Ashlie and Stephen are getting ready for Christmas. They need to buy presents and decorate the tree, but there's still time for a bit of ice-skating...

Do the Preparation task first. Then watch the video. Next go to the Tasks and do the activities. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

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Hello Anh,

Since we don't know him or her, it's difficult for us to say how appropriate these materials would be for your student, but you are welcome to use them in this way. You might consider having your student listen to the video a couple of times before class to help. There's also of course the Transcript.

By the way, our sister site TeachingEnglish might be a useful resource for you as a teacher.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi The Learn English of experts could you please do me a favor ,learning English has been my dreams and I have learned it without any helps when I was very young but I have a problem which I can't solve it .

Sometimes i can speak fluently but sometimes not and it makes me very upset when I am alone

Hello farah,

Are there any particular situations when you find it difficult to speak fluently? Is it because you're nervous? Or perhaps you don't have the words you need? Is it something else? In general, the key to improve your fluency is to practise speaking. You can learn from anyone who speaks some English, not just native speakers.

Another thing you can do is watch our videos and podcasts that have transcripts (e.g. some Word on the Street episodes (by the way, new episodes are coming this summer) and all of the Elementary Podcasts or Big City Small World episodes). Watch or listen to them many times and then choose some useful phrases to learn. Repeat them over and over again, imitating the pronunciation. Then try to use these phrases in your speaking.

Don't give up! If this advice doesn't address your problem, please let us know more and we'll do our best to help you.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

 

Hi kirk thank you very much for your useful advices I will do my best

Hi everybody:

I would like to know how to print these exercises. Could anybody help me, please? When I click the "printer-friendly version" I just can't. Is there any PDF version?

Thank you so much.

Hi Princess Consuela,

The activities themselves are interactive and do not have purely textual versions. We do create Support Packs for many of our sections so paper copies can be printed but this takes some time and Word on the Street does have have these at the moment.

If you need a paper copy of the exercises then the best option is probably to start the exercise and then, before you start putting the answers in, to use a screen grabbing/screen printing programme.  I think this is probably the best option you have.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you, Peter!

Hi Learn English team,
I am very happy to be here.I am getting confidence with English now.I want to improve my vocabulary also,what should I do?I think I don't have enough vocabulary. And I want to improve my writing skill also. Give me some suggestions.

Hi rajibejoy,

It's great to hear that you're making progress, and that LearnEnglish is helping you!

To improve your vocabulary it's important to do three things:

  • see new and familiar words and phrases in context
  • note down new items in an organised manner
  • practise, revise and review new items systematically


The Listen & Watch section on LearnEnglish is a great source of reading and listening materials and working through this section will help you with the first point.  In fact, the more you read - magazines and newspapers, journals, short stories, novels, poems... in fact, whatever genre or kind of writing interests you - the better, and you can find an inexhaustible supply on the internet, of course.

With regard to the second point, I suggest you start (if you haven't already) a personal vocabulary book.  Organise it by topic (sports, work, appearance, finance etc) and add new words and phrases to it as you listen, watch and read in English.

Once you have built up a small collection of items in your vocabulary book, you can use it to test yourself so you can see how well you memorise the items.  Cover the meanings and/or examples and try to recall them, or to translate the words and phrases into your own language.

Finally, remember that you can use the comments sections on most pages to ask us about anything with which you have problems, and you can also use the Cambridge Dictionaries Online tool which is on the right of almost every page on LearnEnglish and is a great resource for looking up new words and phrases.

In terms of writing effectively, as I wrote to another user  last week, how to write depends upon what kind of writing you want to do, for what purpose you are writing and who the recipient is.  Different kinds of writing require different different language and different ways of organising the text, so take a look at as many different texts as you can.  In general, to improve your writing it's important to read and write as much as you can, so keep an eye out for good examples of letters, articles and so on.  Using the internet to read magazines and newspapers, and other text-types from online media, is a good idea.

If possible, you should get feedback from a teacher or knowledgeable friend on your writing. Unfortunately, we don't have the resources to give users individualised feedback on their writing, but you can still use LearnEnglish to do some work on your own.  You can respond to other users in the comment sections to carry on a written conversation, just as I am responding to you now. Good writers learn from reading other writers' texts, so you could learn a lot about writing from reading the content on the site. The Magazine might be a good place to start if this interests you. You can also of course carry on written conversations there in the comments.  On the other hand, if you are interested in academic writing, then our Writing for a Purpose section might be what you are looking for, though that is very challenging, with a lot of high-level materials.

Whatever you do, try to spend at least 15 minutes several days per week reading and/or writing. When you have doubts, ask a friend or teacher, or you're also welcome to ask us periodically here by using the comments sections on each page, and we'll be happy to try to answer your questions.

I hope those suggestions are helpful.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Peter M,

Thanks for you valuable advice.

Raji

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