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October 2008

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Free English Online
What is CAELT?
Video English
Grammar Spot
Find a Teacher
Trial Lesson
Writing Courses
Readers' Questions


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Test Your English
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Confusing Words
Study in the UK
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Quick Quote

Correct spelling, indeed, is one of the arts that are far more esteemed by schoolma'ams than by practical men, neck-deep in the heat and agony of the world.

Henry Louis Mencken

Confusing Words

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What is CAELT? A new testing system made for you!

Write English Like an ExpertA lot of our readers ask us questions about the CAELT examinations as it is an English language test used more and more by employers and organizations to determine an employees English language level. CAELT stands for Computer Assessed English Language Tests and is described by CAELT as
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New Video English Section: Learn with videos


Today, the Internet lets us do a lot more than just read a page of text ... now we can listen, watch and learn using video learning. English4Today has a new section on the website with handpicked videos to help you learn English better and faster.

The videos are selected from all over the Internet and there are, of course, many produced by English4Today and its partners. Videos from English4Today nearly always have an exercise available to go with it as well as a script. If you are a member (and don't forget that membership is free!) you can access nearly all of these additional materials through the membership section.


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Grammar Spot : Adverbs of Place

July Grammar Spot


Adverbs of place tell us where something happens.
They are usually placed after the main verb or after the object:


after the main verb:

  • I looked everywhere
  • John looked away, up, down, around
  • I'm going home, out, back
  • Come in

    after the object:

  • They built a house nearby
  • She took the child outside


For the full explanation on adverbs of place see the English4Today Online Grammar

Finding an Online English Teacher

Desktop Software

More and more websites and Internet services are offering to find you the ideal English language teacher.

Many of them are very good and offer excellent technical and teaching services. But how can you tell the good ones from the bad? Well, it is important to first of all decide what you need and want. Do you need English training for your job or to prepare for an exam or entry into a foreign institution? If you do then I'd advise you to select online lessons with a professional and qualified English language teacher rather than just someone you meet on the Internet who can speak English. Professional teachers may cost a little more but you will be learning a lot faster, with better direction and understanding of your needs and from someone who really knows how the English language works.

Of course, if all you want is a bit of help practising your conversation then a native English speaker who isn't a teacher will probably do and you can find people willing to do this on many of the sites that provide a meeting space for people interested in ...

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English4Today Courses for Writing Better English

Business English

The English4Today courses for Writing Better English are the latest edition to our course catalogue and are proving to be very popular with students.

If you need to improve your business, creative or academic writing skills in English then these courses are perfect for you. Each course has 7 units that you can study at your own pace. Every student has their own personal tutor and your tutor will assess all of your assignments and answer your questions during the course. Included in the course:

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Readers' Questions : Arriving and being late!

Readers' QuestionsEvery month we publish one question from an English4Today member in the newsletter. However, we answer a lot more in the Online Grammar FAQ and a lot of them have podcast sound files with the answers.

This month's question was sent in by Cathy in Canada:

"Can we say I arrive to work at 9 o’clock or do we need to use “at”? Also can we say I was late to class or do we need to use “in”? Thank you."

Hi Cathy, thanks for your question. The worst thing about prepositions is that there are no nice simple rules to let you know how to use them with certain words. Your question, Cathy, demonstrates this. In most cases you just have to learn the prepositions that go with certain words. Let’s look at your two verbs : to arrive and to be late.

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