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Who is Teacher Joe?
What's New on
Learn English with Teacher Joe?
We have now had over 1.5 MILLION visitors in the past twelve months! Incredible, isn't it? The most popular pages are English jokes (with audio!), Dictations and IELTS practice pages.
If you want to improve your English reading, you should also visit Teacher Joe's joke and riddle site, which is called Laugh and Learn English where you will find many funny stories with clear, helpful explanations for students of English.
I am working on putting some of my best lessons into ebook form which will include audio files. My plan is to include both slow and fast (normal!) versions of the audio. What do you think? If there is some content you would like to hear in such an interactive ebook, let me know by email and I'll try to add it to my list of things to do.
I am off to Saudi Arabia for a year or two. Unfortunately, I won't be able to update this site while I'm gone. On the other hand, I will be able to get email, so if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask by email.
July 26th, 2010
I have finished Part 1 (or "Group A") of my ebook on Sentence Patterns. I really believe
that learning sentences is much more useful than memorizing lots of detail about grammar.
You can get an early look at
English Sentence Patterns here. As always, tell me what you think!
Recently, I also found an old article I wrote on
how to learn English grammar well. Maybe it can help you to save
time in your English learning journey. Good luck!
July 2nd, 2010
The second grammar lesson from "100 Sentence Patterns" is now online. Click here to see it:
Two: "W" Questions. Try to say each sentence clearly and smoothly.
Send any questions, comments or suggestions to teacherjoe.us at
June 20th, 2010
I am writing an ebook to help students review grammar efficiently. The book lists the
100 most useful English sentence patterns. It will include pronunciation practice and
discussion questions. You can see the content of the first lesson here:
One: Yes or No Questions. Try to say the sentences clearly and smoothly. (MP3 files
will be available in the future!) Let
me know if you have any questions or suggestions - send email to teacherjoe dot us at
gmail dot com.
May 26th, 2010
According to Google, my Writing Page is the highest ranking page on my
site. Other popular pages this May are below:
IELTS Speaking Test Preparation
If there are any other pages you especially like, or if you have any suggestions for future web pages, feel free to let me know!
Dialogues for Speaking Practice
And my Vocabulary Page
March 16th, 2010
I can't believe two months have gone by so quickly. On the positive side, during that time I was able to take a trip to Hainan Island in
the south of China. The city of Sanya is very nice with several very beautiful beaches. On the negative side, however, when I returned
to Beijing, I found that my computer had died while I was away. Died of loneliness, I guess. Anyway, I now have a new computer and
I'm able to work again!
The only new things recently are videos. One is quite short, without explanations. It's
an English joke called "Second Opinion", about a man who
is unhappy with his doctor's opinion. The second is an English
joke called "The Great Zumbrati", about a "daredevil" who
can do amazing things, but he cannot do everything!
If you like the videos, please leave a comment on You Tube asking for more! If many people request more videos, I will be sure
that my time is well spent.
January 12th, 2010
Happy New Year to English learners all around the world!
I hope you have had a great start to 2010. For me the big news is that I've finished
my work on www.LaughAndLearnEnglish.com. I may add a few more videos in
the coming months, but the site is pretty much set the way it is now. If I have time, I will try to make recordings of some of the jokes and
news stories. What do you think? If many people are interested, it will motivate me to take action! (^_^)
The How to Learn English page has really taken shape recently. I have videos
on the left side, vocabulary in the middle, and learning tips on the right side. That is one of the most popular pages on my site recently, so
please take a look.
Now I'm off to Hainan Island, in the south of China for a 10-day vacation. I plan to visit several cities and some wonderful beaches. That
will really be a great start to 2010 and wonderful preparation for the upcoming Year of the Tiger. See you all later!
December 15th, 2009
Here are some new lessons from the past week:
A funny video about a man who has trouble learning English.
A strange news story about a man who chooses an
odd way to try to visit his mother at Christmas.
A funny picture of a very simple, but effective, weather station.
An easy joke about a misunderstanding.
November 3rd, 2009
My new website, called
Easy English Vocabulary, is surprisingly popular! I expected only a few students to take the time to
study word parts, but it seems many students appreciate my efforts.
I put up another funny TV commercial on
Laugh and Learn English site which
I think students will enjoy learning from.
Finally, I'm continuing to add public speaking
articles for my students who have to give presentations in English. Enjoy and good luck! This week's
article is called Storytelling in Public Speaking.
October 13th, 2009
I've just made a new website called
Easy English Vocabulary which goes together with
Laugh and Learn English to help you learn more vocabulary quickly. After learning the most common word
parts in English at www.EasyEnglishVocabulary.com, you can then read the
and jokes with better comprehension.
September 27th, 2009
Laugh and Learn English is now up and
running! You can enjoy six new "delicious" pieces of English humor
every week. Learning vocabulary is quick and easy when you read the
Strange News Stories
and Jokes with vocabulary
June 28th, 2009
You can find new articles on speaking fluently (at the bottom of the middle column)
which can help you communicate in every day life but also can be very useful for students who will take the IELTS test (International
English Language Testing System). Go to the main How to Learn English page and see
if they can help you.
I am also continuing my series of articles on Public Speaking. There
are now EIGHT articles with more coming in the near future.
May 12th, 2009
I have put up two new reading pages. Both of these pages have new articles every day, so come back often. The first page is for
reading news articles
and the second is for reading about history.
Both can help you learn more vocabulary - a fun and interesting way to learn!
April 25th, 2009
Would you like to improve your English vocabulary? Reading is a good way to learn new words easily and naturally. (You did it in your
first language, after all!) Here is a new vocabulary story for you to read. You can learn
some new words or at least have a good laugh!
April 5th, 2009
I am now writing some articles about Public Speaking Skills for advanced learners
of English. For now I only have two articles there. More articles should be available next month. If you have any comments or
suggestions about the first two articles, go to the
Public Speaking Discussion Group where you can also ask questions.
We also had our first live classes on the internet using Pal Talk. If you are interested in joining future
classes, sign up for our Fluency Discussion Group and leave a message.
March 24th, 2009
If you want to improve your fluency in English, we have a new group that you can join. Just go to
www.fluency.ning.com to sign up. Signing up is easy, and will
help me keep out salespeople or impolite people.
Older New Stuff
Some new videos are on YouTube
(click here to watch) to help students learn to speak English better.
The Learn English page has been redesigned. Watch the column on the right (recommended videos) for many
funny videos that can help you learn English while having fun. There will be new videos every week, so visit often!
Also try reading Joe's blog for conversation topics and more ideas
about learning English.
Super Students Learning English together