Common Phrasal Verbs used in Uncommon Ways

Common Phrasal Verbs used in Uncommon Ways: English One Live March 31, 2020

English is hard.  The grammar, the spelling, the pronunciation… it all takes a lot of time and practice in order to understand.  But, by far, the hardest part of English is the vocabulary, especially Phrasal Verbs. Those horrible multi-part words that combine a verb with a preposition (also extremely hard to understand) which native speakers use all the time.  If you struggle to understand phrasal verbs, you are not alone. Even native speakers would have a hard time explaining what they mean. While they may not be your favorite words to learn, they are extremely important because we use them in almost every sentence.  Read more

Top Tips for Learning English with Movies

Our Top Tips for Learning English with Movies: English One Live March 27, 2020

Everybody loves movies, but watching them in English isn’t always the easiest thing to do.  Don’t let your frustration stop you from enjoying your favorite films.  Actually, watching movies can be a useful and practical tool for helping to develop your English vocabulary and comprehension. Read more

Top 5 Apps to Expand Your Vocabulary

Top 5 English Vocabulary Apps

Top 5 Apps to Expand Your Vocabulary: English One Live March 26, 2020

Learning a language is a round the clock mission and finding time to learn isn’t always easy.  We are lucky to live in the era of smartphones and WiFi. With them, all things are possible – even learning English.  If you have a smartphone, you have the world at the tip of your finger – let us show you how to use your phone to put more words on the tip of your tongue. Read more

Where’s my Vocabulary?

Where’s my Vocabulary? How to use what you already know: English One Live March 24, 2020

What do you need to speak a language? Words, of course! In addition to grammar and pronunciation, learning vocabulary is the most essential part of learning any language. If you want  to learn a new language, you first need to start by building up a bank of words. After all, the more words you know, the more fluent you are, right?  Well yes, but fluency isn’t only about how many words you have or trying to learn a new word every day. It’s more about how flexibly you can use the words you already know. Read more

More tips to keep up with your English

More tips for improving your English skills on your own

Early January, I shared with you my top tips for improving your language skills at home. This post is focusing on how to work on and memorise vocabulary better and master your English grammar. Finally, at the end of the article, you will find your “English prescription” to help fix your English followed by my top most essential secret ingredients for improving your English dramatically. So, are you ready?

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Keeping up with your English

Tips for improving your English skills on your own

Are you studying English now or have studied English before and wish to carry on practising at home and keep up with your English on your own for free? If yes, then these tips are for you!
Whether you are currently studying English in an English-speaking country, busy doing your degree in varsity or working in your country, you will need to set aside some time to practise English every day. The good news is: you don’t necessarily have to spend 5 hours a day. Only 30 minutes suffice as long as you keep it up EVERY DAY.

So, here are my tips and favourite websites and apps to help you improve the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

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Softening the message: Polite English

How to sound more polite in English

There always comes a time when you need to make sure that your English is as polite as possible. You could be asking for information or trying to make a suggestion and you don’t want to come off as too direct or rude. In this video we share 3 important tips on how to sound more polite.

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Pronunciation of Consonant Sounds

Pronunciation of Consonant Sounds

When it comes to pronouncing consonants in English we can divide them into two main categories: Voiced and Unvoiced.

Watch this video to learn about the differences between “voiced” and “unvoiced” sounds, and improve your understanding as we explain how to make consonant sounds in English.

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Essay Planning

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Perfect Essay Planning

Writing an essay takes a fair amount of effort – even for native speakers! When I write anything significant, it takes me the better part of a week to write and then I check it 2 or 3 times. Consider this when you are trying to put an essay together in an hour. Not even hardcore academics can do that, so please don’t. Essays are an important part of learning any language and if you do the due diligence, you will succeed. Read more

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

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

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

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