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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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Where Does Halloween Come From?

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If you’re currently living in or visiting the UK or the US, or you’ve seen many American High School films set at this time of year, you may be curious about what all the Halloween fuss is about – and where the tradition first came from. Let me explain. Halloween goes right back to an …

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The Real Reason British People are So Hard to Understand

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I’m sure you’ve heard the cliche that British people are excessively polite and easily embarrassed by uncomfortable situations. Well, it’s not just a joke – it’s true. In fact, there’s even a TV show  called Very British Problems, where different comedians from the UK talk about all the normal daily situation that make British people …

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These Celebrities Prove How English Can Transform Your Career

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You might have seen those very cheeky adverts for a language school in Croatia that showed a picture of Melania Trump with the words, “Imagine how far you can go with a little bit of English.” Of course, suggesting that women should learn English just to marry rich and powerful men is pretty insulting, not …

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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 do you pronounce “Croissant”?

Watch our vlog to find out!   Let us know how else you would have pronounced “Croissant” – and which other words you would like to see featured in a pronunciation vlog! If you would like to learn more about the pronunciation of French words, for example with a language course in a French-speaking country, …

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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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