ESL: Common Mistakes in English

Video Lectures

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Lecture 1
Advise/Recommend/Suggest
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Advise/Recommend/Suggest


Level: High Intermediate

In this video lesson, ESL Instructor Jennifer Lebedev addresses three verbs that often cause confusion: advise, recommend, and suggest. We explore the differences in meaning, usage, and grammar.

Lecture 2

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"Think"


Level: Intermediate

In this video lesson, ESL Instructor Jennifer Lebedev focuses on differences in meaning when the verb "think" is used in the simple present and present progressive.

Lecture 3
Requests (Part 1)
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Requests (Part 1)


Level: Intermediate-Advanced.

This is the first part of Lesson 3, in which we focus on making appropriate requests. In this video lesson, ESL Instructor Jennifer Lebedev looks at the imperative.

Lecture 4
Requests (Part 2)
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Requests (Part 2)


Level: Intermediate-Advanced

This is the second part of Lesson 3, in which we focus on making appropriate requests. In this video lesson, ESL Instructor Jennifer Lebedev looks at the use of questions and implied requests.

Lecture 5
Requests (Part 3)
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Requests (Part 3)


Level: Intermediate-Advanced

This is the third and final part of Lesson 3, in which we focus on making appropriate requests. In this video lesson, ESL Instructor Jennifer Lebedev looks at special requests and written requests.

Lecture 6
Wish & Hope (Part 1)
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Wish & Hope (Part 1)


Level: High Intermediate-Advanced

This is a lesson on "wish" and "hope" in four parts. In this first part we consider the basic differences in meaning and focus on the uses of HOPE.

Lecture 7
Wish & Hope (Part 2)
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Wish & Hope (Part 2)


Level: High Intermediate-Advanced

This is the second part of our lesson on "Wish" and "Hope". In this video lesson, ESL Instructor Jennifer Lebedev focuses on the uses of "Wish".

Lecture 8
Wish & Hope (Part 3)
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Wish & Hope (Part 3)


Level: High Intermediate-Advanced

This is the third part of our lesson on "Wish" and "Hope". More practice is offered to check your comprehension of the grammatical differences between "Wish" and "Hope".

Lecture 9
Wish & Hope (Part 4)
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Wish & Hope (Part 4)


Level: High Intermediate-Advanced

This is the fourth and final part of our lesson on "Wish" and "Hope". We now look at common expresions with "Wish" and "Hope" and end with an exercise to check your comprehension. 



 

Lecture 10

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"-ing/-ed" Adjectives (Part 1)


Level: High Intermediate

Topic: Participial Adjectives (a.k.a. verbal adjectives, participles as noun modifiers, -ing/-ed adjectives). This is a lesson in two parts.
In this video lesson, ESL Instructor Jennifer Lebedev offers an in-depth explanation about participial adjectives.



 





Lecture 11

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"-ing/-ed" Adjectives (Part 2)


Level: High Intermediate

Topic: Participial Adjectives (a.k.a. verbal adjectives, participles as noun modifiers, -ing/-ed adjectives). This is the second half of the lesson. In this video lesson, ESL Instructor Jennifer Lebedev uses a fun exercise to practice what was discussed in the first half.



 



 







 

Lecture 12
Prepositions (Part 1)
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Prepositions (Part 1)


Level: Intermediate

Topic: Prepositions in the context of meals. This is a lesson in two parts. Part One offers explanations and practice. Highlighted prepositions: "At", "Before", "After", "With", and "For".



 

Lecture 13
Prepositions (Part 2)
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Prepositions (Part 2)


Level: Intermediate

Topic: Prepositions in the context of meals. This is Part Two of a lesson in two parts. In this video lesson, ESL Instructor Jennifer Lebedev offers suggestions for independent practice and addresses another common preposition used with meals/ food: "Over".





Lecture 14
Whether (Part 1)
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Whether (Part 1)


Level: High Intermediate to Advanced

This is a lesson in two parts. Topic: Whether. In Part One, we examine how "whether" and "whether or not" are used. We also consider when "if" can be used in place of "whether".



 

Lecture 15
Whether (Part 2)
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Whether (Part 2)


Level: High Intermediate to Advanced

This is a lesson in two parts. Topic: Whether. In Part Two, we practice using "whether (or not)". Also, ESL Instructor Jennifer Lebedev offers more in-depth explanation about when we can replace it with "if" and when we can omit "or not".