Are you looking for the best spoken English classes online?
So you’ve decided that you want to work on your English speaking and you want to take online classes. That’s great!
When it comes to spoken English classes online, it can be hard to decide which teacher or company to go with. It’s always great to get a referral from a friend, teacher or colleague. Trusting your closest friends is your best option.
When a friend’s recommendation is not an option, the best thing to do is to read reviews. Lingoloop is fortunate to have so many great reviews! But really fortune has nothing to do with it. We offer a great service and our students appreciate us! Just read our amazing reviews!
Lingoloop students also love our teachers. With great effort we choose the best teachers to join our team. We are not an open platform – we just don’t let anyone teach for us.
We encourage you to get to know all of our awesome teachers – like Teacher Jeanne in the video below:)
There’s only one thing left to do…
Now that you’ve learned a bit more about Teacher Jeanne, try a Lingoloop free trial class! You’ll learn about our method and how our 5-star program works. Click here to sign up for a free trial class!
What is a meme? Why do they exist? Why do they matter for English learners? Who am I? We hope to answer these questions below… except for the last one:)
Memes are everywhere. You’ve seen them. Maybe you’ve used them, but what is the best way to define them?
The primary definition from the Oxford dictionary is: “a type of behavior that is passed from one member of a group to another, not in the gene but by another means such as people copying it.” So in general a meme is an idea that has spread through knowledge transfer – cultural exchange or social means.
In modern times, the word meme has taken on a specific meaning related to communication and the Internet. This is also from the Oxford dictionary: “an image, a video, a piece of text, etc. that is passed very quickly from one internet user to another, often with slight changes that make it humorous.” Like this one:
Internet memes have exploded with the growth of email, texting and social networks. However, people have been using pictures to express ideas for thousands of years. There is the old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” – the idea that a single image can convey complex thought more effectively than a mere written description.
Also, pictures are a great way to convey ideas across language. Political cartoons are a great example of how journalists have combined images of cultural references and humor to make a point. If done right, you don’t need to read the words to understand what is happening.
Finally, humans love to find ways to embellish speech. Every language has its own idiomatic expressions. These idioms serve to provide additional context and meaning to the written and/or spoken word. Memes are just an extension of this.
Do memes matter for English learners?
Yes! To advance beyond the basics of English, it is important to understand culture. Memes are becoming part of cultural expression. In some cases memes are starting to transcend regional cultures to have a global meaning. They connect people through a shared experience and sometimes through a shared laugh:)
Sometimes, not fully understanding Western culture can be an obstacle for English learners – especially in the workplace. Many of our Lingoloop students struggle with idiomatic expression and the cultural gap that can sometimes create a lack of confidence speaking English.
Are you “hitting a wall” with your progress as an English learner? Try a Lingoloop online English class today. Our students love Lingoloop so much they give us 5-star reviews.
One of the most common ways students find us is by googling “English classes near me” or “English class near me.” It’s interesting because for most students, location is really important when searching for an English class. The great thing about Lingoloop is that because we are online, we are always close to home:) Let’s look at some other reasons you should consider Lingoloop online English classes.
Best English teachers online
We have the best English teachers online! Lingoloop is not a marketplace for tutors that anyone can join. We actually interview everyone one of our teachers to make sure they are a good fit for our program.
At a minimum we expect that all of our teachers already have some experience in a classroom (online and in person) and the skills to help our students reach their goals quickly. In addition, we look for teachers with a great personality who can make learning fun! You don’t have to take our word for it… sign up for a free trial class to meet them.
Our main focus is to build your confidence speaking English. So whether you are a beginner or an advanced speaker, getting you comfortable speaking English (without stress) is our first goal. You will make mistakes… and that’s OK! Because we help you track those mistakes so that over time you’ll be able to fix those mistakes before they happen.
At the end of every class we’ll send you our class notes so that you’ll have a written reminder of what you learned. From class to class you’ll build on what you’ve already learned… and increase your confidence at every step.
Flexible class size
Learning is not one size fits all. Also, it is really important to change things up to keep your learning interesting. That’s why we have 3 different class types: Group (4 people), Duo (2 people) and Individual (1 person).
