British English vs American English

English is a widely spoken language. We know this and assume it’ll be straightforward. However, between the two most popular accents, there are many differences. Differences include pronunciation, spelling and word choices. Grab a notebook and pen because here we will share some useful differences you need to know.

The first way that British and American English differ is with particular words. Here is a list of examples.








Candy floss












French fries

Cotton candy






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Another way British and American English differ is pronunciation of words






















Lastly, you may notice that the spelling of words differ.

Letter ‘S’ or ‘Z’

American English – Realize, organize, apologize

British English – Realise, organise, apologise

Adding the letter ‘U’

American English – Color, behavior, armor

British English – Colour, behaviour, armour

Hopefully, this brief introduction into the differences between British and American English has made things a little more clear. Feel free to check out more of our blog posts or sign up for a free class by visiting our site!

What To Expect From Your First Class

Feeling anxious about booking your trial English class? There’s really no need to worry, our teachers are the warmest and will always prioritise your learning and comfort during each class.

If you’re new to the e-learning industry, you may want an idea of what will happen. This post will give you some insight.


As with any first meeting, your first online class will consist of a little introduction. Questions you could be asked may be:

What are your hobbies?

Why are you interested in learning English?

This is also a chance for you to ask your teacher some questions. Perhaps you want to know where they are located or what their hobbies are? Feel free to ask.

Creating Your Learning Plan

Voice your hopes. Let us know what you want to achieve with your English classes. Are you studying English for work, exams or living abroad? Whatever your reason, by letting your teacher know, we can curate a learning plan specifically for you.

In addition, this is also a chance for you to share how you learn best:

  • Audio or video classes?
  • Do you like to do lots of speaking or more reading?
  • Are you someone who enjoys homework after classes?
  • Want to focus on vocabulary and making sentences with them?

If your teachers know how you learn best, we can support you in the best possible way. Remember, not every learner is the same.

Understand How Lessons Are Carried Out Online

Thanks to the rise of online learning, learning has become accessible for pretty much everyone – No matter where in the world you are. At Panda Learn, we offer classes through Zoom/Microsoft Teams/KakaoTalk.

Of course, occasionally we may encounter technical problems. To minimise these issues we ask students the following:

  • Use a headset or earphones to minimise echos
  • Try using a computer connected to your wifi router
  • Take classes in a quiet environment

Video classes will allow you to see your teacher and lesson material. So a good connection is important.

So that pretty much covers everything. Whether it’s your trial class or first class, there isn’t anything to worry about. Be positive, motivated and ready to learn.

Feel free to drop by our site and complete a form on our “Contact Us” page if you’re interested in booking your free 15 minute trial class. Who could refuse a freebie?

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Five Fun Idioms!

Idioms are a fun way to spice up how we express ourselves. They are used a lot by English speakers and, though they may not make sense, once you learn them, they can help you sound more native.

Here are five food/drink idioms commonly used by English speakers.

ℕ𝕠𝕥 𝕞𝕪 𝕔𝕦𝕡 𝕠𝕗 𝕥𝕖𝕒. – Something isn’t to your liking or of interest to you. For example: Rock music is absolutely not my cup of tea.

𝔸 𝕡𝕚𝕖𝕔𝕖 𝕠𝕗 𝕔𝕒𝕜𝕖 – Used to describe something you find easy. For example: The maths homework was a piece of cake.

ℂ𝕠𝕞𝕡𝕒𝕣𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕒𝕡𝕡𝕝𝕖𝕤 𝕥𝕠 𝕠𝕣𝕒𝕟𝕘𝕖𝕤 – Comparing two things that cannot be compared because they’re very different. For example: You’re comparing apple to oranges. Me and my sister have no similarities.

𝕐𝕠𝕦 𝕔𝕒𝕟’𝕥 𝕙𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕔𝕒𝕜𝕖 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕖𝕒𝕥 𝕚𝕥 𝕥𝕠𝕠 – You can’t have everything. For example: Getting good grades without studying is pretty impossible. You can’t have your cake and eat it too.

𝕋𝕒𝕜𝕖 𝕚𝕥 𝕨𝕚𝕥𝕙 𝕒 𝕡𝕚𝕟𝕔𝕙 𝕠𝕗 𝕤𝕒𝕝𝕥 – Don’t take something seriously because it may be untrue or when someone has the tendency to exaggerate. For example: I took it with a pinch of salt when Lisa told me she was mad, she always exaggerates things.

I hope you found this useful. Be sure to try and add these to your next English conversation.

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Is Studying English Online Effective?

Since these days, technology has become extremely advanced. Many of us flick through our phones on Instagram, Facebook etc. A lot of that time we probably realise was time-wasting. Perhaps you associate your phone with an escape from studying. But it is so important that we start using technology to do us some good.

Let’s get down to business. You want to learn English and feel like online classes might not be effective? I’m going to prove to you why that is wrong.

