Every time I see my little niece, who is now four years old, switching between Italian and Dutch as if it were the most natural thing, I can't help but feel jealous. At the age of three she was already able to translate words from one language to the other, and now she enjoys making comparisons....
At times, Business English can seem like a different language. The individual words are clearly English and understandable on their own but when combined together can mean something quite different. If you can work this language out you're then faced with a business person's love of a good Three...
The most important thing when learning a language is to have your goals clear. Discuss with your tutor why and how you want to learn. Get advice on the best strategies and use the tutor's experience in your favour.
Do keep in mind that like everything else in life, it's going to be hard or...
I decided to combine a trip to get the car serviced with an English class. The idea being that I could drag the poor student out into the countryside and they could pay me for their class but would get more time speaking whilst getting out of London for a few hours.
I asked Juan to accompany me...
After many hours preparing students for the IELTS exam I found that no-one ever finds it easy! But, the students who tended to succeed were those who knew how to be good learners.
Good learners are disciplined and reflective. They find a daily exam prep routine that works for them and then...
Native English speakers from the UK and the US tend to be notoriously monolingual compared to other citizens of western nations. It is obvious that learning another language opens a person to a whole new world and cultural heritage. Additionally, being bilingual or multilingual has substantial...
Why do we need to learn a language? Why indeed? I mean it’s not as if the government thinks it’s particularly important, well certainly not in terms of them making a GCSE in languages obligatory up to 16 years of age. Conversely they view getting young children interested at primary school a...
Going on holiday is so much more fun if you do at least have some basic knowledge of the language. I taught a married couple Spanish because they wanted to be able to communicate more with hotel staff waiters shopkeepers. They started 6 months before they were due to go on holiday and learnt the...
I left home when I was 20 years old. I spend one year in New Zealand, before I moved to the UK. Now I study music, teach and just opened my own business. All of this would not have been possible if I was not able to speak and write in English.
Learning another language opens so many doors...
I recommend you to watch "L'auberge Espagnol". It's a very good French movie that talks about the adventure of a French guy doing his Erasmus in Barcelona. There he will share the flat with a lot of other nationalities: Polish, Italian, Spanish, English, Chinese, etc....
Thanks to the film we...
English as a Foreign Language
Here's our tip of the day for your IELTS writing exam:
Always complete task 2 BEFORE task 1 as this section is worth more marks. Allow 40 minutes...
Until you need an IELTS score, you've probably never heard of it. And it seems to have a mysterious marking system: 5.5, 6.5, 7.... What do they...
“Boy, those French! They have a different word for everything.” ― Steve Martin
Mastering a language can take you all your life... so...
I would like to share a couple of my favourite fables I used to study and learn by heart at school.
From Jean de la Fontaine 1621-1695 born at...
Taking the first step toward learning a language can be quite daunting, but it’s also an exciting opportunity. Though it may appear difficult at...
I believe that one-to-one tuition is a very effective way to learn a new language, as the student has the teacher's full attention.
Ten step guide to perfect spoken English
Hint 1: Modify an accent, improve poor diction
If you speak with an accent that you wish to modify or...
Despite the very positive variety accents bring to the language and culture of the UK, on a personal level they can sometimes seem a handicap and...
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