Walking the beach at dawn, an old man notices a young girl tossing stranded starfish from the shore back into the ocean. A simple tale with a profound message. (Retold here with new images.)
How do English learners make their speech more fluid and natural sounding? By linking adjacent words together. Alan gives some examples.
English learners tend to confuse these two words: Lend and Borrow. Learn their meanings here, and see examples of how to use them properly.
An old man is walking the beach at sunrise and notices a young girl flinging washed-up starfish back into the ocean.
Do you use words like these: I’m, you’d, she’ll, who’s, didn’t, won’t, they’ve, we’re? If so, you're using contractions. This is a very normal way of speaking American English. Alan tells why and gives examples.
Alan tells why it's better to advocate for Acculturation of immigrants to the United States. He shares historical (and practical) reasons for us to stop talking about Assimilation of newcomers here.
In this grammar lesson, Alan talks about the third and final group of modal verbs: the ones related to the meaning of Requirement. You simply must watch this video!
In this grammar lesson, Alan talks about the second group of English modal verbs, that related to Ability. Learn about the variations in meaning with these expressions: can, can't, could, couldn't, probably able, should be able, may be able, and more!
In this short video, Alan gives students examples of modal verbs that communicate possibility. This might be just the grammar lesson you were looking for!
Learners of English often try so hard to pronounce words correctly that they over-pronounce them and end up sounding like robots. Join Alan for some tips on pronouncing English words smoothly and naturally.
One common confusion in English is misusing the verbs Lay and Lie. Even native speakers can get them wrong. Follow these simple rules so you don't end up with egg on your face!
Our learners are shocked to learn that American English has three different ways to pronounce 't'! Listen closely to hear the differences.
Microaggressions happen every day in the workplace. They are behaviors and words by mostly well-intended people who do not know they are offending co-workers from non-dominant groups (like people of color, women, LGBTQ folks, people with disabilities, older workers, and others). Here we talk about the cumulative effects of microaggressions and how to guard against them to create a respectful work environment for all.
Most international students are shocked to find that the past tense (-ed) in English has three different pronunciations. Alan gives examples and explains why it's important to get this right.
What do you call an object that you don't know the name for? Alan gives several common and informal expressions that every learner of American English should know.
What is reduplication, and why do we repeat ourselves? Alan takes a fun look at linguistic repetition.
American English is full of short ways of saying things. From ASAP and op-ed to NAFTA and CalTech, Americans love using abbreviations in everyday speech. Alan gives examples of abbreviations, initialisms, and acronyms, with a quiz at the end of the video. Can you guess all ten?
Many of our viewers are confused by the various names they hear about newcomers to the United States – immigrant, expatriate, refugee, migrant, and so on. Here we take some time to talk about the technical vocabulary around those global people on the move.