A Quick Guide to Irish English

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St Patrick’s Day is a very popular celebration all over the world and there is a good chance that, wherever you live, there was a Paddy’s Day-themed night on Friday, with plenty of people wearing green and drinking pints of Guinness, whether they are Irish or not. But, while Irish culture is loved everywhere, many …

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What is An Oxymoron?

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If you’re thinking, “an oxy-what?” … don’t worry! Although it looks like a difficult word, it isn’t TOO hard to pronounce: just break it down into ox – ee – more – on. Well, that’s how you say it. But what is it? An oxymoron is a phrase that uses two words or terms together …

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How to Improve Your Reading Score on the IELTS Exam

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Many students find the reading test to be the least stressful part of their IELTS exam. Unlike the listening test, you have time to think about each question and come back to it later. Having the words written down in front of you also means that you are under less pressure than in speaking and …

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Want to Learn English Faster? Start Laughing!

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Do you want to learn new words and grammar faster, and to remember more of what you learn without needing to revise? Of course you do! Who wouldn’t want that? The great news is that the secret to better learning isn’t to spend an extra five hours staring at your textbook. In fact, it is …

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How to Explain What Someone Else Said in English

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A teacher at school once told me that using reported speech is a great way to make your stories more interesting for the person reading or listening. “Reported speech is a great way to make your stories more interesting,” she said. Did you see what happened there? I just showed you two different ways to …

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Phrasal Verbs Explained

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Phrasal verbs are one of the most difficult things for English learners to understand and use accurately. Unfortunately, they are used very often in the English language! In this blog post, we’re going to take a look at some common expressions that use phrasal verbs and try to make them a little less scary to …

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10 English Idioms About Love

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so we thought we’d teach you some handy English idioms that are all about love and romance! Here are 10 phrases to help you charm someone you care about this February 14th. 1.To Fall in Love / To Fall For Someone These phrases are both about the feeling …

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These Are Some Of the Most Beautiful Quotes In English Literature

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For such a small country, England has produced some of the best and most famous writers in history. From Shakespeare to Jane Austen to J.K. Rowling, English writers have had an enormous impact on people who love to read, all over the world. There are many famous quote to choose from, but there are some …

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Tips for Starting and Ending Your Emails

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Trying to get just the right tone in an email can be confusing. Most of the time, emails are less formal than letters, but more formal than texts or Facebook messages. Depending on whether you’re talking to a friend, a teacher or colleague, or someone you’ve never met, you will need to adapt the way …

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What Is Brexit and What Does it Mean for You?

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One of the biggest political issues in the world right now is “Brexit” – the UK’s decision to leave the European Union (EU). If you’re coming to the UK to work, study or just to visit, you might be confused or concerned about what this means. Let’s look at what Brexit is, and how it …

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