English Beginner Guide to Mastering English Punctuation Marks

Understanding Punctuation marks in English Punctuation marks in English are vital to communicating fluently when writing and reading. They can change the whole meaning of a sentence and, if used incorrectly, can lead to some unfortunate mistakes! So, it’s pretty important you understand their use sooner rather than later. To aid your punctuation practice, we’ve…

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Idiom of the Week – ‘The apple of one’s eye’

‘The apple of one’s eye’ Meaning: Someone or something cherished over all else Explanation: This phrase is extremely old, with references dating back to AD 885. More recently, it has appeared in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream,and also Sir Walter Scott’s Old Mortality where it’s used to describe someone who was favoured. Example: She loves…

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4 keys tips to improve your IELTS writing skills

Tips and techniques to improve your IELTS writing skills If you’re taking the IELTS exam to improve your English and open up opportunities around the world, it pays to practice. By revising and reading tips you improve your chances of passing hugely – so, you’re off to a good start by reading this! IELTS Writing…

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Tips and tricks to improve your IELTS band score

Increasing your IELTS band score Whether you’ve taken the test before and not done as well as you hoped, or you’re looking to try and get the most marks possible on your first go, it’s always good to look to improve your IELTS band score. By doing this, you increase your chances of passing and…

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Idiom of the Week – ‘Better the devil you know’

‘Better the devil you know’ Meaning: When faced with two undesirable options, it’s better to pick the one you’re familiar with Explanation: Although it’s unclear where this expression originated, sources suggest it’s a proverb of Irish origin that dates back to the 14th century. By the 1800s it was in more common usage, appearing in…

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Idiom of the Week – ‘Like two peas in a pod’

‘Like two peas in a pod’ Meaning: Two people or items that are very similar Explanation: This phrase refers to the fact that two peas from the same pod are virtually identical. Versions of it first appeared in the late 1500s, with the expression taking on it’s contemporary form around the 17th century. Example:They both…

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Improve your IELTS reading with these 10 strategies

ILETS Reading Tips The IELTS can be incredibly difficult for someone who’s not prepared. It’s not really surprising – going into an exam without having properly studied is always going to be tough, particularly if you’re not fluent in the language! Here at UKCE we spend a lot of our time helping people get ready…

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Things to do in London this April

London Events April 2018 There’s no doubt that London is a hub of activity, no matter when you go! You only have to step outside your door and you’ll find something or other going on. It’s just one of the many things that makes it such a popular place to visit. Visiting London this April…

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