Studying English as a second language is a commitment. You want to improve your English, but it won’t happen over night. Before you choose an ESL online course, do the work to figure out which program is right for you.
Most programs like Lingoloop offer a free trial class. It’s a great way to get to know the teachers and the method of teaching. During the Lingoloop free trial class we spend time understanding your goals, assessing your English speaking level and showing you our method.
Lingoloop’s ESL online course reviews
Of course it is also important to read reviews. Who else would know better about an online ESL course than the students? At Lingoloop, we are proud to have very good student reviews on Google and Facebook. Take a look at our Google reviews of our online ESL course below:
Lingoloop is amazing! Teachers are friendly, patient and ready to help you to improve your English. The class is... convenient and it gives me the confident to speak English with less mistakes.Candide.read more
Have you heard of the saying “practice makes perfect?” If you want to get better at anything, repetition is important. Even if your goal is not speaking English with absolute perfection, practice is the key to any level of improvement.
Our Lingoloop tutors have helped thousands of people improve their English with our online ESL classes. Here is a short list of reasons why our students love our method of guided English speaking practice.
Treat your brain like a muscle
All of our students want to speak English fluently. What does fluency mean exactly? To us, it means “to say the right thing without having to think about it.” You want to speak perfect English almost like it is a reflex. Continuing with the sports comparison, think of the great athletes. In order for them to excel at their sport, they spent countless hours perfecting their craft. Their goal is to make the perfect throw, or shot, etc., without having to think about it… to react with perfection! Even if your goal is not to become the Michael Jordan of English, you’ve got to put in the practice to make an improvement.
What does this mean for Lingoloop? Our classes are designed to make sure our students are the ones doing most of the talking. This is your time to practice. Our tutors are not lecturing. We offer guided conversations that get you speaking. Think of our tutors as trainers helping you with an English speaking workout:)
Practicing real English conversations
As I mentioned before, Lingoloop is not a lecture. We believe that good grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary are the goals of every lesson… they are not the actual lesson! In each class we have a lesson plan that focuses on a practical real world topic. One day you may be practicing a conversation at a grocery store. In another lesson you might be discussing politics or even practicing an interview. Our Lingoloop tutors type what everyone is saying and provides real-time notes and corrections.
At the end of every class the tutor emails the notes to the students so that they have something to practice at home.
We love mistakes
At Lingoloop we believe that mistakes are opportunities! In order to improve, you need to know what you are doing wrong. As you practice speaking English in our online classes, patterns will emerge. After a few lessons, students tell us that they begin to anticipate their own mistakes. Before you know it you will be correcting yourself!
The most important goal, speaking English with confidence
We believe that confidence is more important than perfection. Native English speakers make grammar mistakes all the time so it’s ok to give yourself a break:) Don’t get me wrong, we know the goal is to correct your mistakes, but it is important not to let those mistakes (or the fear of those mistakes) lock you up!
Try the best way to practice speaking English
Want to try the best way to practice speaking English online? Sign up for a Lingoloop Free Trial Class. In 20 minutes we will learn about your goals, assess your speaking level, and show you the Lingoloop method. Try it today!
Lingoloop has students from all over the world. Over time, we’ve noticed that students from the same countries (or regions) tend to make similar mistakes.
Many of our students are from Brazil. Brazil is the largest and most populous country in South America. Unlike the other countries in South America that speak Spanish, Brazilians speak Portuguese. The pronunciation of the Portuguese language is quite different from that of English which can create some unique challenges. Today we will focus on some of the English speaking mistakes we notice that Brazilian English learners make.
Adding the “ee” sound
Brazilians tend to add the “ee” sound to the end of many words. For “Netflix” they might say “Net-ee-flix-ee.” The reason is that Portuguese words don’t end with consonant sounds.
Negative sentences in the past tense
Brazilians sometimes struggle with forming negative statements in the past (in English). For example, they may say “I did not heard that” or “She didn’t ate yet.” This is because in Portugese to form negative sentences in past tense only requires adding “näo” to the past tense form of the verb. It’s not so simple in English!
Using “keep” for “put”
Brazilians tend to use the word ”keep” when they really mean “put.” For example, they may say “go keep it on the table” instead of “go put it on the table.” It has to do with the translation of the verb “guardar” which can be used to mean keep, save or put.
Using “do” instead of “does”
It is not natural for Brazilians to use the word “does.” Often they will just use “do” in place of “does.” For example they may say “Do it make sense?”
