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Spanish word of the week: esperar

esperar VERB to wait, to wait for; to expect; to hope “You can’t always get what you want”, at least not immediately, and so you might have to wait for it. If so, you need the verb esperar. Estamos esperando más noticias. We’re waiting for further… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: claro

claro ADVERB sure; of course Claro is a word you’ll hear very, very often in conversation. The more you use it appropriately when speaking, the more natural your Spanish will sound. In one meaning it’s just a way of saying sure when somebody asks you something:… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: alegría

la alegría NOUN happiness, joy Alegría is a great quality to have, and is the noun deriving from the adjective alegre – happy – which you probably already know. Es un motivo grande de alegría. It’s a great cause for happiness. Alegría is sometimes translated as… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: madrugar

madrugar VERB to get up early Whether you have to get up early for a special reason or are an early bird, this is the word you need. No soporto madrugar. I can’t stand getting up early.Usted debe de madrugar mucho. You must be an… 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
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Verb Tables for the 50 Most Common German Verbs

CollinsDictionary.com now has full verb conjugation tables for over 5,000 German verbs. There are links below to Verb conjugation tables for 50 of the most common German verbs, or you can search all German verb tables here: Enter the root form of the verb, for example arbeiten… Read More