Category Archives: Cambridge

Descriptive Language & Persuasive devices – Advanced & Proficiency Level Students

In a post published April 26, 2015, I recommended A guide to understanding persuasive language, provided by the University of New South Wales, Australia. This guide provided excellent advice on developing writing and speaking skills. Unfortunately, this link is no longer available, but … Continue reading

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Look up an English word; learn it forever.

I have found a wonderful website that will help you remember vocabulary!  (I wish there were similar websites in French and Italian for me. Alas!)  I could write a lot of detail here but it would be quicker for you … Continue reading

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How to Learn Compelling Vocabulary in 30 Seconds

Would you like to learn compelling new vocabulary every day automatically? ♦ No planning   ♦   No decisions ♦ Have a look at the picture on the right. ♦How would you describe the man’s personality? ♦ How would you describe the background colour? … Continue reading

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English Inversion #1: Why? When? How?

One of the first things you learn when you start learning English is the word order in sentences. The subject comes before the verb:  SUBJECT                           VERB you                                        learn … Continue reading

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Advanced Reading – Improve your English & your Knowledge!

Do you think it is possible to become a successful English writer when English is your second language?                  Imagine being taught English at school but not hearing it spoken outside of  the classroom. … Continue reading

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Relative Clauses #11: Advanced non-defining Relative Clauses

First, read the earlier posts on Relative Clauses, especially #3 and #6. Advanced non-defining Relative Clauses are not as difficult as their name suggests. There are only two Relative Clause Pronouns used, whom & which, and the Relative Clause is usually … Continue reading

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3 mistakes that ruin your sentences

Native speakers are not perfect speakers. Their speech is often unclear and their grammar can be sloppy. However, there are mistakes which they don’t make, and if you make them, you will sound like an English student, not the fluent English speaker … Continue reading

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How to Write a Sentence #6: A Summary

In posts How to Write a Sentence #1, 2, 3, 4, & 5, I explained how to put words together to make a sentence. In this post, I’m going to break it all down in a different way. This will … Continue reading

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A Song with Relative Clauses: #8, Noun Clauses & Adverb Clauses

Song: Stressed Out by 21 Pilots As you know, songs are often short stories about real life experiences and emotions. As such, songs are an effective way to learn natural, everyday English collocation and usage. Even when the language seems simple and easy … Continue reading

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TOEIC Listening Tests and More

If you are studying for a TOEIC test, or if you just want to improve your English, http://www.english-test.net has hundreds of listening tests, as well as grammar tests.Click here to start a listening test now.

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