Dropped “s”on 3rd person verbs
Brazilians sometimes forget to add the “s” to a verb when the subject is in the third person. For example you may hear “He work very hard on the project.” Of course the proper way is to say “he works.” To be fair, students from other countries get this wrong as well.
No use of “an”
Brazilians don’t use “an” in English because that concept doesn’t exist in Portuguese. For example they may say “a apple” instead of “an apple.”
The “th” sound….
Most Portuguese speakers have trouble with the “th” sound. When they say a word starting with ”th” they pronounce it with a “d” sound.
They wash their hands with soup
In Portuguese “sopa” is “soup” and “sabao” is “soap.” So it can be confusing for Brazilians to say the word “soap” because they automatically think of “soup.” Is that confusing enough?
It’s not easy speaking English when it’s not your first language, and we know that English learners from certain parts of the world have distinct tendencies and make very specific mistakes. Regardless of your mother tongue, the best way to improve your English speaking is to practice doing it! Sign up for a Lingoloop free trial class today!
Some say the International language of business is English. However, sometimes Business English can seem like its own language. There is so much jargon and technical words that make it difficult for English learners to understand.
Are you the boss of Business English? Let’s see if you can score 10/10 on our quiz!
Relax, it’s just business!
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Many of our students use Lingoloop to improve their English for business – to help them feel good speaking English at work. If you feel like you could use a boost, sign up for a Lingoloop free trial class today!
Our Lingoloop students tell us that the verb “to be” is the most complicated verb there is. It’s true! There are many rules and forms of the verb depending on the subject, verb tense etc. Truthfully though, “to be” is complicated in most languages, not just English.
If you have a moment give our simple “to be” grammar quiz a try. These are some pretty common uses, so it shouldn’t be too tricky. Can you get a perfect score?
We hope you got them all right! Whatever your score, if English is your second language and you want to improve your ability to speak it confidently, sign up for a Lingoloop Free Trial Class to learn more about the Lingoloop method and why our students love it!
There are so many acronyms and slang people use to communicate on the Internet. Initially these were abbreviations for longer phrases, but people nearly treat them like they are actual words! Take our Lingoloop Internet slang quiz below and test how well you speak Internet:)
I hope you enjoyed our quiz. If you want to brush up on your slang and learn to speak like a native speaker, sign up for a Lingoloop free trial class. Practicing real English conversations with our expert tutors over video chat will improve your skills and boost your confidence quickly!
Have you thought about taking an online English course? There are many online English courses to choose from. As a Lingoloop tutor, I’d like to share some thoughts about why Lingoloop is the best online English course!
Communication is key
Some learning programs boast that you can speak English fluently in six weeks, or that learning a language using the newest method will be “easy.” The truth is, any method of learning a language is just an artificial version of the truly effective way in which people have been learning languages since the dawn of civilization: communication!
Language is an integral part of who we are and how we relate to one another. Language learning is a dynamic process. It needs to be interactive, but personal. So if the method or technology strips the “person” out of it, you aren’t left with much.
The art of conversation
That’s what I love about teaching on Lingoloop. Here, we help you improve your English through the art of conversation. When I log on to begin my evening tutoring sessions, I feel like I’m sitting down with friends. Mugs of coffee or glasses of water in hand, we discuss the lesson topic, along with events and issues going on in our native countries and around the world. We answer discussion questions, but we also share stories, advice, recipes, laughter, and perspective. We connect. Sure, we pause long enough to correct a mispronunciation or a pesky irregular verb, or to pick up a new vocabulary word or expression. I mean, you’re here to learn to speak English! But soon we’re back to talking again. In language learning, communication is both the end result and the method to get you there. Practicing real English conversations with our 5-star online English course allows your English to improve organically and meaningfully.
Speak English fluently
To speak English fluently means the ability to speak easily and accurately. Do you know a lot of grammar and vocabulary, but just can’t seem to relax and avoid mistakes when you speak? If fluency is what you seek, then conversation practice is the method you need. Studying grammar textbooks or word lists is great, but the only way to speak English confidently is to speak and listen more and more, especially with a native speaker who is knowledgeable and experienced enough to correct your mistakes.
Invest in yourself… take an online English course
Maybe for you an online English course is the gateway to a new career, an academic goal, preparation for travel, or just an item on your “bucket list.” Regardless, the only way to get started is to start, and the only way to succeed is to keep going. If you’re ready to speak English confidently, then it’s time to connect with a tutor on Lingoloop.
