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French (general)

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What a Foreign Language Can do for Your Career

As a language student, I heard it a million times: “What are you going to do with those...
English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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Rethinking your thinking: The practice of teaching

All Fine Art degrees require students to 're-think their thinking'; that is, to step outside the...
French (general)

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How to increase exposure to a foreign language

As a language learner, you can increase exposure to a foreign language and culture simply, even...
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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  • We hardly ever use YOU (anata)

    Takako Parsons Japanese Tutor (Shrewsbury) Picture We hardly ever use YOU (anata) We hardly ever use the word YOU (ANATA) in conversational Japanese. If you use ANATA with your family, friends and colleagues, it sounds very cold and unfriendly, either blaming or sarcastic. Referring your superior as ANATA would be extremely rude! Instead,...
  • 'I' - Watashi, Boku or Ore?

    Takako Parsons Japanese Tutor (Shrewsbury) Picture 'I' - WATASHI and others There are several equivalents of 'I' in Japanese. WATASHI is the most common word and found in most Japanese textbooks. WATASHI is used by both female speakers of all ages and adult male speakers in general. On the other hand, ORE is used by male speakers in quite...
  • German Films Are The Fun Way To Learn!

    Katja W German (general) Tutor (West London) Picture Films are a fun and effective way of improving your German skills. And by films I don't mean language programmes or online grammar lessons on YouTube. I am talking about entertainment such as feature films, real series or documentaries. You might wonder if your German skills are good enough to...
  • How To Write Work Emails Effectively Editor's Pick

    Maria Beamont Business English Teacher (Ipswich) Picture Many people working in the UK lack confidence when writing emails. They will be excellent communicators, work to high professional levels and be competent team players but the thought of writing emails can fill them with dread. One area that should be taken into consideration is work etiquette...
  • The Worth of Singing to Wales

    Gwersi Lisa Angharad Welsh Tutor (Cardiff) Picture The Welsh would insist that singing is an integral part of a Welsh person's soul, but the real question is, is it embedded in our everyday life or do the Welsh value it to such extent that they ensure it is. The importance of singing in Wales stretches back at least a millennium, from the first...
  • The Role of English as a Second Language in Turkey

    Mrs Metin Karabulut English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Tonbridge) Picture In Turkey, English is one of the subjects taught in most state and private schools. Other languages such as German and French are alternative subjects but English is the language elected by the majority of the students. That is mostly because of the fact that in most universities the medium of...
  • "For Free?"

    Clare Elizabeth Elocution/ Accent Reduction Tutor (Gloucester) Picture For a long time I have wrestled with the commonly used expression "for free" when referring to something for which no money is transacted. Surely the phrase should be "free"? Is the word "for" necessary? I don't think so. My father used to complain bitterly that the English language was...
  • Italian Grammar Is Important, But Not Vital

    Valentina Lallai Italian (general) Tutor (Twickenham) Picture First by attending to the students' needs, they have to be at ease and keen to learn Italian, and that is why tutors should involve them and get them to be enthusiastic in a fun, but enlightening way. But without the little building blocks of grammar we cannot build houses, bridges nor cities in...
  • Borrowing words from other languages

    Ruth Farrell IELTS Tutor (Derby) Picture Borrowing words from other languages and using them with students who have English as their second language. The UK has taken on many words from other countries due to its historical past and people coming to live and work here.  The English language can be a complicated minefield of many words...
  • Learning A Language Is More Than Words

    Amelia Sweetland English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (East London) Picture As an actor and a teacher I really love words! I love reading text to decipher meaning, I love looking at the form of words and I love speaking and communicating speech….and words! For a couple of years I lived in Spain and while teaching English as a foreign language, I was also learning a...

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