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New Year Grammar Resolutions

Over here in the UK, we like to choose at least one New Year’s resolution to help us make improvements to our lives, our health or sometimes even our behaviour throughout the year to come. However, choosing a New Year’s resolution is often the easy part, it is keeping...

Are Brussels Sprouts Really From Brussels? An Explanation of the Traditional English Christmas Dinner

The Traditional English Christmas Dinner ‘Select a goose with a clean, white skin, plump breast and yellow feet: if these latter are red, the bird is old. Should the weather permit, let it hang for a few days: by so doing, the flavour will be very much improved.’ So...

It’s blowing a hooley out here – our guide to English weather vocabulary

Here in England we have what is known as a temperate climate. This means that we don’t have weather that is either unbearably hot or unbearably cold. We do, however, have four distinct seasons, each of which offers us plenty of opportunity to indulge in our favourite national pastime,...

Six Top Tips on Getting Published in an Academic Journal

Absolutely the best way to get your research out there is to get an article about it published in an English academic journal. Academic journals are, quite rightly, highly thought of and their selection processes are rigorous. However, once you do manage to get published in a journal, you’ll...

Back to School – A Guide to British School Vocabulary

September has come around again and here in the UK we are celebrating the start of autumn by taking walks in the rain, eating casserole for dinner and sending our children back to school. The UK academic year starts in September and generally children start school at the beginning...

Cuckoos and Choo Choos – Onomatopoeia for Learners of English

Anyone who has heard a cuckoo make its distinctive call or a steam train blow its whistle will have an idea what the word ‘onomatopoeia’ means. Put simply onomatopoeic words are words, which sounds like the thing they represent. If we look at our two examples above, a cuckoo’s...

Six Board Games to Help You Learn English

For those of us who love playing them it is great news to hear that board games are undergoing an astonishing revival. Although still fun to play at home around a winter fire or on a rainy summer evening, board games are now available to play outside in parks...

English Summer Traditions

There really isn’t anything quite as quirky as a tradition and over here in England, now that the sun has finally started to shine, we are starting to look forwards to some of the activities that make our summer so quintessentially English. Here are 5 summertime traditions that will...

Six Easy to Read Books for English Language Learners

Reading is an excellent way to improve your English particularly if you can get stuck into a really good book. When you read a longer piece of text such as a novel, you will discover less common sentence structures, explore vocabulary and unravel meaning from English idioms. The more...

How to Use Apostrophes When Writing in English

You wouldn’t imagine that a humble piece of punctuation like the apostrophe would be capable of causing so much confusion but all too often, and maybe understandably, its incorrect use is a source of annoying error. People feel so strongly about the apostrophe that it even has its own advocates...

Seven BBC podcasts every English learner should try

I love listening to the radio! I grew up listening to radio. As a Brit, that meant mainly the BBC. Born in the year colour TV arrived, I’m not of the digital generation. My father was an engineer and spent most of his career working outside the UK. We...

Famous Movie Quotes

Screenwriters have been providing movie-goers with memorable quotes for a long time. Many of these have fallen into common usage, often misquoted but much loved. Here are some of the best movie quotes of all time. ‘Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.’ (Gone With the Wind,...

Did you write this or was it your computer?

Writing does not come easily to everybody. This is fine, we are not all good at singing, skiing or boiling eggs and there are great editing services available that can help. There have recently been some interesting writing developments in the world of online commerce, as computer-generated writing becomes popular....

How Social Media Can Improve Your Writing Skills

Social media is already making an impact in the classroom as a tool for improving literacy skills but what we adults are not necessarily appreciating are the ways in which our use of Facebook, Twitter and even Instagram can help us to hone our own English usage. Social media...

Seasonal Slang and All Things Christmas

English is a peculiar language and there is perhaps no time of year when it gives more cause for bewilderment than Christmas. For a start, we seem to have become confused about what we are actually supposed to call the event. The word ‘Christmas’ is easy to understand, it...

Famous Literary Quotes

Most of us enjoy a good read, whether it is a novel that moves us to tears, a play that intrigues or a poem that rouses our passions, a piece of well-written literature can have an impact on our emotions, on our behaviour and on our value-systems. There are...

How to Write a Personal Statement

How to Write a Personal Statement The personal statement is arguably the most difficult element of completing any application. Most other elements of an application form use key questions to guide you through the required information. A blank personal statement box can be daunting but it does give...

New English Words: September 2016 Additions to the Oxford English Dictionary

The English language is dynamic. This means it is always changing. Older words fall into obsolescence, for example malagrugrous which in Scotland once meant dismal, is no longer used. This is counteracted by the development, usually through popular culture, of new words. It wasn’t too long ago that our...

Feedback: receive or resist?

We live in a world of near instant feedback. We finish a book on Kindle; we are invited to rate it. We speak to someone at a help desk; can we stay on the line to rate them? We buy a product we’re not happy with; the negative...

5,000 Words per Hour – Is That Possible?

Write 5,000 words per hour – that seems like a HUGE amount of words to get down on paper in a relatively SHORT amount of time. Building up to 5,000 words per hour But here was author Chris Fox, author of 5,000 Words Per Hour: Write Faster, Write Smarter talking...

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