Americanize My English

You may need more practice to Americanize your English, and improve English grammar before taking the GMAT.

Think you need to Americanize your English, or improve English grammar? Not sure where to find the best GMAT English resources? Most of my students are considered strong English speakers by the time they consider taking the GMAT, yet many will suffer on the verbal portion of the exam because of they way they learned English. If you did not learn English as a native speaker you may find that your usage falls into patterns based on your native tongue.

Here are some resources we’ve found over the years. These are not our products so we cannot provide support for them. Please let us know if you find any one of the resources more helpful than others or if you have a resource to suggest. (Also, let me know if you find a broken link! Pages move over time.) Good luck with your studies!

Americanize my English

Advanced English Reading/Writing for Russian Speakers

Advanced Composition for Non-Native Speakers of English – This web site is for non-native speakers of English who want to write in English. The materials in this site are prepared for high intermediate or advanced English learners.

THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO WRITING PROGRAM – An annotated collection of grammar and writing resources from around the web. Sadly, no longer live.

Common Writing Problems for Non-Native Speakers of English, Grammar and Usage Guides.

Common Writing Challenges for Native and Non-Native English Speakers, Grammar Cheatsheet.

GLOSS lessons – Developed for independent learners to provide them with the learning/teaching tools for improving their foreign language skills.

Activities for ESL/EFL Students – This site provides a large amount of activities to help the student better understand the English language.

Englishclub.com – Website features hundreds of worksheets for NNES students. Worksheets on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, reading, and conversation are available.

ESLmania.com – Database features lessons in idioms, grammar accent reduction, and more. It also has links to mobile apps for NNES students.

Purdue OWL – Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) offers a number of tips on grammar, usage, and citing sources. They also offer advice for English as a Second Language Learners, especially, on writing to North American professors and businessmen.

Lang-8 – Uses Wiki-style software to allow you to keep a journal in a foreign language – which native speakers of that language then correct for you.

Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab – Randall provides and audio materials and follow up quizzes designed to help you pick up the language naturally. It also includes a tutorial on how to use the site for best results, along with other resources that you might find handy.

About Education ESL – Grammar and usage for non-English speakers written by Kenneth Beare. While there is a lot of material it is not very structured.

Guide to Grammar and Writing – Is an extensive site on writing and grammar that is offered by the Capital Community College Foundation. You will find a wide variety of learning material here. Not only for grammar, but also for the different types of writing, such as essays, business letters, etc. In addition, it has a lot of review material.

Grammar and Composition – Tips on Grammar and Composition by Richard Norquist. This site offers a number of articles with tips, but does not offer any type of learning structure that an English course would normally give you.

The HyperTextBooks – This site was put together for Daniel Kleis’s undergrad students. It is a very structured and in-depth look at the English language. The top portion of the main page is for his students. Scroll down until you get to A Review of the Structure of Modern English Grammar to reach the actual lessons.

HyperGrammar – This is a free online course offered by the University of Ottawa. It is not as in-depth as the HyperTextBooks site, but it does allow review at the end of each section of the course.

Common Errors in English Usage – Hosted by University of Washington professor Paul Brians, this is an extensive list of commonly misused words. The good thing about it is that each word can be looked up individually. He keeps changing the link so you’ll have to search.

Self-Study Quizzes for ESL Students – A very extensive database of quizzes that you can use to test your English language usage. Unfortunately, while it does provide the answers to the questions, it does not provide the reasons those answers are correct.

WizIQ English Language Course for Russian Speakers – This course is offered by a native Russian speaker and provides 40 live online classes along with additional video/audio files and documents from which you can learn from. The class is $199.00.

Simon & Schuster’s Pimsleur Learn English for Russians – The Pimsleur Method is a scientifically developed language course. You can purchase each section individually for $21.95 each or purchase the entire package for $119.95.

