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Train your brain to recognize opportunity

There is so much information about how to be successful in life: self-help books, videos, the internet. It can be overwhelming.  Would you like to know how your brain filters the information that it receives? How about using visualization to … Continue reading

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A Song containing Relative Clauses: #2

Shania Twain sings a song called “You’re Still The One” which has several Relative Clauses in the chorus. (See also Shakira, and One Republic.) Links below: one link is the official music video, and the other link has lyrics only, … Continue reading

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Divulging and disclosing (The language of giving information)

Originally posted on About Words – Cambridge Dictionaries Online blog:
Bobiko/Moment/GettyImages by Kate Woodford We tell each other things all the time, whether it’s our news, some important information or just interesting facts. This week we’re focusing on the language that…

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Easy Listening – Practical and Social English #8

If you would like to improve your English speaking and listening, watch this video from New English File Elementary.  It features speakers from England and The United States. The conversations are written under the video. Listen carefully and repeat what … Continue reading

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A Song with Present Simple Tense

Present Simple Tense is often used for describing habits, repeated actions, routines, opinions & feelings, and facts. Have you heard the song Creep by the band Radiohead? Most of the lyrics are in Present Simple Tense.  Click on the picture above for … Continue reading

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English Inversion #2: Question Tags

How do you say something or make a statement in your language? What is the word order: which word do you say first, second, third, etc? Here are two examples of common English word order:   ♦Melania Trump was born in … Continue reading

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The life and soul of the party (How we behave at social events)

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Tara Moore/DigitalVision/GettyImages by Kate Woodford How do your friends behave at social events? Is one of them the life and soul of the party, chatting, laughing and dancing with everyone? Or…

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English Idioms in Pictures #8

Click on the picture below to find out the meaning of the idiom HAVING A WHALE OF A TIME. Once on the site, you can click on Follow at the bottom of the page to receive more pictures and explanations … Continue reading

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It’s Christmas Time!!

It’s time for Christmas Carols! Carols is the name we give to Christmas songs, especially religious Christmas songs.  For many people, Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. For others, it is simply a festive time to … Continue reading

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147 Words to Use instead of “Very”

How often do you use the word “Very” to add emphasis to an ordinary word? How about trying out some dynamic new words? (Don’t you think that “dynamic” is preferable to “better”?) Once again, GrammarCheck.net  have created an easy-to-use, helpful Infographic … Continue reading

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