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Hindi Script is known as the Devanagari script. It is written from left to right. Devanagari script has forty-seven primary characters, of which fourteen are vowels and thirty-three are consonants. Modern Hindi is written in Devanagari script, which is made of two Sanskrit words: Deva, meaning...
My long experience of teaching English as a second language, began in Israel/Palestine in the late 1970s. This was a particularly delicate and dangerous period in the region, and my musical background proved to be useful. I began my official work, by bringing Israeli and Palestinian children...
I rarely write about accent reduction because whilst it appears to be my main offering, it is, in fact, just one of the many routes to becoming a confident communicator. This week I had a chat with a potential client, who like many people I speak to on the phone, said that he was convinced he...
One of the biggest challenges faced by many EFL tutors today is teaching English speaking skills. It’s a tricky subject to teach and currently in high demand by many professional students around the world. I regularly meet students who tell me they struggle with English speaking skills, whether...
Getting to learn a language is very much like getting to know a new world. To me, it has always been a means of becoming part of an entirely different culture, history and way of living. Although many people nowadays consider languages as part of a useful skillset for business (and indeed it...
Volunteering - a great way to improve your English Editor's PickTrying to practise English in London can be a frustrating task. With so many languages spoken in this wonderfully diverse city, it can mean that it's often far too easy to fall into the trap of only spending time with speakers of your native language. A common concern I hear from students is...
Are you an English language student aiming to study at university? Or do you want to communicate your ideas very clearly and precisely for work or study? If so, then developing your vocabulary is a key priority. In order to cope with challenging tasks like writing extended essays or giving a...
If you decide to study the Russian language, many prospects will open up for you. In 2016, Russia's population is currently about 150 million people. You can find business partners, meet friends and even find love in Russia. If you know Russian, you will be able to talk not only to naive...
Mandarin and Cantonese are the two Chinese languages you might have heard of but is that all they have in China? The answer is no. In fact, there are more than 300 languages spoken in China. Now you might think that Cantonese may be the second biggest language spoken in China. This presumption...
For as long as I can remember I have been obsessed with German. As a Brit, this is often viewed by others with a mixture of bemusement and amusement. Yet 14 years on, I insist more than ever to those I meet that everyone should go to Germany. These are the reasons I believe that Germany and...
English as a Foreign Language
Are you an English language student aiming to study at university? Or do you want to communicate your ideas very clearly and precisely for work or study? If so, then developing...
So, you have decided to take the IELTS exam or perhaps you need to take it, and achieve good grades, to follow your career path. This was the case for one student I recently...
The Importance of Learning a Foreign Language Editor's PickHow many times have you been on holiday and been embarrassed to witness British tourists shouting in broken English to the locals in desperate hopes of getting their point...
5 Tips to Help You Learn Chinese Vocabulary Editor's PickVocabulary plays a fundamental role in mastering a new foreign language. Having a good command of words allows you to further develop the all-round skills of the target...
Getting to learn a language is very much like getting to know a new world. To me, it has always been a means of becoming part of an entirely different culture, history and way...
Don't chew - just get connected! Editor's PickMany non-native speakers of English are completely mystified when they hear continuous spoken English in conversation for the first time. They may never have encountered some...
Speech coaching for professionals By Simon Gfeller Voice teacher / Accent softening coach / Presentation skills specialist The imperatives of an...
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