Welcome to the Learn English Forum. If you are new here, this guide will help you on your way. Here you can find the FAQ
, or most Frequently Asked Questions
. Click on the links to find your answer:
1. Could you please add me to Skype?
- Could you please add me to Skype?
- How does the forum work?
- How do I earn points and stars?
- How can I add videos, links and/or pictures to my posts?
- How can I learn new words to broaden my vocabulary?
- What are badges, and where can I get them?
- Why do I need a forum to learn English?
- I’m a beginner – do you have English lessons for me?
Many people who visit the forum for the first time, want to be added to Skype. Speaking is a good way to improve your English indeed. However, before we give you entrance to the Skype sessions, we want to know you a bit better. Therefore you have to be a little more active on the forum.
When you look next to your username, you already can see a new-member-star (for us you are a star already!) If you start posting reactions on diverse topics on the forum, you will get points. If you’ve collected enough points, you will receive a second star. Then you will be a real member of the forum! This also means you can participate on Skype.
When you get your second point, you may send a personal message to @Lynne
. To do that, click on the envelope in the left corner of your screen. Type ‘Lynne’ in the address field of the message. Write in the text field your Skype address and the motivation why you want to participate in the Skype sessions.
Here you can learn more about the Skype sessions of the network: 2. How does the forum work?
If you visit the forum for the first time it might dazzle you. There is so much information that you can read and where you can react upon. You might not know where to begin. A good place to start is in the new members section. Here you can find some interesting topics that are interesting for starters. For example: here you can introduce yourself: Feel free to react on different topics and don’t be afraid your English isn’t good enough for this (if you can read this, your English must be sufficient!). If you make mistakes in the English language, sometimes your input will be corrected.
To learn more about how this forum works, watch this video:3. How do I earn points and stars?
When you look next to your username, you already can see a new member star (for us you are a star already!) If you start posting reactions on diverse topics on the forum, you will get points. If you’ve collected enough points, you will receive a second star. Then you will be a real member of the forum!4. How can I add videos, links and/or pictures to my posts?
As a beginner you can react on posts, but unfortunately it’s not yet possible to add videos, links or pictures to your posts. Therefore you need more points first. If you have enough points, you will get another star. When you have three stars, you can add video’s and links. If you have four stars, you can add pictures to your posts and use some basic HTML. If you have gathered enough points to be able to add photos, you can read @april’s
instructions here: 5. How can I learn new words to broaden my vocabulary?
Many people want to improve their English by learning new words. A huge vocabulary can make communicating in English much easier if you master the basics. To achieve the latter, the forum is very useful. It's not so useful to learn a dictionary out of your head to be able to speak a new language (although some schools believe you should). You'd better learn the common words people use in everyday life first. And the only way to get acquainted with those words is practising. Get in contact with people, listen and speak. Don't be afraid to make mistakes. And if the right word doesn't pop up at the moment you need it, just circumscribe what you mean. After the conversation you can search for the expression you missed. The next time the word probably will be there when you need it.
If you are not a native speaker and you want to talk to a native speaker you can search for words within the mental lexicon of words you already know. If you can't find the word you need, you could paraphrase the meaning, using other words you know. Fluency not only has to do with the amount of words you know, but mainly with the way you speak them. It has to do with finding the words you need quickly (salience) and speaking them smoothly and glibly instead of stammering and stuttering. This means you can speak 2000 words fluently or 10,000 words not fluently. You can't learn to speak fluently by memorizing a word list or dictionary. To become fluent, you have to practise speaking the language. Doing this, your word knowledge will improve gradually, but that should not be your main target.
The forum can help you to learn to communicate in everyday language. However, If you are curious how many English words you know at this moment, you can find some interesting tests here: (in this thread you can let us know your score.)6. What are badges, and where can I ask for them?
You might have noticed that you can earn badges on this forum. These are small pictures that indicate your skills or activities. You earn badges by being active and with most badges you get extra points. There are different badges available. Some badges you can earn with points. Other badges you can request. Country badges
show what your first language is. You don't have to display one, but it might be fun to find other native speakers who are learning English. If you are learning a particular language you can display a target language badge
You can request a country badge or target language badge here: 7. Why do I need a forum for, to learn English?
When I (Frank) came here for the first time I wanted to be added to Skype. I thought speaking would be the best way to improve my English. I subscribed into the forum and I discovered that actually this was a good way to work on my skills. When you post something in the forum you have to think about how you want to express yourself. Doing this, you make the many words you already know more salient. They pop up earlier when you need them. This is the same process you encounter when you are speaking. The main difference is that in the forum you can take your time to find the words or even look them up. 8. I’m a beginner – do you have English lessons for me?
This forum is part of a complete network. Take your time to explore it. If you search for lessons, have a look here: