

If you want to attend an English-speaking university, you will be required to prove your English language proficiency is at the level that an English-speaking university classroom requires. To fulfill this requirement, the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) were created and are the standard bearers of English language standardized tests. Although both tests were designed to measure English proficiency, there are some subtle differences that you should consider before deciding which test will better serve your needs.

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Applying for a US University – Where Do I Start?

Applying to an American university can seem like an overwhelming task to an international student. However, with the appropriate amount of planning, preparation, and support from a Bridge Academic Advisor, you can be confident about receiving a letter of admission from the moment you submit your application. It is important to remember that the best American universities are highly competitive and taking the time to submit an organized, thorough application package will differentiate you from the less qualified candidates.

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Where Do They Come From? The Origins of Four Popular English Idioms

Sometimes when I am in class teaching a grammar point or vocabulary, or just having a class discussion, I find myself using idioms or expressions that are common to me but obviously not to a non-native ESL learner. As I notice the confused looks on my students’ faces I suddenly realize that the expression that I so nonchalantly just forced upon them has to be explained. But the strange phenomenon about English idioms is that most native English speakers have no idea what their actual origin is.

Sometimes when I am in class teaching a grammar point or vocabulary, or just having a class discussion, I find myself using idioms or expressions that are common to me but obviously not to a non-native ESL learner. As I notice the confused looks on my students’ faces I suddenly realize that the expression that I so nonchalantly just forced upon them has to be explained. But the strange phenomenon about English idioms is that most native English speakers have no idea what their actual origin is.

Sometimes when I am in class teaching a grammar point or vocabulary, or just having a class discussion, I find myself using idioms or expressions that are common to me but obviously not to a non-native ESL learner. As I notice the confused looks on my students’ faces I suddenly realize that the expression that I so nonchalantly just forced upon them has to be explained. But the strange phenomenon about English idioms is that most native English speakers have no idea what their actual origin is.

Sometimes when I am in class teaching a grammar point or vocabulary, or just having a class discussion, I find myself using idioms or expressions that are common to me but obviously not to a non-native ESL learner. As I notice the confused looks on my students’ faces I suddenly realize that the expression that I so nonchalantly just forced upon them has to be explained. But the strange phenomenon about English idioms is that most native English speakers have no idea what their actual origin is.

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Meet Aldi Sorel: Veteran Student at BridgeEnglish Denver

Aldi Sorel is someone to admire. He came from the Gabonese Republic, which is a sovereign state on the west coast of Central Africa, to be with his mother who had already been here for ten years. He has been at BridgeEnglish Denver longer than most of the teachers and he is for sure the veteran student here having been at Bridge since 2010. He came to the U.S. with practically no English skills whatsoever and was thrown into the Denver public school system before he could even communicate with anyone. He now speaks fluent French (his native tongue) as well as fluent English and this November, after two years of studying hard at Bridge, he plans to move on and go to university to start his career as a computer engineer.

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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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How to Disagree in English and Make Friends in the Process

Discussions in which you have a different opinion than your companions happen all the time, including at school and work. Learning how to disagree politely in English will help you keep your friends and make new ones.

Which of the following statements do you think is more respectful?

A.) I am afraid that I disagree with you. B.) You are so wrong.

Discussions in which you have a different opinion than your companions happen all the time, including at school and work. Learning how to disagree politely in English will help you keep your friends and make new ones.

Which of the following statements do you think is more respectful?

A.) I am afraid that I disagree with you. B.) You are so wrong.

Discussions in which you have a different opinion than your companions happen all the time, including at school and work. Learning how to disagree politely in English will help you keep your friends and make new ones.

Which of the following statements do you think is more respectful?

A.) I am afraid that I disagree with you. B.) You are so wrong.

Discussions in which you have a different opinion than your companions happen all the time, including at school and work. Learning how to disagree politely in English will help you keep your friends and make new ones.

Which of the following statements do you think is more respectful?

A.) I am afraid that I disagree with you. B.) You are so wrong.

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Where Are They Now? An Update on Three BridgeEnglish Denver Grads

BridgeEnglish Denver sees many students walking though its doors. Some stay for only two weeks, leaving before actually getting to know many of the teachers, and some stay for three, six, or even twelve months, becoming our friends and part of our daily lives for the duration. The day of graduation for these students is bittersweet. There is crying and laughing and a lot of picture taking, and then they are gone, maybe to never return to the United States. However, thanks to the internet, Facebook and Skype, we can all stay connected all the time (how did we ever survive without the internet?). I personally check my Facebook page everyday to see what my former students are up to and how they are getting along with their new English skills.

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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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