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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5 Reasons to Learn the English Language

The importance of the English language Around the world, hundreds of people embark on the challenge of learning English every day. It’s taught in schools, at home and there are even careers dedicated to the teaching of it. But why is it important to learn English? Why Is It Important to Learn English? At UKCE,…

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Idiom of the Week – ‘Call a spade a spade’

‘Call a spade a spade’ Meaning: To speak frankly and straightforwardly, even if the subject matter is unpleasant Explanation: This term is thought to have originated in Greece. A character in a play by dramatist Menander says, “I call a fig a fig, and a spade a spade.”  It came into English in the 1500s,…

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Idiom of the Week – ‘Read between the lines’

‘Read between the lines’ Meaning: Identify a meaning that isn’t made obvious Explanation:Dating back to the 19th century, this phrase comes from a form of cryptography where a hidden meaning was secreted between lines of text. Before long it began to refer to interpreting any coded or unclear message in a range of contexts. Example:Her…

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Talking about your family for English beginners

English Speaking: Talking about Family When learning a new language, there are certain things you can learn to talk about that will help you become fluent. Being able to talk about your family in English is one such topic. Family vocabulary exercises can help you understand the technicalities of the English language and learn new…

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IELTS test preparation tips

How Prepare for your IELTS Exam When it comes to IELTS preparation tips and tricks, there are a ton of things you can do to improve your chances. We’ve put together some inspiration here that will help you pass and open doors around the world. Be sure to take notes! Learn What’s Involved in IELTS…

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Interesting Facts About the English Language

What you May not Know about the English Language The English language is full of weird and wonderful concepts. It’s one of the most difficult languages to learn as a non-speaker, full of rules and even more exceptions to those rules, but also one of the most widely spoken. To celebrate it in all it’s…

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Idiom of the Week – ‘Elephant in the room’

‘Elephant in the room’ Meaning:An important topic that everyone present is aware of, but that is considered uncomfortable and is not being discussed Explanation:Originating in the US, this phrase dates back to at least the 1950s and may have initially had a slightly different meaning to the one we use today. The current usage appears…

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Everything you need to know about IELTS

What you need to know about ILETS If you’re planning on moving abroad and are looking to enter into education or search for a job in a foreign country, the IELTS is something you should definitely be paying attention to. It’ll make your life a whole lot easier once you’ve moved! You’ll be more employable…

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