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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...
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 PickVocabulary 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...
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...
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...
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,...
English Can Be Hard To 'Fathom' Editor's PickOne 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...
Voice in Second Language Writing Editor's PickWhat is voice in writing and why is it considered important? In hindsight, voice is considered by some as the ‘single most important element in writing’ (Murray, 1984) because it ‘separates writing that is not read from writing that is read’. This provokes the challenging question of what is...
Firstly a good teacher or book are a must. Now I have spent ages finding the right books for the languages I learned but also trying to find the right books to teach German. No one book is perfect but it is a start. A phrasebook is also good to have as well as a beginners dictionary. When...
Why Learn A Foreign Language? Editor's PickNo matter one's age, learning another language is bound to benefit one mentally, psychologically and culturally. It can also be an advantage when competing in the job market, whether national or international. I would say it opens your mind, eyes and heart. You gain another perspective in life...
English as a Foreign Language
Are you an English language student aiming to study at university? Or do you want to communicate your ideas very clearly and precisely for work or study? If so, then developing...
Myth 1: I have no time for studying a foreign language. Reality: 15 minutes a day is enough to keep a language alive. Whether you do some reading, listening or watching a film,...
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...
The Polish language is considered by many to be the most difficult language in the world. If you wish you could understand the following introduction to the Polish language (in...
Getting to learn a language is very much like getting to know a new world. To me, it has always been a means of becoming part of an entirely different culture, history and way...
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...
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...
Soften your vowels. Perhaps the best example of how vowels in the Irish argot are softer is contained in the schoolhouse recitation of the alphabet. American kids begin with...
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