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Archive for October, 2014

How to Use Possessive Pronouns

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Possessive pronouns are used very commonly in English – in fact, you’ll find there’s rarely a sentence where you don’t need one! So what are possessive pronouns, and how do you use them correctly? Possessive pronouns are related to a particular object, person or group, and they are used to show belonging to them. You …

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How Learning a Language Makes Travelling So Much Better

Think that all you need to travel is a desire to explore, a handy guidebook and a passport? Think again. Travelling can really expand your world. It can introduce you to lots of new people, let you experience a new way of life, and appreciate the rich culture of different communities around the world. But …

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The Pros and Cons of Working Overseas

Maybe you’ve been bitten by wanderlust and want to explore the world. Maybe you want to expand your skills and talents. Or maybe you just want to try out something completely different. Whatever your reasons are, you’ve got the bug to step beyond your comfort zone, and make the big step of working overseas. Before …

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Common Phrases with ‘Put’

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“Put” is a really simple three-letter word, but you’ll find that it is used a lot in English. This word is related to position – but it can be used in a surprisingly diverse range of ways. As one of the most commonly used words in English phrases and sayings, it has lots of different …

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That’s So Typical! Quintessentially British Sayings

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English might be one of the most commonly spoken languages around the world, but there are some special phrases that are really quite unique to Britain. And to make things a little more interesting, they don’t always mean quite what you think they might. To help you out, here are quintessential things you’re likely to …

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Talking about the Past

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There are quite a few ways of talking about things in the past in English – so how do you choose the right one? It all depends on when something happened in the past – and whether it’s something that still is affecting what you do in the present, or what you might do in …

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Have you been thinking about taking the FCE exam?

Have you been thinking about taking the FCE exam? Find yourself making excuses? Not sure if it’s really worth the effort? Well – short answer. It definitely is. But if you need some extra convincing, here are 4 reasons why you should take the plunge and go for it: 1. Get real life English language …

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Talking about the Future

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Looking forward to doing something? Planning what you are going to do tomorrow? There are lots of different ways to talk about the future in English – and they all have slightly different meanings! To help you look ahead to the future, read on to find out how you can express it. Describing your plans …

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More than Teaching and Translating – How a Language can Jumpstart your Career

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Having a few extra languages on your CV is supposed to do wonders for your career. That might sound great if you want to teach a foreign language, translate books or be an interpreter for an international agency. But what if you don’t fancy a career in typical ‘language’ careers? Is spending all that effort …

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The Essential Parts of Speech – Part Two

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Using English can be broken down to some simple rules. If you know these well, then you’ll have a great head start! These essential rules are called the ‘parts of speech’, and you will usually use them in any spoken or written English. Last time, we covered the first four of these. To remind you …

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