Assimil Language Courses – The word Assimil comes from assimilation. The Assimil method for teaching foreign languages is through the listening of audio CD’s and the reading of an accompanying book, one side native language, one side foreign language. Most books contain around 100 lessons, with the active phase starting on Lesson 50. Book and 4 Audio Compact Discs. SRP: $195.00

Mango Languages – Mango breaks things down into small, bite-sized chunks; then challenges you to build them back up into full sentences. You’ll learn language structure and vocabulary in a highly intuitive and contextual way. Free through participating libraries or $20.00 per month if purchased directly from website.

Speak to Me – The program challenges students to think in English by teaching them words while showing them relevant objects and actions. Price varies from $195.00 to $525.00 depending on which package you purchase.

Advanced English Reading/Writing for Chinese Speakers

Voice of America Learning English – Familiarize yourself with the language while both listening and reading. The site provides articles along with audio files, so that you can read along while you are listening to the file. Word definitions for words that you may find problematic are given at the end of each article,.

Advanced Composition for Non-Native Speakers of English – This web site is for non-native speakers of English who want to write in English. The materials on this site are prepared for high intermediate or advanced English learners.

Common Writing Challenges for Native and Non-Native English Speakers, Grammar Cheatsheet.

Common Writing Problems for Non-Native Speakers of English, Grammar and Usage Guides.

GLOSS lessons – Developed for independent learners to provide them with the learning/teaching tools for improving their foreign language skills.

Activities for ESL/EFL Students – This site provides a large amount of activities to help the student better understand the English language.

Englishclub.com – Website features hundreds of worksheets for NNES students. Worksheets on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, reading, and conversation are available.

ESLmania.com – Database features lessons in idioms, grammar accent reduction, and more. It also has links to mobile apps for NNES students.

Purdue OWL – Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) offers a number of tips on grammar, usage, and citing sources. They also offer advice for English as a Second Language Learners, especially, on writing to North American professors and businessmen.

Lang-8 – Uses Wiki-style software to allow you to keep a journal in a foreign language – which native speakers of that language then correct for you.

Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab – Randall provides and audio materials and follow up quizzes designed to help you pick up the language naturally. It also includes a tutorial on how to use the site for best results, along with other resources that you might find handy.

About Education ESL – Grammar and usage for non-English speakers written by Kenneth Beare. While there is a lot of material it is not very structured.

Guide to Grammar and Writing – Is an extensive site on writing and grammar that is offered by the Capital Community College Foundation. You will find a wide variety of learning material here. Not just for grammar, but also for different types of writing, such as essays, business letters, etc. In addition, a lot of review material has been provided.

Grammar and Composition – Tips on Grammar and Composition by Richard Norquist. This site offers a number of articles with tips, but does not offer any type of learning structure that an English course would normally give you.

The HyperTextBooks – This site was put together for Daniel Kleis’s undergrad students. It is a very structured and in-depth look at the English language. The top portion of the main page is for his students. Scroll down until you get to A Review of the Structure of Modern English Grammar to reach the actual lessons.

HyperGrammar – This is a free online course offered by the University of Ottawa. It is not as in-depth as the HyperTextBooks site, but it does allow review at the end of each section of the course.

Common Errors in English Usage – Hosted by University of Washington professor Paul Brians, this is an extensive list of commonly misused words. The good thing about it is that each word can be looked up individually. He keeps changing the link so you’ll have to search.

Self-Study Quizzes for ESL Students – A very extensive database of quizzes that you can use to test your English language usage. Unfortunately, while it does provide the answers to the questions, it does not provide the reasons those answers are correct.

Simon & Schuster’s Pimsleur Learn English for Mandarin Chinese – The Pimsleur Method is a scientifically developed language course. You can purchase each section individually for $21.95 each or purchase the entire package for $119.95.

Mango Languages – Mango breaks things down into small, bite-sized chunks; then challenges you to build them back up into full sentences. You’ll learn language structure and vocabulary in a highly intuitive and contextual way. Free through participating libraries or $20.00 per month if purchased directly from website.

