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Elocution/ Accent Reduction

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Elocution Basics

Elocution Basics By Pauline Midwinter The importance of speaking ‘correctly’ is becoming ever...
Spanish (general)

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Please Miss, Why Do We Have To Do Languages ?

I must have heard that question a million times during my 30 years as a secondary school...
English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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Opportunities to speak to native English speakers

Lots of the people who are trying to improve their English in London tell me that they never get...
French (general)

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Le Portable (a play I wrote)

LE PORTABLE Les personnages Alain, 17 ans, jamais sans son téléphone portable. André, le...

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  • 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...
  • Conversation Skills

    Yasmin Akhavan French (general) Tutor (West London) Picture I have been teaching beginner/intermediate spoken French for 7 years now. If you are looking to impress someone, or just obtain some conversation skills for work, then get in touch. I then make a tailor made plan to factor in the right vocabulary sheets and prep lesson plans for your needs. I...
  • Are Elocution Lessons Still Relevant Today? Editor's Pick

    Sonya Ross Elocution/ Accent Reduction Tutor (North London) Picture In 2017, in a modern, fast-paced diverse city such as London, it can be hard to imagine where an old-fashioned term like 'elocution' would fit in. After all, isn't it preferable to just speak how we speak, to be natural and authentic? Do elocution classes even still exist? If so, who are they...
  • 5 Ways to Measure Confidence Speaking English

    Steven Hobson Business English Teacher (Stockport) Picture “I feel fine communicating in English when I go on vacations, but I don't have confidence speaking English in front of my colleagues in work meetings.” Does this sound familiar to you? I hear this frequently when I meet international professionalsand ask them what their main difficulties are...
  • 30 English Expressions Used In Meetings Editor's Pick

    Steven Hobson Business English Teacher (Stockport) Picture Have you ever participated in an English meeting with native speakers, and sometimes found it difficult to understand them? Or maybe you attend English meetings regularly, but would like to express your ideas more like a native. An effective solution to solve both of these issues is to learn...
  • 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...

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