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7 Funny English Chat Up Lines (and What They Mean)

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If you ever find yourself talking to a native English speaker in a bar, club or dating app, there’s a strong chance they may use a “chat up line” or “pick up line”. This is a joke that plays on words or has a double meaning, and which is supposed to be flirty or flattering. …

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The Science Behind Learning a Language Faster

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Everyone thinks they know best when it comes to the “right” way to study, but neuroscience tells us that some approaches are more effective than others. (Neuroscience is an area of medicine that looks at how the brain works.) Based on the things that neuroscientists have found out about how your brain learns new things …

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4 Words that Native English Speakers Get Wrong ALL the Time

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Okay, okay, I know I always say that the best way to learn English is to chat to native speakers as much as you can – and that’s still true! However, it’s important to remember that people sometimes make mistakes even when they’re speaking their own language and, if you don’t learn the rules for …

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How to Improve Your Concentration

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Do you have English exams looming? Are you struggling to focus? Here are our top tips to help you get in the right headspace to study Choose a Work Zone Pick a place that you only go to work and where you can switch off all other distractions while you’re there. Somewhere that’s designed to …

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Other Ways to Say “Said”

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As Limp Bizkit sang, “some days it’s all about the ‘he says, she says’” … and when you’re speaking in English, it’s easy to find yourself using the word ‘said’ far too much! This is a common problem when you’re telling a story or reporting information given to you by someone else. Sometimes you find …

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Nervous About Studying at an English-Speaking University? Here’s a Great Way to Prepare

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One of the biggest reasons that people want to learn English is because they want to study abroad (or at a university where classes are in English!). If you are thinking of studying your degree in English, I’m sure you already know about things like entrance requirements and the exams you need to take to …

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Learning English Through the News

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Some of the best sources of material for improving your English are news channels and websites. It’s much easier to concentrate, learn and remember new information if you’re watching, listening or reading about something that interests you, so whether you’re more interested in politics, sport, art and culture, business or celebrity gossip, you should be …

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Beginner’s Guide to Phonetics

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Last week we talked about why so  many words in the English language are so hard to pronounce, or don’t sound the way they look on paper. This week, I’m going to show you a great, practical system to help you deal with the problem! Introducing: The International Phonetic Alphabet The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) …

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This is Why English Pronunciation is So Hard

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Let’s be honest, English pronunciation makes no sense. Unlike most other languages, where words that end in the same way usually rhyme, in English you can change the first letter of a word and suddenly you have to change the way you say the rest, too. Meanwhile, words that look completely different are sometimes pronounced …

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How to Open a Bank Account in the UK

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Are you moving to the UK long term, to work or study? If so, you will almost certainly need a UK bank account. In this blog post, we’ll take you through all the important things you need to know in order to make that happen. Why Do I Need a UK Bank Account? Firstly, if …

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