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Should Sea Creatures Ever Be Kept in Captivity?

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Idling is Illegal

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Adjective Noun Collocation Games - Mobile-Friendly

100 games in which you match up adjectives and nouns that frequently go together, like idle gossip, a dirty trick and fine print. Now MOBILE-FRIENDLY

Black Friday is Also Buy Nothing Day

What's wrong with the old TV?

The Hobby Song

Listen and learn about English hobbies. Jonathan sings about what his family members like to do when they are not at work.

Tears of Joy Emoji is Word of the Year (2015)

Listen to news in easy English. ~ Tears of Joy Emoji is Word of the Year (2015)

Matching Adjective Games - MOBILE-FRIENDLY

Play these fun mobile-friendly adjective games on your smartphone or desktop. Admin

Welcome New Members!

Hello! I'm Tara Benwell, the administrator of MyEC. I love working with English learners and teachers from all over the world. I also love developing materials for learning and teaching English.

You can start by making a few friends with some of our most active members. Find these members in our Leaderboards and Star Members list. EC's Moderators are other good friends to have!  

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Robbie | Junco | Grace
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The best way to improve your English on MyEC is to get involved! Read and comment on blog posts, photos, videos or forums. Join a group that interests you! Visit the chat room and introduce yourself! When you feel comfortable, start adding your own content (blogs, photos, discussion questions). If you have any questions, let me know! You can also check out our MyEC FAQ.

Tara's Monthly Writing Challenges

Each month I post a NEW writing challenge on my MyEC blog (below). Learners (and teachers) can join the challenge by responding on their own blogs. Though a new challenge is added every week, all challenges remain open. You don't need to join anything to contribute. Have fun! Send me a message if you have any questions.

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How to Learn English Quickly
How to Learn English with Twitter
The Learning English Video Project
Weekly News (Listening practice)
Survival English
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Tara Benwell's Blog

Writing Challenge: Invent a Word

Posted on November 13, 2015 at 19:40 13 Comments

Have you ever tried to think of a word for something, and then realized no perfect word existed? This happened to me today! I realized that I am not currently reading a book that I am really into. When I am reading a book that I am really excited about, I have a special feeling or glow, even when I'm not reading it.…


Writing Challenge: Terrifying Two-Line Tales

Posted on October 27, 2015 at 20:30 34 Comments

There is a fun story-writing challenge that many fiction writers participate in at this time of year – the very short, very creepy story challenge. By very short, I mean only two sentences long! Will you accept this month's writing challenge? 

Your Task:

1. Add a new blog post. Use the title "Writing Challenge: My Terrifying Two-Line Tale(s)".

2. Write a scary/creepy story that has a beginning, middle, and end, but only uses two sentences. Give…


Happy National Black Cat Day!

Posted on October 27, 2015 at 13:30 8 Comments

Today is National Black Cat Day. Black cats need a bit of TLC at this time of year, because they are traditionally associated with witchcraft and evil. Some people think it's bad luck if a black cat crosses your path. Of course, black cats are just beautiful animals and deserve to be loved and adopted just like other cats. 

I've written and recorded a Halloween story this year about a black cat that is afraid of Halloween. You can listen to it here. If you want to read along or if you…


Writing Challenge: A Letter to Canada

Posted on October 22, 2015 at 21:00 9 Comments

Thank you for posting this month's Writing Challenge, Luci! Here is my letter to my country.

Dear Canada (my home and native land),

I’m so thankful that I was born in your protective and peaceful arms. That is not to say we don’t have any worries here. Just yesterday, the schools in…


Today is International Literacy Day

Posted on September 8, 2015 at 18:53 15 Comments

Our friends at Grammarly made this interesting infographic for International Literacy Day. Read through the statistics and share your thoughts about literacy in the comments below

Literacy Day



Do You Want To Be a MyEC Star Member?

Posted on August 28, 2015 at 16:30 22 Comments

At the end of every month, we feature seven MyEC Members as Star Members. A picture of these members goes into our monthly newsletter. A picture is also placed on the EnglishClub homepage.

Being a Star Member is a great way to bring attention to…


Writing Challenge: A Page from My Biography

Posted on August 18, 2015 at 21:30 15 Comments

Before you read this, pick a number from 1-300, and write it down.

This month, we are going to work on writing a page from our biography.  A biography is a book or article about a person's life. What is the most interesting part in a biography? Some people think the…


MyEC Bloggers United

Posted on June 30, 2015 at 22:02 14 Comments

We did it! Our June goal was to beat the MyEC record for most blogs posted in a single month. With all of your help, we achieved this (and so much more). The last time I checked, we had published 625 blog posts,…


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Bob Ugee commented on Tara Benwell's blog post Writing Challenge: Invent a Word
"Dear Tara, I like to invent word. But I 'd like to know to differentiate between the invented words with the non-too-familiar words?"

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My daughter during her wedding party

"Wow! Amazing! You must be so proud. She is beaming! Thanks for sharing."

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Favourite book, movie, song/band etc [in English!]
Book: Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood
Music: Blue Rodeo
Movie: Top Gun
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At 14:08 on November 22, 2015, Mohit said…
Hello I am mohit I have find group for improve english my sky id mohit.bharambe007 plz add me in group
At 6:37 on November 1, 2015, Mahgol said…

Hi dear Tara;

Wish you have best healthy happy moments,..

I had a request. There was a site that we could type words in a box and then set it to read and we could hear words' pronunciation by different voices. Could you please tell me what the name of the site was and if be share its link?

I would be appreciated.

At 14:08 on October 30, 2015, passionate said…

I left a comment in response to yours on that blog.
Please check

At 15:49 on September 30, 2015, Onee-chan said…

Dear Tara,

I was wondering if there are only six stars in this month. I am surprised. :D Thank you very much for your trust in me and featuring my profile. You made me think to be more active and make more contents next month, as it will bring much attention while being current star. I'll try. :)

I want to say....BIG thanks for managing this wonderful site interestingly. We get so many benefit of this. What a great and worthwhile job! Finally I say "Have a wonderful day, Tara!" ^^

Best Regards


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At 18:41 on September 28, 2015, Luci said…

Hello Tara, 

I hope it is ok like this :-)

At 16:11 on September 10, 2015,
Anah Sid ©

Hello Tara!

Yes, Tara I wrote it for the challenge but then decided to share it as an individual blog. :)

One of the best and famous companies of her time. Is it correct now?

At 17:19 on July 27, 2015, Behnam said…

Hi dear Tara,

How are you? I hope you are doing well. Thank you very much for running, managing, and establishing such a powerful and useful site for English learners. I believe this site is number one when it comes to practising English and making friends. 

Today I received an email from Honey-Bee; an English learner and chatter. I am copying and pasting her email:

Is she blocked, banned, or suspended? If yes, would you please unblock her? She is asking for a direct chat or being able to email you, how is it possible. Would you please help her? 
All the best,
Behnam, 27 July, 2015
At 15:00 on July 20, 2015, mahmood nikroo said…

Many thanks dear Tara. It is my pleasure to have your comment on my baby's photo.

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