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How To Ask For Help In English

It’s August – and that means it’s summer holiday time for many people in the Northern Hemisphere! If you’re a smart traveller, you will have thought about many of the things you need to keep you safe or to make sure you don’t have problems when you go abroad. For example, spare cash or credit …

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8 Words that Were Invented by Shakespeare

William Shakespeare is probably the most famous writer ever to have lived – and certainly the most famous playwright to have written in the English language. He’s famous for telling the stories of Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, MacBeth, King Lear and many others. He’s also famous for inventing lots of new words in the English …

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9 Amazing Cities for English Learners

Newsflash: if you’re looking a perfect English-speaking city to live, work, study or simply visit to help you improve your English, you don’t have to stick to the obvious, expensive!) cities of London, New York, Sydney and so on. Here are 11 amazing locations where English is the main language spoken and which you might …

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What Does Onomatopoeia Mean?

One of the trickiest words you are likely to come across when learning English is onomatopoeia. It’s hard to spell and hard to pronounce… but it has a very simple meaning! First of all, let’s get the pronunciation right: on-oh-mat-oh-pee-ah. Onomatopoeia is when a word sounds like the thing it describes. For example, in English …

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15 Fascinating Facts that Will Make You Love the English Language

English is a very strange language in many ways. It’s made up of lots of bits and pieces from all different countries, cultures and other languages from all over the world. Many of its spellings and grammar rules are confusing. It’s spoken with all kinds of accents and dialects, in the UK and across the …

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13 Tips to Help You Succeed in the IELTS Test

Exam season is here! Are you feeling nervous? Everyone hates exams, but there are some simple things you can do to make the whole thing much less stressful. Here are 20 quick and easy tips… for the long and difficult IELTS exam. Wear comfortable clothes. It sounds like a small thing, but in a 2 …

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6 TV Series That Will Help You Understand British Culture

The Brits can seem very strange to outsiders. Their dry humour and sarcasm, their obsession with the weather, their weird levels of politeness… it can all be a bit confusing if you’re new to the UK! Here are six very funny TV shows that will really help you to get inside the heads of Brits, …

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Having Trouble Getting Native English Speakers to Understand You? These Tips Will Help!

It’s SO frustrating when you know you are saying the correct words in conversation, but you are still struggling to make yourself understood! Don’t get upset, embarrassed or offended, though. Sometimes it just takes a few small changes to where you place stress or intonation in a sentence to help a native speaker understand what …

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What to Say In English to Someone Who Is Going Through a Difficult Time

It’s very difficult to find the words to show that you support and feel sympathy for someone when sad things happen to them. Many people have no idea what to say in any language, and to make it even harder, phrases that would be appropriate in your native language don’t always have exactly the same …

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Where Did the Australian Accent Come From?

Image representing Sydney Opera House in Australia

The official language of Australia is English, but you may have noticed that the Australian accent is very different to any accent you would hear in the United Kingdom. In this blog post, I’ll explain how that happened. Today, many British people are desperate to move to sunny Australia, but in the 18th Century, when …

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