@jenI love encouraging my students with stories about my own language wins and fails. As an adult learner it's been hard to push myself out of my comfort zone and practise a second language. So I promise to be a sympathetic and patient ear for you. Just signing up to an Intrepid English class is a huge committed step to your English language learning. Well done you! My strongest second language is Mandarin. I usually tell people I speak Mandarin like a cave person - put it this way, if I was your tour guide in China you wouldn't go hungry or get lost. More or less...! I'm trying to practise my rusty French at the moment and teach it to my baby son, he doesn't mind if I don't conjugate my verbs correctly as long as I can sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in tune.
You asked and we answered.
@Tess said she would ‘love to know some British slang’. Well we went one step further and created two blogs to introduce everyone to some common British slang.
Common British Slang – Part 1
Common British Slang – Part 2
Read the blogs and we invite you to post a comment below using one of the new…[Read more]
This is an activity idea for children. We would love for your child to write a diary and post an entry below – in words or picture form. We can’t wait to hear what you’ve been up to!
This thread is a follow-up to a blog piece I wrote giving everyone some ideas for entertaining their children during this current period of lockdown.
You can read…[Read more]
I was in Saltzberg, Austria this past weekend with my sister and my Mum. For anyone who has seen The Sound of Music – this photo was taken in front of the ‘Do-Re-Mi’ steps. We had a tremendous weekend. 🇦🇹⛰️🥧 9101546a-4e1b-45d8-92f4-0d33323b8779
I love this quote. It reminds us not to feel overwhelmed by the size of a goal, much like learning a language. Let’s feel inspired today! impossible-until-done
I’m working on some festive social media posts this morning. 🎄🎄🎄 Screenshot 2019-12-05 at 08.41.22
This business call doesn’t look like it’s going to be as productive as I’d hoped it would….🤔 Screenshot 2019-11-19 at 13.33.26
When we learn Business English we usually focus on the teachable hard skill, that of learning to communicate using the English language in a work context.
It’s easy to overlook the transference of soft skills from your first language to English. For example interpersonal skills, flexibility and motivation.
It’s not a foregone conclusion that if…[Read more]
Look what I’m working on today. IELTS Speaking Preparation Course….with 45 steps! I better get a wriggle on. Screenshot 2019-10-15 at 10.09.36
I was shamelessly eavesdropping on my husband taking a business call the other day.
He used a few useful expressions that are specific to the business world which I wanted to share here.
off the top of my head
When you use your memory to best guess something without checking it.
I can’t remember the exact number of delegates, off the top of my…[Read more]
What verb tense do you find the most challenging?
I find with my students it really depends on whether the tense exists in their first language.
Imagine learning English and discovering a new tense and a new time that doesn’t exist in your first language.
That sounds like a sci-fi film plot.
So again, what verb tense do you find the most…[Read more]
Are there any words you always get confused?
It happens to teachers too – even English teachers. Shhhh.
For me it’s practise (verb) and practice (noun). I should know the difference, and I do…, but I still always want to double check because I didn’t know the difference for years. So now I lack the confidence that I’ll get it right first…[Read more]
Come and say hello! We’re a friendly bunch. What’s your name? Where are you from? Tell us one random fact about yourself.
I’m Jen. I’m from London. If I go to an all you can eat buffet dinner I have to try everything on offer. I literally mean everything. I hate feeling like I’m missing out. Especially when it comes to food!
We have many students who study Business English with us in order to further their career opportunities. An extra language on your CV is most certainly another tick on an application. The chances of finding a job using English are higher in an English speaking country.
But what comes first?
Find the job – then move?
Or move – and then find the…[Read more]
The most asked question from all our students is without a doubt – “What’s the best way to study English?”
I think there is always a secret hope that the answer will be an easy and immediate shortcut to English learning success. If only!
So – teachers and students – we want to know your #learningtips.
What’s been the secret to your success?…[Read more]
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