Ease into English with EnglishClub.com’s ESL Magazine.
Here you’ll find short readings in easy English. From real-life news, to recipes, reviews, bios and fun facts – there’ll be something for everyone. Flip through our magazine – and join the discussion by leaving your comments!
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23 Jul 2011 by Tara Benwell | Filed under ESL Magazine
Why use Google+?
1. convenient for gmail users
2 Dec 2010 by Tara Benwell | Filed under ESL Magazine
When Grandma said she was buying a scooter, we thought she meant the kind that you ride on. The typical mobility scooter is similar to an electric wheelchair.
We were surprised when Grandma asked if the kids wanted a ride in her new scooter. Didn’t she mean a ride on her scooter? When we got to the parking garage, we understood what Grandma meant. Her new scooter was more like a car! It even had its own parking spot. The kids fought over who got to have a ride with Grandma first. Everyone took a turn, except me.
Why didn’t I want a ride in Grandma’s Mr. Bean car?
28 Nov 2010 by Natalie Gordon | Filed under ESL Magazine
The TOEFL iBT (Internet based TOEFL) has a speaking section. The speaking section accounts for ¼ of your total TOEFL score. The section will take you 20 minutes to complete.
There are six tasks that you will record speaking responses for. The first two are Independent tasks. For these you will be asked to speak about a familiar topic. You have 15 seconds to prepare and 45 seconds to speak. An example question is “Would you rather watch a movie or read a book in your free time? Include details to support your opinion”.
17 Nov 2010 by Tara Benwell | Filed under ESL Magazine
For the first few days or weeks of a newborn’s life sleep is the main event. Then one day the baby wakes up and realizes she is out of the womb. “Put me back!” my baby cried. She could not get comfortable. No matter what we did, we could not soothe her.
10 Nov 2010 by Tara Benwell | Filed under ESL Magazine
Did the ponies want the horses to come closer? Did the ponies want the horses to go away? Did these miniature horses wish they were as big and beautiful as the animals that roamed free on the other side of the chain link fence?
3 Nov 2010 by Tara Benwell | Filed under ESL Magazine
A childhood pal of mine gave herself the Mommy of the Year Award after leaving pumpkin shopping to the last minute. She drove all over the city and could not find any pumpkins for her little ones to carve. This friend is a very busy woman and always makes time for everyone in life, including her clients, her husband, her children and her friends. This juggling act takes a lot of talent and I am always amazed by her energy. When she sarcastically gave herself this award on Halloween day I had to laugh. I was sure she would come up with something interesting. She did not disappoint.
6 Oct 2010 by Tara Benwell | Filed under ESL Magazine
Today’s Wordle Wednesday theme is Halloween! Will you accept this week’s Wordle challenge?
The best Halloween Wordle will be announced on this page on October 31st! To view all of our members’ Wordles, visit the EnglishClub1 gallery.
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE WINNING HALLOWEEN WORDLE. Thanks to all who participated!
1 Oct 2010 by Tara Benwell | Filed under ESL Magazine
22 Sep 2010 by Tara Benwell | Filed under ESL Magazine
Thank you to all of the friends who participated in our first Wordle Wednesday last week! September is a special month, isn’t it? This week we are going to create Wordles about our countries.
15 Sep 2010 by Tara Benwell | Filed under ESL Magazine
For the past few months we’ve been challenging you to Wordless Wednesday. We posted a photo and you wrote the caption. This was a fun and useful way to practise English. Many members of MyEC continue to post their own Wordless Wednesday contests. You could be a winner!
We are going to start something NEW this Wednesday on ESL Magazine. This time you need to write lots of words! We’ll call it Wordle Wednesday, because we’re going to use a special tool called Wordle. If you don’t know Wordle, visit this page on How to Use Wordle.
This week’s Wordle Wednesday theme will be “September”. Here are some instructions on
10 Sep 2010 by Tara Benwell | Filed under ESL Magazine
On the official website, Wordle is defined as a “toy for generating word clouds”. Wordle is useful for:
7 Sep 2010 by Tara Benwell | Filed under ESL Magazine
They say laughter is the best medicine. It can help you get through an illness. It can help you grieve a loss. It can even cure depression. A laugh a day keeps the doctor away, but can it also help you learn English?
