Discussing your hobbies and interests in English

Sharing Interests in English Aside from going to work or studying, many people enjoy a range of interesting activities in their spare time. You probably do too, so if you want to spark up a conversation and get to know someone, why not talk about your hobbies and interests? Here are some useful ways to…

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Idiom of the Week – All fingers and thumbs

‘All fingers and thumbs’ Meaning: Clumsy, lacking dexterity in the hands Explanation: This expression has evolved from an earlier phrase, ‘all thumbs’, the earliest example of which is in a text from 1546 which details the English proverbs of the time. It became ‘all fingers and thumbs’ sometime in the 19th century, first appearing in…

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10 top tips for learning new English words

Improving your understanding of the English Language Learning new words will enhance your communication skills and improve your overall understanding of the English language. It’ll also help you to express yourself clearly and engage interesting conversations so, with this in mind, here’s how to expand your English vocabulary. Read as much as you can When…

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How to improve your English

Simple tips to Improve your English Language Skills Whether you want to expand your vocabulary, brush up on your speaking and listening skills or become an expert in reading and writing, there are many things you can do to improve your English. While perfecting a language can be extremely challenging, it’s perfectly doable so long…

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Help with your IELTS exam

Understanding the IELTS Exam The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures the language proficiency of those who want to live, study or work in an English-speaking country. Recognised by over 10,000 organisations worldwide including educational establishments, global companies and professional bodies, the IELTS exam can open up new and exciting opportunities, so with this…

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Idiom of the Week – Pig’s ear

‘Pig’s ear’ Meaning: To make a pig’s ear of something is to mess something up Explanation: A relatively recent phrase, ‘pig’s ear’ is first found in print in a copy of the Reader’s Digest from 1950. The expression originates from the 16th century saying, “you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear”,…

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5 things that could be affecting your studies

Adapting your learning to improve your studies There are many different ways in which people absorb information. While repetitive reading and writing tasks work for some, hands-on activities are much more suitable for others, so it’s important to find out what works for you and adapt your English study techniques accordingly. As well as discovering…

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Idiom of the Week – Pulling your leg

‘Pulling your leg’ Meaning: Deceive someone in a playful, harmless way Explanation: It’s unclear where this phrase originates, as the literal references to leg pulling don’t have any relationship to fun and playfulness. The most commonly cited derivation is when thieves would trip up a passerby and use their confusion as an opportunity to rob…

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Idiom of the Week – Put a spanner in the works

‘Put a spanner in the works’ Meaning: To prevent something from happening as intended by causing a problem or difficulty Explanation: This phrase is unlikely to have been derived from any real life event, and is used more for its imagery. It describes the potentially disastrous effect of throwing a spanner into the gears and…

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How to give Directions in English

Learning to Give Directions in English When learning English, why not practice giving directions using short, concise and accurate phrases? Being able to direct people to where they need to be is an important life skill and will also ensure you are familiar with essential vocabulary should you ever get lost in an English-speaking country….

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