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English Vocabulary For Going On A Date

It’s time for that famous celebration of love and romance - Valentine’s Day! It is inspired by the sad story of Saint Valentine of Rome. According to legend, he performed weddings for Roman soldiers who were forbidden to marry under Roman law. He was ... Read More

  • By: Brenda

IELTS: Writing Part 2 – How To Write A Discursive Essay

When it comes to exams, preparation is the key to success - and the IELTS Writing Paper Part 2 is no exception! It is worth twice as much as Part 1 and is the longest part of the writing paper. So it’s important to perfect your technique before the big ... Read More

  • By: Brenda

5 Unmissable Events at Oxford House in 2020

At Oxford House, we know learning a language extends beyond the classroom. It’s important to practise your skills in more authentic settings too. That’s why we organise clubs and events where you can speak, enjoy yourself, and socialise with other lan... Read More

  • By: Brenda

Am I ready for the C1 Advanced?

Congratulations! You’ve passed your Cambridge B2 First exam. It was a hard road but you did it. Now what’s next? Some people may want to take a break from their English exams. Others might want to throw themselves back in the deep end and start prepar... Read More

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Everything You Need To Know About Moving To Ireland

Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle. When you see its lush green landscape and breathtaking views, it’s easy to see why. It’s a lively and vibrant country with a history deep in folklore, not to mention a rich culture in music, dance and literature. ... Read More

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15 New English Words You Need for 2020

Each year new words enter the English language. Some are added to dictionaries like . Others are old words that are given new meanings. These new words show the evolution of language and the issues affecting the world today. And the most popular words of ... Read More

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Our Year In Review: Top 10 Blog Posts Of 2019

2019 went by in a flash - and what a year it’s been! We’re just as excited to be looking back on the past 12 months as we are for the New Year. If you’re like us and you’re ready to get cosy with a hot chocolate in hand, we’re sure you’ll ... Read More

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A Black Friday Guide to Shopping in English

Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving. Traditionally, it signals the start of the Christmas shopping period. Expect to get lots of your favourite products at discount prices and to see lots of shops bustling with people! What once began as a day of ... Read More

AI Translators: The Future Of Language Learning?

Many people believe that artificial intelligence (AI) translators are surpassing human translators in their ability to accurately translate foreign languages. With the growing popularity of home voice recognition systems like Alexa and apps such as Google... Read More

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8 Of The Best Apps For Learning English

Apps are a great tool for learning English. They are quick, easy to access and fun. It’s almost like having a mini classroom on your phone - there to use whenever you are bored or have some time to kill. And although apps can’t replace your real-life... Read More

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6 Ways To Improve Your Speaking Fluency In English

There are four linguistic skills that you utilise when learning a new language: reading, writing speaking and listening. Of the four skills, speaking is often the skill that students find the most difficult. Having a conversation in a foreign language can... Read More

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8 Resources To Build Your Business Vocabulary

Whether it’s in meetings, telephone conversations or networking events, you’ll find specific vocabulary and buzzwords everywhere in the world of business! Knowing these words in English can help open career opportunities and help you communicate effec... Read More

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Welcome Back To School: Extra Courses And Exciting News

[video-item url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOWgWTkBwOw&t=2s" width="870" height="577"][/video-item]   We’re back! And we’re ready for another great year of learning English. From new timetables, to welcome events and even a new Academic D... Read More

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5 Ways to Become a Better Learner

It’s time for some back-to-school motivation. The new school year is about to start and everyone is feeling refreshed and energised after the summer holidays. It’s the best time of the year to really think about how you’re going to approach learning... Read More

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Our 10 Favourite YouTubers To Help You Learn English

Haven’t you heard? Nobody is watching the TV anymore - 2019 is the year of the YouTuber! If you’re an English language student, there’s some great news for you: there are hundreds of thousands of videos to help you learn English and thousands of te... Read More

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The Secret French Words Hidden In The English Language

“The problem with the French is that they have no word for entrepreneur.” This phrase was attributed to George W. Bush, evidence of his famed stupidity. ‘Entrepreneur’ is a French word, duh! In fairness, he never said this, but it’s still a fu... Read More

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The Ultimate Guide To Gràcia Festival 2019

The Gràcia Festival, or , is an annual celebration taking place in the lovely, bohemian neighbourhood of Gràcia in uptown Barcelona. Organized between the 15th and 21st of August, the barrio’s lavishly decorated streets and the festival’s many activ... Read More

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4 Past Tenses and When to Use Them

Do you have difficulty with the past tenses in English? Do you know the difference between the past simple and past perfect? Knowing what they are and when to use them can be tricky, but don’t worry we are here to help you with all your past tense doubt... Read More

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How To Write A Review: Cambridge B2 First

Students who are taking their B2 First Certificate exam (FCE) will be asked to do two pieces of writing within an 80 minute time limit. Part 1 is . Part 2 is where you can get a bit more creative. You might, for example, be asked to write a letter, a repo... Read More

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8 Hidden Benefits of Being Bilingual

Unless you were raised to be bilingual, speaking two languages can require years of study and hard work. Even once you’ve acquired a second language, it’s a case of use it or lose it. If you don’t regularly speak, read in, or listen to that second l... Read More

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7 Films to Practise Your English in Barcelona This July

What’s better than watching a fantastic, original-language movie in a theatre? Watching a fantastic, original-language movie in an open-air theatre! This summer, returns with an unmissable programme of films to watch on a big white screen stretched acr... Read More

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The 10 Best Instagram Accounts for Learning English

Ever wonder how much time you spend on your phone a day? According to the latest studies, the average person spends on social media per day. A large chunk of that is spent on Instagram, an app with over monthly active users. Sounds like a lot, right? ... Read More

  • By: Brenda