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Improve your English by studying with a native English speaker
Improve your English by studying with a native English speaker

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Many people, including native speakers, have difficulty understanding the difference between "a few" and "several".

We hope this short guide helps you to better understand.

A couple = two (2)
A few = three to five (3-5)
Several = five to seven (5-7)

There are no exact amounts for "a few" and "several", but the numbers given above are a good guide to go by.

However, "a couple" is definitely only two.

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Native English speakers almost never pronounce every sound and syllable when speaking naturally. More often than not, we combine or remove sounds. These are called reductions.

http://www.nativeenglishcoach.com/reductions-in-english/
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One common problem that many English students have is when they want to ask the meaning of

a word. Very often they will incorrectly say something like,

INCORRECT: What is meaning?

(The blank would be the word they are asking about.)

It's advisable to correct this mistake and remind the student to practice the correction.

CORRECT:

What is the meaning of ? / What does _ mean?

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Best practices to help students make their lessons a better experience for themselves, as well as their English coach.
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There are a lot of words in English that are very similar to one another. This is an incredible cause for confusion among English students and native speakers alike. In this article, we will take a look at some of those groups of words and see if we can't make it easier to understand.

http://www.nativeenglishcoach.com/lessons/similar-words-can-confusing/
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Do you wish you could pronounce English words more clearly? Do you want to learn how to improve your pronunciation? Well, you have to practice, practice, practice. Learn how to practice pronunciation on your own with this step-by-step tutorial.

http://www.nativeenglishcoach.com/lessons/how-to-practice-pronunciation-by-yourself/
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Are you interested in improving your grammar? Here are a few ideas to get you started.

http://www.nativeenglishcoach.com/grammar/strategies-for-improving-your-english-grammar/
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