Useful Phrases for Dealing with Your English-Speaking Landlord

When you’re renting a flat or house anywhere in the world, there will be times when things go wrong and you need to call your landlord. If you’re renting somewhere to live in an English-speaking country, that means, of course, that you need to have the conversation in English! At this point, you might realise …

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12 Back-to-School Idioms

If you’re studying English (or studying at an English-language college or university), the first term of the new school year will now have begun! At this time of year, you may also notice how many school-related idioms English speakers use in everyday conversation. Here are 12 of the most popular idioms to do with school …

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7 Excellent Podcasts for English Learners

Podcasts are a great resource for improving your listening skills, and they’re really easy to fit into your life. You can download some to listen to, for example, while you’re commuting or travelling, when you’re in the gym or while you make dinner. That means you don’t even have to make extra time to listen …

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Everything You Need to Know About Freshers’ Week in the UK

It’s September – and that means the end of the summer holidays and the start of term for schools, colleges and universities all over the UK. If you’re about to start your degree course in Britain, you’re probably feeling exciting or nervous (or both!) about studying in a new country and experiencing a new culture. …

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The English Learner’s Guide to UK Festivals

The UK might not have the most reliable weather or the warmest summers, but that doesn’t stop the British from going crazy for a summer festival! The main music festivals include Glastonbury, Bestival, Isle of Wight Festival, Wireless and Reading & Leeds Festival. These tend to have very famous headliners (the main band or singer, …

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8 Useful English Words and Phrases for the Airport

English is much of the world’s second language – and that’s certainly true when it comes to airports and planes. While they are in the air, pilots have to give announcements in English by law. No matter what international airport you visit in the world, you will see signs in English and you will be …

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How To Ask For Help In English

It’s August – and that means it’s summer holiday time for many people in the Northern Hemisphere! If you’re a smart traveller, you will have thought about many of the things you need to keep you safe or to make sure you don’t have problems when you go abroad. For example, spare cash or credit …

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8 Words that Were Invented by Shakespeare

William Shakespeare is probably the most famous writer ever to have lived – and certainly the most famous playwright to have written in the English language. He’s famous for telling the stories of Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, MacBeth, King Lear and many others. He’s also famous for inventing lots of new words in the English …

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9 Amazing Cities for English Learners

Newsflash: if you’re looking a perfect English-speaking city to live, work, study or simply visit to help you improve your English, you don’t have to stick to the obvious, expensive!) cities of London, New York, Sydney and so on. Here are 11 amazing locations where English is the main language spoken and which you might …

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What Does Onomatopoeia Mean?

One of the trickiest words you are likely to come across when learning English is onomatopoeia. It’s hard to spell and hard to pronounce… but it has a very simple meaning! First of all, let’s get the pronunciation right: on-oh-mat-oh-pee-ah. Onomatopoeia is when a word sounds like the thing it describes. For example, in English …

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