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French (general)

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Confessions of a French Grammatician

Language learning contains four main elements: speaking, listening, reading and writing, and...
English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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Why we don't always mean what we say

The meaning of a statement is not always obvious from the meaning of the words it contains. I...
Elocution/ Accent Reduction

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Don't chew - just get connected!

Many non-native speakers of English are completely mystified when they hear continuous spoken...
Modern Greek

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Learning Greek is more than learning a language

It is said that thought goes along with language and one cannot develop the one without...

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  • IELTS Speaking Advice

    The IELTS Teacher IELTS Tutor (South East London) Picture Many students forget that the speaking part of the IELTS test is assessing you on your ability to speak naturally and fluently. Many of my students suffer from giving robotic pre-prepared answers - this is not advisable at all! Examiners can easily spot answers that are pre-prepared and lack a...
  • Learning English or French through conversation

    Patrick Blum Business English Teacher (Twickenham) Picture Conversational language lessons may appear an easy option for students and tutors. After all, it looks a lot easier to be chatting away casually, than sitting down to a formal study of grammar and accompanying exercises. But it isn’t. ChallengeIf a conversation in English or French, for...
  • 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 (East Central London) 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...

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