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Archive for September, 2016

Eurocentres Video lessons – How to use Simple Future?

  There are lots of ways you can think about the future, and you’re probably familiar with some of them! You might want to describe something you’re about to do very soon, or you may want to share your hopes and plans for the years ahead. While both describe the future, they do it differently, …

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6 Business Words With Similar Meanings that Learners Often Mix Up

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In a professional environment, you often have to be very clear and precise about what you mean. That’s tricky when English uses two different words for things that are called the same thing in other languages! Plus, some business-related words in English are “false friends” that sound very similar to words in other languages, but …

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11 English Acronyms You Really Need to Know

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Unsure what Q&A stands for? Don’t know why everyone was posting “RIP Ziggy Stardust” on Facebook when David Bowie died? In English we frequently use things called “acronyms”, which is when you take the first letter of each word in a phrase and join them together. Usually these letters are pronounced individually, for example, you …

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Eurocentres video lessons – Common Spelling Mistakes

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. Let’s look at some of the most common mistakes that English learners …

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What to Call Your Friends in English

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The English language has dozens of words for “friend”. These are slightly different depending where you are in the world, how close you are to a person and the context you’re using the word in. So how do you know which one to use? Let’s start with the word mate. This is a very popular …

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How to Make Business Small Talk in English

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Making conversation at professional events is scary. Making conversation at professional events in a second language can be terrifying! Here are six great ways to make small talk with colleagues and new work connections at events, meetings and other professional situations. Find a Confident Way to Say Hello There’s a saying in English that you …

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Your Guide to Saying “Thank You” In the UK

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  Visitors to the UK, even from other English-speaking countries, often find it surprising (or funny) how many different ways Brits have invented to say thank you. Here are some of the most common words and phrases you’ll hear people use. Thanks / Many thanks / Thanks so much You’re likely to hear the shortened …

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Eurocentres video lessons – When to use In / Under / On

Prepositions can be very confusing. Why do English-speaking people say that they are “in the car” but “on the train”? Why do we distinguish between being “in time” or “on time”? Why do we say that we are “in control” of a situation, but also that the situation is “under control”?   Watch the video …

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11 Foods that Have Different Names in the UK and the US

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As you probably know, Yanks say tomAYto, Brits say tomAHto… but it isn’t just pronunciation that can be different between the two countries. In fact, when it comes to food, people from the UK and US sometimes use completely different words! Here are ten common foods that have totally different names on either side of …

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The Hardest Words to Pronounce for English Learners

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  The English language isn’t always logical and many words don’t sound the way the spelling suggests they should. Here are some of the trickiest words for non-native speakers to pronounce: Successful What it Means: If you say that a person is successful, it means that they have achieved great/impressive things, or they have done …

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