English at Home: Some Ideas for You and Your Children

If you’re looking for new ways to improve your and your children’s English as you stay at home during this coronavirus crisis, here are two ideas.

Simple English Stories: For Beginners and Children

For those who are beginners or children, we’re releasing (making available for purchase) today a video version of our Simple English Stories.

Our new Simple English Stories video course includes nine different short stories written for children and low-level English learners (three sets of three stories each).

All nine stories can be enjoyed by children. Three of the stories in each set are written also for an adult, so you can learn and laugh along with your children.

The course includes a complete transcript, fast and slow versions of the video (with captions (words on screen)), and a glossary with sample sentences.

See a sample of the course in the video above.

If you have children and some extra time (and most of us do), Simple English Stories is a good place to spend part of your stay at home.

Free Graded Readers: For Intermediate Adults

From now until June 30, 2020, Oxford University Press is making available for free electronic copies of their entire graded reader series – more than 148 books!

(Note: You have to register for a free account on the Oxford website.)

Graded readers are short books written especially for intermediate English learners, with easier vocabulary and interesting stories.

I highly recommend everyone who reads this blog try these graded readers. They are written at different levels, so you can find one that’s right for you.

I also recommend that you look for books where you can understand at least 90% of the words on the page.

We all need to keep busy during these times of  COVID 19/coronavirus. Why not improve your English?


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What Will I Learn in My Free Lesson?

Here is just a small part of what you’re going to learn in this free lesson:

  • What “take a rain check” means and how to use it in a conversation . . .
  • The difference between a “recluse” and a “busybody” . . .
  • Why “to fend OFF” means something from “to fend FOR” . . .
  • What it means to “take a rain check,” “keep to yourself,” and “to appoint (someone)” . . .
  • What a social secretary is . . .
  • The best way to use “to sort out” and “to turn down” . . .
  • How to use phrasal verbs like “to settle in” and “to settle down” (they’re not the same!) . . .
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