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Five Most Common Native Languages of English Learners

November 27, 2018 by in category General English tagged as , ,

All around the world, English is seen as a way to connect to a larger group of people living outside your hometown. If you live in Japan, you’ll encounter tourists speaking in English in order to ask for directions or locations. The same goes for Thailand, Vietnam, and so on. Even if tourists to areas […]

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How Social Media Affects Learning in English Classes

November 14, 2018 by in category General English tagged as ,

Looking at education, students have more access to educational materials compared to the previous generations. In comparison, for example, Baby Boomers were used to using the Dewey Decimal System to find books in the library, while Millennials and Generation Z now has the internet to rummage for the information they need. The changed have definitely […]

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The Best Apps to Learn English with Today

October 25, 2018 by in category English is Fun, General English tagged as ,

Learning a new language has more benefits than you could ever think of. It helps keep the mind sharp while enhancing memory and more. Aside from these, it also increases networking skills. There is no better way to build connection and rapport with foreign people than speaking their own tongue. Of course, networking skills are […]

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How YouTube Can Help You Improve Your English Speaking Skills

October 18, 2018 by in category General English tagged as ,

There are many ways to learn the English language. You can learn from books or holding a conversation with native speakers. You can also watch movies, shows, or listen to the radio or music to understand the language deeper. Obtaining a library full of English materials is vital to becoming better with a new language. […]

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Uncanny English Grammatical Rules

October 12, 2018 by in category General English, Study English, Study in Australia, Study in Melbourne tagged as , ,

  English grammar is full of surprises. Despite learning the language in school, non-native and even native speakers still tend to get surprised and confused with the rules. As speakers, sometimes we unconsciously apply correct grammar rules as we speak. A common example is using the specific rule of adjectives. Adjectives have a specific order […]

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Are Aussie English Slangs in Danger of Disappearing?

September 25, 2018 by in category General English, Study English, Study in Melbourne tagged as ,

English is a universal language and it is spoken by a sizeable population across all countries. Despite English being spoken in various places around the globe, there are striking differences with regards to their pronunciation. When you speak to other people from different nationalities, you get to hear different terminologies — often referred to as […]

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The Quirks of Speaking the Queen’s Language

September 19, 2018 by in category English is Fun, General English tagged as , ,

As a person who is learning the English as a second language, had it ever crossed your mind why British English sounds distinct?  Aside from the different accents, pronunciations, and colloquial terms, there are area-exclusive rules needed to be followed — in speaking the Queen’s language. With all the things needed to be taken into […]

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New In the City: Communication Tips to Enhance Your Social Life

August 10, 2018 by in category General English tagged as , , , ,

For newcomers in Melbourne, adapting is a challenge because the city is a cultural melting pot in terms of diversity. For non-native English speakers such as international students and newly arrived professionals, the city is a friendly community that offers a lot of opportunities for new residents to acclimate and feel welcome. When you’re new […]

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For Readers: The Melbourne Writers Festival

August 30, 2016 by in category General English, Life in Melbourne, Study in Australia, Study in Melbourne tagged as , , , , , , ,

By Joseph DeMarini My students often ask me, “How can I improve my writing?” It’s a great question, and also one that has an unsatisfying answer; without an editor or native English speaker, it can be difficult for even high-level ESL students to self-correct and edit their writing with absolute accuracy. Unlike with speaking, a [...]

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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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