Imagine an English class that was completely based on comedy. Is this laughable? It might go something like this:
25 Aug 2010 by Tara Benwell | Filed under ESL Magazine
“Are the eggs fertilized? If so, the babies will arrive soon.”
The winning caption was submitted by James Hawkins.
23 Aug 2010 by Tara Benwell | Filed under ESL Magazine
This month’s burning question came in from a member of My English Club.
Q: I really would like to join an audio challenge but I don’t know how to record my voice. Would you please tell me how?
A: It looks like you’ve already answered your own question here and participated in the challenge here. Others may find some general instructions for all operating systems helpful. If you do nothing else in August, create your first English recording!
Instructions for recording and uploading your first MP3 in English:
18 Aug 2010 by Tara Benwell | Filed under ESL Magazine
“Your life is so dull, ladies and gentlemen.”
Thanks for all of your captions! The winning caption was submitted by MyEC member Rosenmaiden.
This image for this week’s WW was submitted by Natasha Yankovskaya. Do you want to submit a photo to ESL Magazine for Wordless Wednesday? Upload your photo to the MyEC photo gallery and send a message to Tara with a link to your photo. Please submit photos that you took with your own camera. You can also play Wordless Wednesday on your own blog on MyEC. Don’t forget to submit your photo to the official Wordless Wednesday site. Thanks for playing! Check out all of the Wordless Wednesday #8 images on MyEC.
12 Aug 2010 by Tara Benwell | Filed under ESL Magazine
In English, a word can have many different meanings. This video offers an excellent opportunity to explore some of these words. Can you figure out which words are being portrayed in each segment? Choose your favourite frame from the video and describe it in words. (Be sure to include the exact time of the frame you are describing.)
4 Aug 2010 by Tara Benwell | Filed under ESL Magazine
“What did you expect? Extensions?”
The winning caption was submitted by Mira Šeatović-Wranka.
21 Jul 2010 by Tara Benwell | Filed under ESL Magazine
You have to see it to believe it.
Niagara Falls is one of those places where you can truly say the photos don’t do it justice. On the other hand, many people say “once you’ve seen it, you’ve seen it”. In other words, you may want to take other people there, but you’ll never experience it in the same way. However, if you’ve only seen the Falls in daylight, it’s worth a second trip to see them at night. You’ll understand why Niagara Falls is the honeymoon capital of the world!
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about Niagara Falls:
Where is Niagara Falls?
How big is Niagara Falls?
14 Jul 2010 by Tara Benwell | Filed under ESL Magazine
“I will be right back!”
The winning caption was submitted by Carlos Augusto.
14 Jul 2010 by Tara Benwell | Filed under ESL Magazine
Did you know that English learners practise writing on MyEC? There are many different ways to do this, including participating in chat rooms, joining group discussions, and writing blogs. You can also join the Monthly Writing Challenges.
This month is a great month to join the writing challenge. We’re creating an EnglishClub Fashion Show. Are you interested in joining in on the fun?
You will need:
Why participate in the Writing Challenges?
1) You’ll make new friends from all over the world.
7 Jul 2010 by Tara Benwell | Filed under ESL Magazine
“Every black cloud hides a pack of brilliant beams.”
Winning caption submitted by Magic Meemo.
7 Jul 2010 by Tara Benwell | Filed under ESL Magazine
This Wordle was designed by using words written by English learners and teachers in the comments of the MyEC discussion World Cup Stuff for English learners.
Choose at least one word from the image above and create your own sentence about the 2010 World Cup in the comments below.
*You can also create your own World Cup Wordle and share it in the Wordle Gallery or add it to your own blog. Don’t forget to share a link with us!
30 Jun 2010 by Tara Benwell | Filed under ESL Magazine
“Stones, stones, stones… Where are my icebergs?? I wanna go home!”
28 Jun 2010 by Tara Benwell | Filed under ESL Magazine
This month’s burning question came via a follower of @EnglishClub on Twitter. This friend used 3 pleases, so it must be an important question.
Question: “A bad habit is smoking cigarettes.” Is this sentence wrong?