The Lingoloop regular Group class is a great social experience. It’s also a great way to practice speaking in front of a group. Duo classes are a great way to learn with a buddy. Sometimes we have 2 friends join Lingoloop together and the Duo classes are perfect for pairs! The Individual classes are for learners who need 1-on-1 time to focus on specific goals. Most people do a mix of these classes to support their learning goals.
The best way to know if people are satisfied with Lingoloop is to read our reviews. And we are proud to say that we have a 4.9 star rating on google. In fact, if you google a “ 5-star rated online English class” we will show up first:)
The 5-star English class near me 🙂
I hope you found this information helpful! If you are serious about improving your English and building your confidence quickly, try Lingoloop today. Sign up for a free trial class!
Are you wondering how to prepare for a job interview in English? Many of our students are improving their English for work, whether it’s helping them advance at their current job or helping them find the next one. They use our online English classes to improve their grammar, vocabulary and accent to help them sound polished and professional.
Of course you know the basics of how to prepare for an interview in any language. Do your research on the company and industry… anticipate questions, etc. So instead, we thought to focus on helpful strategies that will give English learners a competitive edge and help them shine their brightest in interviews.
What is the interviewer’s goal?
Before we get into those helpful tips, let’s start by considering what companies are looking for in their next hire. Of course they want employees who are knowledgeable, qualified and have experience. Consider this… much of this information is presented in your resume or CV. So if you are invited to interview, the company’s goal is to evaluate more than what’s on your resume. So what are these other things interviewers are evaluating?
Here is an example from our company Lingoloop. When we hire English tutors, we won’t ask them to an interview unless we see they are experienced and qualified. So when we interview them, we want to focus on answering the following questions:
Do I trust this person?
Is this someone I want to hang out with?
It’s a short list of questions right? 🙂 To us, once we see that someone is capable, the most important success factors are trust and fit. With that in mind, here are five tips to help you through your next interview in English:
Keep it simple
If you’ve read our other blog posts about improving your English speaking, you already know this! Far too often, English learners get tongue-tied when they try to cram multiple thoughts into a sentence. A longer sentence is not necessarily a better one. If you speak simply, you’ll be easier to understand.
Also, try your best to only answer the question being asked. English learners can get tongue-tied when they overcomplicate a response. Take a breath. Resist the urge to say more than you need to and you’ll come across sounding more organized.
Don’t worry about making mistakes
It’s natural to make mistakes when speaking. Even native English speakers do it. Don’t let your mistakes trip you up. If you make a mistake just move on. Remember, personality fit and likeability are oftentimes the most important thing in an interview.
Apart from your English, don’t forget to communicate with your body language and mood! It is important to portray positivity during your job interview. Show them that you are the right person for the job by being upbeat and cheerful. Smiling is contagious:) It will help you create a positive dynamic with your interviewer.
Strengths and weaknesses
It’s always a good idea to prepare for certain questions. Good or bad, the “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” question is a classic one. There’s no perfect way to answer this question, but here is a strategy.
For the strengths, what are things that you can do that would make the company (or team) stronger? Frame your strengths as ways you can help your new company and your answer will seem more compelling.
For the weaknesses, less is more:) Reframe the question as “What are the challenges ahead in this new job?” so that it’s less about your perceived personal weaknesses. Discuss how you think you’ll be able to overcome them so that you end up talking more about your strengths!
Don’t forget to ask questions
At the end of an interview, most times your interviewer will ask “Do you have any questions?” Always ask a few questions when given the opportunity. Asking good questions: 1) shows you are interested in the job, 2) allows you to demonstrate your analytical skills and 3) gives you an opportunity to bond with your interviewer. You are more likely to get the job if your interviewer likes you. A thoughtful question can help you seal the deal.
Are you struggling with speaking English at work? You are not alone. Most of our students use our online English classes because they want to feel good speaking English at work (or speaking “Business English”). Do you get nervous when you have to speak English in meetings or with clients? Do you feel uncomfortable making presentations in English? Don’t worry. It’s natural to feel stress when English isn’t your first language.
Of course there are many obvious things you can do to improve your Business English… practicing speaking with a friend, reading the newspaper, taking online English classes etc. But in this article we are going to focus on some strategies that will help you improve your communication skills quickly in the workplace. Sometimes reframing a problem can help you solve it.
