Language Learners

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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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Spanish word of the week: raro

raro ADJECTIVE strange; rare, unusual Raro is another of those Spanish words which may be a bit misleading. Though it can also mean rare, it is very commonly used to mean strange: Es un tipo algo raro. He’s a rather strange guy. Tiene unas costumbres muy… 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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Learning German: Common courtesies

If you’re visiting a German-speaking country, you’ll want to be able to chat to people and get to know them better. The nuts and bolts of conversations revolve around common courtesies, such as asking people how they are, and saying please and thank you. As in English, in German there… Read More
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Learning Italian: Common courtesies

Whether you’re visiting Italy or even planning to live there, you’ll want to be able to chat to people and get to know them better. The nuts and bolts of conversations revolve around common courtesies. As in English, in Italian there are several ways you can ask someone how they… Read More
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Learning French: Common courtesies

Good manners are always important for good communication, whatever language it is you’re speaking, and whoever it is you’re addressing. With that in mind, our next French conversation blog looks at those common courtesies that feature in so many of our everyday interactions. Please In most cases, you would use… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: pareja

la pareja NOUN partner; couple Pareja is a word that people commonly use to talk about a person who is in a relationship, particularly if they don’t want to specify whether they’re married or not: tu pareja ideal your ideal partnerNos presentó a su pareja. 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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Spanish word of the week: confianza

la confianza NOUN confidence; trust One of the meanings of confianza is confidence, in a variety of contexts: Ese abogado tuyo no me inspira confianza. That lawyer of yours doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence. Ganarse la confianza de alguien means to win somebody’s confidence, as… Read More