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Know your adjectives (i)

Know your adjectives (i)

What do you know about adjectives ? Firstly, in English the adjective is often placed before the noun (It is a serious problem, I have brown eyes etc), but it is placed after the verb to be (The food is terrible here). Secondly, there are many different endings; -...

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New words added to the dictionary in 2016

New words added to the dictionary in 2016

New words added to the dictionary in 2016 New words added to the dictionary in 2016 - The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is updated four times a year, every March, June, September, and December. The material added to the dictionary includes revised versions of...

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Numbers in Sport

Numbers in Sport

Numbers in Sport. Numbers can be a difficult part of learning a new language. New learners often confuse "hundreds" and "thousands", "fifteen" and "fifty", "half past six" with "six and a half hours" etc etc etc. The only way to improve your number skills is with...

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How well do you know English accents?

How well do you know English accents?

How well do you know English accents? Do you know some of these 25 English accents? Test How well do you know English accents? Can you which accent comes from which country or region - this is a challenge in 25 accents - How well do you know English accents?...

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Changing Education Paradigms

Changing Education Paradigms

Changing Education Paradigms In this talk from RSA Animate, Sir Ken Robinson lays out the link between 3 troubling trends: rising drop-out rates, schools' dwindling stake in the arts, and ADHD. Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we're educating our...

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Aviation Vocabulary Crossword

Aviation Vocabulary Crossword

Aviation Vocabulary Crossword Try this quick and simple crossword to test you aviation vocabulary in English. Click on the image link below - then click on the numbered boxes to show the clues and fill in the answers. English is the universal language of communication...

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Winter words

Winter words

Winter words Ok, we are not quite into winter yet, it's still autumn until 21 December. There is a winter word hidden in the following sentences - can you find them? For example: It's now I need to go, not tomorrow. Answer, The word Snow. Now you try. We went to the...

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Eddie Izzard – Learning French

Eddie Izzard – Learning French

Eddie Izzard - Learning French Eddie Izzard in his own inimitable way recounts how he used French in France - a couple of naughty words have crept in, but that's Eddie for you. Eddie says: I describe my language ability in percentages of fluency. I'm about 65% fluent...

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Some accents are very strong

Some accents are very strong

Some accents are very strong Funny Clip From Burnsitown,  The lift Clip - The 2 Guys Cant Get The Voice Recognition device In The lift To Work... Some accents are very strong! [video width="1280" height="720"...

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Functions in a language

Functions in a language

Functions in a language Most of us will agree that a language is used to perform a variety of different things - these things are called functions. It is used to make statements, ask questions, express emotions, direct people, etc. It is clear that language is used to...

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Explaining a process

Explaining a process

When giving a series of instructions to make or produce something there are some common, useful and simple language features, used for clarity and simplicity. In this podcast we use the example of explaining a process for how to make something following a set of clear...

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Communication is hearing what isn’t heard

Communication is hearing what isn’t heard

Peter Drucker once said that, “The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.”

Furthermore, one of the pre-suppositions of NLP states that ‘you cannot, not communicate – everything you say and most of what you do will communicate something, so the idea of radio silence, can have the effect of turning the sound right up.

People often, mistakingly, imagine, that by doing nothing, they can avoid personal responsibility in communication, but, I am sorry to say, this just isn’t true, non-action is not an option, as it will be interpreted in some way by the listener(s).

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Learning a Language – Frederique

Learning a Language – Frederique

Frédérique talks about learning English and especially the stresses of speaking English in a professional context. She recognises that being a perfectionist can actually hamper language learning and subsequent language production. She also talks about her achievements...

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5 ways to listen better

5 ways to listen better

5 ways to listen better In our louder and louder world, says sound expert Julian Treasure, "We are losing our listening." In this short, fascinating talk, Julian Treasure shares five ways to re-tune your ears for conscious listening -- to other people and the world...

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The New York Skyline Quiz

The New York Skyline Quiz

The New York Skyline Quiz We have all seen the New York skyline in movies or even in real life. But do you know anything about the buildings, bridges and iconic constructions in that skyline? New York City is famous for many things, but primarily it is known as the...

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New Words of 2017

New Words of 2017

The English language is constantly changing, growing and expanding with over 1,000 new words added to dictionaries this year. The English language is alive and well !  All on-line dictionaries monitor the number of times words are looked up and they also respond to...

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The origins of Boxing Day

The origins of Boxing Day

The origins of Boxing Day Boxing Day is widely celebrated in countries that are part of the British Commonwealth. It's origins are obscure, but they date back centuries. In the UK it is a day where families get together and also a huge day for sporting activities such...

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My Learning Crush Adventures

My Learning Crush Adventures

If you want to effectively learn English, then you need to get really motivated and what better way to get motivated than to go on an adventure? Another way to get motivated to use the language is to travel... We have put these elements together in an innovative way...

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New TOEIC Test parts – Regional TOEIC

New TOEIC Test parts – Regional TOEIC

New TOEIC Test parts - Regional TOEIC New TOEIC Test parts - Regional TOEIC - The TOEIC Test (Test of English for International Communication has been around for a few years now, and has recently been updated. The next stage of development of TOEIC, has included two...

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Why Do American Accents Sound That Way?

Why Do American Accents Sound That Way?

Why Do American Accents Sound That Way? Why Do American Accents Sound That Way? Have you ever wondered why accents sound as they do? Some think that there is such a thing as an American accents, however there are very divers accents all across North American that...

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