5 tips for Improving English for Work Quickly
1- Slow it down
This is probably the most powerful tip to remember. So many of our English learners speak way too fast! It’s not a race. Slow down your speaking and you will have a better chance of finding the right words and be able to put them in the right order. If you have an accent, slowing down your pace will reduce its effect as well. Keep it slow and others will be able to understand you better.
2- The Internet is your friend
Maybe this tip is super obvious, but any question you may have about English grammar, vocabulary or pronunciation is at the tip of your fingers. Need to figure out another way to say something? Use google to find a synonym. Want to learn how to pronounce a tricky word? Use youtube to find a video example. You’d be surprised how many native English speakers use the Internet as a dictionary… nobody’s perfect!
3- Less is more
Don’t worry about impressing your co-workers with your extensive vocabulary. If you are talking in a meeting, keep it simple. Sometimes we see our students get into trouble when they try to complicate things with big words and run-on sentences. Stick to the facts and you won’t get tongue-tied.
4- Nervous before a meeting? Say something first!
Anxiety is totally normal and even more common in the workplace:) I know it feels crazy, but think of anxiety (or stress) as your body’s way of telling you “Hey, it’s time to wake up. Focus!” However, too much of stress can be a problem. And we know that the pressure can affect the way you speak English.
Have you ever felt stressed out at the beginning of a meeting? Do you feel butterflies in your stomach as soon as you sit down in the conference room? Try this trick to control your stress. Try to be the first person to say something. Even if it’s just asking someone how they’re doing. Hearing your own voice will calm your nerves and remind you “yes, I can do this. I can speak English at work.” Give it a try.
5- It’s all in your head
Many of our students speak English just fine. They know the basic rules of grammar and have decent vocabulary. Some may have accents, but their pronunciation is satisfactory for the most part. However, when they are in the spotlight, they freeze. They start to doubt themselves. They worry about what others think. That fear can be paralyzing.
I know it’s easier said than done, but ask yourself: “Do you really think your co-workers want to see you fail? Are you less of a professional because English isn’t your first language?” The answers to these questions should be an emphatic “NO!” Your co-workers want you to succeed. They are on your team. And English isn’t your first language, but hey… you know two languages! Finally, ask yourself “Can I speak English without stress at work?” Of course you can. Reframe those negative thoughts. Believe in yourself and you’ll have an easier time with English at work.
6- Bonus tip: Practice with an expert
I hope you enjoyed our article. Want to practice using some of these strategies with an expert teacher? If you get used to speaking with our Native English speaking teachers, you’ll be more confident at work. After just a few classes you’ll begin anticipating your mistakes and feeling good speaking English. Signup for a Lingoloop free trial class today!
When you are comparing the cuteness of two things, is it correct to say one is more cute or cuter? If you’re thinking it depends on how cute the items are, you are… WRONG! The answer is that “cuter” is correct. It seems like both could be correct, but there is actually a grammar rule. It has to do with something called comparative adjectives.
What’s a Comparative Adjective?
A comparative adjective is the form of an adjective used to compare two things. Think of words like harder, better, faster and stronger (Does that remind you of a song?). Let’s use some comparative adjectives in a sentence. For example:
“This mattress is definitely harder than the one we have at home.”
“Michael Jordan and Lebron James are both great players, but I like Lebron better.”
“Michelle ran faster than me in the last race.”
“I feel stronger than I did last year.”
For the most part, the rules of comparative adjectives are straightforward. If we are talking about regular comparative adjectives, all you have to do is consider the number of syllables (we’ll discuss the difference between regular and irregular comparative adjectives later).
If it is a one syllable adjective, just add “er.”
If it is a regular two syllable adjective, in most cases you can either add “er” to the end or use “more” before the adjective. If you are modifying an adjective that ends in “y” change the “y” to “i” before adding the “er.” See below:
happier or more happy
crunchier or more crunchy
narrower or more narrow
Got an adjective with three or more syllables? It’s best to just add “more” before the word.
What’s an Irregular Comparative Adjective?
