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American Slang: An Introduction

August 19, 2016 by in category ELICOS, General English, Learning English, Study English tagged as , , , , ,

By Joseph DeMarini All languages have slang, but English may have one of the most diverse vocabularies of any in the world, simply because it is spoken in so many countries—from Cockney rhyming slang in the UK to the outback of Australia, there are often words only understood by speakers who grow up around these [...]

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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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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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The use of technology in class at Explore English

April 10, 2016 by in category Learning English, Teaching, Technology tagged as , , , , ,

At Explore English, technology in the Classroom is something we take pride in. Our Classrooms are all affixed with huge wall mounted Widescreen Computers that are loaded with course materials, as well as being able to be used for displaying lessons, web pages and playing audio and video content.   This week, students had fun [...]

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How a General English Class Should Be

April 5, 2016 by in category General English, Learning English, Study English, Study in Australia, Study in Melbourne tagged as , , , ,

Routine Each student should know what to expect from their text books and the way that the class is managed by the teacher. This way, there should be a comfortable, but professional relationship between learner and educator. If a student knows what they are learning at a steady pace, they can ask for support, where [...]

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How Can A General English Course Can Help You With Learning English

March 28, 2016 by in category Learning English, Life in Melbourne, Study in Melbourne tagged as , ,

You want to go on an adventure but aren’t the most adventurous person on the planet? You like things to have a reason and a purpose? Choosing a General English course in an English-speaking country was the best decision you could have made. Now, some people might suggest that learning a language by immersing oneself [...]

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Why English is NOT an Easy Language to Learn

March 17, 2016 by in category English is Fun, Learning English, Study in Melbourne tagged as , , , ,

If you have been learning English for some time now, you would have come across some ‘intricacies’ of this language, which can drive people mad. There are several reasons for that. Let’s start with the first one:   English is NOT a phonetic language! A phonetic language is a language, where you can look at [...]

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Linkers that will save your life!

March 10, 2016 by in category ELICOS, English is Fun, Learning English, Study English tagged as , , , , ,

When you have to do a piece of writing – an essay, an argumentation, a summary etc. – it is important to think about who you are writing this to or for! – The reader! Now, here it is important that you keep your audience interested and to ensure that the text is easy to [...]

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