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Working towards improving your English pronunciation

To improve your pronunciation, you need to become aware of, and able to produce correctly, the English sounds, stress, rhythm and intonation.

Confusables: Sofa, couch, or settee?

What do you call this piece of furniture? The answer is a little complicated. Different people use different words for it…

My favourite day

“What day is it?” asked Pooh…

“Wam!” “gtr, b4n!”

Do you understand the title of this post? Don’t worry if you don’t. You are not alone. Not many people understand all the intricacies of “textspeak”. Textspeak /ˈtɛkstspiːk/ is a style of writing which some people use in text messages…. Continue reading →

What If Women Ruled The World?

What If Women Ruled The World? That’s the title of a show bringing together actresses and experts to explore whether women can come up with better solutions to the planet’s problems than men. I absolutely do think the world would… Continue reading →

Hope or wish: the ultimate usage-based guide

Learners of English quite often get confused between the words “hope” and “wish”. Here is a usage-based guide with lots of examples to help you learn how to use them correctly and naturally. But before we start, a word of… Continue reading →

Live Commentary for Thursday 23 March 2017

This is the Live Commentary for Thursday March the 23rd, 2017. Today is the 82nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 283 days left till the end of the year. Today in history: On this day… Continue reading →

Writing Workshop: A nice afternoon walk

This is a re-write of a writing activity I first prepared in December 2005. Here is the text we will be working on: I did not see her until lunch-time, when she offered taking me for walk, and we spent… Continue reading →

Live Commentary for Tuesday 14 March 2017

This is the Live Commentary for Tuesday March the 14th, 2017. Today is the 73rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 292 days left till the end of the year. Today is Albert Einstein’s birthday. Einstein… Continue reading →

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