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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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6 Tips to Help You Improve Your Pronunciation Fast

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The biggest challenge when speaking in a new language is, of course, pronunciation! Unfortunately, this is also one of the hardest things to revise or practise by yourself, without a teacher or native English speaker to correct you. Here are six ways to get around this problem and improve your pronunciation today. 1. Make Use …

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What to Say in a Job Interview

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Job interviews can be very stressful. Realising that your palms are sweaty when the interviewer shakes your hand, stumbling over how to introduce yourself, getting a “mind blank” when you are asked a difficult question… these are things that we all worry about, even when the interview is in our native tongue. If the interview …

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The Strangest-Sounding English Foodie Phrases

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Cool as a cucumber, the big enchilada, earn your bread and butter… English speakers certainly “have a taste for” food-related idioms! Let’s take a look at some of the strangest sounding ones, and what they mean. Butter Someone Up This means to flatter someone in order to get them to do what you want. E.g. …

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The Essential House-Hunting Vocab Guide for English Learners

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Are you moving to an English-speaking country to work or study? If so, one of the first things you’ll need to do is find somewhere to live! Depending on which country you move to, you will come across slightly different words or phrases used to describe different types of housing and living arrangements. In this …

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Top Tips for Passing Your US Visa Interview

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If you are planning to travel to the US to study or simply to visit as a tourist, you may be asked to attend an interview in your home country first. The point of the interview is for American officials to make sure that you’re really coming to the country for the reasons you say …

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