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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...
Italian (general)

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Discovering why you wanted to learn languages

People who want to learn a language, generally, start with a quite common purpose: work,...
English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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Why we don't always mean what we say

The meaning of a statement is not always obvious from the meaning of the words it contains. I...
Spanish (general)

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Language is a sport

Learning any language as an addition to your own can be either extremely exciting, or boring, or...

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  • How to create an Irish Accent

    Amanda Jayne Elocution/ Accent Reduction Tutor (Derby) Picture Soften your vowels. Perhaps the best example of how vowels in the Irish argot are softer is contained in the schoolhouse recitation of the alphabet. American kids begin with "ay, bee, see . . ."; Irish kids begin with "ah, bee, see . . . ." Let's begin with perhaps the first phrase you'll utter...
  • So, you want to learn a foreign language, do you?

    Helen Evans Italian (general) Tutor (Bristol) Picture Learning a new language comes easier to some than to others, there’s no question about it. I have tried many ways of learning the Italian language - group lessons, 1:1, 2:1, residential courses in Italy, staying with a host family whilst studying the language, and I’ve even indulged in an online...
  • Learning a Language

    Felicity McDevitt Business English Teacher (North London) Picture The best way to learn a language is to go and live in a country where it’s spoken. Then you are surrounded by that language and can absorb it naturally as you see and hear it used in context around you.  Even if you have no interest in learning, you are forced to come to terms with it if you...
  • Tips To Make Your Language Dream Come True

    Annie Marrec French (general) Tutor (Bath) Picture How to find the time, the tools and some motivation to learn a languageWe all have different reasons to learn a language. For instance I may never have chosen to learn English at a more advanced level if it were not for my passion for English and American Literature. It helped a lot that I had a...
  • French Perfect tense or Past Definite?

    Annie Marrec French (general) Tutor (Bath) Picture Comparing The Perfect tense and the Past definite or Historic Past    The Perfect tense is for written and spoken French. It describes an action completed in the past. It can be a recent past (ce matin, aujourd'hui) or something further in the past (1936 etc).   The Past Historic or Past...
  • Working with Languages

    French (general) Tutor (Southend on Sea) Picture It is almost the start of a brand new school year, and at this point every year I pose the question to my lower school students about the benefits of learning a language. 9 times out of 10 the response to my question is that languages will never be useful to them, so why bother learning one! It...
  • Spanish will be the language of the future

    Maria Luisa Luque Spanish (general) Tutor (Croydon) Picture No doubt Spanish will be the language of the future Spanish is one of the fastest growing languages on the planet, according to the Cervantes Institute (Instituto Cervantes).  In its latest report, published in 2015, the Institute states that about 560 million people currently speak Spanish...
  • Greek language in the context of Greek culture

    Modern Greek Tutor (Lancaster) Picture "I belong to a small country. A rocky promontory in the Mediterranean, it has nothing to distinguish it but the efforts of its people, the sea, and the light of the sun. It is a small country, but its tradition is immense and has been handed down through the centuries without interruption. The...
  • A question

    English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Edinburgh) Picture So, a question for you all... What links these words? - boat- wrote- cappuccino- sew- grow- though Hint: say them out loud. Did you get it? Every one of them contains the /əʊ/ sound in standard British English. Look at the variety of spelling patterns that make this one sound: - boat- wrote...
  • Theatre and motivation in teaching Spanish

    Patricia Almohalla Spanish (general) Tutor (North London) Picture  I certainly know that motivation and learning go together. Therefore, I like using theatre tecniques in my lessons because it is fun and motivating, besides including opportunities to practise the language. One of my favourites techniques is role-play. Through it, students can become who they...

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