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The Most Common Spelling Mistakes for English Language Learners

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The English language doesn’t always seem completely logical and some spellings aren’t obvious, even to native speakers. These are words that you just have to learn. This is especially confusing when it comes to words that sound the same but have different meanings. It’s very easy to mix these up when you’re writing them down, …

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How to Pronounce “The”

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“The” is probably the word you will use the most of any in the English language. After all I used it four times in the first sentence! But you might have noticed that English speakers don’t always pronounce it in completely the same way. Don’t worry if you’re confused about this. In fact, there are …

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When to Say “Hope” and When to Say “Wish”

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  It’s not surprising that many English learners confuse the words “hope” and “wish”. After all, they can both be used to describe something that hasn’t happened yet, but that you want to happen. However, there are some important differences in the way that they are used. When you say “I hope” it either means …

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How a “Language Swap” Can Help You Improve Your English for Free

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  Having a conversation with a native speaker is probably the best and fastest ways to improve your language skills. The problem is, where do you find one? If you’re studying English in an English-speaking country, it’s a lot easier. You probably have a lot of opportunities to start a conversation, practise your speaking and …

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One Simple Way to Make Your Sentences Much More Interesting

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Here’s a quick and easy way to make your stories and descriptions more exciting, straightaway: use adverbs! In case you need a reminder, adverbs describe an action. They tell you the way someone is doing a certain thing. For example, she was running quickly, he smiled happily, I climbed over the fence easily. These help …

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5 Phrases to Help You Survive the Corporate World

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If you’re learning English to help you get a good job with a company in a country like the US or the UK, just make sure you’re prepared. You might have to get used to an entirely new language, too – a language that’s only ever spoken inside offices and meeting rooms. A language called …

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Wanna Improve Your Fluency? Use Reductions!

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  What’s the biggest difference between a native speaker and an advanced level speaker of English? Often, the advanced level student uses better grammar when they speak. Of course, no one wants to make embarrassing mistakes, or to make it more difficult for the other person to understand them. You shouldn’t be lazy about mastering …

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The Number One Reason English Speakers Think You Are Being Rude

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  Do you sometimes have the feeling that native English speakers think you are being impolite – and you don’t know why? Perhaps you are trying your best to use formal language. You remember to say things like “please” and “thank you” and “excuse me”. You don’t believe that you are breaking any cultural rules …

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