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English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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Getting the most out of your Skype lesson

This article is aimed at both tutors and students, so that you can both get the most out of your Skype lesson. Here... More »
French (general)

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Tips for Learning a Foreign Language

  Learn a new word each day It may not sound much, but that’s 7 new words a week or 30 or so per month, which... More »

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  • Learn Some French For Summer

    Paul Grace French (general) Tutor (Manchester) Picture
    Well, Spring is nearly here and so you may be thinking about going on holiday, perhaps to France. Whether it's for a few days or a few weeks you will enjoy it more if you can more than you already know. You choose the level and I teach you what you will use while on holiday. Enjoy practising the...
  • Learning a Foreign Language

    Kristina F Russian Teacher (West London) Picture
    It is a fact that learning a foreign language increases cognitive abilities such as critical thinking, creativity and problem solving. However, the idea that speaking a particular language affects thought is rather controversial. Apparently, because languages differ in their terms for hue and...
  • The benefits of learning another language

    Erlis Spanish (general) Tutor (Lancaster) Picture
    Thousands of years ago, countries were contained in their own territories, and it was not important for people to speak more than one language. However, since globalization started it has been necessary to learn and speak at least two languages. The benefits of learning a foreign language are:...
  • How languages affect the way we think

    Donatella Gatti Italian (general) Tutor (South West London) Picture
    As a language teacher I have always been intrigued by the thought of whether there is a connection between the language we speak and how we think and behave. I find this an interesting matter not only from a neutral academic point of view but also as an element that can have an impact on the...
  • It's easy to speak French

    Graham Prior French (general) Tutor (Southampton) Picture
    It's easy to speak French. We just need to learn in the same way that we learn our mother tongue, by sound. At first, there is no need for grammar, reading or writing, or even perfection. We have to try, make mistakes and keep practising at speaking. Also, many words in English have their basis...
  • IELTS Writing Stratagies

    Alex Markham IELTS Teacher (East London) Picture
    IELTS Writing Strategies The IELTS writing exam is, in my opinion, the most difficult of the four areas in which to get a high mark. This is because the reading and the listening is a fairly binary test. You have to answer 40 questions, usually with one, two or three words or a number and so...
  • Faux-amis

    Isabelle Stevenson French (general) Tutor (Tonbridge) Picture
    Quelques faux amis….. They look very similar, sometimes they even sound the same…but they have different meanings! That is why we call them false friends! Actuellement = at the moment Actually = en fait   Attendre = to wait     To attend = assister à   To assist = aider Une...
  • Passe compose ou imparfait?

    Isabelle Stevenson French (general) Tutor (Tonbridge) Picture
    This is every student’s nightmare….. How do we know when to use which? Especially as a direct translation is not always helpful! It is best to think in terms of each tense’s specificity (description, repetitive action, or one-off action?) , and the emphasis you give it in the sentence...
  • Why Learn Russian?

    Zara Remnant Russian Teacher (Peterborough) Picture
    Let us dwell on the importance of learning Russian. Well, it is worth mentioning that Russian is one of the most widely used languages in the world. Russia is not the only place where it is spoken. The peoples of the former USSR Republics speak Russian as well. Everybody knows that learning a...
  • Music helps in learning a new language.

    Daniela Minuzzo Italian (general) Tutor (West London) Picture
    Find music in your target language that you like. It doesn't matter if at first you don't understand the lyrics, just pick music you like. You may start singing along without even knowing what you are singing. That's fine. You are not only learning the rhythm of the language, you are learning...

English as a Foreign Language

  • Recommended books

    Laura Goss English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Liverpool) Picture
    My preferred teaching books for vocabulary are : Vocabulary in Use (Cambridge). There are four levels, from elementary to advanced. Each come with...
  • Moy bol'shoi angliyskiy roman

    Dmitry Matchin English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (West Central London) Picture
    Мой роман со всем английским (with all things English), мой большой Английский Роман уходит...

European Languages

  • Passe compose ou imparfait?

    Isabelle Stevenson French (general) Tutor (Tonbridge) Picture
    This is every student’s nightmare….. How do we know when to use which? Especially as a direct translation is not always helpful! It is best to...
  • It's easy to speak French

    Graham Prior French (general) Tutor (Southampton) Picture
    It's easy to speak French. We just need to learn in the same way that we learn our mother tongue, by sound. At first, there is no need for...

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