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Words of Advice

So, you have to get a 6.5 in the IELTS exam?  A 7.5! An 8.0! You want to make sure your...
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Corporate Capital through Languages

In a post-Brexit and Trump world, where borders and walls appear to be rising more than being...
German (general)

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Five free* apps for language learning

(*most free apps try to introduce you to products that come at a price) Here I introduce five...
English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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Language Functions vs Grammar

Human beings have evolved to use sophisticated written and spoken languages for all sorts of...

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  • Top 5 Tips For Learning A Language On-The-Go!

    Rebecca M English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Stockport) Picture It can be hard striking a work/life balance, especially when one of your main activities out of work is something as time-consuming as learning a foreign language. Here are some tips to help you utilise the limited time you have to maximise your learning of the language you love: 1. Keep a...
  • Do I need grammar when studying a language?

    esitaliano Italian (general) Tutor (Hemel Hempstead) Picture Do I need to learn grammar when studying a language? Grammar is a set of rules that explains how a language works. I like to compare grammar to the rules of a game or a sport. Knowing the rules helps you to play better. Just like with games and sports, each language has its own set of rules that...
  • The Benefits Of Learning A Language

    Monika Schumann-Carter German (general) Tutor (Redhill) Picture There are many advantages to learning a language, such as increasing employment prospects, university entry, improvement of one's first language, improved understanding of the world and for travel and leisure. To master an additional language can be very satisfying. A definite sense of...
  • The Sensitive Topic of Received Pronounciation

    Jane F Elocution/ Accent Reduction Tutor (West London) Picture The modern 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...
  • How To Learn Phrasal Verbs Using Context Exercise

    Ritsya Mathews English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Kingston upon Thames) Picture "The first line of the Moscow Metro opened on 15 May 1935. Sometimes called ‘the people’s underground palace’, it has made it through the last eighty years relatively untouched by the passing of time. During rush hour on a normal weekday, it carries as many as 9 million passengers and has almost...
  • 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 accent of the privileged upper class; the British Royalty; the English Aristocracy; the Eton and Oxbridge educated.
  • Why Are Pronunciation and Spelling So Important?

    esitaliano Italian (general) Tutor (Hemel Hempstead) Picture Why are pronunciation and spelling so important? One of the questions that often students ask me is: “What is more important when learning a new language: grammar or pronunciation?” Of course grammar, the rules that explain how a language works, is important but when you are trying to make...
  • Why Learn Spanish?

    Monica Bernal Spanish (general) Tutor (South East London) Picture Learning a new language is very important as it helps to open the door to a whole new world of cultures throughout the world. Spanish is spoken throughout Central and Southern America; a part of the world with a unique, diverse and rich history. Travelling and working in this part of the...
  • Motivation With Online Language Learning

    Howard Coan English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Sutton) Picture It has already been accepted by many that first and second language acquisition are different. In terms of motivation, although it is accepted that all learners are different; it is very interesting to look at differences in levels – that is peaks and troughs as a student learns a language. As...
  • Grammar Is Your Friend In Languages

    Jane Sowden German (general) Tutor (Newcastle upon Tyne) Picture Do not be afraid of grammar in any foreign language. Often students worry, probably because the grammar of their native language (English) is not fully explored with them. But having a grasp of grammar gives the learner power. The power that comes with understanding and knowledge, comes the...

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