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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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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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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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How to Talk About Sensitive Subjects in English

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No matter what language you are speaking, whether it is your native tongue or a foreign language, there are some topics that are very hard to talk about. When you discuss things like politics, religion, personal relationships or other subjects that can make people feel emotional or angry, you have to be very careful about …

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Want to Improve Your Conversational English Faster? Ask More Questions!

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In his famous book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie points out that there is one very simple way to get people to like you and enjoy talking to you: ask them lots of questions about themselves. Everybody wants to feel like they are interesting enough for other people to listen to, …

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10 English Idioms About Love

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so we thought we’d teach you some handy English idioms that are all about love and romance! Here are 10 phrases to help you charm someone you care about this February 14th. 1.To Fall in Love / To Fall For Someone These phrases are both about the feeling …

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Too Busy to Study? Here are 10 Great Ways to Find More Time in Your Day

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The best way to improve your English is to practise a little bit every day. Even 10 or 15 minutes can make a big difference! The problem is, we’re all so busy. Sometimes it seems too difficult even to find a small amount of spare time to work on your language skills. Here are 10 …

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7 Quotes to Inspire You to Improve Your English in 2017

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Are you determined to improve your English this year? Great! With a little focus and willpower, there’s no reason why you can’t. At the start of the year, though, we often feel inspired and excited about a new challenge. After a few weeks go by, it can be hard to stay motivated. So here are …

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