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English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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Words of Advice

So, you have to get a 6.5 in the IELTS exam?  A 7.5! An 8.0! You want to make sure your...
Business English

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Is Business English a new dialect?

At times, Business English can seem like a different language. The individual words are clearly...
Mandarin

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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...
English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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New Year, New Language!

You may be surprised to learn that, according to Ethnologue, English is now only the third most...

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  • New Year, New Language! Editor's Pick

    Hayley Wallbank English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Exeter) Picture You may be surprised to learn that, according to Ethnologue, English is now only the third most widely spoken language in the world. Unsurprisingly, given its population of more than 1.38 billion people, Chinese is the most widely spoken followed by Spanish. Here in the UK, our relationship...
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language

    English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Manchester) Picture I am a native English speaker currently based in the United Kingdom where I have been living and working for the past nine years.  I currently teach English full-time in Manchester. I have been developing my profession as an English language teacher over three years.  I have a TEFL Certificate...
  • Why Learn French?

    Polly Tuckett French (general) Tutor (Leicester) Picture Why Learn French?   Learning French flings open the shutters on an exciting new culture - its history, political life, philosophical tradition; its art, cuisine, cinema, music, theatre, poetry… So often, if we are focused on attaining a certain grade for GCSE or A’ Level, or if we need,...
  • Languages On The Internet

    Caroline Murphy Translation/ Interpretation Professional (North London) Picture While working for my MA in translation one of the areas we covered was machine language: for our purposes that can simply be interpreted as translation. That was almost 20 years ago, and at the time, a rather amusing exercise was how to make as many translation errors as possible. The puzzle...
  • Why I Love Taiwan

    Mandarin Tutor (North West London) Picture Taiwan is a small but very beautiful country with 23 million population, national language is Mandarin Chinese. People from Taiwan are very friendly and generous, we always try to help as much as we can. In this tiny island has over 100 mountains over 3000 meters, beaches all around, and easy to...
  • 6 Tips for Learning a Foreign Language Editor's Pick

    Philippa Harrington French (general) Tutor (Bromley) Picture   Learn a new word each day - It may not sound much, but that’s 7 new words a week or 30 or so per month, which soon adds up.. Use memory aids such as flashcards - There are a number of memory aids to help with memorising  new words, expressions and grammar, such as: flashcards, recording...
  • A Few Myths Of Language Learning

    Liudmila English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Ipswich) Picture Myth 1: I have no time for studying a foreign language. Reality: 15 minutes a day is enough to keep a language alive. Whether you do some reading, listening or watching a film, it will all count as practice. Fifteen minutes a day will bring more results than four hours once a week. Try to write...
  • Why Learn Spanish?

    Victoria Killeen Spanish (general) Tutor (Warrington) Picture Spanish is spoken currently by an estimated 350 million people around the world and it is the fourth most commonly spoken language. Besides Spain, Spanish is the dominant language in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, Columbia, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Paraguay, Bolivia, Mexico, Phillipines and in...
  • Why learn a new language?

    French (general) Tutor (South East London) Picture While I was doing my PGCE, a lot of the pupils I was teaching kept asking me why they had to learn another language. Having grown up in a bilingual family, speaking two languages has always been normal for me. So I looked into it and was amazed by the findings which i eagerly shared with...
  • Answering the telephone - Help Wanted

    Heather T Business English Teacher (Bristol) Picture Answering the telephone – Help Wanted! So many people are reluctant to answer the phone. Native speakers and non-native speakers alike, but with my non-native speaker students, this subject crops up all the time. They’re asking for help, so how can we help them? Predicting what type of...

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