The old-fashioned way

Regular readers of the World of Words will know that I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to technology. I love new gadgets and trying out the latest technology. This weekend, I spotted this video on Youtube: It…

Five tips for speaking on the phone in English

Five tips for speaking on the phone in English

Speaking English on the phone can be difficult. Sometimes, you plan what you’re going to say, then, when the moment comes, the words just won’t come out. If you have difficulty speaking on the phone in English, the five tips…

A fun way to remember English idioms

A fun way to remember English idioms

Many people have difficulty remembering idioms in a second language. Here’s a fun way to remember idioms in English or any other language. If you are already good at using image association to remember new vocabulary, this may be similar…

5 ways to improve your English in your coffee break

Why do learning English and drinking coffee go so well together? Lots of my students and friends on Twitter love learning English while drinking a hot cup of coffee. I also like to have a cup of coffee while I’m…

English nap: Practise in your sleep

English nap: Practise in your sleep

A while ago on the World of Words, I mentioned studying before you go to sleep so you can dream in English. What about if you prefer to study during the day, though? Why not take a nap after you…

'Green' exercise can improve your English

‘Green’ exercise can improve your English

I saw a really interesting article on the BBC News website this weekend. It claims that exercising for five minutes in a green space such as a park can improve your mental health. In their experiments, the researchers also found…

How to practise English - The big list!

How to practise English – The big list!

One of the most common things people ask me about every day is how to practise English. My opinion is that there’s no single best way to practise English. How you should practise English depends on your personality, what kind…

How to use RSS to organise your English reading material

How to use RSS to organise your English reading material

If you’re like me and read a lot of blogs, sometimes, following all of them can get a little confusing. It’s difficult to know when they are updated and can be a chore having to open lots of different windows…