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For and Since – Present perfect and Past simple

There’s one mistake that students of English keep repeating that’s connected with the use of two most confusing tenses – Present Perfect and Past Simple.

Take a look at these statements.

I’ve worked here for 3 years.
I worked there for 3 years.

Do you know why we use “I’ve worked” in the first sentence, and “I worked” in the second?Read the rest

Reading club – George Orwell “1984″

 

Dear English Learners,

I’d like to create a group of enthusiastic readers, those who would like to read in the original and discuss English books (B2, C1 English level).

The first reading challenge is all time classic – George Orwell “1984”.

If you haven’t read it, it may be the right time:)

As a group we can motivate, help and support each other on the way of reading one of the most thought-provoking books of the XXth century.Read the rest

Interview with Siskia Lagomarsino – Polyglot Talks

This week I was happy to have spoken to a very experienced and committed language learner from Mexico. Her name is Siskia Lagomarsino, she’s a avid blogger and a Japanese teacher.

In the interview we talk about

  • being raised bilingual
  • language learning successes and failures
  • ways to reach fluency
  • the advantages of blogging
  • and much more

 

Interview with Siskia Lagomarsino - Polyglot Talks - Download This Episode

 

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My favourite Siskia’s articles

How I learnt Japanese

Motivational sabotage

The 7 types of language learners

 

Over to you

What language have you started learning and why?Read the rest

Interview with Maureen Millward – Polyglot Talks

Being a polyglot is not only about speaking several languages, it’s a lifestyle driven by desire to explore various ways to express ourselves, to think and to be. Totally agree with one of my favourite quotes!

 

 

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Today my guest is an avid language learner from Scotland, Maureen Millward.Read the rest

Interview with Bartosz Czekala – Polyglot Talks

Welcome to the second episode in the series of interviews with Polyglots. Today I have a very interesting guest from Poland, Bartosz Czekala, who speaks 9 foreign languages. What’s surprising is his reason to study the languages, that is to put his memory capacities to test and see how mnemonic techniques can speed up foreign language acquisition. Read the rest

Learn English with Short Videos

   I believe we’re all learning languages for the purpose of communication. Successful communication is possible if you’re able to express yourself (speaking skills) and understand the others (listening skills).

   Whereas many would agree that developing speaking skills might be the most challenging task when learning a foreign language, it seems the difficulty of acquiring the ability to understand natives is underestimated.Read the rest

6 Fun Ways to Practice Speaking

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I bet you’ve heard about Couchsurfing. Just in case you haven’t, it’s an amazing community of travelers who allow other travelers stay at their place for a couple of nights for free. As a tourist you’ve got a wonderful opportunity to experience a local culture firsthand, get to know local people, their habits and way of life, as well as travel cheaply.Read the rest

Interview with Daniela Maizner – Polyglot Talks

I’ve always found learning foreign languages a source of fascination. To even a bigger extent I’m amazed by people who reached fluency in 5 and more languages. Meeting and speaking to polyglots is really inspiring for me. I’m convinced we can learn a lot from them and improve the way we learn.Read the rest

Past Modals – Video Tutorial – Quiz

 

 

 

Practice the use of Past Modals

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How to learn new words – Memrise

We all know that when it comes to learning a foreign language, the biggest question we face is how to learn new words, or to be more precise, how not to forget them. It’s been scientifically proven that we forget 80% of new information within 24 hours. Hermann Ebbinghaus was the first to study the process of forgetting and he introduced “the forgetting curve”.Read the rest