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Archive for January, 2017

Tips for Starting and Ending Your Emails

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Trying to get just the right tone in an email can be confusing. Most of the time, emails are less formal than letters, but more formal than texts or Facebook messages. Depending on whether you’re talking to a friend, a teacher or colleague, or someone you’ve never met, you will need to adapt the way …

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What Is Brexit and What Does it Mean for You?

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One of the biggest political issues in the world right now is “Brexit” – the UK’s decision to leave the European Union (EU). If you’re coming to the UK to work, study or just to visit, you might be confused or concerned about what this means. Let’s look at what Brexit is, and how it …

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How Did Trump Become President? A Quick Guide to the US Political System

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Wherever you live in the world and no matter what language you speak, I’m sure you’ve seen news coverage of the latest US Presidential Election. Donald Trump, a famous businessman and reality TV star, has just become the country’s 45th president. While Trump has a lot of very enthusiastic supporters who really like him, a …

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Too Busy to Study? Here are 10 Great Ways to Find More Time in Your Day

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The best way to improve your English is to practise a little bit every day. Even 10 or 15 minutes can make a big difference! The problem is, we’re all so busy. Sometimes it seems too difficult even to find a small amount of spare time to work on your language skills. Here are 10 …

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How to Avoid Awkward Situations When Meeting English Speakers

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Meeting new people for the first time often makes us nervous. Even when you are speaking your mother tongue it can be difficult to think of things to say, but when you’re speaking in another language, it’s even harder. One problem is that, when you’re worrying about making mistakes, it’s easy to focus too much …

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7 Quotes to Inspire You to Improve Your English in 2017

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Are you determined to improve your English this year? Great! With a little focus and willpower, there’s no reason why you can’t. At the start of the year, though, we often feel inspired and excited about a new challenge. After a few weeks go by, it can be hard to stay motivated. So here are …

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15 Ways to Say “Drunk” In British English

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It’s not something to be proud of, but people from the UK have a reputation all over the world for drinking far too much alcohol! In fact, there are few things more British than going to the pub, whether that’s after work, at the weekend, or even during a lunch break. Sunny days in the …

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4 Free Apps to Improve Your English Learning in 2017

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These days, there are no excuses for not improving your English a little bit every day. That’s because you don’t have to wait until you’re in a classroom or at your desk with a big pile of textbooks to practise your language skills. There are hundreds of great English learning apps that you can download …

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4 New Year’s Resolutions for English Learners

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2016 is nearly over and millions of people around the world are starting to think of New Year’s Resolutions for 2017. If you haven’t heard the term before, a New Year’s Resolution is something you decide you will either give up (stop doing) when the new year begins, or something that you will try your …

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