At Lingoloop we care very much about words. Words are important… even when you are doing Math! Take for example this simple (yet complicated) riddle. It is sometimes described as “the battle of English and Math” or “the 1 rabbit 6 elephants question.” Some versions even have 9 elephants:)
1 rabbit saw 6 elephants while going to the river.
Every elephant saw 2 monkeys going towards the river.
Every monkey holds 1 parrot in their hands.
How many animals are going towards the river?
Take some time to think and then scroll down for the correct answer.
The battle of English vs. Math… who wins?
If you answered “5” you are CORRECT! Let’s break it down:
Sentence 1: 1 rabbit saw 6 elephants while going to the river.
In sentence 1, there are 7 animals, but only 1 (the rabbit) is going to the river. The word while is modifying rabbit, not elephants. Think about it this way: if we changed the sentence to: ”The rabbit saw a plane while going to the river.” we would not say that the plane was going to the river.
Sentence 2: Every elephant saw 2 monkeys going towards the river.
Since we see the word every, we know that all of the elephants saw 2 monkeys going towards the river. The trick here is that sometimes people assume that each of the 6 elephants saw 2 discretely different (or separate) monkeys. The sentence does not say that, so we cannot make that assumption. All we know for sure is that 2 monkeys are going towards the river.
Sentence 3: Every monkey holds 1 parrot in their hands.
This isn’t that tricky as long as you know the right number of monkeys! So if there are 2 monkeys going to the river, there must only be 2 parrots if every monkey is holding just 1 parrot.
1 rabbit + 2 monkeys + 2 parrots = 5 animals
So as you can see… every word counts! Very simple words can have a dramatic effect on meaning. Even native English speakers can struggle with communication if they don’t choose their words carefully.
Are you struggling with getting your point across? Or maybe you are having trouble listening to what people are saying. If you need to improve your English communication skills, try Lingoloop. Sign up for a Lingoloop free trial class to get your English skills assess by an expert tutor!
At Lingoloop, we see students from all walks of life. Some are advanced students taking online English classes for their careers. Some are beginner students or casual learners wanting to improve their English online so they can speak better with loved ones. Regardless of their level, all students want to speak English with confidence. You may wonder “How can I speak English confidently?” or “How can I speak English fluently?”
There is an old saying in English: practice makes perfect. It’s a simple concept. If you want to get better at anything, you have to practice, and it is no different when you want to improve your confidence speaking English.
When we say “treat your brain like a muscle” we mean create a consistent learning schedule as if you were going to exercise or workout. Plan to practice your English speaking once a day, or three times a week. Come up with a schedule that works for you. However, the key is consistency. Practicing a few times every week is better than doing it every day for a week and then stopping for 3 weeks. Staying organized will help you develop good learning habits and allow you to improve.
2) Set goals for yourself
When we meet a Lingoloop student for the first time, we always ask them what their learning goals are. You may have a high-level goal like, “I want to improve my English so that I can find a new job,” or “I want to improve my English so I can speak better with my daughter’s teacher.” Having something to aim at, will give you direction and improve your motivation.
Also, setting achievable short-term goals are important too. Commit to small things that will help you achieve your main goal. For example, if your main goal is to prepare for a big presentation, you may set short-term goals such as: watching someone give a presentation in English, asking a question in English during a co-worker’s presentation or practicing your presentation in front of a friend.
3) Quit negative self talk
If you believe that you can’t improve your English speaking, you won’t improve. Resist the urge to keep telling yourself that you are no good. It is easier said than done, but it is critical that you don’t give up on your dream.
Examine your negative thoughts and try to put them in perspective. As they say, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” It will take some time to make a dramatic improvement in your confidence speaking English, so don’t set your expectations too high at the beginning. One benefit of setting achievable short-term goals is that you will feel good as you achieve them. Aim for progress, not perfection and you will be more successful in the long run.
4) It is ok to fail
The advancement of humanity has been based on a very simple method called “trial and error.” In a sense, learning is controlled failure. We must know what we are doing wrong so that we can improve upon our mistakes. So don’t be afraid to fail – it is an important part of the learning process. The key is to fail early and often while you are practicing. Make your mistakes in an online English class, so that when you are out in the real world you won’t fail as much. Over time, confidence will come as you anticipate your mistakes before they happen and learn to forgive yourself for making some small mistakes from time to time.
