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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 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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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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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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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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How to Create a Great LinkedIn Profile in English

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Are you learning English because you want to get a top job in an English language country? If so, you need to make sure that you present yourself in the best possible way online, too. LinkedIn is the most popular professional networking website in the world. It’s more and more likely that, when you apply …

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How to Improve Your Reading Score on the IELTS Exam

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Many students find the reading test to be the least stressful part of their IELTS exam. Unlike the listening test, you have time to think about each question and come back to it later. Having the words written down in front of you also means that you are under less pressure than in speaking and …

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Phrasal Verbs Explained

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Phrasal verbs are one of the most difficult things for English learners to understand and use accurately. Unfortunately, they are used very often in the English language! In this blog post, we’re going to take a look at some common expressions that use phrasal verbs and try to make them a little less scary to …

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These Are Some Of the Most Beautiful Quotes In English Literature

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For such a small country, England has produced some of the best and most famous writers in history. From Shakespeare to Jane Austen to J.K. Rowling, English writers have had an enormous impact on people who love to read, all over the world. There are many famous quote to choose from, but there are some …

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How to Avoid Awkward Situations When Meeting English Speakers

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Meeting new people for the first time often makes us nervous. Even when you are speaking your mother tongue it can be difficult to think of things to say, but when you’re speaking in another language, it’s even harder. One problem is that, when you’re worrying about making mistakes, it’s easy to focus too much …

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