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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 Amazing Advantages of Art

March 26, 2018 by in category ELICOS, Life in Melbourne, Stress, Study in Melbourne, Uncategorized

Painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, crafts, design, photography – there are so many types of visual arts to explore and try! By practicing art, you can not only have fun and get creative, but it can also help you process emotions and feelings that you are struggling with. It is this idea of self-exploration that can often lead […]

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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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Melbourne’s Booming Dance Scene

August 18, 2016 by in category Life in Melbourne, Study in Australia, Study in Melbourne tagged as , , , ,

By Joseph DeMarini London. Berlin. Ibiza. These are the cities typically associated with advancing dance music around the world, but for some inexplicable reason Melbourne is often overlooked. With a few tightly knit groups of DJs and promoters, every weekend in Melbourne has something fun on offer in a variety of interesting clubs or bars—often [...]

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Poké-mania in Melbourne

August 10, 2016 by in category Stress, Study in Melbourne, Time Off tagged as , , , , , ,

By Joseph DeMarini It’s been just over a month since Pokémon GO exploded onto the scene (and, subsequently, everybody’s phones), and with little guidance from the release company Niantic, people are finally starting to figure out the best places to catch their favourite monsters and the best ways to play the game. In Melbourne, a [...]

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Australian Cinema & MIFF

August 4, 2016 by in category Life in Melbourne, Study in Australia, Study in Melbourne, Time Off tagged as , , , , , ,

By Joseph DeMarini It’s the first week of August, and the annual Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is in full swing around the city. Established in 1952, it’s the largest screen festival in Australia and one of the oldest festivals in the world. Though the festival showcases films from around the world, there are a [...]

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After Explore: VET Courses at MCIE

August 2, 2016 by in category Career Tips, Pathways, Study in Australia, Study in Melbourne tagged as , , , , ,

By Joseph DeMarini So you’ve succeeded at Explore English: completed our most advanced courses and gotten the PTE or IELTS score of your dreams. Well, what’s next? If you want to stay in Melbourne, you’ll need to extend your student visa or find work. Without some proper qualifications and training, however, you may find it [...]

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Food on the Move

July 27, 2016 by in category Life in Melbourne, Study in Melbourne tagged as , , , , , , ,

Photo by Food Truck Park Stomachs, get ready to GRRRUUMMBLLE!! Coming up the weekend of July 29th-31st, Melbourne is hosting the Sweet Tooth Truck Festival, featuring all the sugary goodness your heart desires—with plenty of options for vegans, too! The event will be hosted at The Food Truck Park on High Street in Preston, and [...]

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Winery and Brewery Tours Around Melbourne

July 20, 2016 by in category Life in Melbourne, Study in Australia, Study in Melbourne, Uncategorized tagged as , , , , , ,

By Joe DeMarini Don’t let winter get ya too down! It may be cold, windy and dreary out, but have I got the cure for you: booze! And lots of it. Melbourne has several fun brewery tours, and even more winery tours. Though the winery tours are probably more fun in summer, who cares!? A [...]

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