Learning English

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Talking about your plans when travelling, in English

This series of articles about travelling will help you to find out how to get to places and do things such as buy tickets. They will also help you to talk about travelling in clear, natural English. This first article will help you talk about your plans. Talking about… Read More
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Making arrangements in English

Our last article discussed how you could make suggestions or express your opinions. We’re now going to look at how you can talk about your plans and make arrangements. Talking about your plans To tell your friends and people at work about your plans, use I’m going to ….     I’m… Read More
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Making suggestions, expressing opinions in English

Last time we looked at how we could ask people for information. This article will look at how you can make suggestions and express some opinions. One easy way of making suggestions to your friends and people at work is to use We could ….     We could ask Paul to… Read More
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Asking for information in English

Our last learning English article gave useful phrases you could use when talking about yourself. This article will help your conversation skills even further by giving tips on how you can ask people for information. After saying hello to someone, especially someone we know, we usually ask about their health,… Read More
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Talking about yourself in English

Our first learning English article explained how to greet people correctly. When you are talking to people, you will probably want to tell them some things about yourself. To say what your name is, use I’m … or, in a slightly more formal situation, My name’s … .      Hi,… Read More
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How to greet people in English

To sound natural in English, you need to know both the words and the grammar. However, it can be difficult to put these two things together and be sure that what you are saying sounds like natural English. In this blog series, we’ll give you whole sentences which you can… Read More
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Why is English SO difficult??

As a learner of the English language, how many times have you heard your teachers say, ‘it’s just not what we say in English’ or ‘that doesn’t sound very natural’? Or maybe you have thought to yourself, ‘this doesn’t sound right’ but you don’t know why? There is a good… Read More
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4 tips when starting to soften your English Accent

Our colleagues over on the Collins ELT blog have written an informative article on where to start when softening your English accent. So what does softening your accent mean? Even if you have spoken English for a number of years you may still… Read More
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What on earth is The Schwa?

Say again, ‘The Schwa’? The what? When reading our colleague’s post over on the Collins English Language Learning blog, I heard about The Schwa sound for the very first time, and thought it would be useful to replicate some of the… Read More