Back To School: 9 Tips For Language Learners

It’s the start of a new academic term and new courses are about to begin. This is the perfect opportunity to set your goals, focus, and learn a new language. But it may have been a long time since you were last in the classroom. Or you might be apprehe... Read More

  • By: Brenda

Study English This Summer At Oxford House

Summer is here! And more than ever, we’re in need of a bit of sunshine. But with travel restrictions still in place, many of us are deciding to stay local this year. It doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom though. This could be the perfect opportunit... Read More

  • By: Brenda

5 Reasons To Learn English Outdoors At Oxford House

As Barcelona and the rest of Spain enters the ‘new normality’, it’s time to plan ahead for the summer. Kids and teens have spent much of the last four months on lockdown - stuck indoors, studying online and missing out on quality time with friends. ... Read More

  • By: Brenda

5 Of The Best Netflix Series To Learn English

On average, Netflix subscribers spend streaming their favourite content. With so many binge-worthy series out there, it’s no surprise! But if you’re feeling guilty about all that screen time, why not switch on the subtitles and while you’re watchi... Read More

  • By: Brenda

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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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

  • By: Brenda

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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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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5 Great Apps To Give Your English A Boost

The next time you’re walking down the street, in a waiting room, or on public transport in Barcelona take a look around. What do you notice? Smartphones, smartphones, and more smartphones. It’s not surprising - when people are stuck for something to ... Read More

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Improving Your Pronunciation With A Phonemic Chart

What do English, Maori, Vietnamese and Zulu have in common? Along with another , they all use the . If your first language uses the same alphabet, you’d think that learning the sounds of English would be easy. But, for many learners of English, pron... Read More

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How To Improve Your English Using Netflix

Netflix has changed the way we spend our free time. We don’t have to wait a week for a new episode of our favourite TV shows anymore, instead we can binge watch an entire season in one day – and let’s be honest, we’ve all done it! So, if 125 mill... Read More

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How to Improve Your English Over The Summer

The long summer holiday is almost here and we’ve got some top tips on how you can keep up your English over the summer months. Whether you’re thinking of attending a course to meet like-minded English language learners at our centre in the heart of th... Read More

  • By: Brenda

World Cup Vocabulary: Let’s Talk About Football!

Football, football, football: the whole world is going crazy for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia! The beautiful game is also the most popular sport in the world and is played everywhere, from streets to stadiums. People love the game because it’s ... Read More

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Exam Day Tips: The Written Paper [Infographic]

Exams are nerve-wracking. Between going to class, studying at home and worrying about the results, it’s easy to forget the little things that could make or break your exam day success. So, Whether you are preparing for the , , or even the , check out ... Read More

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10 Reasons to Study English at Oxford House

Learning a second language, for many people, is one of the best decisions they ever make. Travel, work, culture, education, personal development - there are lots of reasons why you might decide to become a student again. But, as with any new personal cha... Read More

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Shadowing: A New Way to Improve Fluency at C2 Level

Speech shadowing is an advanced language learning technique. The idea is simple: you listen to someone speaking and you repeat what they say in real time, with as little delay as possible. If you’re preparing for the (formerly CPE), this is an importa... Read More

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The Best Websites to Help Your Kids Learn English

Our children learn English at school from a young age - with some even starting basic language classes from as early as 3 years old. While classroom work is a great way to introduce them to the language, it’s also very important that they continue to pr... Read More

  • By: Brenda

Help Your Teens Practise English With These Fun Websites

Teenagers today are definitely part of the smartphone generation and many parents are concerned about the amount of time their children spend looking at screens. There is some good news, however. Recent research shows that is the top language for inte... Read More

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6 Unbelievably British Easter Traditions

Have you heard of these fascinating British Easter traditions? Great Britain is an ancient island, full of superstition and tradition. When Easter comes around visitors to the UK are often surprised by some of the strange events, parades and practices th... Read More

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4 Ways English Words are Born

Have you ever wondered where English words come from? There are a whopping 171,476 words in the . From aardvark to zyzzyva, words come in all shapes and sizes. In this post we’ll explore some of the mechanisms through which words are born and we’ll ... Read More

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Writing an effective essay: Cambridge B2 First

Students take language certifications like the Cambridge B2 First qualification for lots of different reasons. You might do it to motivate yourself to improve your language abilities, to prove your level of English to an employer, or even to achieve an am... Read More

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5 Powerful Tools to Perfect Your Pronunciation

Foreign accent and understanding When you meet someone new, what’s the first thing you notice? Is it how they look? How they speak? A person’s accent holds a lot of information and it tells a story about where they come from, where they grew up, an... Read More

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Essential Ski Vocabulary [Infographic]

Are you a ski-fanatic that spends all week dreaming about white-capped peaks, fluffy snow and hearty mountain food? this doesn’t just have to be a dream! Whether you plan to join the - the perfect excuse to practise your English while enjoyi... Read More

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5 Tips to Get the Best Out of Quizlet

Quizlet, Duolingo, Busuu...there are lots of apps on the market nowadays to help you learn and improve your English. But with so many options, it can be a little overwhelming knowing where to start and what features each app offers you. is an easy-to-us... Read More

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10 False Friends in English and Spanish [Infographic]

Is English really that difficult? English is a Germanic language, which means it has lots of similarities with German and Dutch. However, you might be surprised to learn that many English words actually come from Latin. That’s good news for Span... Read More

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Myths and Mysteries of the English Language

Learning another language as an adult can be frustrating. We’re problem-solvers. We look for patterns in language and try to formulate rules. Unfortunately, there’s not always much logic to be found in English. In his book , linguist David Crystal ex... Read More

  • By: Brenda