We love encouraging our students to find alternative ways to bolster their English language skills outside the classroom. One way in which people like to learn foreign languages is by watching films in their chosen language. These resources are stimulating, motivating, flexible, fun, and effective. Furthermore, the visuality of film enabling learners to enjoy and understand more by interpreting the language in a full visual context. But how can you find great movies and TV to watch and how can you learn from them once you have?
Passive sentences are all about changing the focus of what you are talking about.
For example: Somebody stole my bike (this is a normal ACTIVE sentence)
Subject, verb, object
Subject = Somebody (the person doing the verb)
Verb = stole (the past simple of 'to steal')
Object = my bike
But I am not interested in that horrible 'somebody'. I am MORE interested in my poor little bike.
So, by changing to a sentence with passive grammar, the whole focus of what I am saying changes.
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Third conditionals (sometimes called Type 3 conditionals) are sentences where the speaker is thinking about the past and how it could have been different.
So, normally a 3rd conditional sentence expresses some kind of regret.
This grammar construction is sometimes known as a 'true hypothetical' and that is a good description because we are always talking about somehow changing the past, but as no-one has invented a time machine, it is impossible to go back and change the past, so all 3rd conditional sentences are therefore 100% hypothetical
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Slang is the informal language that native speakers use when speaking in an informal setting.
The words and phrases are deeply related to parts of British culture that someone learning English who has not lived in the UK, will know nothing about.
For example, a phrase that lots of people use may even come from a successful comedy series that adults remember from their youth and has just become a fixed part of speech.
So, slang is an important thing to learn to be able to say that you are truly fluent in English.
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You can learn all the grammar tenses, thousands of words and phrases including phrasal verbs and idioms, but to be an advanced English speaker, you also need to know about British Slang.
Slang is, of course, 'street language', more often spoken than written, as slang is very very informal language.
It can often be funny or derogatory language, but there is no doubt that slang is super common and ever-present in normal conversation.
How many of the 8 questions from today's UK Slang quiz can you get correct?
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In all of our learning English articles, we always show our students real English that is used every day in England: vocabulary, phrases, and grammar that you can use immediately on your trip to London, so that you sound like you live here.
Today's 8 questions are all authentic sentences that were printed in yesterday's broadsheet newspaper, The Daily Telegraph.
This is 'quality journalism' with a high standard of English, rather than the intermediate level of English that you might find in the tabloids (sometimes called 'the gutter press' or the 'red tops').
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Newspapers are filled with thousands of words when they are reporting the latest events.
Reading the newspapers is an excellent way to pick up lots of new intermediate to advanced vocabulary for free.
However, even when you are reading quality journalism, reporting only on the news, you will find that the articles are peppered with (meaning: 'containing lots of') lots of idiomatic phrases that you may not know.
Today's quiz takes actual sentences from today's Daily Telegraph newspaper and asks you to work out what the target phrase really means.
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When you take an advanced English exam, you need to show the examiner that you are able to use complex grammar tenses.
Additionally, being able to correctly use words that are not so frequently used, above the standard of a strong intermediate learner, proves to the examiner (and to yourself) that you are definitely an advanced speaker of English that deserves to pass the exam.
Increase your vocabulary knowledge with the test below.
How many of the following advanced English words do you know?
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In yesterday's 20 Day English Challenge, we tested you on advanced (but commonly used) vocabulary.
Today we look at some more advanced level words that you should put in your vocabulary book of knowledge.
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Increasing your vocabulary knowledge and being able to use your new words in the correct context is the sign of a fantastic language learner.
It's easy when you have reached Upper Intermediate level to believe that you are now at a stage where you do not need to concentrate on further learning because your 'English is good enough now'.
However, an educated native English speaker can even impress other English mother tongue speakers with a wide vocabulary that uses not so common words.