New interactive exercises have been posted to help upper level students improve their writing skills. Be sure to check out all the exercises on the use of punctuation marks in English. New lessons on writing skills will be posted soon on YouTube.
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I want to learn English. I am a beginner.
Please watch my series on YouTube Learn English with Jennifer.
I want to improve my English.
Please use my Study Tips to guide your studies.
I want to take private lessons.
I have very limited availability, but I will post my teaching schedule when there are openings.
I want to watch your YouTube lessons, but I don't know where to start.
Please use my playlists. All my videos are grouped by subject, and they are listed in the order I uploaded them. They are not a complete course, so you can start with any subject and skip topics you have already learned.
I want to improve my vocabulary.
I want to improve my writing.
Please see my series Improve Your Writing.
Increasing your vocabulary is a good way to improve your communication skills. But what does it mean to learn a new word?
1. Learn the meaning. Look up the definition of a new word in a learner's dictionary. Study the examples to see how it's used in context. Is the word formal or informal? Is it used mostly in spoken English? Is it more common in American or British English? A learner's dictionary will give you this information.
2. Look at the grammar. For example, the word inquire is a verb. You can inquire about something. You can also use inquire + an embedded question, as in inquire whether.../ inquire how.../ inquire when....
3. Find an online dictionary with audio recordings. Listen to the pronunciation. Repeat after the model.
4. Go to at least one more dictionary and compare the definitions and usage notes.
5. Create your own model sentence. Consider making your own audio or video recording. Here are some student models.