How to Avoid Awkward Situations When Meeting English Speakers

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Meeting new people for the first time often makes us nervous. Even when you are speaking your mother tongue it can be difficult to think of things to say, but when you’re speaking in another language, it’s even harder. One problem is that, when you’re worrying about making mistakes, it’s easy to focus too much …

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7 Quotes to Inspire You to Improve Your English in 2017

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Are you determined to improve your English this year? Great! With a little focus and willpower, there’s no reason why you can’t. At the start of the year, though, we often feel inspired and excited about a new challenge. After a few weeks go by, it can be hard to stay motivated. So here are …

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15 Ways to Say “Drunk” In British English

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It’s not something to be proud of, but people from the UK have a reputation all over the world for drinking far too much alcohol! In fact, there are few things more British than going to the pub, whether that’s after work, at the weekend, or even during a lunch break. Sunny days in the …

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4 Free Apps to Improve Your English Learning in 2017

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These days, there are no excuses for not improving your English a little bit every day. That’s because you don’t have to wait until you’re in a classroom or at your desk with a big pile of textbooks to practise your language skills. There are hundreds of great English learning apps that you can download …

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4 New Year’s Resolutions for English Learners

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2016 is nearly over and millions of people around the world are starting to think of New Year’s Resolutions for 2017. If you haven’t heard the term before, a New Year’s Resolution is something you decide you will either give up (stop doing) when the new year begins, or something that you will try your …

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Your Guide to Being Polite in Difficult Situations: Part Two

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In the first part of this blog post, we talked about why it’s important to use diplomatic language and how to use modal verbs to sound politer when dealing with difficult situations. Today, we’re going to look at some other ways to soften your language. Let’s start with situations where you need to tell someone …

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Quick Guide to Canadian Slang and Idioms

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Every English-speaking country has its own slang, informal language and other popular phrases that aren’t used anywhere else. In the past, we’ve talked about UK slang, American slang and Australian slang. Today we’re going to look at words used in casual, everyday speech in another important English-speaking country: Canada. Many English learners think that, because …

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Your Guide to Being Polite in Difficult Situations: Part One

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One of the most difficult things to do when you’re speaking in a foreign language is to use diplomatic language. To be “diplomatic” means saying what you need to say without offending, upsetting or angering someone. It’s a way of being polite in a situation where you don’t think the other person will like what …

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What to Do When You Get Nervous

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Everyone gets nervous sometimes. In some situations, it can even be a good thing! A bit of extra adrenaline, or your heart beating a little faster, can make you feel more awake and focussed, which might be exactly what you need when you’re walking into a high-pressure situation. But getting too nervous can be a …

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Christmas with Eurocentres in Paris

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“Paris is always a good idea“, Audrey Hepburn supposedly said once. We agree to this wholeheartedly because Paris is worth the trip not only in the warm sun of spring and summer. Delphine Crevelle, who works as a sales area manager and product manager at the Eurocentres language school in Paris, knows this, too: “Paris …

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