The Benefits of Studying Online

“I want to study a language, I just don’t know where I can find the time.”

“My schedule changes too much to commit to a class schedule.”

“I am already trying to balance work, family, friends, and LIFE. How can I add something else?”

“The closest language school is still too far.”

“I don’t have the money for costly one-on-one personal sessions.”

“I am too nervous speaking in front of a classroom full of people.”

 

Do any of these ‘excuses’ sound familiar to you?  Ever stopped yourself from fulfilling your language dream, simply because you “didn’t have the time”? Well fortunately, with the wonderful world wide web, some of those excuses are no longer true! There are many benefits to studying online, not only convenience and flexibility, but many more options of instructors, classes, themes, etc…

Let me help motivate you by giving solutions to the obstacles blocking your new path of opportunities…

“I want to study a language, I just don’t know where I can find the time.”
• With flexible online scheduling, you can find time ANYWHERE in your schedule. Learn English while enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning, while baby naps, when the kids have gone to bed, or during lunch time at the office. You name the time, we make it happen.
“My schedule changes too much to commit to a class schedule.”
• There is no need to commit to a class schedule. Your schedule is what you make it. Various times and days are available, and we can meet as many or as few times per week as you’d like. Last minute scheduling for classes is also available.*
“I am already trying to balance work, family, friends, and LIFE. How can I add something else?”
• Finding the time to add something new involves making it a priority. Speaking another language will open more doors of opportunity for work, travel, and friendships. Studying a new language shouldn’t be a chore, it should be fun, inspiring, and become a passion. With my dynamic lesson plans and teaching styles, I assure you’ll want to find the time.
“The closest language school is still too far.”
• With online studying you can learn from the comfort of your own home or office! Step outside to a nearby cafe, library, or even a park, and combine a refreshing environment with an exciting lesson. Simply put, you get to choose the location of your class!
“I don’t have the money for costly one-on-one personal sessions.”
• One-to-one/private language sessions can be expensive, especially if you add gas & mileage, materials, and the lesson itself. With online English study, you don’t pay gas/mileage, and I provide the material included in an affordable price. Package pricing is also available when bulk classes are purchased, and make sure to always look for current specials!
“I am too nervous speaking in front of a classroom full of people.”
• With a private online class with me, you don’t have anyone else to worry about. I will provide a comfortable and safe learning environment encouraging you to use any mistakes to your advantage and learn from them. Just you and a native English speaker is the perfect combination for success!
Study English online at www.englishoutsidethebox.com

Study English online at http://www.englishoutsidethebox.com

Contact me today if you’re interested in stepping out of your box [comfort zone] and looking to take the next step toward success. Don’t forget to share the power of knowledge and invite a friend!

Happy Studying! ♥

xoxo,

Jennifer

 

 

*last minute scheduling based on terms of agreement.

What is the World Cup?

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Tomorrow marks a pretty important day, as some may call it…the start of their religion! Finally, FIFA’s World Cup is here, are you ready?

 

There is always a lot of excitement around the World Cup, even for non-soccer fans [myself included in this category]. It is the most watched sporting event around the world. So what brings the excitement? Is it the competition, the crowds, country “togetherness,” excuses to celebrate? The list could go on….

Whatever your reason(s) may be, not only understanding the game, but also the event might bring some more excitement, and definitely some conversation to your upcoming World Cup events.

Some History

What is FIFA?

     In English, it is the International Federation of Association Football; however, as it was founded in France the acronym, FIFA, is still used from: Fédération Internationale de Football Association. The foundation was set up with members representing the associations of: France, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland, in May of 1904. What is odd is that the game of soccer ( hey, I am American. 🙂 ), or football, and its first association started in England, in 1863. So why wouldn’t England be a part of FIFA’s founding history? Well, according to the association, the members connected with its foundation wanted to acknowledge (recognize) England’s role and attempted to get them involved but then England Football Association president, Lord Kinnaird, either took too long, or decided against it. Other associations joined in the following years, expanding internationally [outside Europe] in 1909 to South Africa. Following them,  Argentina, Chile, and the United States. Currently, there are 209 associated members…see the list here.

