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New Year, New Language!

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Please Miss, Why Do We Have To Do Languages ?

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Learning a New Alphabet

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Getting the most out of your Skype lesson

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  • The Posh English Accent

    Esmerelda Elocution/ Accent Reduction Tutor (West Central London) Picture The Queen's English accent, perhaps the most prestigious English accent in the world. This is the posh, charming, classic English accent of the privileged upper class in English high society, including the British Royalty, the English Aristocracy, the Eton and Oxbridge educated. For those...
  • Learn French and Enjoy Your Holiday More

    Paul Grace French (general) Tutor (Manchester) Picture Have you ever wished that you could speak French more fluently when you go on holiday? Do you want to be able to ask for directions, understand the menu in a restaurant more fully and order a wider variety of food? Do you want to be able to say exactly what colour clothes you want to buy and to...
  • Goal setting: I want to become fluent in...

    Sophie Marette French (general) Tutor (Bromley) Picture As a French teacher and owner of 'Voulez-vous parler', I have lost count of the number of people who told me they want to become fluent in French, Spanish etc. It seems to be the phrase to say. But saying you want to become fluent is probably not what you really want. Keep reading. Set specific...
  • French common mistakes for English learners

    Sophie Marette French (general) Tutor (Bromley) Picture These are my notes from a lesson I had on Friday with an advanced student, who has such fluency and speed that she can make basic mistakes.un criminel = un délinquantUn criminel is someone who has killed somebodyJ'espère qu'il n'attend pas....(I hope he's not waiting): I hope he doesn't...
  • Celebrate Christmas with our special deals

    Sophie Marette French (general) Tutor (Bromley) Picture Family & Friends deals:-20% 3 to 1 £816 (instead of £1020) for 20 hours-20% 3 to 1 £424 (instead of £530) for 10 hours-15% 2 to 1 £765  (instead of £900) for 20 hours-10% 2 to 1 £423 (instead of £470) for 10 hours-10% 1 to 1 £720 (instead of £800) for 20...
  • Why Learn Hebrew?

    Idan Feldman Hebrew Tutor (Harrow) Picture Did you know that the name 'Sarah' originates from Hebrew, and it means a ruler? Did you know that the name 'Adam' means in Hebrew, a man, and it is the name of the first man on earth according to the biblical story? Moreover, the story tells that Adam was created by God from the dust of the...
  • Easy Ways To Improve Your English Pronunciation Editor's Pick

    Jean D Elocution/ Accent Reduction Tutor (North West London) Picture Students of English are often self-conscious of their own accents and this can make them feel shy and inhibited when speaking. It is true that it is harder for adults to pick up a new accent, but the good news is that you don't have to sound like a native speaker, you just need to speak clearly...
  • El Pretérito Grave

    Matthew Brown Spanish (general) Tutor (North London) Picture This is an irregular form of the preterite tense but with a pattern nonetheless. In fact the only difficulty is having to memorise the irregular stem which is different from the infinitive stem. You just add the following endings to the stem:   e               imos iste        ...
  • The French Subjunctive!

    Matthew Brown French (general) Tutor (North London) Picture As a French Tutor I have always been fascinated by the French grammar and its logic that is on the whole so similar to Maths. I find the subjunctive opens up so many possibilities. Usage There are many cases but the general and easiest case will be dealt with here.(A lesson will be needed for...
  • The Sensitive Topic of Received Pronounciation

    Jane F Elocution/ Accent Reduction Tutor (West London) Picture Today's name for Received Pronounciation (RP) is Standard English. This means that one speaks the consonants and vowels of English without the discernible stress or changes that indicate a regional or foreign accent. Standard English should not be confused with so-called "posh" speaking, but is...

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