5) Team up
There is something very powerful about learning with others. It is extremely motivating to be with other people who share your goals. It is the reason why people still workout in a gym. Yes, it is possible to workout alone, but there is something deep within us that makes us work just a little harder when we know others are watching. So learn with a friend, join a club or find a tutor to help you stay motivated. Learning with others will help you stay on track and make learning more fun.
We hope you found those 5 tips helpful. Do you want to feel more confident speaking English? “Feel good speaking English” is our slogan! If you need help finding someone to learn with, come try a Lingoloop online English class. An expert tutor will assess your speaking level, and show you our unique teaching method. Before you know it you’ll be correcting yourself and speaking English with confidence! Sign up for a FREE TRIAL CLASS today.
The world is changing quickly and video conference calls (Zoom, Skype etc.) are becoming a big part of our everyday life. Do you feel nervous about using Zoom? Don’t worry you are not alone! As a company that has been teaching English through video chat for many years, we have some good ideas about how to make video conference calls a less stressful experience.
Let’s face it, video conference calls are weird
I’ll say it again, video conference calls are weird. Here are a few reasons why:
Technology gets in the way: We are connecting with people that have different skill sets, comfort levels with technology and devices. How many times have you said “Can you hear me? I can see you… can you see me?” It is rare that a video conference call is a completely smooth experience. Especially when you are calling someone for the first time. This raises the stress about the whole experience.
It is weird to see yourself talking: It is weird enough to talk on the telephone, but most of us are used to it. In the old days (hahaha) you could just focus on your thoughts and speak. Now with Zoom, we have the added stress of having to look at ourselves and worrying about what other people see when we are talking. It is harder to focus.
It is hard to listen when you constantly see yourself: Not only is it weird to talk, it is weird to listen on a video conference call. We are distracted. We are distracted by having to look at someone else, and also distracted by the image of ourselves on screen.
Eventually as a society we will all get better at this:) However, in the meantime you may be asking yourself “How do I reduce Zoom anxiety?” or “How can I stop feeling nervous on video calls?” The simple answer, is to plan ahead. Think of the specific things that are causing you stress and work to minimize their effect on your call. See some of our specific suggestions below:
9 tips to help you feel good about video conference calls
1)Speak slowly: With all of the added distractions and issues with technology that we identified, it is important to speak slowly… maybe even slower than you think you should if English is your second language. It will be easier for you to express yourself, and easier for others to understand.
2)Use screen share: If you have to present ideas, take advantage of screen sharing tools. Prepare a short presentation ahead of time to make sure your audience understands your main points. Your thoughts will seem more organized (because they are!) and it will take the focus off of you.
3)Good lighting: Video conference calls are a performance. You can now use your face to express yourself. Your gestures are just as important as the words you choose. Good lighting will allow people to read your facial cues and make you look better on screen!
4)Smile: Don’t forget to smile. Smile a lot! There is something funny about smiling – it is contagious. When you smile, people smile back. Make the video conference call a happy place. You may have noticed it is easier to talk to someone who is smiling.
5) Wear pants: Yes, you are at home, but don’t use that as an excuse to look unprofessional during a work call. You’ll find that if you dress for work, it will make you feel more professional. If you feel better about your appearance, you won’t worry as much about how you look.
6) Find a quiet space: Try to find a private or quiet space for your call in order to reduce background noise. The last thing we want to worry about during a video call is being interrupted by sirens or a loud barking dog. Do your best to control your environment to reduce potential stressors.
7)Wear headphones with a mic: Wearing headphones with a mic makes it easier for others to hear you and for you to hear others. This is especially important if you are on a call with multiple parties.
8)Break the ice: It is hard to jump straight into the meeting agenda if you are nervous about a Zoom call. Try your best to participate early when people are exchanging pleasantries. Hearing your own voice on the call, even with a quick “Hello… how are you?” will make you feel less anxious about speaking later.
9)Don’t look at yourself: If watching yourself while you talk is causing you anxiety, don’t do it. Focus your eyes on the camera. You can also minimize the Zoom window so that you don’t see yourself (or others).
I hope you found these tips useful. If you reduce the risk of distractions and unexpected interruptions, all of these things can minimize your anxiety about video conference calls.
While these are issues that everyone faces, if English is your second language, the problems become amplified. If you are anxious about your English speaking, sign up for a Lingoloop free trial class. Practicing real English conversations with our expert tutors over Zoom will improve your skills and boost your confidence quickly!