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

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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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