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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...

Colons, Semi-Colons and Dashes: When to Use What
Fri, 2018-03-23 15:30

Imagine you’re listening to a presentation and the speaker says every sentence in the same way – it might sound a bit boring after a while, right? 

Well, just like we need to be aware of how...

How to Write an Informal Letter in UK English
Thu, 2018-03-08 17:16

Whether you’re preparing for your IELTS test or another English language exam, it’s very common to be asked to write an informal letter as part of your assessment. Although it’s questionable whethe...

5 Benefits of Getting a Part-Time Job While You’re Studying
Mon, 2018-03-05 16:30

You’ve come to the UK to study but have you also considered working here?  Many students at SGI decide to look for a part-time job while they are studying in London.  They need to fit their work in...


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