• What is it Like to Go Blind? – English Listening Exercise

    This is a beautiful video that uses the audio diary of theologian John Hull, who describes his experience of going blind. It was touching and interesting and his voice is memorizing. I wanted to share it with our students. Our classes are not just about speaking English and learning a new language, but also about […]

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  • English and the Winter Olympics: Listening Exercise

    LOI English is proudly based out of Whitefish, Montana and we have a hometown girl going to the Olympics for the slope style ski competition. This is a big deal, partly because Whitefish is a ski town of only about 6,000 people. As you can imagine, the town is pretty excited for one our girls […]

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  • Using Passive Voice in English – Video and Exercises

    I realized that we don’t have a grammar video on the Passive voice when one of my students made a common mistake using the passive voice. Passive voice is important for written English and it is also a really good way to review your tenses, because the passive voice can be in any tense. We […]

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  • Listening Exercise: Do You Really Know How to Tie Your Shoe?

    This TED talk caught me by surprise. It is a about a simple thing we learn to do when we are children that perhaps we have been doing it incorrectly all our lives. Interestingly I struggled to learn how to tie my shoes.  Partly because my mother is left-handed and she ties them backwards, which […]

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  • How to use Phrasal Verbs as Nouns

    It is important to know the difference between a phrasal verb and the noun form of the phrasal verb. You’ll find that the IELTS, First Certificate, CAE, and TOEFL will test you on understanding the difference between them. Sometimes the noun form and the verb form have a similar meaning, but not always. For instance […]

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  • Listening Exercise: Downton Abbey

    This week’s listening exercise is using Downton Abbey, the popular British drama. The speech in this montage is quite a challenge and is really interesting. Although, I don’t think you will hear this type of English a lot these days, the dialect is still similar to modern British English. If you really want to challenge […]

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  • Using Adjectives as Nouns: English Grammar Video and Exercise:

    In English we can talk about categories by turning an adjective into a noun. This can be especially helpful when writing and it should be studied by anyone taking the TOEFL, CAE, IELTS, or First Certificate tests. We take the adjective and add the definite article ‘the’ in front of it, i.g. good-the good: The […]

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  • Mike Rowe’s Big Break: English Listening Exercise

    I actually heard this little excerpt on my favorite radio station, National Public Radio or NPR. This is a great resource to listen to interesting stories and regular news. NPR is like the United States’ version of the BBC. This is a really funny interview with Mike Rowe, former host of the popular show Dirty […]

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  • Past Perfect Progressive Tense – Video and Exercise

    This is one of the trickier tenses to learn and master in English and, although it isn’t used a lot, it is still important to understand when, where, and why we use this tense. It really is a lot easier to explain when you see a timeline, so I highly recommend watching the video to […]

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  • Is Success a Destination or a Journey? – English Listening Exercise

    I’ve always tried to look at life as a journey, rather than be focused on a single goal, “success” in the future. I try to look at language learning this way as well. We don’t wake up one day with fluency in another language, and then just stay fluent forever. It is something that we […]

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  • A Changing Work Force: Listening Exercise

    This is an interesting video about the changing workforce in the United States. As we become a world economy, it shows how we will depend highly on immigrant workers. It shows how our economy and job force is changing in the United States and I think supports the idea of learning a new language to […]

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  • Kissing Strangers – Listening Exercise

    I watched this video and it made me smile, so I thought I should share it with our students. The ‘kissers’ have a lot of interesting questions due to the awkwardness of the situation, so it makes a good English listening exercise. It also is an interesting study in human intimacy. Try the listening exercise and […]

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  • English Listening Exercise: President Obama on Between Two Ferns

    The video for this week’s English listening exercise is really interesting and funny. President Obama goes on the comedy show, “Between Two Ferns” which is a really funny and pretty odd type of comedy. It is surprising that he would go on the show and it proves how he is really pushing younger people in […]

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  • Sympathy or Empathy? English Listening Exercise

    I like this video because it touches one of the most important parts of our lives, human relationships. How do we deal with other people’s life struggles? What is the difference between Empathy and Sympathy? She has a funny way of explaining the difference. The video also has some good English vocabulary and phrases, including […]

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  • English Listening Exercise: Filming a Movie Scene

    This video caught my attention. The idea that they are filming the movie, “Under the Skin,” on a live street with no actors, using hidden cameras, is fascinating to me. I’m not sure about the ethical questions of filming people who are unaware of being filmed, I’m also not sure if they needed to get […]

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  • Should We Eat Bugs? An English Listening Exercise

    Practice your English listening with the video and exercise below. Have you ever thought about eating an insect, like the one below? Yeah, probably not. But the video for this week’s makes a pretty good argument for doing it. It also includes a lot of great vocabulary related to cooking. Watch the video below, then […]

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  • Do Smartphones Make Stupid Parents? English Listening Exercise

    We often complain about teenagers that spend all of their time with family looking at the screens on their phones, but what about adults? What happens to children when the adults around them spend their time paying attention to their cellphones, rather than their children? This week’s English listening exercise is about a study that […]

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  • Should Brazilians Stop Using Preservatives?

    If you’re visiting this post because you think we’re asking if Brazilians should stop using “preservativos,” you made a very common mistake with a false cognate, or a “false friend.” Click here to see our list of common Portuguese – English false cognates. In English, the word “preservatives” refers to food additives that are meant […]

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  • Are Men Better at Science? English Listening Exercise

    The video for this week’s English listening exercise is amazing to me, as a mother raising a daughter. In recent years, it has been suggested that women are not involved in science, engineering and programing because of genetics. In this video, Neil deGrasse Tyson, a well-known American astrophysicist, does an excellent job criticizing this argument. 1. Does anyone […]

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  • Learn Common False Cognates Between Portuguese and English

    English and Portuguese contain a lot of false cognates, also known as false friends. These are words that look like they should have the same meaning, but don’t. Often times this can lead to funny or embarrassing situations, so it’s good to know them. Below we’ve created a list of some of the most common […]

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  • Improve Your English in 3 Minutes With This Tip

    I hear it ALL the time. My students use “<em>all” </em>incorrectly. I’m so used to it, sometimes I don’t even notice. But today during one of my classes I noticed the mistake and I decided to investigate why this is so hard for English language learners. It turns out that it is actually quite complex, grammatically […]

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  • FIFA, the Church of Football? – English Listening Exercise

    Ok, we know that everyone is focused on the World Cup now, so we thought we should give you an English listening exercise about it. In this video comedian and football fan John Oliver makes some very funny, but very critical points about FIFA and the World Cup. The video is fairly long, so we […]

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  • Obama Talks to the U.S. World Cup Team (English Listening Exercise)

    We’re still sad to see the team USA out of the world cup, but it is exciting that football, or here in the states soccer, has become so much more popular. This world cup is the first time the United States seems to have been watching and excited. Even President Barack Obama noticed, and decided […]

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  • Larry The Cable Guy Uses Caustive Forms (listening exercise)

    Like many things in language, often times native speakers don’t know they are using a complex grammar point. To highlight this fact you can watch the video about Larry the Cable Guy describing how he uses his saying, ‘”git ‘r done” or “get her done” or “get something done.” This is a causative verb construction, […]

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