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Archive for February, 2015

Using Adjectives Ending in –ed and –ing

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Adjectives are used all the time in English. They’re a great way of adding more information about a noun, and generally helping you to say something more about a person or thing. But have you ever wondered about why some of them end in ‘-ed’ and some end in ‘-ing’? And what the difference is …

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How Learning Languages can Open Up New Opportunities in Your Career

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Feeling a bit uninspired or stuck in a rut? Fancy a career change but don’t know what to do? How about learning a new language? Adding extra language skills to your CV can really open up the doorway to new possibilities you might never have imagined! And you might just be surprised about what you could …

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Learn How to Use the Infinitive Form in English

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Do you really know what the infinitive form of a verb is, or how to use it? A common mistake people make is to describe the infinitive as the most basic form of a verb – in fact, it isn’t! So what is the infinitive, and how might you actually speak or write it in …

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Are You Making These Common Mistakes in Your Writing?

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Making a mistake in your spoken English is easy enough to overlook – but when it happens in your writing, there’s no escape! Thankfully, some of the most common mistakes out there are actually quite simple and straightforward. So pay attention – are you making any of these everyday errors? Look out for them and …

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Learn These 8 Essential Phrases in Any Language Before You Travel

Wherever you go in the world, there are some things that will always stay the same. Those emergency phrases, where you desperately find yourself wishing you knew a few words of the local language. Learning a new language isn’t always easy – but if you want a smoother trip, then it’s definitely worth swotting up …

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How to Use Direct and Indirect Speech

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Did someone tell you a great story you want to share? Do you need to confirm what someone said to you? There are lots of reasons why you might want to report speech in English – and the most common way of doing it is by using direct and indirect speech. Read on to find …

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Why Are So Many Americans Learning Foreign Languages?

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Think that Americans don’t like to travel or learn languages? Think again! Each year, nearly 15 million Americans jet off to visit Europe, and more and more people are embracing learning a new language as part of the experience. So why learn a language at all? Let’s take a closer look at the reasons behind …

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Stop Making These Mistakes Before Your FCE Exam!

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Preparing for your FCE exam can be a bit challenging – but you can make it easier on yourself if you cut out some of those really annoying mistakes that get in your way! So if any of the following sound a bit familiar to you – pay attention to them the next time you …

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How to Use Relative Clauses

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Relative clauses are always helpful to know how to use! Put simply, they’re a useful way of giving some more information about something as part of the same sentence. But how do you construct a relative clause, and how do you use them correctly? Let’s take a closer look! What is a relative clause? A …

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