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3 Grammar Problems You Should Fix

What stops you from getting an advanced English grammar? Sometimes, it can be a major area of grammar, like conditionals or tenses. But sometimes, it can be a smaller thing, which is more easily fixed. Here are three grammar problems that are common at advanced level, but which you can correct so that you speak… Read More

Non-Standard English Grammar

If you’ve ever heard British English speakers say something that you know is wrong, it could be because they’re using non-standard English grammar. This is the grammar that people use when they speak – but which is considered to be incorrect. Sometimes it comes from a regional dialect, and sometimes it happens because grammar rules… Read More

English Speaking: Phrases With ‘Word’

In English, many words have more than one meaning. A great way to get to advanced level – in both your vocabulary and speaking – is to start using these words in their different ways. For example, there are many speaking phrases with “word”. You can use these phrases to talk about conversations and communication… Read More

The Best Way To Learn English At Advanced Level

When you’re at upper-intermediate or advanced level (B2 and above), you already know a lot of English. You can have a conversation, read easily and understand other people speaking in English. Probably the methods you used to get to this level were structured. For example, many people study English through a series of coursebooks with… Read More

The Great British Summer

Do you want to know how we spend our summers? Read on for some great English vocabulary and phrases all about the summer hols. (= holidays) Words in bold have quick explanations to help you understand them. Summer Holiday Destinations Summer hols (= holidays) start at the end of July, when schools break up (=… Read More

Quick English Summer Activities

When it’s hot and you want to relax, learning English might be the last thing you want to do! And while it’s true that taking a break is good for your brain and memory, you don’t want to lose everything you’ve learnt! So, a good way to maintain your English is through quick activities that… Read More

English Word Patterns

The way we pronounce English words is often different from how words are spelt. A good example is the -ough ending, pronounced differently in the words “though”, “thought” and “tough”. But there are also some common word patterns in English. When you know these patterns, you can expand your vocabulary and also improve your spelling… Read More

How To Be Cute In English – Using Diminutives

There are many ways to speak English. You can speak “professional” English and use words and phrases which are suitable for work. You can also speak “cute” English, and use words and phrases which show affection and familiarity. When we want to be cute in English, we often use “diminutives”: a form of the word… Read More