Entries by Janet


Welcome to our extensive list of American English idiomatic expressions! These kinds of phrases are used by native speakers all the time. Learn and use some of these idioms and you will be able to speak English in a more natural way. 🙂 About time:  Nearly time, high time. ex. “It’s about time you bought […]


Today I want to ask you a question about how you are studying to improve your English:  Many students believe they are too busy to spend any time studying or learning new words or skills outside of class time.  The question that needs answering is, “Are you being productive, or are you just being busy?” […]



Try reading this out loud… TONGUE TWISTERSDearest creature in creation, Study English pronunciation. I will teach you in my verse Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse. I will keep you, Suzy, busy, Make your head with heat grow dizzy. Tear in eye, your dress will tear. So shall I! Oh hear my prayer. Just […]

The word ‘content’

The word content holds the secret of how to attain a higher level of peaceful consciousness. Content means “to contain.” You contain what you seek. It is in you, as you. No thing and no one outside you can give you or make you more than you already are. The treasure you seek, you already […]


A note from Dasha’s father

It is not often that teachers get such feedback from parents.  I feel very nice to have a parent and a child that are happy with my lessons on skype! “Hi! How’re you doing? I want to thank you for the “A” grade of Dashas English at school this trimester. You know, last september Dasha […]

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ADVERB placement

Student: Why is the first one correct and not the second? The kids work well at school. The kids work at school well. Teacher:  The first one is correct because there is a ‘rule of order’ of words in a sentence.  Basic English sentences, until you are at an advanced level of English, is: Subject, Verb, […]

Dyslexia, ‘Should I Have My Child Tested?’

By:  Janet A. Hellis, M.A.  Michigan State University English Language Consultant, Private Tutor, Former University Instructor and Teacher Trainer It is thought that the earlier a child with dyslexia is diagnosed, the more effective their future treatment will be.  However, this may in fact not be possible or practical.  Most cases of dyslexia in children […]