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What student visa do I need to study in the UK?

What student visa do I need to study in the UK?

“Do I need a visa to study in the UK?”

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Learn English effectively - the number 1 secret

Learn English effectively - the number 1 secret

When students ask how they can learn English effectively or quickly, most teachers say that you need motivation.... and lots of it.

Of course, that is true: motivation and having a goal for your language skills is very important for learning a foreign language.

However, there is another key element that teachers do not talk about so much; determination.

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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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No native English speaker says this - Do you know the grammar?

No native English speaker says this - Do you know the grammar?

What have these following verbs got in common?

feel, taste, smell, sound, look

 

Yes, they are all verbs to do with the 5 human senses.

When we think about how they are used in English grammar, they all behave in the same way. It's a simple grammar rule, but you might not have studied this in your English lessons, and it is a good thing to know as the kind of sentences that you use this grammar in are a very frequent part of everyday language.

 

Look at these example sentences:

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Star Wars new trailer!!! Excitement is palpable

Star Wars new trailer!!! Excitement is palpable

OK, so this is not exactly about learning English, BUT we thought that this was too important not to tell you about this immediately!!!

However, look out for some synonyms and phrases that mean excited and exciting in this blog. :)

The new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens has a teaser trailer just released.

The excitement is palpable (meaning: the excitement is so high that you can actually FEEL it)!

 

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Words for Halloween (Part 2)

Words for Halloween (Part 2)

Halloween is surely the biggest night of the year for dressing-up parties, isn't it?

 

What is the best disguise that you have ever worn to a Halloween party?

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Halloween Vocabulary - A to Z

Halloween Vocabulary - A to Z

English Halloween vocabulary that you need to frighten your friends on Oct 31st. Learn English scary words for Halloween.

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English vocabulary: What is the word of the year?

English vocabulary: What is the word of the year?

Collins English Dictionary has announced the new words that have entered into the English vocabulary in the last 12 months.

Every year, new words are officially added to English after they are used many times in newspapers, TV and other media.

According to Collins, the official word of the year for 2014 is: PHOTOBOMB

You know what the word means, don't you? I bet you've done it recently!

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to v too v two grammar quiz

to v too v two grammar quiz

to v too v two English grammar. Full and clear explanations, example sentences and a grammar quiz to test your understanding of this common English grammar mistake.

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Learn English effectively - be like a dog!

Learn English effectively - be like a dog!

Learn English effectively with these secrets from a determined dog! Learn how to stay focussed on your language goal and be truly effective at speaking better English.

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This dog knows the best way to learn English - learn his secret!

This dog knows the best way to learn English - learn his secret!

The best way to learn EnglishThere is a video (below) that has gone super viral. Why? Well, it has all the hallmarks of a great viral video: short, surprising, funny, unusual, new idea and it's got a dog!

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How do I make my English better? Watch the video and test yourself

How do I make my English better? Watch the video and test yourself

Students always ask us teachers: How do I make my English better?  [How do I make my English better in 2 minutes?] It's a bit of a vague and broad question and there can be a million different answers telling you how you can improve your English language skills. You could force yourself to learn by taking an English exam or go to London and do an English course. However, no matter what advice you receive, it all comes down to one thing: PRACTISE! Now wait!

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Music in Central London - round every corner and very near SGI English school

Music in Central London - round every corner and very near SGI English school

Music in central London is around every street corner near the school. Check out the video guide to the best street musicians and buskers in central London.

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Learn English with videos - best of the internet this week

Learn English with videos - best of the internet this week

Forget textbooks, learn English with videos - the best videos on the internet this week. Short films in English with REAL language. 5 mins of learning, without working!

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Learn English Songs with the help of Video with Subtitles

Learn English Songs with the help of Video with Subtitles

A great way to improve your vocabulary and become more confident with the language is to learn English songs. Learning the words (or song 'lyrics') to your favourite tune is a cool way to learn because you won't really feel like you are studying. It's something that the English teachers recommend to SGI students for self-study homework... for the obvious reasons that people actually like doing it. :)  

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