Studying in the UK

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Wed, 2018-12-05 10:26

It is hard to believe but we have almost reached the end of another year, and that can only mean one thing: it is time to reflect and set some goals for the year to come.  Indeed, it is a tradition...

Wed, 2018-11-28 17:58

Do you fall asleep easily or does it take you ages?  Does the slightest noise wake you up or do you sleep very deeply?  Do you love waking up early or do you relish sleeping late into the morning? ...

Thu, 2018-11-01 21:04

There are approximately 130 universities in the UK, not counting other institutes of Higher Education and the plethora of online providers, so it is not surprising that narrowing down the options c...

How to Use an Apostrophe
Wed, 2018-10-17 15:57

Do you have doubts about using punctuation marks? Do you sometimes put them in the wrong position, or avoid using them altogether? If so, you’re not alone; many people find punctuation difficult to...

Does ‘Thank You’ Really Mean ‘Thank You’?
Wed, 2018-10-03 14:55

Have you noticed just how often ‘thank you’ is used in everyday conversations in the UK?  Perhaps this is one of the reasons the Brits are thought to be polite to the point of excess and grateful f...

14 London Tube Stops
Tue, 2018-08-28 16:40

Last week I was in a queue at the Tube station and the guy in front of me was trying to buy a ticket to Southwark, but he was getting increasingly flustered.  The problem was, he kept saying “South...

What They Say Really Mean
Tue, 2018-07-10 14:27

Being an effective listener is not just about understanding the literal meaning of the words of the person in front of you:

It is also important to learn how to read between the line...

21 Slang Words You Need To Know in London
Mon, 2018-07-02 15:30

Slang is very informal language that tends to be used in speaking rather than writing.  A recent survey of SGI students found that a staggering 91% of respondents have been confused or unsure of wh...

3 Rhymes to Improve your English Pronunciation
Mon, 2018-05-21 11:43

Students often say that pronunciation is one of the most difficult language aspects to learn and improve; the complex relationship between sound and spelling in English can be particularly frustrat...

IELTS Exam Prep: How to Describe a Graph, Diagram, Chart or Table
Mon, 2018-04-30 16:32

In Task 1 of the IELTS Writing paper (1 hour), the examiner is looking for your ability to identify and describe – in academic style – the main features of some visual information: this may be a gr...

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