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Learning a language: the secret to success

When deciding to learn a new language, or top up your current knowledge, it’s difficult to...
Italian (general)

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Discovering why you wanted to learn languages

People who want to learn a language, generally, start with a quite common purpose: work,...
English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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CELTA - the only way to learn English grammar?

As a university level student, heading towards a first class degree, you would have suspected...
English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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Different Strokes for Different Folks

Having lived and taught in a number of countries, it is interesting to see how differently...

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  • Get the most value out of your language lessons

    Chris Heaven French (general) Tutor (Exeter) Picture  Although I was extremely well taught at school, when I went to France for the first time on the French exchange to Orleans and stayed with my “host” family I could barely say anything intelligible in French at all. ( I could probably have written most of it down in grammatically accurate...
  • What is 'Received Pronunciation'?

    Andy Collins Elocution/ Accent Reduction Tutor (Durham) Picture When people come to Britain, having learned English in another country, they are often amazed by the number of different ways there are of speaking the language. Britain is not, after all, a very big place, yet the accents of and dialects of Yorkshire, say, or Cornwall, County Durham or...
  • 3 Ways to enjoy German grammar

    Ina Brachmann MA German (general) Tutor (Birmingham) Picture There is no doubt that grammar is one of the most discussed topics in language learning. It is considered the fundamental structure of a language. However, it can only come alive by speaking and it can only develop further through social interaction. Language is a tool that has to be used whilst...
  • What a Foreign Language Can do for Your Career Editor's Pick

    Joleen Carter French (general) Tutor (Rochester) Picture As a language student, I heard it a million times: “What are you going to do with those languages? Teach?” It seemed it was my only option… but I’ve always been stubborn and I quickly decided to prove the naysayers wrong. After living all over the world and working almost exclusively with...
  • Tchaikovsky and ballet...

    Olga Hornett Russian Teacher (Watford) Picture Ballet has always been my passion, and the Nutcracker is one of my favourites. Incredible music, written by Tchaikovsky in 1892 for the ballet, is well-known, particularly his Waltz of the Flowers. It has truly become world heritage music. The magical Nutcracker has been very popular in the UK...
  • Pigeons and Crayola: African American English

    Farhaz J English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Croydon) Picture English is a colonial language, so its history is mired with tyranny and exploitation. This has ultimately resulted in, as Jenkins (2009, p. 56) writes, ‘the devaluing of local language and culture’. This occurred through a devaluing of the non-British ‘other’, as being not in accordance...
  • Indispensable (adj.) – synonym: essential

    Lucy Roberts English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Swindon) Picture While the internet is an incredible resource and one I use frequently, I still love physical reference books. The Oxford Book of Quotations, Brewerʼs Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, Fowlerʼs Modern English Usage... Many a happy hour has been whiled away with these, and others. When it comes...
  • Who's the Girl in the Corner?

    T Blaukopf Latin Tutor (North West London) Picture Ovid composed the 'Amores' at the tender of age of 18 (the age of several of my students). This set of poems, originally 5 books, was cut down by Ovid himself into a more succinct 3 books. The title itself suggests an exploration of Love in the manner of Horace or Propertius... Not so for Ovid!...
  • Linking words in French

    Annie Marrec French (general) Tutor (Bath) Picture La liaison= linking words together in spoken French: how does it work ? what is la liaison and what is its purpose ? Première partie La liaison refers to the action of linking words together when you speak French, as if they sound like a single word. You link the end of a word finishing with...
  • 'The Awful German Language' by Mark Twain

    Victoria Philpotts German (general) Tutor (Manchester) Picture If you are currently learning German and are finding yourself linguistically challenged, might I recommend that you read 'The Awful German Language' by Mark Twain. This is a humorous essay, written by Twain in 1880, in which he pokes fun to great effect at the absurdities and idiosyncrasies of...

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