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Winter in Docklands

July 8, 2016 by in category Life in Melbourne, Study in Australia, Study in Melbourne, Time Off tagged as , , , , , ,

It’s the middle of winter here in Melbourne, but fortunately we live in a milder climate and winter here isn’t brutal enough to keep us indoors for the season, so there are plenty of activities to keep busy! Docklands happens to be one of the better areas for this, too—especially on Friday nights for the [...]

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Explore English arrives in Europe

July 5, 2016 by in category ELICOS, Learning English, Study English, Study in Australia, Study in Melbourne tagged as , , , , ,

At Explore English, we all enjoy Italian pasta, Spanish Paella and English Fish & Chips… well, maybe not this last one. But what is sure is that Europe, also known as the Old Continent, is one of the most, if not the most, diverse and culturally rich continents in the world.   In some cases [...]

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Canada day & American Independence Day: a summary

June 29, 2016 by in category English is Fun, General English, Learning English tagged as , , , ,

By Joe de Marini. Every country celebrates its independence or its birthday, and in this case, North America has two countries that celebrate one of each within the same week! July 1st (and this author’s birthday) is Canada Day, while July 4th is the USA’s Independence Day (so as not to be confused with the [...]

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Good Beer Week

May 12, 2016 by in category Life in Melbourne, Study in Melbourne tagged as , , ,

“Bigger Than Xmas” is the logo of this year’s Good Beer Week. Heading into colder climates, with winter not too far away, this is pretty smart advertising by the event’s team. If we think about that period of the year in Australia, when almost the whole country goes into meltdown for six weeks – the [...]

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Why PTE is the lesser known english proficiency test – until now

May 10, 2016 by in category PTE, PTE Pearson tagged as , , , , , ,

Since IELTS (International English Language Test System), or ELTS as it was first known (English Language Testing Service) was set up in 1980, it has grown in popularity, demand and global student usage. The Pearson Test of English, on the other hand, was launched in 2009, for non-native English speakers to improve their standards of [...]

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The Wicked Chocolate Festival & a Brief History of Chocolate

May 5, 2016 by in category Life in Melbourne tagged as , , , , ,

Make room, Max Brenner shops of Melbourne: the Prahran Market is set to blow your mind with the Wicked Chocolate festival on May 7th from 10:30 AM to 5 PM. The festival will feature many Melbourne sweets shops providing all sorts of chocolate-based goodies, from Fritz Gelato chocolate gelatos and A25 Nutella pizzas and—for the [...]

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Things to know when you are a student in Melbourne

May 3, 2016 by in category Life in Melbourne, Uncategorized tagged as , , , ,

You have made the great decision to come to study in Melbourne. You have chosen a fantastic school, which will feel you welcome and give you that sense of community. Now it is time to explore the wonderful city of Melbourne. When people think of Australia, they generally think of Sydney and the Opera house [...]

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Most Common Phrasal Verbs

April 26, 2016 by in category General English, Learning English, Study English tagged as , , , , , ,

In English, like bread and butter or tea and biscuits; a sentence using phrasal words really does make the world go around. You may not have noticed that you’re actually using them, most of the time – because a phrasal verb is a combination of a verb + adverb or a verb + preposition, mostly [...]

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World English Language Day

April 20, 2016 by in category General English, Learning English, Study English tagged as , , , , ,

How apt to begin a blog of the language we promote, than to refer to probably the most famous English poet of them all, William Shakespeare; to guide us into thoughts about this day of vernacular celebration. For it was Shakespeare who changed the way modern English has become, with its many ways of expressing [...]

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English Language in Game of Thrones

April 19, 2016 by in category English is Fun, Time Off tagged as , , , ,

Game of Thrones Is Back! But What Do Their Accents Mean?   For the uninitiated, Game of Thrones is an extremely popular American TV show broadcast on HBO, and for those that haven’t seen it yet: relax—this article is going to be spoiler free. Instead, we’re going to focus on the characters’ diverse array of [...]

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