The competition

     The Olympic Games held the first major tournament for soccer, and was organized by England’s Football Association in 1908, in London. However, it wasn’t until 1930 that FIFA hosted its first and inaugural (the start of a new activity) World Cup in Uruguay. Although the first cup was a  great success, there were problems that consisted in the beginning decades of this inaugural event: countries not participating, withdrawing, World World II (postponing the event for 12 years), time and organizational reasons. However, the event as we know has continued through these challenges. 1950 was the first World Cup post World War II, and was hosted in Brazil. Since then, it’s been hosted every 4 years in countries chosen by FIFA.

How Teams are Chosen

     The World Cup has 32 teams, 31 of the best and the host nation, participating for the World title. Deciding which 31 teams will qualify to participate in the event is not easy (nor is it easy to explain/understand), and happens with many qualifying rounds and eliminations. The way of choosing the teams depends on the confederation, and each of FIFA’s six confederations have a different process. In a nut shell (idiom=summary, basically), and in sometimes very layman’s terms (layman’s terms= simple language that anyone can understand), here are the different processes:

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Africa (5 spots)

58 nations ~ There are 3 qualifying rounds to come to its final round of 20 teams. 4 groups of 5 teams compete, and the winner from each group moves to the World Cup.

Asia (4 or 5 spots)

43 teams ~ 10 teams are chosen after 3 rounds, and are then divided into 2 groups. The winners and runners-up (2nd place) automatically go to the World Cup. The 2 third place teams compete, and the winner will then go to compete against the winner from the Oceania zone for a spot in the World Cup.

Europe (13 spots)

53 countries ~ They are divided into nine groups. The winners of those groups automatically qualify for the World Cup and the best eight runners-up play against each other, for the four remaining places.

North & Central America, and the Caribbean (3 or 4 spots)  

This is the most complicated region and qualifier, and it has changed from 2010 significantly. So this explanation will be simple. Please, experts, feel free to comment more information! 🙂

35 teams ~  First, the ten lowest ranked teams play, getting rid of (eliminating) 5 teams. Now, with 30 total teams, the top six ranked teams receive byes in the first group stage (they skip this round), and the remaining 24 teams compete in 6 groups of 4 teams. The 6 winners will move into the second (and final) group stage. The final round will qualify the top three teams to move to the World Cup. The fourth place will compete against the fifth place team from South America for a potential, final spot.

Oceania (0 or 1 spot)

11 countries ~ With only 1 possible spot for the World Cup, or maybe none, these teams better work! A 4 team group is made from the top three teams of the South Pacific Games, and one pre-seeded team (pre-selected). The winner of this group will complete in a game with the 5th qualifier of Asia (see above) for the spot in the World Cup.

South America (4 or 5 spots)

10 teams ~ All teams play each other, twice, and the top 4 teams advance to the World Cup. The fifth place team competes against the fourth place team in the North America group for a potential final spot.

 

The World Cup: 2 Stages: Group  & Knockout

Group

     This stage has 8 groups of 4 teams, where all 32 teams compete for the next round. There is one seeded team (chosen strong competitors by FIFA standards) in each group, with the rest of the teams selected at random. Each group is balanced with the six confederations/zones, and all groups compete against one another ’round-robin’ style. This type of tournament ensures that every team will play in 3 matches, and compete against the other teams in their group. Points are given, 3=win/1=draw/0=loss, and the top two teams from each group will move to the next stage. Tie-breakers are used for any teams that finish with an even score.

Knockout

     The round of 16 starts this stage, with the winner of each group competing against the runner up from another group. The quarter-finals, and semi-finals follow this round, with the final match crowning the victor of the World Cup. In the knockout stage, there are no draws, and a winner is decided with extra time/penalty kicks, which makes it a single-elimination round.

Previous Hosts & Winners

Brazil has been the most successful team thus far, with 5 titles of champion. The next teams in line are: Italy with 4 titles, Germany with 3, Uruguay and Argentina with 2, and finally England, France, and Spain holding 1 title each.

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Brazil 2014 ~~  ? to be determined….

