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3 Things No One Tells You About Moving to the UK

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Heading off to start an adventure in the UK? Perhaps you’re about to begin a new job or course. Perhaps you’re hoping to improve your English. Or perhaps you just want a change, and you hope to figure it all out when you get there. Whatever your reasons, here are three things you should know …

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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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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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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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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 Explain What Someone Else Said in English

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A teacher at school once told me that using reported speech is a great way to make your stories more interesting for the person reading or listening. “Reported speech is a great way to make your stories more interesting,” she said. Did you see what happened there? I just showed you two different ways to …

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4 New Year’s Resolutions for English Learners

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2016 is nearly over and millions of people around the world are starting to think of New Year’s Resolutions for 2017. If you haven’t heard the term before, a New Year’s Resolution is something you decide you will either give up (stop doing) when the new year begins, or something that you will try your …

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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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