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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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20 Day English - Day 11: Choose the right word Upper Intermediate vocabulary quiz

20 Day English - Day 11: Choose the right word Upper Intermediate vocabulary quiz

If you have been doing all of our tests in the 20 day challenge so far then you will have given a nice little boost to your grammar, spelling, comprehension and all aspects of your English knowledge.

Today, we have got some upper intermediate vocabulary for you to get your teeth stuck into.

There is only one correct word that will fit into the gap in each sentence.

If you do not know the correct answer straight away, then look at the choices - some of those answer options are silly and nonsense.

So, you can learn the correct word by a process of elimination.

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20 Day English - Day 10: Present perfect vs past simple grammar quiz

20 Day English - Day 10: Present perfect vs past simple grammar quiz

Present perfect is a grammar tense that causes a lot of problems for learners and results in lots of mistakes.

It is difficult for students to separate the past simple and the present perfect in their mind.

Often  it is because there is no direct translation for present perfect in students' own mother tongue language.

The best way to think about these tenses is this:

 

PAST SIMPLE

When you are thinking/speaking/writing about an action from the past that has definitely finished, then use the PAST SIMPLE.

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20 Day English - Day 9: English Grammar 50/50 Quiz

20 Day English - Day 9: English Grammar 50/50 Quiz

We are almost at the end of week 2 of the 20 Day English challenge to boost your English in 5 minutes every day.

Today the short test will challenge your knowledge of grammar. 

Specifically, the questions will cover small, annoying and tricky grammar issues like

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20 Day English - Day 8: Business English Vocabulary Upper Intermediate Quiz

20 Day English - Day 8: Business English Vocabulary Upper Intermediate Quiz

Another test to boost your English level with the 20 Day English Challenge.

Today, we are looking at Business English vocabulary.

This test is suitable for strong intermediate or upper intermediate learners.

This will extend your Business vocabulary and test your comprehension of reasonably difficult sentences.

 

Best of luck luck with today's challenge of modal verbs.

 

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20 Day English - Day 7: Intermediate Modals grammar quiz

20 Day English - Day 7: Intermediate Modals grammar quiz

Modal verbs are super common in English.

They appear so frequently that learners begin using them in even the first ever English classes they study in.

Can, will, must, could etc are the 'helping verbs' (also called auxiliary verbs) used in millions of sentences.

Let's look briefly at the basic meanings of these auxiliary modal verbs...

 

MODAL VERBS BASIC DEFINITION

 

CAN = something is possible, or it is allowed, or someone has the ability to do something

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20 Day English - Day 6: Upper intermediate idioms quiz

20 Day English - Day 6: Upper intermediate idioms quiz

Idioms are those phrases in English like "It's not my cup of tea". A group of words that when put together have a meaning that is completely different than the individual words would suggest.

There are really common idioms that students learn even at beginner level, like the one above with that famous cup of tea, meaning (I don't like that thing) or "it's a piece of cake" (meaning - it's very easy) 

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20 Day English - Day 5: Advanced phrasal verbs grammar quiz

20 Day English - Day 5: Advanced phrasal verbs grammar quiz

We are at the end of the first week of the SGI 20 Day English Challenge!

I hope you have completed all the other quick quizzes every day to give a nice boost to your English language skills.

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20 Day English - Day 4: Prepositions in v on v at English grammar quiz

20 Day English - Day 4: Prepositions in v on v at English grammar quiz

Day Four of the 20 day English challenge! Today we have a quiz for you to test your knowledge of English grammar.

If you are just joining us now there are the previous 3 day's tests to complete to boost your English knowledge

Day 1: Spelling quiz

Day 2: Email sentences test

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20 Day English - Day 3: Unusual vocabulary quick quiz

20 Day English - Day 3: Unusual vocabulary quick quiz

It's the third day of the SGI 20 Day English challenge - a quick and perfect way to improve your English every day.

How did you do with the Spelling quiz and Email sentences test??

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20 Day English Challenge: 2 - Perfect Email sentences

20 Day English Challenge: 2 - Perfect Email sentences

New year = new you. We are doing 5 minutes of quick English improvement every day to start 2017 off just right.
How did you do with yesterday's English spelling challenge? Did you get every question correct?

Today, we look at perfecting Email sentences with a 10-question quick quiz. Most of the sentences are from a business context: some are formal and others are less formal, but all the correct versions are 100% useful.

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20 Day English - Day 1: Spelling difficult words

20 Day English - Day 1: Spelling difficult words

New Year. New You. New and better English.

Every moment you spend on your education is a moment well spent.

Today we start a new series of short articles - The 20 Day English Challenge. Throughout January, every week day there will be a new quick quiz to boost your English level in just 5 minutes.

We hope this will inspire and motivate you to make learning English a daily habit for you... who knows where it will end? Maybe you will come to London to study English with us in the summer. After all, when you learn English, it opens up the world for you.

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Adjectives order in English grammar

Adjectives order in English grammar

When you are studying English there are sooooo many things to learn every step of the way.

English is one of the easiest languages in the world to get started with and be able to communicate with basic sentences quite quickly.

But every time that you reach a higher level and you think you have got to the top of the mountain, there is always something new aspect of the language to learn. It is then that you realise that it is really a long way to the top of the mountain until you reach advanced levels or being fluent in English. 

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Learn English and work in London: Top salaries for foreign languages

Learn English and work in London: Top salaries for foreign languages

Speaking a foreign language in London can mean that you get a very good salary.

Second language speakers are increasingly needed and desired by employers in the capital and to attract the right people, companies are offering very attractive pay packets for workers who have great language skills.

Adzuna (an online job portal in the UK) analysed current data from their UK job listings (over 1 million job adverts) this week to understand which foreign languages can earn the highest wages.

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