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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...
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...
Translation/ Interpretation

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Translating "You"

'Translating the Pronominal Form of Address in European Literature'  A large proportion of...
Elocution/ Accent Reduction

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Are Elocution Lessons Still Relevant Today?

In 2017, in a modern, fast-paced diverse city such as London, it can be hard to imagine where an...

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  • Do you know how to ask for directions in French?

    Paul Grace French (general) Tutor (Manchester) Picture Are you ready to speak French when you go on holiday? You certainly could be if you start learning now. With just one hour a week and a few hours' listening practice in between classes, you could lean to use all the expressions you will need when in France.  You will learn such things as: Basic...
  • Reasons For Learning Russian

    Maria Golubeva Russian Teacher (Lancaster) Picture The first reasons the learn the Russian language is that it is spoken by more than 260 million people around the world. It is not only the official language of Russian, but also of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Additionally it is spoken widely in Ukraine, Bulgaria and some former Soviet...
  • Language Is Communication

    Hazel Abbott English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Brighton) Picture Learning EnglishTo communicate effectively - in any way - we use a recognised code. In language, we can use words, gestures, and expressions. Every language is filled with them - yours and mine. The way we use these codes is how we work towards understanding each other. Naturally, there has to...
  • Studying For The IELTS Exam

    John MacArthur IELTS Tutor (Glasgow) Picture The second part of the speaking test is the most daunting for most IELTS candidates, but is actually the easiest to prepare for as you have the greatest amount of control over what you actually say. The greatest skill that candidates need to acquire is the ability to think ahead so that they...
  • Learning Korean

    Philip Park Korean Tutor (Kingston upon Thames) Picture Korean is very simple. You will be able to read Korean letters in one hour, but you won't understand the meanings. When learning Korean, knowing Chinese letters are very important. In the Korean language, Chinese letters are just like Greek and Latin in English. When you start learning foreign...
  • Learning A Foreign Language Is Always Possible

    Manuela Cappellari German (general) Tutor (South West London) Picture When you approach a new language for the first time you seem to hear "just-a-long-endless-word". You are not able to distinguish the opening and ending of words; the short and long pauses. You are listening to uttered sounds articulated at random. When I first arrived in Germany I could barely...
  • A Beautiful Journey Of Learning Foreign Languages

    Meliha M Wong German (general) Tutor (Kingston upon Thames) Picture When learning a language, the role of the tutor / teacher is important, but ultimately it still requires the student to be interested in spending time consolidating what they have learnt. As a tutor / teacher, it starts off with diligent preparation to build-up suitable materials to meet the...
  • Translating "You" Editor's Pick

    Sonya Holman Translation/ Interpretation Professional (Lincoln) Picture 'Translating the Pronominal Form of Address in European Literature'  A large proportion of those who have agonised with Raskolnikov's dilemmas, wandered with Lemminkainen or been swept along by the magical tale of the Little Prince  have done so thanks to translations from the original...
  • English As A Fun Language!

    Charlotte Newman English English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Kingston upon Thames) Picture Although it's true that many of us do it for work or study reasons, when we learn a new language, we also learn a new way of looking at the world - an understanding of others and even ourselves. We discover new expressions for things we didn't know we liked! Now, pages and pages of grammar...
  • Learn Spanish In A Fun Way

    Martha Jesty Spanish (general) Tutor (Kingston upon Thames) Picture When my new teenage clients come to me to learn Spanish, they come a bit weary, down and with no hope that they will one day soon master this beautiful language. It puzzles me how they found me and how they have the courage to contact me to learn a language which has brought them so much hard...

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