Archives for April 2014

Beware of German-English false friends!

Today’s post is from Angelika Davey of Angelika’s German Tuition & Translation. Angelika teaches German and also offers proofreading, interpreting, and translations from German to English and from English to German. She talks to us here about those pesky German-English false friends, and lists some common examples. Over to Angelika 🙂 “As a German teacher […]

Idiom: parrot-fashion

To do something parrot-fashion is to memorize or repeat something without thinking about it or understanding it. A parrot is a talking bird and ‘parrot-fashion’ means ‘like a parrot’. British and Australian informal English. Examples of use: 1. He learnt it parrot-fashion. 2. Some people think that conjugating verbs parrot-fashion is not the best way […]

Infographic: How to learn English

This interesting infographic from Kaplan shows some of the different ways people learn English. You can see that many of the people who took part in this survey say that TV programmes, films, and music help them learn. What do you think is the best way to learn English? How to learn English via Kaplan […]

Pronunciation resources for learning English

English is spoken in more than 60 countries and it’s estimated that it’s used by more than 1 billion people. There are many varieties, accents and dialects of English, and learners generally learn to speak it in the accent in which they’re taught, or in the particular accent they prefer. I asked readers on another […]

3 tips for staying motivated when learning English

In many ways it’s easier to stay motivated when you’re an independent English learner because you are in charge of your learning, and you are deciding what you’re going to learn, and when, and how. But even when we love doing something our levels of motivation naturally go up and down. Some days, nothing can […]

Improve your English: euphemisms

A euphemism is a mild, indirect or evasive expression that takes the place of one that is taboo, offensive, unpleasant or embarrassing: especially words relating to death, sexual activity, bodily functions, and violence. euphemistic – adjective euphemistically – adverb   Here are some common euphemisms: ♦ terminate – kill We must terminate him before he […]

Twitter hashtags for English language learners

A hashtag is # added to a word, with no spaces. For example: #grammar People use hashtags in their Twitter messages (tweets) to mark keywords or topics and help them show up more easily in Twitter search. Hashtags are an excellent way to discover opportunities to join conversations with other people learning English and with […]

Improve your English: the full stop

This post is a short guide to some of the most common uses of the full stop in English. The full stop (.) is also known as the period (American English), and its main function is to mark the end of a sentence. Examples of sentences ending with a full stop I like learning English. […]

Phrasal verb: settle up

To settle up is to pay someone money that you owe them. This phrasal verb is often followed by ‘with’.   Examples of use: 1. Can I settle up when I get paid? 2. You go and wait for the taxi and I’ll settle up with the waiter. 3. He owes us £50 for the […]

7 ways to make time for learning English

Do you find it difficult to find the time for learning English? With a job, family, hobbies, and social life it’s very easy to feel we just don’t have any spare time for anything else. I know I feel like this sometimes. And I’m not going to pretend that I never waste time, because I […]