Learning Language: What’s most important?

Think about this question.  What do you think is the answer? Watch the video below. You’ll be surprised by the answer! When students learn language, too often their learning is intentional – they “learn to learn” and try hard to memorize and remember, especially lists of words and phrases.  Often this is combined with shallow […]

Rankings

We are always amazed at how dedicated so many of our members are.  It’s easy to get an indication of how other members use EnglishCentral if you go to our ranking page – http://www.englishcentral.com/rankings (you’ll have to be signed in). As you can see from the chart below, we have some members who’ve watched EVERY video […]

How to Learn Vocabulary Naturally

People often talk about language learning in either a foreign or second language terms. We are learning a foreign language when we study a language that we will not use in daily life. We learn a second language when we study a language that we will use regularly. So, an American university student studying Chinese […]

Practice Makes Fluency

Despite hours and hours of school, many students don’t end up speaking English very well.  There are many possible reasons that revolve around poor instruction and materials:  too much focus on vocabulary study, over reliance on textbooks and purely educational materials, high student affective filters, no purposeful use of the language, over emphasis on testing […]

How Do I Learn English?

I get asked all the time, “What’s the best way to learn English?”. Usually by frustrated learners, so many of them! I’ve learned that without knowing the person well, I have to be quite general in my response. However, it always comes down to a version of, “Love and do what one will” (to quote […]

Learning Vocabulary on EnglishCentral

What makes studying vocabulary on EnglishCentral unique is our video-based corpus.   Each word in every EnglishCentral video is tagged with its in-context meaning, and supported with multiple video clips of the word used in context.   This means we have over 200,000 video examples supporting the more than 30,000 words in the EnglishCentral dictionary. […]