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What the English Say vs What They Really Mean

What the English Say vs What They Really Mean

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 lines and identify what is really meant. 

Features such as intonation, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language can provide useful clues as to the attitude and intention of the speaker.  In this tongue-in-cheek blog post, we identify some common workplace scenarios and distinguish between what is said and what is really meant.

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21 Slang Words You Need To Know in London

21 Slang Words You Need To Know in London

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 what an English person was saying because they were using slang. 

This is not surprising since slang is not usually addressed in text books and it does vary greatly from place to place. 

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3 Things to Avoid when Introducing Yourself at a Social Gathering

3 Things to Avoid when Introducing Yourself at a Social Gathering

Introducing yourself is usually the first thing you learn to do in English, but it can remain a difficult task, even for high-level learners since it involves so much more than simply using correct grammar.

Here are 3 mistakes I often hear when my students are introducing themselves in the context of socialising that you should avoid.

 

 

 

1. Sounding Too Formal

“Good evening. My name is Carlos. How do you do?”

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Listen to English podcast FOOD

Listen to English podcast FOOD

British food has a bad reputation around the world, but the idea of our food being rubbish is a bit outdated.

For decades now, celebrity chefs have had extremely popular television cookery programmes (think of Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay and Nigella Lawson) and the standard of cuisine across Britain has been raised immeasurably.

Everywhere you go through the UK, you can find gastro pubs serving incredible mouthwatering meals that will make your taste buds tingle and mean that you never say 'fish and chips' again to describe English food.

 

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Are celebrities heroes? Listen to English conversation: R&R 42

Are celebrities heroes? Listen to English conversation: R&R 42

Listen to English to improve vocabulary & grammar. Real English conversation (no script) very different from an English textbook. Listen to natural English from native speakers.

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R&R 41: Does travel broaden the mind? Real English conversation

R&R 41: Does travel broaden the mind? Real English conversation

Two English teachers from London in real English conversation. Is travel good for you? The podcast is definitely great for learning English and improving your vocabulary.

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R&R 39: Men vs Women - Real English debate

R&R 39: Men vs Women - Real English debate

Men vs women - the oldest debate. Here, 2 native speakers from London have a natural conversation about gender roles, equality, multi-tasking etc. Listen to the fun discussion between 2 friends.

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Pre-intermediate English Lesson in London: Conversation: Food waste

Pre-intermediate English Lesson in London: Conversation: Food waste

Last week, the Elementary/ Pre-intermediate English conversation class made a video on Food Waste. Did you know that in Britain, we throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food every year?

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R&R 37: Best food ever - English conversation podcast

R&R 37: Best food ever - English conversation podcast

Free podcast of English conversation between 2 native speakers talking about food, allergies and 'having a sweet tooth'. Real conversation - unplanned, unscripted and relevant language to improve your vocabulary and listening skills.

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English Conversation Podcast 36: London Restaurants

English Conversation Podcast 36: London Restaurants

Free English conversation podcast (also available on iTunes) with two British natives talking about food and restaurants in London. Genuine conversation with no planning or editing

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