Personal Examples

As an ESL student, you work hard! You learn lots of new grammar and vocabulary every day. You listen to English being spoken and you speak English yourself.

You should feel very proud of all your hard work. But sometimes it can be hard to know how to remember all this new information.

There are many different ways to study vocabulary words. You should try different methods until you find one that really works for you. 

But what about studying verb tenses? Sometimes it can be hard to remember all those structures.

The goal is for you to learn real English, right? This means English as it is really spoken, but it also means English that is real for you. This should be true for your own examples, too.

One excellent way to practice new grammar tenses (or vocabulary words) is by making your own examples. Make a sentence with true information about your own life so that it will be easy to remember.

For example, imagine you are learning the present perfect tense. Maybe you have a son or a little brother named Danny who loves to play outside but hates to clean his room.
  • STATEMENT: Danny has played outside all afternoon.
  • NEGATIVE SENTENCE: Danny has not cleaned his room.
  • QUESTION: Have you met my brother/son, Danny?
Make examples that are true for you. When you have trouble remembering the structure of a tense, just think of your own example sentences! This trick works really well, so pass it on.