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What to Say When You Need to Break Up with Someone (In English)

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Breaking up is hard to do – in any language. If you still care about the other person and don’t want to hurt them more than you have to, you need to get the right balance between being honest with them and seeming too blunt or cruel. If the other person is certain that they …

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Other Ways to Say “I Understand”

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There are many different reasons why you might need to tell someone that you understand what they are saying. Perhaps you want to make it clear that you understand the literal meaning of what they have said, for example, when you ask a teacher to explain what a new word means, or when you ask …

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How Long Does It Take to Learn a Language?

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People can be very impatient. For many of us, as soon as we start doing something new, we want to be great at it. If we don’t get there fast enough, we say to ourselves, “I guess I’m not very good at XYZ” … and then we give up! Learning a language is a great …

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You Can’t Spend Summer in Britain Without Experiencing These 9 Things

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The UK is famous for having terrible weather, so when the sun comes out – even for a few days – everyone gets very excited! If you’re currently living in the UK, or you’re visiting Britain this summer, here are nine traditions and habits that you are guaranteed to see for yourself. 1. Barbeques (BBQs) …

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A Quick Guide to Making Small Talk in English

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What is Small Talk? “Small talk” means conversation that you have about simple, basic topics. It’s something you do to be friendly or polite when you need to “break the ice” (find a way to start talking to someone), or when you don’t know someone well enough to ask more personal questions / tell which …

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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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