  1. Flexible: You can take classes at a time that is best for you. If you feel that you’re busy with work or school during the day, it might be difficult to learn a language with a tutor in a physical setting contrastingly, if you take online classes, you can study after work or school. So, enjoy your dinner and take a class. Seems like a win-win to me!
  2. Comfort: If you are a bit of a homebody (like me), you perhaps dread the thought sometimes of leaving the house. (Ah, the tiresome task of choosing an outfit…) Taking online classes saves you the trouble 🤭 You can take classes in your comfy PJs with your favourite snacks beside you. Seriously, it’s one relaxing but rewarding time. *Please note, don’t make your teacher jealous with your delicious snacks – we can get slightly jealous*
  3. Cost: If you compare the cost of studying online vs in a physical classroom, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. It’s a lot cheaper to study online!
  4. 1-on-1 learning time: Perhaps you’re a little shy. In the past, the thought of speaking aloud in English in front of your peers sent chills down your spine. Don’t fret! With the online classes, you have the attention of your teacher. You won’t have to worry about others or any feel pressure. If you don’t understand something, you can work with your teacher through the issue until you finally understand. What’s great is you can work at your own pace and build a great rapport with the teacher. Check out some of our teachers😉
  5. Range of classes: Picture this, it’s the new year and, you’re super busy with family and celebrating. However, you usually take English classes every Saturday and, you don’t want to break the routine. You might not want to take your usual 45-minute class, so thanks to the flexibility of online studies, you can perhaps squeeze in a 15-minute class. So yes, there’s a range of timings you can choose from and different class topics. Whatever your interest or schedule, you have no worries.
  6. “I don’t want to show my face”: Don’t let your shyness hold you back anymore. Do you want to learn English? You are capable! If you really dislike video calls, online ESL schools offer the option for audio classes. This is excellent to build on listening skills too and some all-important self-confidence. Even us teachers get super shy sometimes too, so know, you’re not alone!

If you’re feeling motivated and inspired to start learning English and booking your first class, please be sure to check out You can book your free 15-minute class with us and get a taste for studying English online now.

All the best ❤️

How Can I Learn English?

Learning any new skill can at first present many challenges. Sometimes, a single challenge can deter us from continuing something we initially wanted. To combat this, it is crucial we implement useful habits and achievable targets. Learning a new language takes time and effort, we have to acknowledge this first! So, where do we start when wanting to learn English? Here are some tips from Panda Learn to our dear readers, enjoy.

  1. Know Your Motivation – This tip may seem a little obvious, but if you don’t have a good reason to learn a language, you are less likely to stay motivated in the long run. No matter your motivation, once you’ve decided on a language, it’s crucial to commit. Set yourself some challenging yet achievable goals. By doing this, you’ll feel you’re progressing, which will, in turn, motivate you to continue learning the language of your choice. So it’s a win-win situation! Rewards are great motivators! Don’t forget to treat yourself when you achieve your goals. If you have one really productive day of studying, why not take a break the next day as a reward? Or set yourself a goal for the day. If you achieve it, go and treat yourself to a nice slice of cake or something you’ve been craving.
  2. Set time for learning – If you’re serious about learning a language, it’s important to make a plan for how much time you can commit to learning. Schedule learning around your day. Most of us give the excuse we have no time. But once we reflect on our day, we realise we do! Even setting aside 10 minutes in the evening to read and review new vocabulary is extremely helpful! To get results, we need to be consistent.
  3. Leave Your Comfort Zone – Don’t be afraid of making mistakes, being corrected, and trying again. This is the same with any new language, and mistakes and errors are part of the journey. If you managed to say something, and someone else understood what you meant, then you’re successfully using the language! Willingness to make mistakes means being ready to put yourself in potentially embarrassing situations. This can be scary, but the only way to develop and improve. No matter how much you learn, you won’t ever speak a language without putting yourself out there: talk to strangers in the language, ask for directions, order food, try to tell a joke, etc. The more you do this, the bigger your comfort zone becomes, and the more at ease you’ll be in any new situations.
  4. Practice with a Tutor – Friendly native speakers can help you improve your skills and build your confidence. Conversing with native speakers will, unsurprisingly, increase your ability to speak to native speakers! They tend to talk much more quickly than non-native speakers, so understanding them can seem daunting at first. That’s why it’s important to get familiar with native speech habits, so you won’t find it challenging to understand your target language outside an educational setting.
  5. Read to learn English – The more you read English text to yourself or aloud, the more confidence you will have. If you feel nervous, start by practising at home then, move on to reading in front of an audience and asking for their feedback. Of course, it’s also enjoyable to read some wonderful stories. E-readers and tablets make learning English even easier because if you don’t know a word, you can click on it to read the definition. Others recommend listening to and reading simultaneously as an excellent way to enhance the learning process.
  6. Add Music – There is no need to go further to choose what music to listen to. The advice is to start with the songs you already listen to. Find the lyrics you love. We hear our favourite songs dozens of times a day, but we do not pay enough attention to the content and meaning of the words. Repetition is one of the most important factors in learning a foreign language. The joy of singing along to songs you love makes it easier for you to pick up the correct pronunciation. Learning how vocabulary is used in sentences is a key part of learning how to speak in the real world. You can’t learn isolated words in your target language and expect to become fluent.
  7. Watch TV Shows/Films – If you are someone who loves to watch movies and shows, now you have an even better excuse to watch them! There are just so many benefits of watching movies and shows when learning English (or any language). To start with, if you find you want to pick-up a particular accent, watch your favourite actor/actress and try to imitate them. Additionally, you will be able to learn an abundance of contemporary expressions. By choosing something that interests you, you’ll truly soak up a lot of learning from listening and observing. If you’re not sure where to start, check out our list –
  8. Record yourself – This is a great way to review your own speaking. I particularly encourage this to students who are preparing for speaking exams (IELTS). Maybe you can try recording a video/audio diary of your daily life or record yourself imitating someone. After, listen to your recording. Do you think you could improve? If yes, try again. Over time it will be nice to listen back and hear your improvements.
  9. Keep a notebook – When taking classes, it’s important to have a book in which you organise all your class notes. Treat your English learning journey the same. Write down any new vocabulary, meanings and synonyms. Make notes on grammar rules and create example sentences where you use these rules. If you’re struggling with the pronunciation of a word, break down the word as you hear it e.g. Listeninglih-suh-ning
  10. Have fun! – Lastly, remember that learning English should be fun. It unlocks so many exciting and rewarding opportunities for you too. From the tips above, you’ll see that there are plenty of fun ways to study English, that don’t just involve memorising grammar rules. Find a method that you enjoy the most and stick with it.