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The Number One Way to Sound More Interesting in English

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Learning the grammar and vocabulary of a new language allows you to communicate in a basic way, but to really have a conversation with someone, you also need to learn to speak in a natural, flowing way. One mistake that many language learners make is mirroring every question almost exactly in their answer. While there …

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Top Tips for Learning a Language Faster In-Country

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Ask many people what the best way to learning a language quickly is, and they’ll say “immerse yourself”. In other words, move to a country where your target language is spoken and you’ll have no choice but to improve, fast. Sadly, this isn’t always the case. Simply being around native speakers won’t help you improve …

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New Year’s Resolutions for English Language Learners

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Deciding on New Year’s Resolutions is a popular tradition in many English-speaking countries. This means that right at the end of the year, you think about the main things you want to change, achieve or start doing in the coming year. Your New Year’s Resolutions could refer to a particular, one-off achievement, like running a …

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Are You Using the Correct Present Tense?

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With under a week until Christmas, hopefully your presents are already piling up under the tree. Today, though, I want to talk to you about a very different type of “present”: the present tense! You may already know that there are three different types of present tense. These are called present simple, present continuous and …

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7 Bizarre Christmas Traditions from Around the World

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Christmas is a BIG deal in almost all of the English-speaking world, and many popular traditions are more or less the same, wherever you are. For example, eating a huge Christmas dinner with roast turkey and vegetables, followed by Christmas Pudding covered in brandy and set on fire. Or giving presents to your loved ones …

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Tips for Making a Good Impression of Your English-Speaking In-Laws

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For many people, the scariest part of a new relationship is meeting your partner’s family for the first time! In English, you might hear people talking about meeting the “in-laws”, which is short for “mother-in-law”, “father-in-law”, “sister-in-law”, “brother-in-law” and so on. Properly speaking, it means the family of your husband or wife, since these people …

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10 of the Best Christmas Songs of All Time (and Why We Love Them)

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It might be nearly a month until Christmas – and December hasn’t even started yet – but in the UK, the USA and many other English-speaking countries, radio stations are already overloaded with Christmas-themed pop songs! Here in the UK, we LOVE our Christmas songs. Sometimes it’s because they are happy tunes that remind us …

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Traditional British Nursery Rhymes and What They Mean

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If you started learning English when you were very young, you might remember being taught some “nursery rhymes”. These are simple songs for children that teach them a new idea, contain some sort of lesson, or sometimes are just supposed to keep them entertained. For example, this is a modern nursery rhyme designed to help …

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What Is Thanksgiving All About?

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Christmas, which is celebrated all across the English-speaking world, is still six weeks away, but November marks another very important holiday in the USA. Here’s a guide to what Thanksgiving is all about and how people in America celebrate the holiday. Where Does it Come From? Thanksgiving goes all the way to back the 17th …

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How to Use the Words “Already”, “Yet” and “Still”

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Three words that can be very confusing to English learners are already, yet and still. All three of these are used to describe whether an action has been completed or not, which is why lots of people mix them up. However, they each mean different things. Let’s start by explaining what each word means, and …

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