33 Questions for the topic ESL

Why should mitigation be taught in ESL classrooms?

Mitigation is a worldwide technique used to soften or indirectly say an otherwise direct statement. It is most commonly used in situations where one person is a subordinate to another. However,... more

07/17/19

How does one say "as easy as pie?"

English question

How to say "Don't speak loudly" in English, but in imperative sentence, like "speak slowly".

How can I increase my Englishg vocabulary

I am frustrated because my vocabulary in my native language is so much richer than it is in English.How can I increase my English vocabulary?

How can I reduce my accent?

Often clients come in the door with exceptional gifts and accomplishments but they feel stuck in their careers because colleagues and potential employers say they have a hard time understanding them.

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What was boo Radley like as a teenager

What foods are named after places?

What is the origin of the word, "tribology"?

Will you really make my accent go away?

Can you make my accent go away? I have lived in the US for several years.

03/30/19

Why does "I was happy to do my homework" work, but "I was tired to do my homework" doesn't?

I'm teaching ESL, and I came across a question from one of my students that I don't know how to answer. Using the form "{subject} {verb} {adjective} {infinitive phrase}" we've been going over... more

03/30/19

ESL text: "I notice similarities between myself and . . . ": Acceptable use of reflexive pronoun?

In an ESL class, a student asked a difficult question about the use of “myself” in the following sentence: > I notice similarities between myself and other people more than >... more

03/29/19

How to correct/improve 's-' pronunciation at the beginning of a sentence?

As a native Spanish speaker, I tend to mispronounce some letters or words in English. One of them is the 's' sound at the beginning of a word, for example, I pronounce: - 'slang' as /eslaŋ/... more

03/28/19

Use of the definite article "the" before "church"?

I was in a Teacher's selection for a school in my country, and one of the coordinators said that she heard a mistake from another teacher that was unacceptable. I tried to figure out why was that,... more

Mixed conditional clause type 1-3?

I came across the following conditional clause while studying a grammar book published by Oxford: "If you know London so well, you shouldn't have got so hopelessly lost." The writer of the book... more

03/27/19

Is there any difference between deputies & lawmakers?

As a non-native speaker quite often I get in trouble with slight differences between concepts. So, regarding to this doubt I think both of them are used to express the same thing but I'm not sure... more

03/27/19

What does 'put shelves up' mean?

What does 'put shelves up' mean in the sentence: 'I've been meaning to put shelves up in the lounge for years but I haven't had time.' Does put shelves up mean the same as 'install'? Or does it... more

Is it technically incorrect to speak English using speech sounds of native language(which is not English)?

Consonants "t" and "p" are not unvoiced in my native language, which is Hindi. So I pronounce "Paint" with voiced "p" and "t", is it technically correct? It is acceptable, I know. But is it correct?

What are the connotations of "there" in "hello/hi there"?

I'm an ESL speaker and I'm not completely familiar with the underlying meaning conveyed when adding *there* to a greeting such as > Hello there compared to just > Hello (punctuation... more

In Act 1 Scene 4, Anne begins to wrestle with the transition from childhood to adulthood.

Write a short TDA response (1 complete paragraph) analyzing how the author uses questioning techniques between Anne and her parents to emphasize her growing struggle with identity. Consider the... more
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