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New Korean Teacher, Dennis Christen

Proper pronunciation can be the key to having English that sounds like a native. Even those who have a deep understanding of grammar rules and a wide vocabulary can be perceived as beginners when they have a strong accent. The inverse is also true, those who have a very natural sounding accent can sound like native English speakers even without a wide understanding of English language principles!

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Class Tip: Nouns, Adjectives, and Verbs

Noun + Adjective: In a large number of languages across the world, the order of nouns and adjectives goes as follows: “Tree big green”. However, in English most sentences start with the adjectives, followed by the noun at the end. For example, “The big green tree”. This makes it hard for non-native English speakers to accurately describe what they want to say. Rather than starting with the noun and following it with the appropriate describers, we must learn to start with the adjectives finishing with the noun.

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New Class for Russian Speaking Students

To kick start the class, here are a few tips for Russian speakers who want to learn English… Let’s start at the beginning with pronunciation. It can be very discouraging to try to speak with people around only, but no one understands what you are trying to say. Some may say that pronunciation is not important when trying to study a language, but that is not the case with English.

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Transition from Chinese to English

LAE offers different learning levels for Chinese speaking students making the transition to English. It’s no secret that learning English isn’t easy. Aside from the obvious fact that English uses an alphabet and Chinese uses symbols, English words are full of contradictions and there are lots of exceptions to the rules. For instance, there’s a rule called I before E except after C which is helpful in spelling words like “believe.” But what about words like “science” or “weird”? Learning English isn’t just about learning the rules, but also the exceptions to the rules.

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Testimonials from Korean Students

Taking an English class in an unfamiliar place isn’t easy. Here’s what our Korean students have to say about their experiences: Hello. As I am writing this, it reminds me of the first time I came here to take the free English Classes. To be honest, I had doubts about the program because I was new to the United States and everything was unfamiliar to me. Anyways, I decided to come try the class and then I was really satisfied because the teachers are really friendly and the instruction was useful.

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English Tips for Farsi Speakers

Below are a few tips for Farsi speaking students who want to learn English: In English, when the letter H is combined with a T, a C, a P, or an S, it changes the entire sound of the consonant. The letter T by itself makes a hard stop, like in the word “cat”, but when combined with an H, it makes a smooth stop, like in the word “math”. The TH sound is made by placing your tongue in between your teeth and blowing, while the T sound is made with the tongue on the roof of the mouth.

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The Order of Adjectives

No native English speaker will say “the green great dragon”… Many native English speakers don’t explicitly know that there is a guideline for the order of adjectives. Instead, they learned the order through experience and conversations. As Mark Forsyth explains, the order must be: opinion–size–age–shape–color–origin–material–purpose

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The Power of the Comma

Here’s some Labor Day fun! Did you know that a simple comma can change the entire meaning of a sentence? Let us show you: A woman, without her man, is nothing. A woman: without her, man is nothing.

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Location & Times Update

In order to better help our students, we’ve decided to put a few Los Angeles English locations on vacation while we work to ensure that you get the best quality and consistency as possible in all of classes around LA. Specifically, our locations held at Huntington Park, Lawndale, Santa Fe Springs, San Pedro, and South Gate will be closed for the time being.

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LA's Favorite Since February 2013 and Still Growing!

With growing numbers of students attending English class, we’ve opened even more locations! Los Angeles English now has free classes in 14 locations throughout the Los Angeles area! We’ve also listened to your feedback and have adjusted some of our class times to better match with your schedules. Check out our Homepage page for the updated information!

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