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Pronunciation exercise for advanced students

Improving your accent by analysing a recording of your speech. This is an exercise that can help improve your English pronunciation and reduce your accent. It involves developing a critical ear on your pronunciation of English. Find 3 ...
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Teaching English by Skype - Interview With...

Bea Koch has been teaching English in Madrid for the past five years. She received her TEFL certificate in 2007 and started teaching straight away for two different English academies, giving mostly group and one-to-one classes ...
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English by Skype: Pros and Cons

There are a great many ways to learn English. Learning English online by Skype is one of them. It may seem the best option when we take into consideration the efficient use of time and the availability of the Internet ...
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Everybody Speaks English Nowadays

Every English language and literature major hears this a thousand times throughout their studies. Didn't you hear: "Everybody already knows English". And why not... There are so many schools where you can learn it at the ...
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Business Idioms & Phrases

Do you need to improve your business vocabulary? You're in the right place! This article will help you feel more confident in your interviews as well as in business meetings and boardrooms from Singapore to Vancouver, from ...
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Historical Development of English Grammar

The serious study of English grammar owes much to a Latin grammar book, William Lily's "Grammaticae Rudimenta", first published in 1534 and later authorised by Henry VIII as the only Latin grammar book to be used in schools. In ...
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How to Write a Love Letter

The history of love letters extends all the way back to the beginnings of civilized correspondence. Love letters from ancient Egypt, Imperial China, and William Shakespeare's sonnets have become good examples of how to write on ...
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Top Mobile Apps for Learning English

Mobile learning (m-learning) has been recognized as one of the main additions to the process of learning and teaching a new language. Currently, there are dozens of language learning apps in the App Store (iOS) and Play Store ...
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How does texting influence the English language...

With the increased use of new technologies such as laptop computers, tablets, and mobile phones, the textese language (also known as txt-speak, chatspeak, txtspk, texting language, SMSish, txtslang, txt-talk, and others) has ...
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Fun With Words

While browsing a dictionary we came across a number of interesting words and expressions that can be fun to read and useful to know. Enjoy reading and write us your suggestions for the next edition of Fun With Words. The you are ...
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British authors every student should know

Studying literature is one of the best, if not the best, ways to learn the English language and to develop a "feel" for it. Once you acquire a rudimentary knowledge of English language constructions, you can then build on them ...
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The most beautiful words in the English language

If someone asked you to name the most beautiful word or phrase in English, how would you choose it? Would your choice be based on the meaning of the word, its pronunciation, or spelling? In his essay "English and Welsh," J.R.R. ...
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Can you correctly pronounce all the zodiac...

Astrology tries to determine a correlation between events in the sky (also known as ‘celestial events’) and behavior of people on Earth. Primarily, it’s focused on correlations that cannot be explained by the traditional ...
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Fancy learning some British slang?

So you think you've mastered the English language? Wait until you meet a British person who showers you with some extreme British slang! Slang in Britain dates back to before the 16th century and it's changing all the time; ...
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Chat Guidelines

You certify that you are 13 years of age or over. All individuals under the age of 13 years will need a full release form from their parents before using the chat. This is to comply with the Children's Online Privacy ...
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Do you know all the computer keyboard key...

Earlier computer keyboards were based either on teletype machines or keypunches. By the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, all computers used electronic keyboards. The layout of the computer keyboard still owes its origin to the ...
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Smart Tongue Twisters

A tongue twister is a phrase, sentence, or rhyme that presents difficulties when spoken as it contains similar sounds—Whistle for the thistle sifter, for example. To get the full effect of a tongue twister, you should try to ...
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Extreme Pronunciation

"The Chaos" by Dr. Gerard Nolst Trenité first appeared (in a shorter version) in an appendix to his textbook Drop Your Foreign Accent, published in 1920. The Chaos, by Charivarius (Gerard Nolst Trenité) Dearest creature in Creation ...
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Shakespeare's Sayings We Use Nowadays

William Shakespeare is regarded as the world's supreme dramatist. His impact on the English language was so great that even after four centuries, we still use some of his phrases. While he may not have been the first to utter ...
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Colons, Semicolons & Commas

Article submitted by Prajwal. Comma This has the following uses: 1. To separate items in a list: We need carrots, broccoli, oranges(,) and tomatoes for this dish. 2. To place a section of a sentence or noun phrase in ...
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