South Africa 2010  ~~ Winner: Spain

Germany 2006 ~~ Winner: Italy

Korea/Japan 2002 ~~ Winner: Brazil

France 1998 ~~ Winner: France

USA 1994 ~~ Winner: Brazil

Italy 1990 ~~ Germany FR

Mexico 1986 ~~ Winner: Argentina

Spain 1982 ~~ Winner: Italy

Argentina 1978 ~~ Winner: Argentina

Germany 1974 ~~ Winner: Germany FR

Mexico 1970 ~~ Winner: Brazil

England 1966 ~~ Winner: England

Chile 1962 ~~ Winner: Brazil

Sweden 1958 ~~ Winner: Brazil

Switzerland 1954 ~~ Winner: Germany FR

Brazil 1950 ~~ Winner: Uruguay

France 1938 ~~ Winner: Italy

Italy 1934 ~~ Winner: Italy

Uruguay 1930 ~~ Winner: Uruguay


So, are you ready for the World Cup?

Happy Studying! ❤

 

information can be credited from fifa.com and full articles/information can be read on the site as well. Additional Sources: soccerhelp.com, worldsoccer.about.com, and thepeoplehistory.com.

June Word & Photo Challenge

Join me on Instagram and/or Facebook to connect through the power of words. Make June more exciting, find the beauty in words and how many interpretations there can be. These photo challenges are a great way to start paying more attention to what’s around you, you can feel inspired by life’s most simple objects, and if English isn’t your first language, you can maybe practice some new vocabulary 😉

To participate, follow/friend me on Instagram: @JenESL760   or   Facebook: www.facebook.com/JenESL760

Next, snap a photo of what represents each day and make sure to hashtag #JensESLblog and tag me so I can see!

Miss a day? That’s okay! Double post #latergram on the same day or just look forward to the new day’s challenge…

Don’t have these forms of social media? What year are you living in?! 🙂 Jokes aside, feel free to post on your blog, and include a pingback to let me know.

Happy Connecting! ♥ xoxo

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Words you may be saying incorrectly…

Does a word ever sound “funny” to you? Have you ever second-guessed yourself while speaking?

Whether you’re learning English, or have been speaking since birth, there may be a chance you’re saying some words incorrectly. While some of the mispronounced words in this post have made it as ‘second’ spellings in the dictionary (sherbert), and others are commonly used for informal typing and Internet slang (prolly), I would suggest sticking with the correct pronunciation just to play it safe. 🙂 Remember, how we talk represents….us.

Below are the commonly mispronounced words, and what they’re often confused with. The letters in bold is where the error mainly happens. Under the word list is a video, with yours truly, will show you how to say them correctly. Listen to the video, and say the words aloud to practice.  Are you ready?


especially  

not to be confused with: “ex-pecially”

sherbet

not to be confused with: “sher-bert

probably

not to be confused with: “prolly” or “probly

realtor

not to be confused with: “real-a-tor”

ask

not to be confused with: “axe

espresso

not to be confused with: “eX-presso”  Yup, there’s really no X.

jewelry

not to be confused with: “jewl-ery”  (the ending is “-ry” not “-ery”)

mischievous

not to be confused with: “mischie-vi-ous”

supposedly

not to be confused with: “suppos-ably

escape

not to be confused with: “ex-cape”

candidate

not to be confused with: “can-idate”

specifically

not to be confused with: “pacifically” or “es-pecifically”

prescription

not to be confused with: “per-scription”

suite

not to be confused with: “suit

 

Happy Studying! ♥

Help me…Help you…

Hello my beautiful blog readers. As a baby blog, still within the first few months of active posting, I am still experimenting, and finding out what works best for me, and more importantly, you the readers.

My goal is still to connect people to English, and connect people through English. This means I hope to inspire people to not only learn and practice the language, but also share it with others. I want to find out what you want, what you need, and what you enjoy reading. I have created this, very short, and super easy survey to help me…help you. Please, take a few minutes and take this survey, so I can continue creating the best English blog in the universe. 🙂 The link is below…

Thanks ♥♥

Please click here to take the survey! 🙂

 

Sharing is caring, share the survey with a friend who loves English.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day (& Week)

You are reading this post because someone wants you to know that you are appreciated.

or you clicked a link because you are interested in teachers, teaching, education, or are just curious 🙂

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A “thank you” is something that can pick anyone up (make someone happy), brighten a day, or inspire others to keep on keeping on. Today is a day to say thank you, and to honor educators. Actually, this week is a week to honor educators.  According to Channel 10, “As early as 1944, teachers called for a national day to honor educators. In 1980, the National Education Association (NEA) lobbied congress to create such a day….”

