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Inspiration and Partnership

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Inspiration and Partnership

One of the best things about being a teacher is when our hard work is recognized by our pupils. This feedback is a great fuel for us to keep on doing what we do.

Six months ago we said See you soon to one of these very special students, Fernando.

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Cambridge Exam Prep Courses

English One showcases one of its most useful (and intensive!) courses: the Cambridge Exam Preparation courses. Learn more about these courses and how they can help you achieve the results you need from your Cambridge Exam.


Course Overview

Our Cambridge Exam Preparation courses offer you the skills and techniques that you’ll need when taking your exam. Our small classes, Cambridge exam experienced teachers and focused courses ensure that when the exam day arrives you are well prepared and confident. Taking our preparation courses will help you develop the skills to enable you to get the most from living, studying and working in English-speaking countries. Give yourself the best chance for success by joining one of our Cambridge Exam Preparation courses. With our expert guidance and knowledgeable experience, we can help you get the result that you need.

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11 Extra Ways to Use LIKE

11 Extra Ways to Use Like

As I mentioned before, like is one of the most versatile words in the English language.  So far, we have reviewed the 5 most commonly taught and traditional ways of using it.  Now, we will explore all the fantastically diverse ways to incorporate like into your conversation.

 icon-exclamation-triangle CAUTION: Using like in the following ways will make you sound like a native speaker!

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How to use LIKE

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The Unlikely Power of Like

Like.  We use the word like in nearly every conversation. More recently, since the advent of Facebook, it has even become a physical action.  As we scroll through our friends’ timelines and posts, we make sure to click on that familiar icon just to show our friends that we have acknowledged their photo, their current status or even their tasty looking lunch.  And, though we may hate to admit it, our self-esteem may even depend on how many of those likes we can gather on our own status updates and photos.  Beyond our own egos, businesses large and small, are incredibly dependent on how many likes they can manage.

But, are all likes equal? Or has the simple, four letter, single syllabled word taken on a power of its own?

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IELTS Writing Guide

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The Great IELTS Writing Guide

The Writing section of the IELTS test doesn’t have to be scary! With the information that we’re sharing with you here you can be confident of succeeding in this section of the test. We’re going to give you some expert advice as well as strategies on how to prepare and answer the different question types in the Writing test. Read more

Sentence Structure Part 2

The Big 5: Expanding the Basic Sentence Structure

In the BIG 5 Part 1, we learned how to construct the 5 basic sentence structures.  In this post, we will learn how to expand those basic structures by adding other parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs).  This helps to add certain details or information to our sentences. Read more

Sentence Structure Part 1

The Big 5: Sentence Structure in English

Real accuracy in English is easy once you know how to order the words in a sentence. Without the proper word order you may confuse the person you are speaking to, or at the least make it harder for them to understand you. Once you know the basic rules of word order you will find it much easier to speak and write in English with confidence.

In this first part we look at the basic elements of sentence structure. Please check out Part 2 for more information. Read more

Academic English

English One showcases one of its popular specialized English Courses: Academic English. Learn more about this course and how it can help you in your studies or professional life.


Course Overview

The Academic English course is here to assist students who are studying, or want to study, at an English university. There is a strong focus on academic reading and writing as well as improving student’s listening skills. The course is also designed to prepare students for various English exams such as the Cambridge PET, FCE, CAE or CPE exams, as well as the important IELTS test. This part of the course works on developing your exam skills as well as improving your use of English. Read more

English for Information Technology

English for IT

English One showcases one of its popular Professional English Courses: IT English. Learn more about this course and how it can help you in your career as an IT professional.


Course Overview

The Information Technology course is designed to offer you a comprehensive and up-to-date English course which will provide you with the necessary language and skills that you will need to understand and work in the world of computers and technology. The course is built upon a strong foundation of terminology which is combined with vocabulary and grammar practice so that you will have the tools to use English in all areas of the Information Communications Technology field. Read more

Perfect Aspect (Part 1)

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Understanding the Perfect Aspect in English Grammar

They say that nobody’s perfect and that is true, especially when it comes to using English (even English teachers make mistakes!).  However, there is an aspect of English grammar that is perfect, the Perfect Aspect.  Though it may be perfect, it most definitely is not easy to understand.

