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Understanding English—and making yourself understood

Understanding English—and making yourself understood

What you should know: English pronunciation and how to improve comprehension. Why proper pronunciation is especially important for job interviews. How to ensure that you understand more when you listen. Read this for ideas, practise and progress to help you to get a good job with a major employer. Read an email with a professional opinion from an English Human Resources recruitment specialist who interviewed Spanish candidates who applied for jobs in England. Continue reading

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Getting ready for your English exam

Getting ready for your English exam

Here are some tips which many students have found helpful to revise for English language exams: Make sure you are thoroughly familiar with the structure of the exam, and you know exactly what you have to do. Review your lesson notes and suggestions or feedback. As far as your spoken English is concerned, you can … 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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It’s almost the end of August…

It’s almost the end of August…

… and the holiday season is coming to an end – for this year, at least. Soon, it will be time for students to return to university, schoolchildren to go back to … well, school – and those of us who haven’t yet returned to the daily routine will probably soon be doing so. If … Continue reading

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Thank you

Thank you to all the students, individuals and small groups, face-to-face lessons, telephone and video-conferencing who have been studying with ‘MiProfe’ during this academic year.  Many of you are sitting or about to finish your exams – good luck, and let me know how you do (especially with English!). Before we all enjoy a (hopefully … Continue reading

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Are you a young adult learning English?

What are the English language needs and priorities of young adults in Europe? What kinds of English do 18-24 year olds want to speak, and why? Has the development of new technologies and online communication affected the ways in which young adults use English, and if so, how? Has the emergence of English as an … Continue reading

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Good luck!

Many students have taken external exams this week.  I know that some of my students have Cambridge KET for Schools and Cambridge First Certificate exams today too – on a Saturday of all days (…phew!). Your dedication to your studies and your hard work over time will pay off.   Good luck!

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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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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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Fruit is weighed … where?

La fruta se pesa en caja. Gracias. Can you spot the differences in the sentences? It’s not a good translation to English. 1. Article ‘the’ not necessary. 2. Wrong preposition: should be ‘at’. 3. Although una caja might be ‘a box’, in the context of a supermarket this should be ‘checkout‘. 4. (Manners!) – ‘Thank … Continue reading

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