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UK Bank Holidays: 5 Things You Did Not Know

UK Bank Holidays: 5 Things You Did Not Know

What is a bank holiday in The UK? Well, here is a bit of British cultural knowledge for you...

A bank holiday is a public or national holiday in the United Kingdom.

These are the days when banks close and no banking transactions are made. Most of the working population also gets the day off as the majority of offices stop work for the day. As these bank holidays are always on a Monday, then it turns into what the British call 'a long weekend' or 'the Bank holiday weekend'.

 

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Some vs Any Examples - English Grammar

Some vs Any Examples - English Grammar

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Teenage Summer Camp In The UK At Ardingly College

Teenage Summer Camp In The UK At Ardingly College

This summer, we have an extra-special summer camp for children to learn English in the UK countryside with a fantastic team made up of teachers from SGI London.

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Will My Child Be Safe At English Summer Camp In The UK?

Will My Child Be Safe At English Summer Camp In The UK?

If you are thinking about sending your child to a summer camp in the UK to learn English, then there are specific questions that you should know the answer to in relation to the safety of your child.

Of course, you want your teenager to have a great time, make new friends and really improve language skills while they are at English summer school, but while your child is away in a foreign country, every parent's first concern is obviously for the safety of their loved ones.

 

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English Podcast On London Transport

English Podcast On London Transport

 

London transport can be a bit of pain in the a#$@ sometimes. The Tube has lots of people on it and everyone is just trying to go to work or get home, so not many people feel like talking to a complete stranger sitting next to them. 

So people do different things on their commute to try to make life a bit more enjoyable: some people read a book, lots of people stare at their phones, some listen to music on big headphones, many people read the free London newspapers - The Evening Standard and The Metro.

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How Many People In The World Speak English?

How Many People In The World Speak English?

In 2006 it was stated in "English Worldwide", a book by Professor David Crystal, that there were approximately 400 million native speakers of English. In addition, Crystal said that there were 400 million speakers of English as a second language.

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Pub Quiz: English Pronunciation

Pub Quiz: English Pronunciation

The SGI Social Programme is probably the best way to learn English (when you are not in class) because you can chat in a relaxed atmosphere with your friends, but you also have 1 or 2 SGI teachers there to give you a hand with your English speaking. And it's for free!!!

Last night, we had the SGI Annual Pub Quiz, which is always great fun for students and teachers.

 

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When To Speak English and Why Translator Apps Will Not Help

When To Speak English and Why Translator Apps Will Not Help

Have you ever thought to yourself: ‘I really need to speak better English’? Perhaps you are too busy and you haven’t got the time to study.

Well, everyone loves shortcuts, don’t they? Also, no-one likes long periods of really hard work, do they? Now, to help you with your English there is the Google translator app for smartphones.

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UK Student Visitor Visa Application Help

UK Student Visitor Visa Application Help

EU CITIZEN: UK STUDENT VISA NOT REQUIRED

People from the European Union do not need any kind of visa to study English in the UK.

So, just to be absolutely clear, if you are an EU citizen (from Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Austria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovakia, Portugal, Hungary, etc) and you are asking yourself the question: "I am from the EU - do I need a student visa for the UK?"

The answer is definitely: No, as an EU citizen, you do not need a UK student visa to study English in London.

 

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Is it difficult to learn English?

Is it difficult to learn English?

You might hear some people say that it's difficult to learn English, but is it?

In lists of 'the hardest languages to learn in the world' that you see on the internet sometimes, English is NEVER rated as 'difficult to learn'. You always see languages like Basque, Hungarian, Polish, Japanese, Mandarin, Finnish and Arabic classified as the 'longest it takes to learn', but you don't see the English language in these lists.

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How To Say Ough In English Pronunciation

How To Say Ough In English Pronunciation

English is one of the easiest languages in the world in which you can improve from beginner level to having an understandable conversation relatively quickly.

For example, trying to learn German (with lots of grammar rules), Polish (with even more grammar rules) or Mandarin takes a LOT of hard work at the start of the language-learning journey. With English, after 1 or 2 lessons, you can have a basic conversation about your family, interests or say what you like and don’t like.

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Learn English with songs by Lennon, Queen, Adele and Marvin

Learn English with songs by Lennon, Queen, Adele and Marvin

 

A really great way to improve your English is by singing along to some cool music.

When you learn English with songs, there are lots of benefits that can make your overall level of spoken English much better.

 

 

 

INCREASE THE SPEED OF YOUR ENGLISH

You can increase the speed of your spoken English in normal conversation through singing.

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5 best reasons for teenagers to go to English summer school camp

5 best reasons for teenagers to go to English summer school camp

Teenagers have so much fun being away from home at English summer school, but there are several reasons why studying English during the summer holiday gives your child big advantages to their life in general.

At SGI's English Summer school camp for 2015 in the beautiful grounds of the famous Ardingly School in the English countryside, your child will gain from the following 5 benefits...

 

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You won't believe this story: palm sth off - phrasal verb

You won't believe this story: palm sth off - phrasal verb

This story below has to be the Facebook status update of the day, perhaps even the best one of the year.

But for now, we can definitely say that this is excellent English reading practice for today. :)

The whole story is funny, but you might need to know this phrasal verb to fully understand

PHRASAL VERB OF THE DAY: to palm sb off with sth

Definition/meaning: to palm somebody off with something:

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How do I get a Student Visa for the UK?

How do I get a Student Visa for the UK?

What should you do to get a Student Visa for the UK (if you are NOT an EU citizen)?

The Student Visa application process can seem to be extremely complicated and it can be difficult knowing where to begin.

However, Tommi (the Student Visa Administrator at SGI London English School) is the man to go to if you have any UK Visa questions. He is here to help you and make your Student Visa application as smooth as possible, so that you can come (from outside the European Union) and study with us in the UK.

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