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Please Miss, Why Do We Have To Do Languages ?

I must have heard that question a million times during my 30 years as a secondary school teacher! Why indeed?... More »

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Film Recommendation for Learning Languages

I recommend you to watch "L'auberge Espagnol". It's a very good French movie that talks about the adventure of a... More »

Fresh Articles

  • Different Styles of Teaching Italian

    Giacomo Fabbrini Italian Tutor (South East London) Picture
    I like teaching and spread my language and Italian culture all over the World, because I strongly believe that a language is not only about rules but a real journey through history and culture. I like preparing brand new activities and material, and tailoring them to my students'/classes' needs...
  • Bilingualism and the Dyslexic Child

    Tabitha Suzuma English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (South West London) Picture
    Bilingualism is common in many countries, but for the dyslexic child, acquiring literacy skills in two languages can be problematic. ‘Bilingualism’ is a very broad term and the magnitude of the term could explain why there have been very few studies to actually compare the performance of...
  • German Theatre

    Daniel Martin German Tutor (South West London) Picture
    When it comes to innovation, imagination and bravery, Germany has, for many years, been at the forefront of theatre tradition. From the storied lyricism of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and the anarchic 'Sturm und Drang' of Friedrich Schiller, right through to the seminal work of Twentieth Century...
  • Inspiration and tips for second language learners Editor's Pick

    Claudia Civinini Italian Tutor (North London) Picture
    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....
  • Is Business English a new dialect? Editor's Pick

    Alex Markham Business English Teacher (East London) Picture
    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...
  • Most Important Thing When Learning A Language

    Roberto Minardi Italian Tutor (South East London) Picture
    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...
  • A class in the car

    James Dedman English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (East London) Picture
    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...
  • Survival Tips for IELTS Preparation Editor's Pick

    Paul Wells IELTS Teacher (York) Picture
    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...
  • The Case For Learning Foreign Languages

    Aly German Tutor (South West London) Picture
    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?

    Adam Large Spanish Tutor (Hemel Hempstead) Picture
    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...

English as a Foreign Language

  • American or British English?

    Dr. Victor Mannion English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (South West London) Picture
    Prospective students of English often ask me if it is best to learn the British or the American accent. Invariably I reply "the British". More...
  • Online English classes

    James Dedman English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (East London) Picture
    As my Grandad used to say, "The world is your lobster." With online tuition that is certainly becoming the case.  I would like to think that as...

European Languages

World Languages

  • Crime and Punishment

    Dmitry Matchin Russian Teacher (North London) Picture
    Crime and Punishment, the first of the four greatest works by Fyodor Dostoevsky, is universally, and deservedly, acknowledged as one of the most...
  • The Road to Al-Arabia Editor's Pick

    Fatima Mamache Arabic Tutor (Croydon) Picture
    Different people learn Arabic for different reasons. Whether one does it for travel purposes, job prospects, family ties, religious needs or just...


  • Improving Diction and Impact

    Liam O'Sullivan Elocution/ Accent Reduction Tutor (Northampton) Picture
    Speech training can help to enhance speech and increase the confidence of the speaker by improving:  Diction     – enhanced articulation...
  • Is Elocution Relevant? Editor's Pick

    Joanna Lucie Elocution/ Accent Reduction Tutor (South East London) Picture
    Elocution? That's a bit old-fashioned, isn't it? Do people actually WANT that stuff? How now, brown cow... that sort of thing? Yes, it seems,...

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