So here we are, beginning this wonderful week to give recognition, appreciation, and a virtual hug and “HIGH-FIVE” to those teachers who have made a difference in our life. Becoming an educator, specifically an ESL instructor, has given me an entirely new appreciation for those who dedicate their lives to teaching others, and choose to share their passion everyday. Although incredibly rewarding overall, this job is not always easy. It can be quite difficult to pour your heart into something, only to realize your sharing it with individuals who might not care. I have definitely, at times, taken a lack of motivation from students quite personally. I wonder why I can’t be the one to inspire someone like others have inspired me. However, still pretty new to this field, I am learning the ins and outs, and most importantly, that I can’t always take it personal. On days when I face less motivation, I try to step out of the situation and think of the students who I know I inspired, motivated, or whose lives I have touched. You know who you are 🙂 I try to remember that, no matter what, I can’t let anyone affect the passion that I have, and the information I want to share.

So I wanted to make a special shout out, and say thank you to the teachers who have influenced me in one way or another, who have made some positive mark on my life, and in the memories of my education. I wanted to create something that could be shared with other teachers who have made a difference. I wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone out there in the educational field, whether professionally or on a volunteer basis, whatever you may be doing to help positively influence the life of others. Thank you.

In thinking about my past, and educational experiences, there are many teachers I’ve had that were wonderful. Some made stronger connections, some shared a greater passion.

In thinking about the most recent, and biggest impact someone has made on my life, it would be the professor that helped guide me to where I am today. She opened my eyes to what else was out in the world, and showed me a path that I had never considered. Early on I thought I knew what I wanted to do, therapy with a psych degree, but having met Dr. Suzanne Moineau, in my “science to speech and hearing” class I was opened to the world of speech pathology. She was so motivating, and made learning so enjoyable. She’s friendly and encouraging, and it was that encouragement to go down this path and search for something different, that brought me where I am today. Other things, of course, have affected where I am, but I really hold a special part in my heart for Dr. Moineau, and extend a million hugs, high fives, and thank yous.

Other teachers who hold a special place are my Ramona teachers.

Mr. Bringham: “Who’s the now, You’re the now!” You’ll always be one of my favorites.

Mrs. Snodgrass, Mrs. Brainard, and Coach A Rodriguez: The continued support, guidance, love, throughout high school with the cheer program and academics is unparalleled. You wonderful women made such a huge difference in my life, and the whole program.

Mrs. Bridgewater: She made science fun. She was so happy, all the time, and her passion shined through her smile always. “Pooosh” is one of the forever ‘inside joke’ memories I have in that class, a definite favorite.

Mr. Newman: Hard for words to describe how wonderful Mr. Newman is! Spanish class and Washington D.C. in junior high, and felt his presence through high school as well. He made connections with students, and his passion and dedication could never be second guessed. The educational world is lucky to have him!

Thank you all.

 

I encourage you to share this post with a teacher who has made a difference. Reach out, and say thank you. Let them know you appreciate them, and show that you care. ♥

 

Some links if you’d like more information about National Teacher’s Day, links to spread the love to a teacher, or a relevant read!

http://www.nea.org/grants/teacherday.html

http://www.ed.gov/blog/2014/05/thankateacher-and-share-on-teacher-appreciation-day/

http://www.turnto10.com/story/25438747/today-is-national-teacher-appreciation-day

Happy Learning ♥

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Onomatowhatta? Understanding Onomatopoeia in English

Onomatopoeia is the creation of a word from the natural sound or association with it. These are incredibly important to know in English, because it will allow you to express yourself creatively when writing, and also help make sense of those descriptions often seen in subtitles. They are around us, everyday and everywhere. Take a look at my Prezi presentation below and check out some common examples, pictures, and descriptions of not only onomatopoeia, but some common language you’ll see in subtitles.

Then, start looking [AND LISTENING] around you. Take the “One Day Onomatopoeia Challenge.” How many examples of onomatopoeia can you identify? Share the number you discovered, and some of them with me in the comment section!

If the video below doesn’t work, please click the link below to take you directly to the Prezi presentation.

Onomatopoeia Prezi

 

Happy discovering !