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40 Useful Words and Phrases

40 Useful Words and Phrases

40 Useful Words and Phrases for everyday English Speaking and Writing

You can improve the quality of your English by making use of certain phrases and words. Here is a list of words and phrases that we think will help you in everyday English – and which can be very helpful if you have to write an academic piece of English. This list is also a valuable tool if you are preparing for an English exam like IELTS for example. Read more

What’s it like living in Cape Town?

What’s it like living in Cape Town?

Choosing where to study English is a complicated decision to make. You may be filled with many doubts, like what is the country and culture like? Is the city friendly? How much does it cost to live there? What will your experience be like? What can you do? These are just some of the questions you may be asking yourself when trying to decide where to go.

We were lucky enough to have a very special student spend a few months with us earlier this year. Vanessa is a Brazilian journalist who decided to study English in Cape Town, and she made a video talking about her experiences while living in Cape Town.

Here we would like to share what she had to say with you. Read more

Super Superlatives

How To Use Superlatives

SUPER SUPERLATIVES

The Guinness Book of World Records has superlatives at its heart.  It’s all about people who have competed globally to achieve the highest or lowest degree of a specific talent or skill.  Superlatives are necessary to accurately describe the weird, wonderful and amazing skills that Guinness World Record holders have demonstrated. Read more

7 Ways to Learn English Faster

7 ways to learn English faster

7 Ways to learn English faster – that are backed up by science.

Many people think that learning English will be as easy as it was in their school days. They’ll quickly pick up the new words and reach a decent level of fluency in a month or two. Unfortunately, this is seldom the case!

Learning a new language as an adult is rather challenging. Learning grammar is tough, and remembering the correct pronunciation is even worse!

Here are some of the tips and hacks that we like to share with our students. I hope that they will help you as well!

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Building your Vocabulary

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New Ways to Improve your Vocabulary

So you want to improve your English vocabulary. Where do you even begin? A quick look around the internet will find you the usual ideas like: read, keep a dictionary, make lists etc. And these are good ideas, but is it enough? First we’ll review the common ideas and then we’ll take a look at some of the excellent advice from our teachers to see if they have any new ideas. Read more

Business English

English One showcases one of its popular Professional English Courses: Business English. Learn more about this course and how it can help you in your career as a business professional.


Course Overview

The Business English course focuses on the communicative skills needed in the workplace as well as the language and skills required to be successful in meetings, giving presentations, conducting negotiations and networking. Your confidence and vocabulary will be developed through our interactive classes with intelligent insights and positive feedback. Read more

How long does it take to learn English?

The Big Question: How long does it take to learn English?

People ask us all the time, “how long does it take to learn English?” And there is no simple answer – there are certain factors that can speed up or slow down how quickly English sticks in your brain!

We’re going to take a look at which factors affect how long it takes to learn English, including: the moments when language learning can either be gained or lost, whether or not English takes longer to learn than other languages, and the questions to ask yourself to help define what “language learned” means to you!

While the level of effort and your surroundings can undoubtably affect how long it takes for you to pick up a language, some languages just take longer to learn than others

Whether you’re asking so you can figure out how long to study English, or just out of sheer curiosity, let’s take a look at some of these factors to help you understand just how long it will take you to learn the English language. Read more

3 of the best ways to learn English

3 of the best ways to learn English

Here are 3 of the best ways to learn English

Want to learn English? Congratulations! Committing to learning English is a big step to make, since most people remain comfortable with the language they grew up speaking. Now that you’re ready to take the next step – actually learning the language – you’re probably wondering, what’s the best way to learn English?

Well, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll share with you the 3 of the best ways to learn English (or any language for that matter), where you can go to start learning, and the pros and cons for each option. Before we dig in, let’s first understand how we learn, and not just languages. Read more

Medical English

Medical English

English One showcases one of its popular Professional English Courses: Medical English. Learn more about this course and how it can help you in your career as a medical professional.


Course Overview

The Medical English course has been designed to assist you in various areas of the medical profession. There is a strong focus on developing your ability to communicate with patients, medical colleagues and paramedical staff. This course will improve your fluency in reading medical journals and textbooks and help you prepare to study or work in an English speaking country. If you are a medical student in the clinical phase of your studies this course will be of great benefit to you. Read more

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