Your Guide to Party Etiquette in the UK

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Every country in the world has its own unspoken rules and expectations of how to behave when it comes to social gatherings – and the UK is no different. Often, people think that conventions in their own culture apply everywhere, or that the way you should behave is just ‘obvious’. That’s simply not the case, …

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Language Learning in Love

In some parts of the world February means dark days and cold temperatures, which is the reason why many dream of idyllic beaches and exciting travel itineraries. All of which you can perfectly do while learning a language abroad. And since February also means Valentine’s Day, let us talk about how even language study stays …

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6 Chat Up Lines in English You Definitely Should NOT Use This Valentine’s Day

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Love is in the air and romantic ideas are everywhere. If a gorgeous girl or guy has caught your eye, now’s your chance to impress them with your charm and flirtatious conversation. Unless, of course, you use one of these terrible chat up lines in English, in which case they will probably never speak to …

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What Your Boss Says in English… and What They Really Mean

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Trying to work out the subtext (hidden meaning) of things other people say is often tricky in your native language – and it’s REALLY difficult in another one! Added to this, there are certain unspoken rules in workplaces that employees are just supposed to ‘get’. For example, in many offices, when you go to the …

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6 English Words You Never Realised Were Taken from Other Languages

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From the 17th Century until the late 19th Century, England seemed to be obsessed with taking over as much of the world as it possibly could. In fact, at one point it was said that “the sun never set on the British Empire” – meaning that so much of the planet was controlled by this …

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3 Things No One Tells You About Moving to the UK

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Heading off to start an adventure in the UK? Perhaps you’re about to begin a new job or course. Perhaps you’re hoping to improve your English. Or perhaps you just want a change, and you hope to figure it all out when you get there. Whatever your reasons, here are three things you should know …

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The Number One Way to Sound More Interesting in English

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Learning the grammar and vocabulary of a new language allows you to communicate in a basic way, but to really have a conversation with someone, you also need to learn to speak in a natural, flowing way. One mistake that many language learners make is mirroring every question almost exactly in their answer. While there …

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Top Tips for Learning a Language Faster In-Country

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Ask many people what the best way to learning a language quickly is, and they’ll say “immerse yourself”. In other words, move to a country where your target language is spoken and you’ll have no choice but to improve, fast. Sadly, this isn’t always the case. Simply being around native speakers won’t help you improve …

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New Year’s Resolutions for English Language Learners

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Deciding on New Year’s Resolutions is a popular tradition in many English-speaking countries. This means that right at the end of the year, you think about the main things you want to change, achieve or start doing in the coming year. Your New Year’s Resolutions could refer to a particular, one-off achievement, like running a …

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Are You Using the Correct Present Tense?

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With under a week until Christmas, hopefully your presents are already piling up under the tree. Today, though, I want to talk to you about a very different type of “present”: the present tense! You may already know that there are three different types of present tense. These are called present simple, present continuous and …

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