SKILLS | Using online resources (Lexical Tools)

LANGUAGE FOCUS | Collocations and Lexical Chunks

1) The first site is, an online collocation dictionary.

You can discover, for example, what adjectives have a tendency to describe advice:

2) Naturally, you might ask yourself which of these adjectives might be the best to use. By best, I mean occurring most frequently. There are two sites that can be checked: Ngram and

Let's say you want to check 'constructive advice', 'helpful advice' and 'excellent advice':

You can infer from this result that helpful might have a stronger connection. It should be pointed out that the database searched is taken from books and not spoken English.

You can also use Netspeak to find out the same results:

So, try this out when you are not sure which word combination might sound the least awkward.

Now, you might ask yourself which noun frequently collocates with constructive:

3) My other favourite resource is for pronunciation. This site allows students to hear a word or phrase used in a multitude of contexts. One word that gives my students some pronunciation trouble is hierarchical. Click to hear a sample.

Complete and Submit the Google Form

This lesson explores how what you say may come back to bite you and how it is best to remember that the customer is always right or at least pretend this to be true.

Don't listen to Larry David:

And learn from Chip's mistakes:

This lesson works best when you have me, your teacher, to guide you through, but you can still take away some important insights like how connected and reduced speech are important to be able to notice and identify when developing your listening skills.

Who do you think is better off today millennials or their parents? And when I say better off, I mean better of financially, socially and technologically. You name it.

This lesson explores the financial.

Remember that this is only a part of a larger lesson and to get the full impact you need to book a private online class.

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