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When to Say “Hope” and When to Say “Wish”

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  It’s not surprising that many English learners confuse the words “hope” and “wish”. After all, they can both be used to describe something that hasn’t happened yet, but that you want to happen. However, there are some important differences in the way that they are used. When you say “I hope” it either means …

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One Simple Way to Make Your Sentences Much More Interesting

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Here’s a quick and easy way to make your stories and descriptions more exciting, straightaway: use adverbs! In case you need a reminder, adverbs describe an action. They tell you the way someone is doing a certain thing. For example, she was running quickly, he smiled happily, I climbed over the fence easily. These help …

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The 5 Most Common Mistakes to Avoid in Your IELTS Exam

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We all make mistakes, especially when we get nervous, but it’s easier to stop yourself from falling into a trap if you know what problems to look out for. Here are 5 of the most common things that people do wrong during their IELTS tests – and how to make sure you avoid the same …

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How to Avoid Sounding Like a Robot When You Tell a Story

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When you are talking to your friends in your own language, how do you tell a story about something that happened to you? Do you use slang? Do you make jokes? Do you mimic how other people involved in the situation speak? A lot of your personality comes through in the way you describe a …

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6 Steps to Instantly Improve Your English Pronunciation

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  Getting the pronunciation right is one of the hardest things about learning any new language. Use these six steps to boost your confidence today! Listen Very Carefully You can’t improve your pronunciation by reading English. You have to hear the words spoken out loud. Download podcasts, watch news reports and listen to music, listening …

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How to Start a Conversation with a Native English Speaker

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One of the hardest things to do in a foreign language is start a conversation in the first place. You want to practise speaking and you want it to flow naturally, but what do you say to a stranger? In English there is an expression for this: “breaking the ice”. Breaking the ice (or having …

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4 Ways to Improve Your Fluency in English

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Do you understand English really well when it’s written down, but stumble over your words when you try to speak? Try these 4 handy tips to help you have more natural, flowing conversations. Try Not to Translate Everything in Your Head The best sign that you are starting to become fluent is when you can …

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How to Make Your Home the Perfect Place to Revise English

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The very best way to learn English (and to stop yourself forgetting it again) is to expose yourself to the language as much as you possibly can. However, if you don’t live in an English-speaking country or work in a job where English is spoken, that can seem a little difficult. Luckily, you can use …

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The Secret to British English? It’s All About Saying Sorry

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Learning a language isn’t just about words and grammatical constructions. It’s not about figuring out how to say exactly the same phrases in a language that is different from your own. Many words, metaphors and idioms are just impossible to translate. This means that to communicate well in English, you have to go further than …

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6 Practical Tips to Help You Learn English Faster

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  Becoming fluent in a language takes years and years. The good news is, with the right approach, it is possible to reach a level where you can have simple conversations surprisingly quickly! Here are 6 top tips to help you speed up how fast you learn. Visualise a Situation First Choose a particular situation …

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