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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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5 Victorian Slang Words We Wish Existed in Modern English

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English is a very old language that has changed a huge amount over the centuries. In particular, English speakers have always been very creative about inventing and using humorous slang. But while we still have many fascinating or hilarious slang terms, the true “golden era” of English slang must have been Victorian London. During the …

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How to Talk About Sensitive Subjects in English

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No matter what language you are speaking, whether it is your native tongue or a foreign language, there are some topics that are very hard to talk about. When you discuss things like politics, religion, personal relationships or other subjects that can make people feel emotional or angry, you have to be very careful about …

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How to Create a Great LinkedIn Profile in English

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Are you learning English because you want to get a top job in an English language country? If so, you need to make sure that you present yourself in the best possible way online, too. LinkedIn is the most popular professional networking website in the world. It’s more and more likely that, when you apply …

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What Does “April Fools’ Day” Mean?

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Have you seen any news stories in the last few days that seemed a bit strange? Perhaps your English-speaking friends were in an unusually childish mood on Saturday morning? That’s because, for people in the UK, Northern Europe, India, and many English speaking countries around the world, April 1st is “April Fools’ Day”, also called …

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Want to Improve Your Conversational English Faster? Ask More Questions!

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In his famous book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie points out that there is one very simple way to get people to like you and enjoy talking to you: ask them lots of questions about themselves. Everybody wants to feel like they are interesting enough for other people to listen to, …

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A Quick Guide to Irish English

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St Patrick’s Day is a very popular celebration all over the world and there is a good chance that, wherever you live, there was a Paddy’s Day-themed night on Friday, with plenty of people wearing green and drinking pints of Guinness, whether they are Irish or not. But, while Irish culture is loved everywhere, many …

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