Speak to Me – The program challenges students to think in English by teaching them words while showing them relevant objects and actions. Price varies from $195.00 to $525.00 depending on the package you purchase.

Advanced English Reading/Writing for Hindi Speakers

Advanced Composition for Non-Native Speakers of English – This web site is for non-native speakers of English who want to write in English. The materials in this site are prepared for high intermediate or advanced English learners.

Common Writing Challenges for Native and Non-Native English Speakers, Grammar Cheatsheet.

Common Writing Problems for Non-Native Speakers of English, Grammar and Usage Guides.

GLOSS lessons – Developed for independent learners to provide them with the learning/teaching tools for improving their foreign language skills.

Activities for ESL/EFL Students – This site provides a large amount of activities to help the student better understand the English language.

Englishclub.com – Website features hundreds of worksheets for NNES students. Worksheets on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, reading, and conversation are available.

ESLmania.com – Database features lessons in idioms, grammar accent reduction, and more. It also has links to mobile apps for NNES students.

Purdue OWL – Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) offers a number of tips on grammar, usage, and citing sources. They also offer advice for English as a Second Language Learners, especially, on writing to North American professors and businessmen.

Lang-8 – Uses Wiki-style software to allow you to keep a journal in a foreign language – which native speakers of that language then correct for you.

Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab – Randall provides and audio materials and follow up quizzes designed to help you pick up the language naturally. It also includes a tutorial on how to use the site for best results, along with other resources that you might find handy.

About Education ESL – Grammar and usage for non-English speakers written by Kenneth Beare. While there is a lot of material it is not very structured.

Guide to Grammar and Writing – Is an extensive site on writing and grammar that is offered by the Capital Community College Foundation. You will find a wide variety of learning material here. Not only for grammar, but also for the different types of writing, such as essays, business letters, etc. In addition, it has a lot of review material.

Grammar and Composition – Tips on Grammar and Composition by Richard Norquist. This site offers a number of articles with tips, but does not offer any type of learning structure that an English course would normally give you.

The HyperTextBooks – This site was put together for Daniel Kleis’s undergrad students. It is a very structured and in-depth look at the English language. The top portion of the main page is for his students. Scroll down until you get to A Review of the Structure of Modern English Grammar to reach the actual lessons.

HyperGrammar – This is a free online course offered by the University of Ottawa. It is not as in-depth as the HyperTextBooks site, but it does allow review at the end of each section of the course.

Common Errors in English Usage – Hosted by University of Washington professor Paul Brians, this is an extensive list of commonly misused words. The good thing about it is that each word can be looked up individually. He keeps changing the link so you’ll have to search.

Self-Study Quizzes for ESL Students – A very extensive database of quizzes that you can use to test your English language usage. Unfortunately, while it does provide the answers to the questions, it does not provide the reasons those answers are correct.

Learn American English Online – This website is free for anyone who wants to study English. There are seven levels of instruction: blue, red, yellow, green, purple, orange, and violet.

Learn English Grammar Online – A series of free video lessons on YouTube taught by Ranjna Vedhera of SuccessCDs.

Let’s Talk – Free ESL audio and video lessons on YouTube.

Talk English – Besides lessons on basic grammar and usage, the site also includes specialized language situations, such as business, travel, etc.

Pearson English Business Solutions – This self-paced online course offers two plans for individuals. Free downloadable software that will allow you to practice new words and a monthly subscription of $69.92 which gets you an interactive program customized to your current English proficiency.

English Writing Skills – A free online course that covers a number of different styles of writing, including comedy, descriptive, spy, thriller, instructional text, opinion pieces, poetry, as well as punctuation. This course provides you with enough guidelines to express yourself creatively in a variety of writing styles.

Advanced English Reading/Writing for Spanish Speakers

Advanced Composition for Non-Native Speakers of English – This web site is for non-native speakers of English who want to write in English. The materials in this site are prepared for high intermediate or advanced English learners.

Common Writing Challenges for Native and Non-Native English Speakers, Grammar Cheatsheet.

