Tagged with Pronunciation

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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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)?

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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Cambridge First Certificate has changed (2015).

Cambridge English: First (FCE)  changes this month, to reflect the latest research in language learning and teaching.   The exam is now about 30 minutes shorter.  It will still cover all the same language skills and tests at the same level as the previous version and has four papers, not five. The ‘Reading’ and ‘Use of … Continue reading

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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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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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Cuánto tiempo necesito para aprender el inglés?

Cuánto tiempo necesito para aprender el inglés?

Hay un dicho sobre un hombre que estudiaba karate. Cuando preguntó cuanto tiempo necesitaba para dominar el arte, el maestro dijo: “Cuántos años más piensas vivir?” La implicación es que nunca se termina de aprender algo. Y lo mismo puede decirse del inglés. En realidad, uno puede seguir aprendiendo un idioma toda la vida. Siempre … Continue reading

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