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What does the future hold?

What does the future hold?

What does the future hold? An often-asked question, many of us would like to know what the future holds. Although it would be nice to know Saturday’s winning lottery numbers in advance, one thing we can say for certain is that the English language will continue to be important in business, international relations, science and … 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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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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Would it be good (to practise the basics)?

Yes, it would!  Like anything else, it takes time – but it is important. Do you, like many new students, speak about the past or the future using the present tense? This is acceptable at elementary levels and to communicate on a ‘survival’ basis – but it’s considered by some to be “Emergency English”. Or … Continue reading

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It’s a sunny day

… and there will be a few more of them this month, too. A few limited timetable places are available for summer lessons this month. Enjoy the holiday period, and see you in the autumn! Mark. P.S. Coming soon … a few holiday pictures.      

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‘live’ vs. ‘life’

How to say ‘live‘ and ‘life’ – recommended video. Listen and practise.   Also, remember the difference between: the ‘short i’ – /i/ – such as “live in”, “Is it in the middle of the city?”, etc. and the ‘long i’ – /i:/ – for example, “She’s leaving soon.”, “He needs to leave the meeting … Continue reading

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What are the easiest and hardest languages to learn?

The following information is published by the U.S. State Department, similar to the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They publish all sorts of information about other countries and are responsible for embassies etc. Looking at the data, we can see that the easiest languages for English speakers are those that share a common root with … Continue reading

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Reflections on language learning: wáss shí der? wəz ʃi ðeə |

To help students improve their speaking and listening skills, lessons with ‘MiProfe’ are based on modern teaching techniques, using some of the best practises and direct or communicative methodologies.  Historically, until the 1970s and early 1980s the ‘grammar-translation’ method prevailed, when students translated and learnt lots of grammar theory. These days most language schools and … Continue reading

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A relaxing cup of WHITE COFFEE

Okay, let’s ignore the fact that coffee contains caffeine (a stimulant)! Here’s a dance remix which someone obviously spent quite some time editing: There are many articles, comments and videos on the Internet – including some personally cruel ones.  One blog I noticed is altogether more constructive, and offers  suggestions as to how to pronounce … Continue reading

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Children’s game: FUNLAND

All the fun of the fair! You can now visit Funland to play fairground games to practise your English. Control a big wheel and splash clowns, while learning vocabulary and practising reading and listening skills. Funland is ideal for children preparing for Cambridge English Young Learners (Movers, Flyers), Key for Schools (KET) and Preliminary for … Continue reading

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