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Introduction to adverbs

Adverbs are words that modify verbs, adjectives, other adverbs, and whole sentences. They do not modify nouns. Adverbs give us more information and describe the way something happens or happened. They can tell us things such as how, when and where something happens, and to what extent or under what conditions.   Many adverbs end […]

Wordless Wednesday #1

 Practise your English by answering the questions, leaving a comment, or joining the discussion!

Benefits of learning languages

Being able to speak more than one language has many benefits. It can improve your career prospects and increase your knowledge of other cultures; and it’s also said to improve your academic and multi-tasking skills. And according to this interesting research from Kaplan, bilingual people are sexy 🙂 Do you agree? How many languages can […]

Idiom: budding

A budding writer, politician, genius, artist etc. is one who is just beginning to develop, and who is showing signs of great potential and success. For example: A budding genius is a child who appears to be very intelligent. A budding artist is someone who is just starting to develop as an artist and who […]

Idiom: turn over a new leaf

To turn over a new leaf is to make a fresh start; to start a new phase in your life. Someone who turns over a new leaf becomes a better person, or starts a healthier way of life etc.   Examples of use: 1. She’s turned over a new leaf since she left prison. 2. […]

Idiom: bear fruit

If something bears fruit, it produces successful or positive results.   Examples of use: 1. Your dedication to your English studies will bear fruit in the future. 2. Four years of training bore fruit when she won an Olympic gold medal. 3. We hope that in the coming months our new plans for the business […]

Best IELTS websites

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is accepted as evidence of English language proficiency by over 8,000 organisations worldwide. Last year, more than 2 million tests were taken globally. IELTS demonstrates your ability to communicate well in English for education, immigration and professional accreditation (information from Here’s my list of some of the best online sites […]

Idiom: flowery speech

Flowery speech (or writing) is full of elaborate language (complicated or literary words and expressions). It is the opposite of speech (or writing) that uses clear and simple language.   Examples of use: 1. He was famous for his flamboyant clothes and flowery speech. 2. Don’t use flowery speech for reports and official letters. 3. […]