The Basics

The power of reading and listening


The most important thing you can do to improve your English is to read and listen to as much interesting, easy-to-understanding English as possible. Read this article to find out why.

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The Basics – Introduction


Developing language ability is a natural process. The Basics is a series of short articles that describe how the process works and how you can benefit from it.

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1 – Two ways to know a language


Language specialists tell us that there are two ways to know a language. If you want to improve your English, you should understand the difference.

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2 – What comes first?


Some parts of a language are acquired before others; there is a natural order, or sequence. And that may be good news for you!

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3 – Quality control


Language that we acquire give us most of our fluency (ability). But language that we learn is also helpful: it helps us be more accurate, or correct.

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4 – Only one way


If most of our fluency, or ability, comes from language that we acquire, what do we need to do to acquire more?

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5 – Don’t worry, be happy


Your feelings and attitudes can make a big difference! A little bit of psychology for English learners.

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Inside the brain


Language acquisition from the inside! A little fantasy – and a lot of truth – about what happens inside the English learners brain.

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