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How to Agree With Someone

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Do you ever feel unsure of how to show that you agree with what someone is saying? After all, it’s not always enough (or appropriate) to simply say “yes”. There are many occasions where you need to show how strongly you agree with someone, or explain why. In English, there are many different words and …

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Christmas Traditions Around the World

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As Slade sing at the start of Merry Christmas Everyone: “It’s Chriiiiiiiiistmas!” In more than 160 countries around the world, people are starting to prepare for this popular holiday. But how you celebrate depends on where you live. If your country officially celebrates Christmas, that might mean putting up Christmas wreaths, branches of holly and …

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21 Slang Words You’ll Only Hear in New York

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New York, New York! If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere… but first, you need to understand what the people around you are saying. Yes, like many major cities, New York has it’s very own, unique slang words that you’re unlikely to hear anywhere else. Here are 21 essential words and …

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15 Weird English Idioms that Will Make You Sound Like a Native Speaker

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Many of the most common phrases that English speakers use every day sound very strange to a foreign ear! In fact, English speakers use many of these idioms without even thinking about it and only a few people could probably tell you where these phrases came from in the first place. However, once you get …

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How to Listen to Music Without Making Your English Worse

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Did you read that title and think, “But wait! That doesn’t make sense! How could listening to English music make my English WORSE?” Good question! Most of the time, listening, reading or watching anything in English is a great way to improve your pronunciation, learn new words and get used to hearing informal English. But …

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7 Great YouTube Channels for English Learners

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Videos can be some of the best resources for learning English. You hear how the words are spoken, helping you to improve your pronunciation and your listening skills. At the same time, you can see the words or images related to them on screen, which is perfect if you are a “visual” learner – someone …

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4 Popular Idioms About Teaching

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It’s not just teachers that teach us the things we need to know! There are many other important lessons and types of knowledge that come from life and experience, too. In English, there are many idioms to do with wisdom, teaching and learning. Today I’m going to show you four common English phrases that use …

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Top Tips for Improving Your Memory

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Are you worried that you will forget important vocabulary or grammar rules before your exams? Do you struggle to learn long lists of new words off by heart? Here are 6 great tips to help keep essential information in your mind. Remind Yourself of the Information Very Often Typically, we forget nearly half of the …

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How to Know Which New Vocabulary to Focus On

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When you study a new language, there is usually a logical approach to learning grammar. You start with one tense (usually the present tense) and then you gradually learn the rules for another tense, such as past simple, and then you learn another tense, for example the future. It’s methodical and straightforward. But when it …

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Sorry, But There’s More Than One Way to Apologise in English

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  You may have heard jokes about how often Brits (and Canadians) apologise. And it’s true! Whether it’s politeness or awkwardness, we can’t seem to stop saying sorry. In fact, if you walk down any busy English street, you’re likely to hear dozens of apologies before you reach your destination. British people will say sorry …

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