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Archive for June, 2016

The Secret to Learning a Language? Think Like a Child!

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Do you remember learning your own language? I don’t mean classes at school, where you were taught how to read, to spell words, or corrected on your grammatical mistakes. I mean actually learning to speak. I’m talking about the first five or six years of your life, when you learned to communicate in your mother …

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If You Want to Perfect Your English Pronunciation, Watch My Lips!

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Learning new vocabulary is only the beginning. To make yourself understood in a conversation, you need to get the pronunciation right, too. Every language is unique. That is the case for how we sound out each vowel and consonant, as well as the actual words we use. It sounds a little strange, but if you …

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How to Avoid Sounding Like a Robot When You Tell a Story

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When you are talking to your friends in your own language, how do you tell a story about something that happened to you? Do you use slang? Do you make jokes? Do you mimic how other people involved in the situation speak? A lot of your personality comes through in the way you describe a …

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6 Steps to Instantly Improve Your English Pronunciation

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  Getting the pronunciation right is one of the hardest things about learning any new language. Use these six steps to boost your confidence today! Listen Very Carefully You can’t improve your pronunciation by reading English. You have to hear the words spoken out loud. Download podcasts, watch news reports and listen to music, listening …

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5 Top Things You Can Do Today to Prepare for Your IELTS Exam

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There’s no easy way to say this: the IELTS exam is tough. Doing all four exams on the same day tests more than just your skills and level of English: it also tests your stamina, endurance and organisational abilities. You have to be able to pace yourself properly to cover all of the material in …

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How to Start a Conversation with a Native English Speaker

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One of the hardest things to do in a foreign language is start a conversation in the first place. You want to practise speaking and you want it to flow naturally, but what do you say to a stranger? In English there is an expression for this: “breaking the ice”. Breaking the ice (or having …

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4 Ways to Improve Your Fluency in English

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Do you understand English really well when it’s written down, but stumble over your words when you try to speak? Try these 4 handy tips to help you have more natural, flowing conversations. Try Not to Translate Everything in Your Head The best sign that you are starting to become fluent is when you can …

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How to Make Your Home the Perfect Place to Revise English

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The very best way to learn English (and to stop yourself forgetting it again) is to expose yourself to the language as much as you possibly can. However, if you don’t live in an English-speaking country or work in a job where English is spoken, that can seem a little difficult. Luckily, you can use …

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Why Reading in English Isn’t Enough to Make You Fluent

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Why are you learning English? Is it specifically so that you can read a newspaper in Canada? Or Harry Potter in the original language? Or to pick through a financial report from Australia? Probably not. Of course, it’s possible that you have a very specific reason that you are only learning to read English, or …

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