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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

  • By: Brenda

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

  • By: Brenda

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

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These 5 Soft Skills Will Boost Your Career

Everyone is talking about soft skills. They are the personal traits that allow you to be mentally elastic, to adapt to new situations, and to be an excellent communicator and creative problem solver.And why are these skills soft exactly? Because, unl... Read More

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Which English Exam Is Right For Me?

Are you struggling to decide which English language exam to take? You’re not alone: with so many different options on the table, it’s a difficult decision to make - especially when you need to choose the right exam for your studies, work, or visa appl... Read More

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Passing C2 Proficiency: A Guide to Reading Part 6

We’re sure you’ve done a great job answering the questions for of your . But now you’re faced with a completely different challenge. In front of you is a jigsaw puzzle of a story, with some big gaps, odd linking expressions, mysterious pronouns, a... Read More

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Sant Jordi – Dragons, Books And Roses

Imagine you have woken up in Barcelona for the first time in your life. You walk outside and you notice something unusual. There are stands in every corner where people are buying and selling roses. You walk down some streets and see that some stands are ... Read More

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5 Ways To Improve Your Listening Skills At Home

Have you ever put on an English radio station or podcast and gone to sleep, hoping that when you wake up in the morning your listening skills will be magically better?Sadly, language learning doesn’t really work like that - at least, not in our exp... Read More

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The Simple Guide To Communicating At A Restaurant

What’s the most challenging thing about going on holiday in an English speaking country? Twenty years ago you might have said ‘asking for directions’ or ‘booking a room in a hotel’, but nowadays, all that can be online - swipe, click, sorted! ... Read More

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Stop Making These 7 Grammar Mistakes

No matter how long you've been learning a language, you're likely to make a mistake every once in a while. The big ones that cause a breakdown in communication soon get corrected. But what about the little mistakes that slip through the net and go unnotic... Read More

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5 Ways To Practise Your Speaking At Home

“How many languages do you speak?”This is what we ask when we want to know about someone’s language skills. We ask about their ability to speak. We’re not interested if someone can read or write in another language - the importance is on s... Read More

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Passing C2 Proficiency: A Guide to Reading Part 5

You have survived the Use of English section of your , but now you are faced with a long text full of strange language, an unfamiliar theme, a list of ambiguous questions, and a ticking clock. But don’t worry! We are here to get you through this sectio... Read More

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Improve Your English Accent With These 6 Great Songs

Turn on a radio anywhere in the world and it won’t take long before you’re listening to an English song. And, if you’re a learner of English, at some point you’ve probably sat down with your favourite one and tried to understand the lyrics. But ha... Read More

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7 Graded Readers To Help You Practise English At Home

Graded readers are adaptations of famous stories, or original books aimed at language learners. They are written to help you follow the story and learn new language structures and vocabulary with activities and questions. You can find some excellent grad... Read More

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6 Tools To Take Your Writing To The Next Level

Written language is as important today as it has ever been. Whether you want to prepare for an , to respond to or it’s just for personal interest, being able to write clearly and concisely in English is a valuable skill to have.For most language l... Read More

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Our 10 Most Popular Blog Posts Of 2018

It’s been a whirlwind 2018. We’ve made so many amazing memories - from our twentieth-anniversary party to some entertaining intercambio nights, and of course lots of great classes. And we wouldn't change it for the world! So let’s take a look back ... Read More

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A Guide To The Cambridge English Computer-Based Exams

Making the decision to do a Cambridge English language qualification can be intimidating. Whether you’re taking it because you need it for work, or just because you want to push yourself and improve your English skills, it requires time and dedication t... Read More

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8 Top Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Language Exchange

A language exchange (or Intercambio in Spanish) is an excellent way to practise English outside of the classroom. The aim of a language exchange is to learn, practise and share a new language in an informal, friendly way. They can be big events with doze... Read More

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Why Oxford House Is More Than Just a Language Academy

If you’re a student at , you’ll know it is far more than just a language academy. It’s a place to socialise, make new friends and take part in lots of exciting new activities while you’re learning. Let’s go through some of the clubs, events and... Read More

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Meet our Director of Studies – Judy Rose

If you’ve been studying at Oxford House for a while there’s a good chance that you’ll recognise Judy - with her big smile and bubbly personality. She started working with us in 2012 after completing her Trinity Cert. TESOL. Since then she’s taugh... Read More

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Which English Course Is Right For Me?

The new school year is about to begin and many of you are probably thinking that it’s about time to take the plunge and sign up for a course to improve your English. The problem is - with so many schools and types of courses available - choosing the ri... Read More

  • By: Brenda