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20 Day English - Day 18: More English slang quiz

20 Day English - Day 18: More English slang quiz

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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20 Day English - Day 13: MORE advanced English words to learn

20 Day English - Day 13: MORE advanced English words to learn

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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20 Day English - Day 12: Test your Advanced English Vocabulary

20 Day English - Day 12: Test your Advanced English Vocabulary

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.

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English vocabulary: Word of 2014 - VAPE

English vocabulary: Word of 2014 - VAPE

For all of you English students out there that love learning the latest vocabulary, the Word of the year for 2014 according to The Oxford Dictionary is the verb 'to vape'.

The definition/meaning is 'to smoke an electronic cigarette'.

The pronunciation for the 'ape' sound is like 'grape' or 'tape'.

If you like vaping, then apparently, you are a 'vaper'.

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Word of the day: Amazeballs

Word of the day: Amazeballs

Word of the day today is new slang that you might like to add to your English vocabulary - amazeballs. Get definition, example sentence and video to help understanding

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Word of the Day: Mobot - The move taking over the world

Word of the Day: Mobot - The move taking over the world

We have been regularly looking at a popular word used by the British media throughout the Olympics. In the final 'Word of the Day' blog we are highlighting a new word (and craze) that has entered English culture overnight!   Final Olympic Word of the day -

MOBOT

Translation: Mobot - in every language :)

Definition

To make an 'M' shape with your hands above your head

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Overwhelmed - Word of the day 8

Overwhelmed - Word of the day 8

In a short article, you can see how a word about the Olympics is being used in the British media. Any new vocabulary/phrases that may be difficult for you are highlighted in bold and then explained in the vocabulary glossary below the text.   Olympic Word of the day No#8 -

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Crying Olympians: Olympic Pod 8

Crying Olympians: Olympic Pod 8

Increase your English vocabulary and work on your listening skills by listening to our short discussion about the London Olympics. Today, English student Zsuzsanna turns the tables and asks Bren Brennan, the English teacher the questions.

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Female Olympians: Olympic Podcast 7

Female Olympians: Olympic Podcast 7

Increase your English vocabulary and work on your listening skills by listening to our short discussion about the London Olympics. These Olympic podcasts are shorter versions of The Natural Conversation: Real & Relevant podcasts. In those unscripted discussions you get longer conversations between 2 or more native English speakers from the UK.

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Lightning - Word of the Day 7

Lightning - Word of the Day 7

As quick as a lightning bolt, the 100m was won by Usain Bolt. Learn new English vocabulary in a short article about the Olympics, with translations and definitions

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Sport = Patriotism: Improve listening skills with Olympic pod 6

Sport = Patriotism: Improve listening skills with Olympic pod 6

Improve listening skills with this free podcast. Learn new English vocabulary and common phrases in short discussion about Olympics and sporting achievement

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Relief - Word of the Day 5

Relief - Word of the Day 5

What a relief! Team GB won their first Olympic Gold medals. Learn new vocabulary & phrases in this short article & see 'relief' in your language.

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Greatest Olympian Ever : Olympic Daily Pod 5

Greatest Olympian Ever : Olympic Daily Pod 5

Native British English Speaker and SGI teacher, Bren talks to student Zsuzsanna about a topical point from the London Olympics everyday.

A very short conversation to help you improve your listening skills and broaden your vocabulary.

Remember to learn a language, you should do some work on it every day! Don't try to make up for lost time at the weekend with hours of study. It's better to do a little bit of daily work, rather than long hours of study and then nothing for long periods.  

 

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Farcical - Olympic Word of the day 4

Farcical - Olympic Word of the day 4

Every day, we are taking a word that is being used in the media about The London Olympics, explaining it and telling you how to use it. Some other words that may be new to you (highlighted in bold) will also have a definition in the vocabulary glossary at the bottom of the page.   Olympic Word of the day No#4 -

FARCICAL

  absurdo, farsesco, ridicule, possenhaft, ばかげた, фарсовый, كوميدي, abuk sabuk, 滑稽的, ridículo, 익살맞은, śmieszny, farsowy, γελοίος, מגוחך, nevetséges    

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Swimming Scandal: Olympic Daily Pod 4

Swimming Scandal: Olympic Daily Pod 4

Hear what our English language podcasters have to say about the Olympic swimming scandal. Was it a fantastic performance or doping? Listening skills improvement with British English

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