Easy English!

These books are published by Springer and aimed at students and teachers of English as a foreign language.

Easy English! is a series of books to help you learn and revise your English with minimal effort. You can improve your English by

  • reading texts in English that you might well normally read in your own language e.g. jokes, personality tests, lateral thinking games, word searches.
  • doing short exercises to improve specific areas grammar and vocabulary, i.e. the areas that tend to lead to the most mistakes – the aim is just to focus on what you really need rather than overwhelming yourself with a mass of rules, many of which may have no practical daily value

 

Top 50 Vocabulary MistakesTop 50 Vocabulary Mistakes

publication date: 2018 | ISBN-13: 978-3-319-70980-2

Whatever your mother tongue, you are likely to have encountered difficulties with most of the 50 vocabulary items in this book. Each chapter contains:

  • Examples of typical mistakes.
  • Examples of correct usage.
  • Rules / explanations.
  • A short exercise where you can immediately practise what you have learned.
  • Additional exercises (including false friends)

By completing the exercises in this book, you should be able to eliminate some of the most common vocabulary mistakes that non-native speakers of English tend to make.

 

Top 50 Grammar MistakesTop 50 Grammar Mistakes

publication date: 2018 | ISBN-13: 978-3-319-70983-3

This book focuses on the most commonly made grammar mistakes by non-native English speakers. This means that you can set yourself a reasonable target. So rather than trying to learn all English grammar, just concentrate on those issues that tend to be used the most frequently and/or tend to create the most misunderstandings.

Each chapter contains:

  • Examples of typical mistakes.
  • Examples of correct usage.
  • Rules / explanations.
  • A short exercise where you can immediately practise what you have learned.
  • Additional exercises.
  • Keys to all exercises.

The book also contains a Teachers Introduction.

 

JokesJokes

publication date: 2018 | ISBN-13: 978-3-319-67246-5

Jokes are a perfect format for learning vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and grammar. Jokes are also designed to be retold. If you learn a joke by heart and tell it to other people, then by doing so you will also learn the grammar and vocabulary involved.

The book also contains exercises designed to reveal whether you have understood the joke or not:

  • A joke is presented to you but with the paragraphs mixed up. Your task is to put them in the correct order.
  • The joke has a choice of three punch lines. If you select the correct one, this should be an indicator that you have understood the joke.
  • Several two-line jokes are presented together. The task is to match the first line and the second line.
  • A joke is presented with some key words missing. The task is to insert the right word in the right place.

 

Word Games, Riddles and Logic TestsWord Games, Riddles and Logic Tests

publication date: 2018 | ISBN-13: 978-3-319-67240-3

This book contains exercises connected with some of the fun or more unusual aspects of the English language and with games that typically a native English speaker would do. The games have been adapted into a manageable format, but the actual vocabulary contained has not been changed.
The types of games include: lateral thinking games, riddles, logic tests, anagrams, palindromes, proverbs, limericks, word ladders, tongue twisters, plus a whole host of other word-related games.

 

Test Your PersonalityTest Your Personality

publication date: 2018 | ISBN-13: 978-3-319-67225-0

Personality tests are relatively quick and easy to read, and are thus great for improving your English vocabulary and knowledge of idiomatic expressions.

These quizzes were designed primarily to enable you to:

  • learn some useful English vocabulary (of the type that is often not taught in a language course)
  • have fun doing something in English that you might equally well have done in your own language

This book is NOT intended to be an amateur psychology book or self-help book. Neither the quizzes nor the explanations should be taken any more seriously than you would take a horoscope in a newspaper or magazine.

In addition to the personality tests there are:

  • glossaries of key words
  • scores and interpretations
  • vocabulary exercises

 

WordsearchesWordsearches

publication date: 2018 | ISBN-13: 978-3-319-67231-1

On the train, on the beach, on the sofa … many people in all parts of the world enjoy doing wordsearches. If you are studying English and want to learn and practise vocabulary related to various topics, then this book is for you! The topics reflect the kinds of everyday conversations that you might have both with native and non-native speakers of English. The topics are also those that are typically tested in English examinations e.g.TOEFL, Cambridge (First Certificate, Advanced), IELTS, and Trinity.

Each chapter begins with a list of questions to enable you to have a conversation about a particular topic in various situations: on a social occasion (e.g. a work dinner, a conference lunch, a party); in the classroom during an English lesson; when chatting, either face to face or online; and during an English oral exam.

After the list of questions, you will find a Word List associated with the topic and exercises to test your knowledge of less common words.  The final aim is then to find the words from the Word List in the related Wordsearch.