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Resources For Learning English Online

I figured I’d put together this post for anyone who’s looking to visit North America from a non-English speaking country. Learning English can be very challenging. Even if you can read English or understand it when other people speak it, it can be hard to get to the point where you can engage in conversation with other people.

While you could buy a book and learn that way, there are a lot of resources for learning English online. If you take advantage of these sorts of resources, you’ll be able to improve your understanding of the English language.

You don’t need to travel to a school in order to take English classes. There are a number of course that are available online. If you take some of these courses, you’ll be able to get help from a trained instructor. They’ll also be able to provide you with some very helpful resources.

There are a number of different classes available. Some of them are free, while others charge a small fee. People interested in learning this way should take a look at all of the options they have. From there, they can work to find a class that’s a good fit for them.

Here are a few online classes that you may want to consider:


Effortless English Club


Flash Cards

talkingpeopleIf you’ve learned the basics of English, but want to hone your knowledge, you may want to try using flash cards. Flash cards can help you to practice English words until you get more comfortable with them.

There are a number of flash card apps that are available for phones and other mobile devices. Using something like this allows people to brush up on their English no matter where they are.

Online Communities

Sometimes, the best way to learn English is by interacting with other English speakers. There are a wide range of communities on the internet that you can be a part of. If you join one of these communities, you can have a chance to practice English in a low-stress environment.

Message boards and Facebook groups can be particularly helpful. Because of the way they’re designed, users will be able to take their time and decipher things slowly. In time, their English skills will improve, and they’ll get faster.

It’s important for people to find resources for learning English online. After all, you can’t improve anything without practice. If you take the time to work on your English skills, you’ll eventually be able to become a fluent English speaker. There are a lot of great tools out there; make sure you use them.

Choosing The Best Camera Lenses For Travel

If you plan to travel soon, you are likely trying to decide what photography equipment to pack. Choosing the right lenses to take can really impact the photos you shoot. You want to get the best image quality possible while travelling. If you are having trouble deciding what lens or lenses to take, consider the advice in this article.

First, consider the weight of the lenses you own. If you are flying, you will want to pack lenses that are considerably light. Heavier models can be a hassle to carry or pack. If you were to pack all of your lenses and equipment, your bag would be too heavy to carry. Try to pick out one or two quality, light lenses to take.


Next, consider which of your lenses are most versatile. There are so many different things to shoot when you are travelling. From scenery to portraits, you want to be able to capture it all. This means a lens such as a macro lens will not be the best choice. Choose a lens or lenses that can properly shoot a large variety of subjects.

Lastly, consider the possibility of your lenses being lost, stolen or broken. You may want to leave your most expensive lenses at home because of these factors. If you are staying with family in a safe city, this may not be a factor. If you are going abroad to a foreign city, you should pack lenses that are not too expensive.

Keep these factors in mind as you begin planning your next trip. When you choose your lenses carefully, you will get the best possible shots.

Remember to carefully pack your lenses so they are not damaged during travels. This will ensure you can enjoy shooting throughout the entire trip.

Best Unknown Hidden Gem Restaurants In California

California is quite a large state, and so there are plenty of hidden gem restaurants. Of course, there are also the top-rated restaurants and favorite celebrity hot spots which are easy to find in any of the major directories like yelp and trip advisor. If you want to pay too much for your food, get in a traffic jam, have trouble making reservations and end up disappointed in a sea of faces, that’s up to you. Instead, you could be hitting up these hidden gem restaurants in California that not everyone knows about.

When I was looking up the best unknown restaurants in California, one site had two ads at the top of the actual listings. I was surprised to see Wingstop listed there. Okay, Wingstop is great and all, but it’s definitely only listed there for advertising purposes. Let’s get to the real listings, the real hidden gems.

black-fig-LA-restuarantThe Tulip Cafe and The Black Fig are two of listings. The Tulip Cafe is located in downtown Los Angeles, and The Black Fig is located in the Arts District. One thing about Los Angeles is that not much can be hidden in that city, but these restaurants are indeed considered hidden gems.

Next up on the list is Papilles Bistro, and you can find this favorite spot in Hollywood Hills. A good restaurant in LA is first going to be one that the tourists don’t flock to in droves. You want to stay away from that scene and instead be eating with the locals. Of course, there are other cities besides Los Angeles, but to unpack all the best unknown restaurants in California would take quite awhile.

I’ll give you some more listings to consider for next time you eat out at a restaurant in California. Nabeeya, Yuko Kitchen and Aroma Restaurant are three more options. Check out the cuisines for each and pick your next dining out experience.

I know this is a short one, let me know on twitter if you like these types of mosts as I have no shortage of food recommendations from around the world.

Learning Travel Photography & Hitting The Road

Another blog post from our recent series of travel photography related posts.

Travel photography is so much fun because you not only get to have those new and unique experiences, but you get to bookmark them as well with great photographs. You’ve treasured those memories, and you can even get into freelance photography as a job and not just a hobby. It’s really up to you how far you want to go with everything.

When you’re traveling to a new location, you’re going to want to make sure that you do some research so that you know all the great places to take photographs. It’s still going to be nothing like exploring the place in person, but familiarizing yourself with the territory is always good.

sunrise-beachMake sure you have all your photos backed up. Depending on the type of equipment you have, you might benefit from having a good portable hard drive. Laptops also come in handy of course, and these days it’s almost like people can simply just use their phones. I took some great photos of the Myrtle Beach sunrise by simply using my phone.

If you’re in a place with quite a few tourists like I am, it’s going to be better if you can work outside their schedule. This will give you the most peaceful opportunities for photographs, such as the sunrise I was talking about. Look for places with the best views, and it helps if you stay in a hotel with a nice view. You can always make it a practice to take those types of pictures from where you’re staying and make them into a travel journal of photographs.

One thing you might want to do is start a travel blog, and you can post updates to your blog on various social media sites. Make sure you have all of the other equipment you need and get ready to take some great photographs.