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Archive for May, 2017

A Quick Guide to Making Small Talk in English

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What is Small Talk? “Small talk” means conversation that you have about simple, basic topics. It’s something you do to be friendly or polite when you need to “break the ice” (find a way to start talking to someone), or when you don’t know someone well enough to ask more personal questions / tell which …

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3 Ways to Memorise Vocabulary

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There’s no way around it: vocabulary is something that you simply have to learn – and remember. However, while there’s no way to avoid this, there are all kinds of tricks you can use to help you get new words to stick in your head and recall them quickly when you need them. Choosing the …

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6 New Words in English – And How to Use Them

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English is a language that’s changing all the time. This happens for lots of reasons: people invent words and phrases to explain brand new ideas and technologies, the names of celebrities or characters in books and films turn into adjectives, and sometimes jokes, slang words, abbreviations or even brand names get used so often they …

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Why is it important to learn English?

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There are many, many reasons why learning a new language is a good idea. It allows you to communicate with new people. It helps you to see things from a different perspective, or get a deeper understanding of another culture. It helps you to become a better listener. It even has health benefits, as studies …

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10 Fun Facts About the English Language

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  English is a strange language, don’t you think? So many of the rules and spellings don’t seem logical, it borrows words from all different languages, and so many words just aren’t pronounced the way you would expect. We understand your frustration. But as annoying as the English language can be, it’s also an extremely …

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