Common Writing Problems for Non-Native Speakers of English, Grammar and Usage Guides.

GLOSS lessons – Developed for independent learners to provide them with the learning/teaching tools for improving their foreign language skills.

Activities for ESL/EFL Students – This site provides a large amount of activities to help the student better understand the English language.

Englishclub.com – Website features hundreds of worksheets for NNES students. Worksheets on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, reading, and conversation are available.

ESLmania.com – Database features lessons in idioms, grammar accent reduction, and more. It also has links to mobile apps for NNES students.

Purdue OWL – Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) offers a number of tips on grammar, usage, and citing sources. They also offer advice for English as a Second Language Learners, especially, on writing to North American professors and businessmen.

Lang-8 – Uses Wiki-style software to allow you to keep a journal in a foreign language – which native speakers of that language then correct for you.

Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab – Randall provides and audio materials and follow up quizzes designed to help you pick up the language naturally. It also includes a tutorial on how to use the site for best results, along with other resources that you might find handy.

About Education ESL – Grammar and usage for non-English speakers written by Kenneth Beare. While there is a lot of material it is not very structured.

Guide to Grammar and Writing – Is an extensive site on writing and grammar that is offered by the Capital Community College Foundation. You will find a wide variety of learning material here. Not only for grammar, but also for the different types of writing, such as essays, business letters, etc. In addition, it has a lot of review material.

Grammar and Composition – Tips on Grammar and Composition by Richard Norquist. This site offers a number of articles with tips, but does not offer any type of learning structure that an English course would normally give you.

The HyperTextBooks – This site was put together for Daniel Kleis’s undergrad students. It is a very structured and in-depth look at the English language. The top portion of the main page is for his students. Scroll down until you get to A Review of the Structure of Modern English Grammar to reach the actual lessons.

HyperGrammar – This is a free online course offered by the University of Ottawa. It is not as in-depth as the HyperTextBooks site, but it does allow review at the end of each section of the course.

Common Errors in English Usage – Hosted by University of Washington professor Paul Brians, this is an extensive list of commonly misused words. The good thing about it is that each word can be looked up individually. He keeps changing the link so you’ll have to search.

Self-Study Quizzes for ESL Students – A very extensive database of quizzes that you can use to test your English language usage. Unfortunately, while it does provide the answers to the questions, it does not provide the reasons those answers are correct.

Learn American English Online – This website is free for anyone who wants to study English. There are seven levels of instruction: blue, red, yellow, green, purple, orange, and violet.

Rosetta Stone – Learn English through the most popular language software. They offer online access via a monthly subscription and stand-alone software. The price for the monthly subscription ranges from $99.00 to $299.00 depending on how many months you purchase at one time. The stand-alone package ranges from $179.00 to $556.00 depending on how many levels you purchase.

English Town – English Town is a fun and easy to use online English learning tool. Prices vary depending on which membership you purchase.

Instant Immersion – Understand the basics of the English language and develop speaking skills you need to become confident and conversational in social interactions. Price is dependent on your choice of media: online, books, or CDs.

Pimsleur Learn English for Spanish Speakers – The Pimsleur Method™ combines well-established research, most-useful vocabulary and a completely intuitive process to get you speaking right from the first day. Prices vary depending on whether you purchase the modules individually or all-at-once.

Live Mocha – Livemocha’s learning materials are all made up of Activity Sets. The building blocks of each course framework, one Activity Set represents a single Whole-Part-Whole deconstruction of a concept or scenario.

italki – One on One tutoring sessions with Certified and Experienced teachers. Students can also practice their foreign language with informal lessons (i.e conversational English). Prices vary.

Busuu – Busuu is a fast growing online language learning community. The program has award-winning courses that are designed by qualified language experts.

Learn English Conversation – Learn English Conversation is a free Channel for English learners. Users will find free English vocabulary Videos, English grammar Videos, English exercises and English lessons.

Fluent in 3 Months – A resource guide for people learning a second language. The website provides tips, product and service reviews.