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English as a Second Language

26Dec2012

What is the meaning of..?

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Many students arriving in US have difficulties understanding the meaning of phrases that do not fit logically into standard translations of their languages. So, if someone says, “Yes, I hear you” after listening to your problem, is it good or bad? Or what does it mean if someone says, “Let’s call it a night?” Today we are opening a new section of our blog called “What is the meaning of…?” Let us know what you think and propose the topics you are interested in. So, let’s start…

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30May2012

Summer English

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Summer English Program in Chicago, USA

Summer Eglish School in Chicago, USASOLEX College invites you to study English in the USA this summer! Taught at our Chicago Downtown campus, The SOLEX Summer Program provides an exciting and fun summer school venue to learn English in the heart of Chicago, one of the United States’ most vibrant cities.

The Summer Program is open to students from all levels of English proficiency. Class schedules are flexible and meant to accommodate those seeking morning, afternoon or evening sessions. Our experienced staff will be happy to provide assistance with housing and other ancillary issues.  Personnel are on hand to provide guidance in navigating the visa application process for Student (F-1) Visas and other entry questions.

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22May2012

Tips For College Essays

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One of an applicant’s hardest tasks is writing an essay or other writing sample which may be required for admission to an institution of higher learning. This becomes especially true for foreign applicants who are applying to U.S. universities. Keep the following ideas from SOLEX College in mind when preparing your essay. SOLEX College is a leading institution with programs geared to English language for international students. Academic topics range from basic, conversational English to the demanding rigors of academic writing. 

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4May2012

11 Tips for Improving your English

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StudyingStudent.jpgAlong the same vein of the previous blog entries, here are 11 additional tips for improving your English language proficiency. The tips were submitted by beginner level ESL students practicing the use of conditional sentences - clauses using “If”.  The tips are great for every level of ESL student, or for any person who is learning a new language.  Enjoy the pearls of wisdom!

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31Jan2012

Ideas to Help Improve Your English Speaking Ability

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Students often ask what they can do on their own to help improve their English speaking skills.  Here are some ideas that are fun, useful and may help you speak English more fluently.

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24Aug2011

5 Steps to Enhance Your English

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It is no secret that English is one the top most spoken languages in the world. As lists and numbers vary, English typically ranks as the third most spoken language to Mandarin Chinese (first) and Spanish (second). Ranking each of the worldly languages as to which is the most difficult to learn in not an easy task. The act of learning a language is incredibly subjective. I, however, did do a search to find out, that on a scale of one to five, with five being most difficult to learn, English scored a two. That score landed it amongst the easiest languages to learn. The article mentioned that English is a great language to add to your language repertoire because of its high use in international affairs (...like shopping). According to this article, the most difficult languages to learn where tied between Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Arabic. Regardless of which language you choose to learn, here are five language learning tips to help you in your language learning process.

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18Aug2011

Culture Helps to Learn Languages

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In order to understand the world, one must become engulfed with it. Learning a new language falls under this category. But simply going through the motions and practicing the vocabulary might not be enough. If you ask any language expert across the world how to most easily master a language, their response will be the same. Go to the country, immerse yourself in the culture, and experience it!

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17Aug2011

Learning English Improves Employability

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The English language is highly regarded as the language of choice for international air travel and air traffic control. But with the internet continually pressing on, English has established itself as the language of choice for professional organizations, ecommerce, and a high percentage of international businesses. Whether you want to excel in the international business world, or simply get your foot in the door, learning the English language is a good place to start.

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16Aug2011

The History of the English Language

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The English language has a long history of change and progress. Being rooted around 450 AD in what is known as old English, today's modern English has come a long way. Scholars maintain that modern speakers would struggle to understand the basic tenants of old English. However, many of our most common words today (be, water, strong) are based on the earliest forms of the English language.

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12Aug2011

Language of Sports

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People all over the United States and the world engage in sports on a daily basis. Whether it is running, American football, soccer, baseball, hockey, or lacrosse, people from all over the world are able to interact with each other and enjoy a healthy activity. Whether it is a professional or community league, there is a good chance that you, as an athlete, will be playing with or against somebody who speaks another language. That is part of the beauty of being involved with sports. Everybody on a team or in a specific league does not need to speak the same language in order to enjoy the game and compete with each other. It is as though sports take on individual languages of their own.

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