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Why Study Here?

HELPFUL!

Ruth is a patient teacher. She really takes the time to explain things. If a student in the class didn’t understand, she would try different ways to help them get the idea, using her words, pictures, or online tools. She enjoys teaching and really wants her students to learn.

Wěi
Chinese Speaker

Interactive Lessons

video

You will…

  • Attend weekly conversation circles to work on communication

  • Attend live classes to support the lessons

  • Join a Facebook group for daily practice

  • Learn the features of the North American spoken English

  • Gain confidence in your pronunciation

  • Understand fast speech in ordinary conversation

  • Talk more fluently at work, school, and with strangers

  • Know why and how to use grammar

  • Read and listen better for the smaller details

  • Gain knowledge about beginner, intermediate and advanced topics

  • Learn about living in Canada & the U.S.

  • Study whenever you like!

Test Your English

Instructions: For each level below, first listen to the audio and then complete the quiz.

Once you finish, you’ll know which level you are.

My podcast lessons can help you improve your English skills with online lessons, whether you’re beginner, intermediate or advanced.

 

 

Hi, I’m Ruth. I’m Canadian, and I live in Toronto. My first language is English, but I’m learning Spanish. So I know it can be hard learning another language.

I started learning Spanish by reading children’s books and watching tv shows with subtitles. Then I lived in Spain for about a year.

Now I practice my Spanish with a cool app that has audio and transcripts. My listening and speaking skills have improved so much. I want to travel to South America, and I will visit at least 5 countries if I go there.

You know, I learned French in school like every other Canadian, and I used to get good marks in class. But, today, my French is worse than my Spanish. However, I might try to learn French again when I become fluent in español.

I know so many Canadians who were fluent in French as a kid, but they forgot it because they never used it. So if you’re learning a new language or trying not to forget an old one, don’t give up.

Keep looking for tips and tricks to make language learning easier and more fun.

Learning a language can be difficult when you’re older. When you’re tied up with work and family, it can be hard to find the time to read long articles or books; listen to podcasts; and practice grammar rules.

I have been learning Spanish for almost 6 years now, and it’s cool to see how many phrases and grammar rules I automatically use without thinking. I remember when I was first speaking Spanish, I interrupted myself all the time because I couldn’t think of the right word, but now that happens a lot less.

I have been told by a few people that they thought I might be a native Spanish speaker because of my accent. I will be going to a Spanish conversation group soon once I find the time.

I would be more fluent if I wasn’t so busy with work. But my trip to work does give me a chance to do at least thirty minutes of listening or vocabulary practice with the apps I use. I don’t just do memorization; I make a real effort to think in Spanish in my head.

Some adults believe that it’s nearly impossible to learn a new language after childhood. They think it’s too challenging, so they don’t even bother trying.

There’s this assumption that kids can gain fluency in other languages more easily. And so, adult language learners often say things like, “If only I had started learning English when I was a kid. Then I would have already mastered the language by now.”

Or “If only my parents had put me in a bilingual school, I would speak it perfectly now. And I would be so much more confident in speaking English if I was able to learn grammar unconsciously as a kid.”

It’s true that children can pick up the basics of a language quickly, but one of the major reasons adults have trouble communicating in a new language is because adults need to express more complicated ideas. All kids need to talk about is food, family, friends, or likes and dislikes. Only basic vocabulary and grammar are required for simple conversations like that.

But adults need to be able to talk about complex topics, so it takes longer to get to that point. Discussing politics or literature or technology necessitates a greater repertoire of words and phrases and better understanding of syntax.

That’s why I make a point to listen to news in Spanish, so I can get exposure to an advanced lexicon and grammatical structures about specific topics.

MOTIVATING!

Before I came to Canada and was a student in Ruth’s class, I was so shy. I wasn’t confident with speaking English at all. But Ruth was very kind and friendly, and she encouraged and helped me all the time. Then I opened up and started talking to everyone!

Ryusei
Japanese Speaker

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Miss Ruth

I’m an ESL teacher based in Toronto, and I can teach you American English!

I have helped hundreds of students get into Canadian universities.

I also help immigrants and refugees improve their English skills to better their lives.

My podcast lessons will improve your English skills for conversation, and my private classes can help you learn whatever you need.

Teaching Experience

York
George Brown
Seneca
FUN!

I didn’t realize learning English, especially grammar, could be so much fun. In Ruth’s class, we didn’t just follow the textbooks. We played lots of interactive games, and Ruth also likes to laugh a lot and chat with the students. I looked forward to her classes.

Nadira
Arabic Speaker

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