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Cambridge First Certificate (FCE)

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I want the Cambridge First Certificate in English

I want the Cambridge First Certificate in English and I want it now!! Are you one of those...
Elocution/ Accent Reduction

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Is Elocution Relevant?

Elocution? That's a bit old-fashioned, isn't it? Do people actually WANT that stuff? How now,...
Elocution/ Accent Reduction

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Easy Ways To Improve Your English Pronunciation

Students of English are often self-conscious of their own accents and this can make them feel...

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5 Tips To Help You Learn Chinese Vocabulary

Vocabulary plays a fundamental role in mastering a new foreign language. Having a good command...

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  • We are not only translators!

    Translation/ Interpretation Professional (Leeds) Picture Translation is the common word people usually use to describe the profession that transfers one language into another; and a translator is someone who works in this profession. However, the categorization is more delicate than that. 1. Simultaneous interpreting/conference interpreting: When it...
  • The Best Advice

    Spanish (general) Tutor (Nottingham) Picture As a language student the best advice I ever received was also very simple. Practice makes perfect. There isn't any big secret to it really. Speak it as often as you can. Write it as often as you can. Read it as often as you can. Listen to it as often as you can. Everybody has the ability...
  • Ciao!

    Italian (general) Tutor (South West London) Picture I have a question for you: can you think of at least 3 Italian words you know? Your answer was probably: pizza, pasta, calcio...and you may think that those words could summarize a whole country. Well, trust me, Italy is a LOT more than that and once you start learning Italian, you won't be...
  • The Best Guides for Studying English

    English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (South East London) Picture Whilst teaching EFL in China for several years these two books were permanently in my ‘teaching bag’! Hope they help you... Raymond Murphy's English Grammar in Use (click here to see it on This guide is fantastic for leading you through the grammatical minefield. Filled with...
  • My Two Passions: The French Language and Teaching

    French (general) Tutor (Manchester) Picture I have always been passionate about the French language, right from an early age. I just think it is one of the most beautifully flowing and intriguing languages the world has to offer! Having lived in North Wales for most of my life, I was brought up in very much a bilingual community where...
  • The Motivating Effects of a Languages Curriculum

    Spanish (general) Tutor (Exeter) Picture An increasing number of schools and sixth forms are discovering the benefits that working towards vocational language qualifications can bring. These include: Improved motivation, because of the more adult approach, which for many is more relevant than academic courses; Better...
  • L’année en France

    French (general) Tutor (Harrow) Picture The following text describes my year in France. It would be a good comprehension exercise for GCSE students! D’abord je vais décrire mes expériences de mon premier semestre à l’université de Poitiers. J’ai commencé les cours le 25th septembre et j’ai choisi les cours de littérature et de...
  • Choosing French

    French (general) Tutor (Manchester) Picture I chose to study French at University and to offer to help people through tutoring due to my own experience of the language. After A-Level I decided to go to work in France as an au pair. Here I gained not only a greater knowledge of the language, but also of the culture and lifestyle. I then...
  • Have Fun with Chinese Learning

    Mandarin Tutor (Leeds) Picture Students are usually scared by the thought of learning the Chinese language, especially when they first look at those squared characters which seemingly share no similarity with ‘letters’. However, if you know Chinese characters are in fact many pictures depicting what is happening around the...
  • Translation: a Daunting Task

    Arabic Tutor (Leeds) Picture Translation is a relatively new field, but has gained more and more attention in the last two decades. This is due to the crucial role it plays in communication between cultures and people of different backgrounds and languages. However, this activity is deemed by many to be an easy and smooth...

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