So of course there is an exception to the rule. After all this is the English language. Rules were meant to be broken! So there’s a category of adjectives (irregular) that don’t follow the typical (or regular) rules of comparative adjectives. Here is a short list of the major ones:
much / many
further / farther
So, how much have you learned today? Have you learned more than you thought? I hope you thought it was a good article. I don’t think we could have done a better job!
Well I hope we didn’t confuse you too much:) Now that you know to use “cuter ” instead of “more cute,” do you have other grammar questions? If you want to perfect your English grammar, sign up a Lingoloop free trial class. Meet with one of our qualified teachers today. During the trial class we’ll assess your speaking skills and develop a plan to help you feel good speaking English!
Are you wondering how good your English is? You may be asking yourself “How fluent is my English?” or “How can I test my English?” You may know many of the basic rules of English grammar and have a great vocabulary, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you are fluent. Fluency is about being able to communicate in English easily, accurately and quickly.
Here is a general English test we developed to measure your fluency. We can’t really measure your speed, but this online fluency test is designed to assess your comfort with words in context and common sayings that native English speakers use.
If you can get at least 20 of these 25 questions right, you are probably on par with our Level 4 Lingoloop students. Let’s see how you do – test your English level!
Did your English fluency score match up with your expectations?
Did you do better or worse than you thought on our online English fluency test? In either case, here are 5 golden tips for improving your English fluency. When you are done reading, if you want one of our expert teachers to assess your speaking level and help you identify your mistakes, try Lingoloop.
Many of our students ask us “What is the best way to end an email in English?”
Well, the answer is it depends. Is it a formal communication? How well do you know the person? Is it a professional email? There is a lot to consider! However, let’s not overthink it! Most times you won’t offend anyone too badly with the wrong kind of closing:) Are you stressed about how to end an email in English? Before we get into the options, let’s discuss the context of your communication.
Who are we talking to and why?
So this is the way I think about it. The context will dictate how formal you want to be. Consider two things.
How close are you to the person(s) you are emailing?
What is your relationship to them?
This will determine how formal or informal to be when ending an email. If it’s not someone you know very well, you probably want to err on the side of caution and be more formal with a closing. When you are emailing a friend, it’s probably OK to be very casual. If you are emailing someone in a professional context (say a customer or your boss), even if you know them very well you may want to be formal just to show a sign of respect.
Here is a short list of common email endings or closing (in English) and what they mean.
9 Ways to End an Email in English
This is a classic formal closing that harkens back to when people actually wrote letters with pen and paper:) It’s a go to closing for business emails to clients, colleagues and other professionals. To be sincere, means to be genuine… like you mean what you say.
This is a very formal way to end an email in English. Respectfully, Respectfully Yours or With Respect, these all mean that you have a lot of respect for the person you are emailing. This is something you’d use when applying for a job.
Regards, Warm Regards and Best Regards are ways to say that you are thinking of your audience, but in a very polite and formal way.
This is a nice thing to say… nothing wrong with wishing someone the best! It is considered formal, but also very personal. You would typically use it when there’s closure though. Use Best Wishes if it might be awhile before you see or talk to someone again.
In my opinion Thank You is somewhat neutral when it comes to being formal or informal. It is a very versatile closing that shows respect, care and appreciation. Of course if you shorten it to Thanks it becomes less formal.
In America Cheers is more often something you say when you are raising your glass and making a toast. However, if you are British or Australian it’s commonly used as a casual closing for an email.
Take Care is a nice and simple way to close an email. Sometimes you hear someone say this at the end of a phone call. It’s a roundabout way of wishing that no harm comes to them… or simply wishing them well.
Hugs and Kisses is a super casual way to close a message. It really should only be used with close friends and family. You wouldn’t want someone to get the wrong idea!
More often than not, it’s OK to close with NOTHING. Especially if your email communication is more like an exchange or conversation thread. Sometimes you may just put your name at the bottom or nothing at all. It’s not very formal, but totally acceptable… especially in this day and age where everyone is trying to save time.
What else can we help you with?
With the world becoming more connected, communication is as important as ever. Especially when it comes to using English in business. If you are a professional that needs help speaking English with the right pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary, try Lingoloop. Need help with emails, a presentation or maybe an interview? We can help!