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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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 ... 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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10 Ways to Improve your English in 2018

Every year is the same. We promise ourselves to eat more healthily, exercise more and save money. It all seems very easy, at least for a week or two. But as January draws to an end, the gyms start to empty and the bars get busy again it’s easy to forget... Read More

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10 English words you need for 2018

Languages are constantly on the move and English is no exception! As technology, culture and politics evolve, we’re faced with the challenge of trying to find new words to describe all these changes. So, every few months, dictionaries like the have to ... Read More

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Catalan Christmas Vs British Christmas

All countries are proud of their quirky traditions and this is no more evident than . In South Africa they eat deep-fried caterpillars, in Germany they hide pickles in the Christmas tree and in Norway they put away the brooms in case they are stolen by w... Read More

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9 ideas to kickstart your reading

You’ve heard about the four skills: reading, writing, and . Some might be more important to you than others. Although they’re normally tested separately, the four skills are actually interconnected. Reading power   So, even if reading English... Read More

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7 Podcasts to Improve your Listening

Speaking in a foreign language is hard work. Language learners have to think about pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary - and many people know the pain of reading out loud in class very well indeed! But speaking is only half the battle. Listening and un... Read More

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6 Language Hacks to Learn English Faster

It’s October and you’ve just signed up for an English course. Maybe you want to pass an official exam. Maybe you need to use English at work. Or maybe you just want to travel the world and have meaningful conversations with the people you meet. Whatev... Read More

  • By: Brenda