by Marc Anderson
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A Review of VocabMonk.com – an Innovative Vocabulary building tool that Boosts ESL Skills

Words are the only things that last forever. – William Hazlitt (1778-1830), English critic and essayist. 

These words and many other pertinent quotes fill the pages of VocabMonk.com. Co-Founded by Vidhatanand, Deepasha, and Vaibhav Kakkar – and newly-released, it is advertised as a one-stop shop for personalized vocabulary building. Short-term benefits include helping with the vocabulary sections of competitive exams (GRE, GMAT, CAT, SAT, etc.), but the larger goal is to develop communicators in the young souls (schools). This article reviews VocabMonk.com with the ESL learner in mind.

Previous reviews about ESL materials on TalktoCanada covered The Pimsleur Method of Learning English and The Rosetta Stone Language Program. These might be worth your time checking out, as well.

The Story behind VocabMonk.com

 

Vidhatanand tells his story of how the idea of the company was born. He routinely relied on cramming the dictionary, using flashcards […]

by Allen Mendler
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Keeping Teachers Healthy and Balanced In Trying Times

At the end of a conference on resilience I gave to a group of first year teachers, one of the participants told me her abbreviated story of the great stress she had been experiencing for months and what she did to end the slide.  Paula taught in an inner-city charter school traveling an hour and a half each way […]

by Alysia Bartley
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2 More Ways to Talk (Casual and Formal)… in the English Language Part II

Introduction – Definition of Casual and Formal Language

In an earlier article I wrote about how to talk using casual language and formal language in English. I defined the words “casual” and “formal” before discussing the topic, and gave some practical examples of words and phrases, what they mean,  and when to say them. This is a brief review in […]

by Marc Anderson
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Learn to Speak Casual English Every Day Like a Native English Speaker

What is casual speech?

Casual speech is the way you talk with others who are close to you or in everyday informal situations like riding the bus, shopping at the store, chatting on the phone, and talking to your co-workers during work breaks. It is the language that is used on television shows and in the movies and often in […]

by Alysia Bartley
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Get Rid of the “De” in Demotivated to Become an Empowered ESL Learner

Oxford Dictionaries Online is a free dictionary and language reference site. It is updated quarterly with new words.  An earlier article written on the TalktoCanada site shared some “new words” that were added last year. You might also want to check out the article on how to maximize your learning before reading through the list of new words. It […]

by Marc Anderson
woman in a poppy field, summer outdoor.

Why READ? Why NOT? – Results of an Adult ESL Students’ Informal Reading Survey

What is the value of reading? What does reading have to do with ESL learning… you know, vocabulary and comprehension, spelling and writing skills, listening and speaking skills, etc.? How does it boost confidence in learning and your ESL aptitude?  Well, in a nutshell…

Reading is an act of civilization; it’s one of the greatest acts of civilization because it […]