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Archive for December, 2016

Your Guide to Being Polite in Difficult Situations: Part Two

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In the first part of this blog post, we talked about why it’s important to use diplomatic language and how to use modal verbs to sound politer when dealing with difficult situations. Today, we’re going to look at some other ways to soften your language. Let’s start with situations where you need to tell someone …

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Quick Guide to Canadian Slang and Idioms

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Every English-speaking country has its own slang, informal language and other popular phrases that aren’t used anywhere else. In the past, we’ve talked about UK slang, American slang and Australian slang. Today we’re going to look at words used in casual, everyday speech in another important English-speaking country: Canada. Many English learners think that, because …

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Your Guide to Being Polite in Difficult Situations: Part One

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One of the most difficult things to do when you’re speaking in a foreign language is to use diplomatic language. To be “diplomatic” means saying what you need to say without offending, upsetting or angering someone. It’s a way of being polite in a situation where you don’t think the other person will like what …

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What to Do When You Get Nervous

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Everyone gets nervous sometimes. In some situations, it can even be a good thing! A bit of extra adrenaline, or your heart beating a little faster, can make you feel more awake and focussed, which might be exactly what you need when you’re walking into a high-pressure situation. But getting too nervous can be a …

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Christmas with Eurocentres in Paris

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“Paris is always a good idea“, Audrey Hepburn supposedly said once. We agree to this wholeheartedly because Paris is worth the trip not only in the warm sun of spring and summer. Delphine Crevelle, who works as a sales area manager and product manager at the Eurocentres language school in Paris, knows this, too: “Paris …

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Worried About Finding an Apartment in a New City? Read This First!

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One of the first things you need to do when you move to a new city to study English or start a new job is find somewhere to live. This can be stressful for anyone, but when you’re searching for a house or flat in an unfamiliar country, using a second language, it can be …

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What British People REALLY Eat

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  British food has a terrible reputation around the world. People often think it is either boring, or greasy and unhealthy. In the past, this was probably true. Many British people would only eat things like toast or cereal for breakfast, a plain cheese or ham sandwich for lunch and meat with two types of …

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How to Agree With Someone

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Do you ever feel unsure of how to show that you agree with what someone is saying? After all, it’s not always enough (or appropriate) to simply say “yes”. There are many occasions where you need to show how strongly you agree with someone, or explain why. In English, there are many different words and …

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Eurocentres video lessons – How do I say yes and no politely?

  ‘Yes’ and ‘no’ are two of the first words you learn in English. To sound polite, it is easy to add ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. For example: Do you want a drink? Yes, please. No, thank you. But there are other, more common ways to do this in English.   Saying ‘yes’:   If …

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Christmas Traditions Around the World

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As Slade sing at the start of Merry Christmas Everyone: “It’s Chriiiiiiiiistmas!” In more than 160 countries around the world, people are starting to prepare for this popular holiday. But how you celebrate depends on where you live. If your country officially celebrates Christmas, that might mean putting up Christmas wreaths, branches of holly and …

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