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REAL CONVERSATIONS: THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE

Though it is clear that a balanced approach to language learning is the best all round approach to achieving fluency in a language, it is clear that there is one part that most people fail to practise sufficiently. The sales ploys of many language learning methods that insist you can learn a language exclusively by… Continue reading REAL CONVERSATIONS: THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE

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ROUTINE: YOUR SUCCESS DEPENDS ON IT

We are sure that you have heard of many highly successful people who follow strict routines that may seem odd. These routines can consist of strict timetables, vigorous workouts or even strange diets. Supposedly Mark Wahlberg gets up at 2:30 am to begin his daily workout regime and Mozart always insisted on starting the day… Continue reading ROUTINE: YOUR SUCCESS DEPENDS ON IT

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21 ESSENTIAL PHRASES ABOUT LANGUAGE LEARNING

These are the key phrases necessary for the advanced (C1) exam when you wish to speak about language learning. The best way to learn them is to put them into practical examples that you can use in various contexts. For example: GET ACROSS – communicate information. What I want to get across is… I sometimes find… Continue reading 21 ESSENTIAL PHRASES ABOUT LANGUAGE LEARNING

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Motivation and Language Learning

When embarking on our language learning journeys, we all generally have a different reason for doing so. As the lover of languages that I am, I would like to imagine that it is the beauty of language that attracts people and makes them decide to try to learn a specific language; to learn about it… Continue reading Motivation and Language Learning

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SHADOWING: MORE THAN JUST IMPROVING YOUR PRONUNCIATION AND LISTENING SKILLS

Shadowing is a key language learning technique that should be adopted and put into practice by all learners, no matter which language they wish to study. The concept of shadowing is simple; the learner listens to short sentences or (when at a more advanced level) short texts/audios, while listening they should say out loud what… Continue reading SHADOWING: MORE THAN JUST IMPROVING YOUR PRONUNCIATION AND LISTENING SKILLS

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OUT WITH THE TEXTBOOK

With the emergence of the internet and the increased amount of private language teaching, the use of textbooks is losing its importance. Though textbooks can be useful for both teachers and students, they can also be repetitive and energy draining. Many teachers choose to follow a course book for a variety of reasons: obligation by… Continue reading OUT WITH THE TEXTBOOK

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VOCABULARY: WHY MORE IS NOT ALWAYS MEJOR!

When embarking on the long journey towards fluency in a language, it may be English or any other language for that matter; learners always face obstacles that impede their progression. Our courses in this site focus on building vocabulary with bite-size chunks by focussing on key words (HERE) and allowing students to associate words, phrases,… Continue reading VOCABULARY: WHY MORE IS NOT ALWAYS MEJOR!

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HOW TO EXPRESS PERSONAL AND GENERAL OPINIONS

There are various ways to express your personal opinion: In my point of view From where I am standing The way I see it I am under the impression I hold a strong opinion on/about I have reason to believe I firmly believe It´s a matter of opinion, but… I have the suspicion that I… Continue reading HOW TO EXPRESS PERSONAL AND GENERAL OPINIONS

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GUEST POST: THE USE OF ROLE-PLAY IN LANGUAGE LEARNING BY UPVERB.COM

Learning a new language can be difficult, regardless of your circumstances. Learning a new language without being fully immersed can be even more difficult. There are a lot of different things you can do to create an immersive environment, like reading newspapers (HERE) and utilizing YouTube (HERE), but it can be difficult when you can’t… Continue reading GUEST POST: THE USE OF ROLE-PLAY IN LANGUAGE LEARNING BY UPVERB.COM

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TEST YOUR ENGLISH LEVEL

  How many did you get correct? 1-5 A2 ELEMENTARY LEVEL 6-10 B1 PRE-INTERMEDIATE LEVEL 11-19 B2 INTERMEDIATE LEVEL 20 C1 ADVANCED LEVEL   LEVEL TEST

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ONE SIMPLE WORD TO INTERNALIZE LANGUAGE

Internalizing language is a lengthy process that can seem to take forever. But it does not have to be this way. It should all start from a simple base and all it takes is ONE SIMPLE WORD to start building your language. What us at intercambioidiomasonline suggest is that language learning should be simple. You… Continue reading ONE SIMPLE WORD TO INTERNALIZE LANGUAGE

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THE ART OF POLITE CONVERSATION

The art of polite conversation can be challenging for an English language learner, especially when we consider the cultural differences that can interfere with understanding. In many cultures it is perfectly ok to speak in a direct manner, but we must understand that this is considered to be extremely informal in the English language. Polite… Continue reading THE ART OF POLITE CONVERSATION

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3 REASONS TO LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

The benefits of being bilingual or even trilingual seem obvious, 54% of Europeans can speak two or more languages, with 34% of people speaking English as a second language. However for those of you who were not lucky enough to be brought up this way or have not travelled enough to have been able to… Continue reading 3 REASONS TO LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

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THE IMPORTANCE OF CONSISTENCY IN LANGUAGE LEARNING

As we have mentioned earlier in a previous post (HERE), language is something that ought to be lived and not studied or viewed as a school subject, in which a person can achieve a pass grade and then simply forget about it. Language is a difficult thing to master and learners tend to lose level… Continue reading THE IMPORTANCE OF CONSISTENCY IN LANGUAGE LEARNING

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TRINITY B1 – ISE I

The B1 for Trinity, also known as the ISE I consists of two modules. The first being Reading and Writing and the second Speaking and Listening. The Trinity exams have the same validation as their equivilents (Cambridge etc.), but their are some individual differences that candidates may wish to take into account. AT FIRST LOOK… Continue reading TRINITY B1 – ISE I