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5 Tips To Help You Learn Chinese Vocabulary

Vocabulary plays a fundamental role in mastering a new foreign language. Having a good command...
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Top 5 Habits of the Best Language Learners

Language teachers are very often asked how long it will take to become proficient in a language....
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English Can Be Hard To 'Fathom'

One of the things I love about teaching English is that it continually throws up opportunities...
English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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Voice in Second Language Writing

What is voice in writing and why is it considered important? In hindsight, voice is considered...

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    Alice C French (general) Tutor (Dudley) Picture Teaching Grammar The last half a century has seen a plethora of theories and research studies into second language learning and acquisition as experts and practitioners alike try to gain an understanding of how a foreign language (FL) is learnt in order to best inform teaching and learning...
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    Iacopo IELTS Tutor (North London) Picture Language teachers are very often asked how long it will take to become proficient in a language. Learning a language is like going to the gym: there’s no overnight success. It takes hard work and sustained effort, but over time you’ll definitely start noticing results. Here are five things...
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    David Cummings English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Uxbridge) Picture Read Read Read Many agree that the biggest hindrance to a child succeeding in all forms of English tests (reading, writing and comprehension) is down to the amount of reading they have done form infancy. Unfortunately, boys tend to read less generally than girls and therefore they find these...
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    Fatema Desai IELTS Tutor (East London) Picture IELTS speaking do’s Here are some ideas to get you started Examiners like to see a range of tenses and vocabulary but don’t let this get in the way of your fluency.Only use tenses that fit the purpose of the question. If the question is asking you Do you like travelling? You need to state...
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    Ning Chen Mandarin Tutor (Southampton) Picture Before you rack your brain for an answer, you might as well flash back upon what interests you and keep you doing it all the time in life? Would it be reading novels, drawing, watching videos, doing outdoor activities, playing musical instruments, or unwinding in local pubs after work,...
  • 5 Tips To Help You Learn Chinese Vocabulary Editor's Pick

    Ning Chen Mandarin Tutor (Southampton) Picture Vocabulary plays a fundamental role in mastering a new foreign language. Having a good command of words allows you to further develop the all-round skills of the target language. Learning Mandarin Chinese is no exception. Here are some tips that may help you learn Chinese words more quickly and...
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    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...
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    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 and sound production. Appropriate     Intonation – accurate pitch and stress Error     Correction – identification and then...
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    Nora German (general) Tutor (South East London) Picture Did you know, that German is the mother tongue of almost 100,000,000 people in the world? And the most widely spoken mother tongue in the EU! Kindergarten, autobahn, rucksack or strudel: These are all German words. -You'd like to travel to German speaking countries? -You like their nature,...
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    Laura Mullan English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Tonbridge) Picture One of the things I love about teaching English is that it continually throws up opportunities for me to learn more about my own language, and where it came from. One of the difficulties in learning English comes from its very complexity - words that look the same can have different...

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