A person might understand the rules and concepts of English, but it is extremely important to practice the language so as to become a smooth speaker. An ESL learner can access various services available online to practice the language. English listening practice exercises can be taken up on the website where a conversation is heard and questions are asked based on what is heard. English language test can also be taken for doing a self-assessment. English games can also be accessed for learning grammar, words and spellings. These games work on an interactive platform where the user can interact with the system through headphones and record his answers as well. There are many interesting games like hangman, word recognition and highway. These games bring out the competitive spirit in the individual. Crosswords are an extremely popular game that pushes a person through a brainstorming session. Another game which has been played for generations to improve English is scrabble. Scrabble is a game of word construction through limited set of words. It has been proven that scrabble aids in improving word power through fun. Flash cards can be used to memorize English words along with their meaning and usage in sentences. These activities will help them recollect the word the next time they come across it. ESL worksheets include rules of English grammar, idioms, intonation that can be learned in a systematic way. Reading newspapers involves a great amount of vocabulary building as one gets to learn new words and also becomes familiar with the usage of already known words.
For each IPA symbol, an English example is given where possible; here "RP" stands for Received Pronunciation . The foreign languages that are used to illustrate additional sounds are primarily the ones most likely to be familiar to English speakers, French , Standard German , and Spanish . For symbols not covered by those, recourse is taken to the populous languages Standard Chinese , Hindustani , Arabic , and Russian . For sounds still not covered, other smaller but well-known languages are used, such as Swahili , Turkish , and Zulu .