Answer: Learners sometimes request a second opinion if they disagree with an Answer Key or a teacher’s mark on a test. In many cases the construction of the usage in question follows a simple rule. It looks right, and the learner cannot understand what the problem is. Sometimes the problem is related to ambiguity. This is just a fancy word that means that a word or phrase could have two or more meanings.
Here are some sentences that are ambiguous:
23 Jun 2010 by Tara Benwell | Filed under ESL Magazine
29 May 2010 by Tara Benwell | Filed under ESL Magazine
We received this question many times this month due to a few changes to our MyEC settings. Hopefully this post will help all of our members understand why we are now moderating photo uploads on MyEC.
Question: I uploaded many photos to MyEC and only one or two were accepted. Why don’t all of my pictures appear in the photo gallery like they used to? Why do I have to wait to see them?
Answer: We are manually moderating photo uploads on MyEC now. That means we look at each one and approve it or delete it. Why do we delete some images? Because our members are here to learn or teach English and we want to help them do this. What happened before the rules?
6 May 2010 by Tara Benwell | Filed under ESL Magazine
The word “jeans” likely comes from the Italian sailors of Genoa who wore uniforms made out of a sturdy type of fabric in the 16th century. The modern denim blue jeans with the rivets on the pockets were patented in America by Levi Strauss and his partner Jacob Davis. The first Levi’s overalls were used by miners during the California the Gold Rush. These pants sold for less than two dollars per pair! Blue jeans became fashionable for Hollywood stars and American high school students in the fifties. By the sixties and seventies blue jeans had become fashionable in many parts of the world.
29 Apr 2010 by Tara Benwell | Filed under ESL Magazine
Question: I feel bored when I’m learning English. What can I do to make learning English more fun?
8 Apr 2010 by Tara Benwell | Filed under ESL Magazine
Did you grow up with music in your home? What kind of music did your parents, aunts, or siblings listen to? Most of us end up loving or hating our parents’ favourite music. Sometimes it takes a long time for us to appreciate our parents’ musical taste. The video game The Beatles: Rockband is popular because this music has been passed on from a previous generation. The whole family can enjoy the music together.
Which songs and artists are on the soundtrack of your childhood? The most interesting childhood soundtracks come from homes where the family members have different musical tastes.
31 Mar 2010 by Tara Benwell | Filed under ESL Magazine
Each month we answer a new question from an English learner. Did you know EnglishClub.com is also for teachers? Many teachers have burning questions as well. One of those teachers is our very own founder, Josef Essberger. This month he has a burning question for you. Please take a moment to think about Josef’s question and leave a response.
20 Mar 2010 by Tara Benwell | Filed under ESL Magazine
Have you read J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series? Let me ask this again. Have you read the Harry Potter series in English? Many English learners on MyEC name Harry Potter as their favourite book. The 7 part fantasy series has attracted millions of readers of all ages from all over the world.
Why do so many people love Harry Potter?
1 Mar 2010 by Tara Benwell | Filed under ESL Magazine
Kim Yu-na, already a celebrity in South Korea, set a world record when she received 150.05 in her figure skating free skate on Day 14 at the Olympics. South Korea had put tremendous pressure on the 19-year old to win the first figure skating gold in the country’s history. Anyone who watched the performance knows that Kim Yu-na did not disappoint.
25 Feb 2010 by Tara Benwell | Filed under ESL Magazine
The founder of EC himself has already answered an important question this month (How long is a question?); however, we didn’t want this burning question on vocabulary to go unanswered.
Question: What are some ways to improve my vocabulary other than reading books and newspapers?
Answer: Many learners refuse to believe that they can learn to enjoy reading in English. The truth is, if you don’t learn to love reading in general, you will have a more difficult time improving your vocabulary long-term. Instead of giving up on books and newspapers you may need to find ones that are more appropriate to your level.
I will never forget a Japanese student I had who came to school an hour before all of his peers to read all of the newspapers he could find.
27 Jan 2010 by Tara Benwell | Filed under ESL Magazine
Some of you loved the first 25 words and enjoyed practising these with us. A handful of you felt the words were not difficult enough. Many of you shared other words that you (or your students) find difficult.
Here is the second batch (compiled based on comments from learners and teachers via EC, Facebook, and MyEC).