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What Your Boss Says in English… and What They Really Mean

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Trying to work out the subtext (hidden meaning) of things other people say is often tricky in your native language – and it’s REALLY difficult in another one! Added to this, there are certain unspoken rules in workplaces that employees are just supposed to ‘get’. For example, in many offices, when you go to the …

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6 English Words You Never Realised Were Taken from Other Languages

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From the 17th Century until the late 19th Century, England seemed to be obsessed with taking over as much of the world as it possibly could. In fact, at one point it was said that “the sun never set on the British Empire” – meaning that so much of the planet was controlled by this …

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Are You Using the Correct Present Tense?

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With under a week until Christmas, hopefully your presents are already piling up under the tree. Today, though, I want to talk to you about a very different type of “present”: the present tense! You may already know that there are three different types of present tense. These are called present simple, present continuous and …

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Traditional British Nursery Rhymes and What They Mean

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If you started learning English when you were very young, you might remember being taught some “nursery rhymes”. These are simple songs for children that teach them a new idea, contain some sort of lesson, or sometimes are just supposed to keep them entertained. For example, this is a modern nursery rhyme designed to help …

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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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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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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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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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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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