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Spelling place names in English

Spelling place names in English

Spelling place names in English Spelling place names in English can be difficult, especially if the sounds of the letters are similar to the letters of the alphabet in your own language as this can lead to confusion. Spelling place names in English is not difficult,...

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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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Eleven More English Proverbs

Eleven More English Proverbs

Eleven More English Proverbs Eleven More English Proverbs to figure out from just an image. Can you work out the Eleven More English Proverbs from just one image? Proverbs are popularly defined as short expressions of popular wisdom, or as it is sometimes called...

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Why we struggle learning languages

Why we struggle learning languages

Why we struggle learning languages Why we struggle learning languages, the only barrier to learning a language is memory. The process of language learning is the process of forming memories. Nothing more, nothing less. If you understand that, and you understand how...

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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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Tandem learning for language learning

Tandem learning for language learning

In Tandem Language Learning both partners can meet in person (face-to-face Tandem) or learn by e-mail, chat, Skype, phone or other media (eTandem, also called Distance Tandem), placing emphasis on cultural integration as part of the language-learning process. Learning...

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Can Siri help you to learn English?

Can Siri help you to learn English?

Can Siri help you to learn English? If you are learning English and have limited or no access to native speakers, can you get help from elsewhere? Could you learn English with Siri, the iPhone voice recognition application? See if you can by watching this video....

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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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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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EFL Hacks to learn English

EFL Hacks to learn English

EFL Hacks to learn English We all need a little help from time to time, especially with shortcuts or good advice - a tip, an astuce or a hack... At EFL PodBlog, we were thinking about the best tips to learn English - or perhaps any language - and we decided that the...

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How language can be confusing

How language can be confusing

How language can be confusing Even English speakers can get into trouble with their own language and misunderstandings can happen. One tip for English learners is KISS - Keep It Short and Simple, to avoid complicating things. In this sketch from the Two Ronnies, they...

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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 functions. It is used to make statements, ask questions, express emotions, direct people, etc. It is clear that language is used to perform practical everyday...

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Learners – Learn to Love your Mistakes

Learners – Learn to Love your Mistakes

Learners - Learn to Love your Mistakes More than half of the planet speaks two or more languages, over 50% of us are bilingual or multilingual, monolingualism is starting to be seen as a culture and nothing more, and definitely not something we are destined to live...

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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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YOU are a natural-born language learner!

YOU are a natural-born language learner!

We hear so many people, so many times state, and believe what they are saying, that "I am not good at languages". If we think about this, the person has either written or spoken this statement in a clear and intelligible way - so they CAN actually USE language, which...

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Shortcuts to learning a language

Shortcuts to learning a language

Shortcuts to learning a language As you go along with your language learning try to engage yourself and connect as much as possible as many as your senses as possible – much like we do when reading. Reading is an excellent example of the way that imagination is used...

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Language as a window into human nature

Language as a window into human nature

Language as a window into human nature Language and meaning are a fascinating subject - as illustrated in the video below, which shows the way, in which, speakers attempt to put meaning into words - sometimes producing the desired effect and sometimes failing...

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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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