Do you use a vocabulary notebook?

 Click above to watch If not, why not start soon?  Using a vocabulary notebook is a great way to learn, practise and memorise new words.  Be more autonomous in your language learning and start an alphabetic vocabulary book. Watch this short video clip, and then start keeping a vocabulary diary.  Whether you are studying for … Continue reading

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Football and English language learning

Learn English with this free football smartphone app! Cambridge English FC is for students at levels B2–C1, suitable for Cambridge English: First, First for Schools and Advanced (CAE).  Learning English is now even more fun if you like football, the world’s favourite game.  This FREE app is for the English language game – Cambridge English FC  Answer … Continue reading

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Hurry! Free IELTS study materials

Cambridge ESOL are offering free Language for IELTS learning materials online until the end of March 2016 with a platform called Cerego.  Using this, you can learn, use and remember vocabulary for your IELTS test or academic study on your computer, tablet or smartphone. The free adaptive learning system tells you exactly what you need … Continue reading

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Spelling is important

One of the foundations of good English is learning how to spell words correctly, especially the basics and those which you use regularly – at work or for your studies, for example. Remember, it is not always possible to use an automatic spelling checker – especially in examinations! Some words below are the most common … Continue reading

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Telephone English for busy people

Here is an amusing and slightly irreverent ‘conversation’ (watch it and see why that’s in single quotation marks!) with some good ideas for telephone English for busy people : There is also a transcript below and on the page you can click to.  Many thanks to Vicki Hollett for her kind permission to share this … Continue reading

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The British Isles

The British Isles includes Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) as well as the Isle of Man and the Channel islands (Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney Sark and several others). Britain was called Great Britain to distinguish it from the similarly named landmass of Brittany in the north west of France (Bretagne). Together, Great Britain and Northern Ireland … Continue reading

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Cursos de verano | Viajes al exterior etc.

Ya que va llegando el verano (bien sea el verano meteorológico el día 1 de Junio, o el verano astronómico el día 21 de Junio este año), mucha gente está pensando en las vacaciones. Muchos quieren ir al extranjero para practicar su inglés. ¡Qué buena idea! Ir a un país donde se habla de forma … Continue reading

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Would it be good (to practise the basics)?

Would it be good (to practise the basics)?

Yes, it would!  Like anything else, it takes time – but it is important. Do you speak about the past or the future using the present tense? It may be enough in an emergency to communicate on a ‘survival’ basis – but it might confuse people—and it won’t help you pass exams. Perhaps you wonder … Continue reading

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