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27
DEC
2014
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Grenoble, France’s second largest English speaking community

Grenoble has the second largest English speaking community in France, second to Paris.  It has a population of 675 122 (2011 statistics), making it the 11th largest population in France after Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nantes, Lyon and Strasbourg. About 10 000 people in Grenoble are from Eng
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26
DEC
2014

5 Good Reasons To Learn English Online!

There are dozens of ways to start learning a language, from total immersion to taking traditional classes at school, and many ways in between. There are so many language resources available today, as we’ve talked about at length in this blog, that it can be difficult to know where to
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23
DEC
2014

Top 15 French false friends in business.

Have you ever asked yourself why English is so simple? Of course not! Because to be honest, English is full of little tricks and traps that certainly do not make it easy to learn the language. Just one example? False friends, or faux amis as you say in French. Those words in English t
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23
DEC
2014

9 ways to use the verb “to get”

In English, there’s no escaping this little verb. There are only 3 letters in “get” but it’s a very important word in English. Do you know its different meanings? What exactly do “Do you get what I mean?”, “I’ll get John to do it”, or “We got to the meeting late” mean? Sure, in all of
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21
DEC
2014

Hiring a native English speaker is not discrimination.

Some language schools only hire teachers who are native speakers of the language. That’s what customers want, that’s what a good language school provides. But is this discrimination? TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) seem to think so. In fact, international TEF
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19
DEC
2014

Why Watching The News Isn’t Really Helping Your English!

If you are like most English students, you try to find English language materials in your daily life, from magazines to music to television to newspapers…or even people! But today I’d like to talk about one common mistake many English students make for practicing English:   list
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19
DEC
2014

5 minutes English pronunciation lesson (video).

Here’s a 5-minute video to help you or your students understand when to use each of the three different ways to pronounce the -ed at the end of verbs in the past simple tense. I hope this is helpful!  CLICK ON IMAGE BELOW TO BEGIN VIDEO. When learning a new language we’re
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13
DEC
2014

Winter Holiday Fun Facts (+ 5 Must-Watch Christmas Movies in English!)

December is a time of many celebrations all around the world. Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Eid-al-Adha, Diwali… some of us have never even heard of these holidays! But in cultures all around the world, and since the beginning of recorded history, humans have celebrated d
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06
DEC
2014

Test Your Smartphone English Skills! (exercise included!)

The internet has changed the way we communicate. We are now living in what is called “the information age.” Through email, social networks, websites, forums, and chat messaging, we communicate faster than ever. More information is available to more people in the world than
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