ESL website/exercise

Visit the following website and listen to the newscast:

** Write the answer and the time in the show when you hear the answer.

1. Where is the host?
2. Are car sales increasing or decreasing in China?
3. What is happening in South Africa?
4. Where did the large group of Chinese visit South Africa 5. What did they do there?
6. Where did South Africa add visa-processing offices?
7. Who was Cape Town’s tourism market directed at before? 8. How much have auto sales increased in China?
9. How many vehicles will they sell this year?
10. How many will be sold in the US?
11. Where is the auto show?
12. Dave Shoke says there are how many customers?
13. Are hybrid vehicles and electric technology important in China now? 14. How have SUV sales changed recently?


How is your English vocabulary? Are you ready for a really advanced test? If you think you’re ready for the challenge check out the link below.
The vocabulary test site links below has several vocabulary questions on each page and several pages of vocabulary questions. They are advanced level so good luck!

684 Vocabulary Questions | TOEIC

I’m currently enrolled in a Stanford Online course linked below; Writing in the Sciences. There is still time to enrol although the course has already started. The first module seemed pretty straight-forward, and I am working on the second module now.

Here is a strategy for improving your speaking and your listening. I think it might be the best way for intermediate level speakers to reach an advanced level.

Think of the Chinese Zodiac for a minute. Or else, think of the Vedic astrology. According to Vedic astrology I am a Pieces (double fish). I just want you to think about this so you can remember that although everyone is different, some people are similar to each other. In fact, you may think of a celebrity you are similar to, you might want to be like, or seems appealing to you. For this to be effective you need to think of an English celebrity, or video-caster on Youtube (does not have to be famous). By watching your favorite speaker speak, you will naturally adopt heir style, and phrases. I noticed that after watching my favorite wine-reviewer’s videos every night for a few months, I started to absorb his vocabulary, speaking style, and confidence.

Here is a link to one of his last video about wine editing. Sometimes things come to an end, and people move on. I’m terribly sad that he moved on from reviewing wine, because he was a great reviewer and entertainer. On the other hand, I can always hope he will come back to reviewing wine on the Internet. It seems like he really enjoys it.

Keith Lightfoot has a great Youtube Channel learning about improving your public speaking. If you want to improve, watch his videos and listen to what he says. It will take practice also. You need to spend time in a conversation class, or perhaps you will get practice in your company or university course.

Let me know if you have any questions!
Good Luck

Learning the English prefixes and suffixes is a small effort that will have a big benefit in your English comprehension. Prefixes and suffixes are small pieces of words that are added to the beginning (prefix) or to the end (suffixes) in order to modify the original word. Sometimes prefixes and suffixes can be used to change a word from one type of word to another. For example from a noun to a verb, or from a verb to an adjective.

Using a suffix or prefix table is one good way to learn the basic prefixes and suffixes in English. Here is a basic table of prefixes, and some links to much more in-depth prefix and suffix tables.




Prefix Meaning Examples
a- also an- not, without atheist, anaemic
a- to, towards aside, aback
in the process of, in a particular state a-hunting, aglow
a- of anew
completely abashed
ab- also abs- away, from abdicate, abstract
ad- also a-, ac-, af-, ag- al-, an-, ap-, at- as-, at- movement to, change into, addition or increase advance, adulterate, adjunct, ascend, affiliate, affirm, aggravate, alleviate, annotate, apprehend, arrive, assemble, attend
ante- before, preceding antecedent, ante-room
anti- also ant- opposing, against, the opposite anti-aircraft, antibiotic, anticlimax, Antarctic
be- all over, all around bespatter, beset
completely bewitch, bemuse
having, covered with bejewelled
affect with (added to nouns) befog
cause to be (added to adjectives) becalm
com- also co-, col-, con-, cor- with, jointly, completely combat, codriver, collude, confide, corrode
contra- against, opposite contraceptive
counter- opposition, opposite direction counter-attack, counteract
de- down, away descend, despair, depend, deduct
completely denude, denigrate
removal, reversal de-ice, decamp
dia- also di- through, across diagonal
dis- also di- negation, removal, expulsion disadvantage, dismount, disbud, disbar
en- also em- put into or on engulf, enmesh
bring into the condition of enlighten, embitter
intensification entangle, enrage
ex- also e-, ef- out exit, exclude, expand
upward exalt, extol
completely excruciate, exasperate
previous ex-wife
extra- outside, beyond extracurricular
hemi- half hemisphere
hyper- beyond, more than, more than normal hypersonic, hyperactive
hypo- under hypodermic, hypothermia
in- also il-, im- not, without infertile, inappropriate, impossible
also il-, im-, ir- in, into, towards, inside influence, influx, imbibe
infra- below infrared, infrastructure
inter- between, among interact, interchange
intra- inside, within intramural, intravenous
non- absence, negation non-smoker, non-alcoholic
ob- also oc-, of-, op- blocking, against, concealing obstruct, occult, offend, oppose
out- surpassing, exceeding outperform
external, away from outbuilding, outboard
over- excessively, completely overconfident, overburdened, overjoyed
upper, outer, over, above overcoat, overcast
peri- round, about perimeter
post- after in time or order postpone
pre- before in time, place, order or importance pre-adolescent, prelude, precondition
pro- favouring, in support of pro-African
acting for proconsul
motion forwards or away propulsion
before in time, place or order prologue
re- again repaint, reappraise, reawake
semi- half, partly semicircle, semi-conscious
sub- also suc-, suf-, sug-, sup-, sur-, sus- at a lower position submarine, subsoil
lower in rank sub-lieutenant
nearly, approximately sub-tropical
syn- also sym- in union, acting together synchronize, symmetry
trans- across, beyond transnational, transatlantic
into a different state translate
ultra- beyond ultraviolet, ultrasonic
extreme ultramicroscopic
un- not unacceptable, unreal, unhappy, unmanned
reversal or cancellation of action or state unplug, unmask
under- beneath, below underarm, undercarriage
lower in rank undersecretary
not enough underdeveloped

If you need to improve your pronunciation, you can do a few things.

1) Listen to an ESL magazine article (such as Global Voice) being read on CD, and repeat the pronunciation

2) Listen to a vocabulary list being read on CD and repeat the pronunciation

3) Try this website. Listen and repeat with the voice.

4) Search my blog for “pronunciation” to find other articles which have advice about pronunciation.

There are a two key elements to good intermediate pronunciation. The first, is the “emphasis” or “stress” of words. You need to know which part of the word to stress. Such as DOCtor, not docTOR. You can get this information from a dictionary if you are learning a new word and are unsure how to pronounce it. If you know KK pronunciation syntax then you can learn new words pronunciation easily. The second important element of good pronunciation is strong muscles in your mouth. Your muscles have memory. When you switch languages you need to retrain your jaw muscles and learn new movements. When you repeat the difficult word in the correct way, your muscles will develop new abilities.

That’s it!


Here is website to improve your typing!
Fun and has games!
How many words per minute are you?

If you want to learn or hear about the various English accents, please watch these videos. They provide a good explanation of the difference between the accents. Practice!!!!

Learn some beer tasting!

Causative verbs are important and common in English speech and writing. They can take a few forms and can often cause confusion, and are difficult to use correctly for some people. Here are two videos to explain them, or help you review them.

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