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Can you learn a language in 5 hours?

The answer is: you can't. Of all subjects, foreign languages are the ones that require the...
Elocution/ Accent Reduction

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Elocution Basics

Elocution Basics By Pauline Midwinter The importance of speaking ‘correctly’ is becoming ever...
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...
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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    Ashley Howard Elocution/ Accent Reduction Tutor (Hemel Hempstead) Picture First question: What is a British Accent? Well, there are many. Over 56 according to some studies: RP accent, Estuary accent, Manchester accent, Liverpool accent, Cockney accent, Somerset accent etc... Second question: Is there a standard British accent? No, but most native British English...
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    Mandarin Tutor (Enfield) Picture I have come across many parents asking me how to teach little kids Mandarin by themselves. Especially parents who are Mandarin native speakers still have this issue. Unlike your mother tongue, it's not easy to pick up a second language just by immersing yourself in the environment. We need to...
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    Isabelle Stevenson French (general) Tutor (Tonbridge) Picture Histoire de légumes! There was a fun question in a game / un jeu, yesterday on the French radio ; the contestants/ les participants had to recall three idiomatic expressions/ idiomes with the name of a vegetable or a fruit/ un légume ou un fruit. They easily won of course, the French language...
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    Sönke Beyer German (general) Tutor (Torquay) Picture (*most free apps try to introduce you to products that come at a price) Here I introduce five free apps for language learning, and two personal favourites. It does not require expensive research to know that everyone’s learning is in many ways similar but might require different...
  • The Learning Process

    Bernadette Carter English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Gloucester) Picture I recently went back to college after many years working as an English Language teacher, and put myself through the challenging process of learning new ways of thinking. In the beginning it was exciting, then it got harder, until I reached a stage where I was tempted to give up. I felt my...
  • Corporate Capital through Languages Editor's Pick

    French (general) Tutor (Kingston upon Thames) Picture In a post-Brexit and Trump world, where borders and walls appear to be rising more than being knocked down, languages are more important than ever. Their necessity and power to create and foster not only social, but economic and business relationships is now at the fore of the many benefits they...
  • Teaching grammar - PGCE assignment

    French (general) Tutor (Dudley) Picture Teaching Grammar The last half a century has seen a plethora of theories and research studies into second language learning and acquisition as experts and practitioners alike try to gain an understanding of how a foreign language (FL) is learnt in order to best inform teaching and learning...
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    IELTS Tutor (North London) Picture Language teachers are very often asked how long it will take to become proficient in a language. Learning a language is like going to the gym: there’s no overnight success. It takes hard work and sustained effort, but over time you’ll definitely start noticing results. Here are five things...
  • IELTS speaking do's

    IELTS Tutor (East London) Picture IELTS speaking do’s Here are some ideas to get you started Examiners like to see a range of tenses and vocabulary but don’t let this get in the way of your fluency.Only use tenses that fit the purpose of the question. If the question is asking you Do you like travelling? You need to state...
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    Ning Chen Mandarin Tutor (Southampton) Picture Before you rack your brain for an answer, you might as well flash back upon what interests you and keep you doing it all the time in life? Would it be reading novels, drawing, watching videos, doing outdoor activities, playing musical instruments, or unwinding in local pubs after work,...

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