The Unknown Noun

14 May 2015
We all know the important parts of speech (i.e. nouns, verbs, prepositions, adjectives, adverbs, etc.). Of all the categories mentioned, noun carries the most number of words in English and because of this, it comes with different faces in different parts of any sentence.

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The secret of bat genome

14 May 2015
In Western society, bats are often characterized as creepy, even evil. Zoologist Emma Teeling encourages us to rethink our attitude toward bats, whose unique and fascinating biology gives us insight into our own genetic makeup.

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Why we all need to practice emotional first aid

12 May 2015
We'll go to the doctor when we feel flu-ish or a nagging pain. So why don’t we see a health professional when we feel emotional pain: guilt, loss, loneliness? Too many of us deal with common psychological-health issues on our own, says Guy Winch. But we don’t have to. He makes a compelling case ...

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4 things you don't know about emails

08 May 2015
Sending an Email is fast and easy. That's true. And you know how to write a good letter/email, but most English learners don't know much about different sections of electronic mail. In this lesson, you will get familiar with four aspects of email writing that you probably never used (well).

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Guess before you act

30 Apr 2015
Although many English learners do not take it seriously, listening/reading comprehension is largely about guessing; I mean making intelligent guesses about the information you need to listen or read for. This is particularly essential when it comes to taking an English exam like IELTS.

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Political changes with pen and paper

30 Apr 2015
Want your local politician to pay attention to an issue you care about? Take this tip from Omar Ahmad, the beloved former mayor of San Carlos, California: Send a monthly handwritten letter. Old-fashioned correspondence, he shows, is more effective than email, phone — or even writing a check. Liste...

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Ever heard of "connotation"?

24 Apr 2015
You go to the gym every day; you have lost many kilos. Are you thin now? or slim? Although they both mean “not fat”, thinness carries connotations of weakness, weightlessness and emptiness: This extra and rather hidden meaning is called Connotation.

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Passive Voice in English

10 Apr 2015
The car looks absolutely spotless. Do you have any idea who washes it regularly? Since the result is at hand but the subject (or doer) is not present, it is the perfect chance to use the passive voice and bring variety to your language.

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Tips for Teaching Speaking

09 Apr 2015
Speaking for some candidates is the scary part of exams, and that is probably because there they are dealing with an examiner rather than just a computer or a paper test, and that provokes fear. Let’s see what we, teachers of those classes, can do to help them overcome this fear.

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Learn English with country music

01 Apr 2015
Let's listen to an English song by the country singer Brad Paisley. "Me Neither" is a funny song that is really easy to understand, and contains useful English expressions you should learn.

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