All posts by Sam

Using Video Games To Learn English

I learnt a new word today. Yes, even I (an English teacher and lecturer) learn new words regularly. That’s because learning never stops. But that’s a point for another day… Let’s get back to the

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What’s Wrong With Learning English ‘For Fun’?

Today’s lesson might ‘ruffle a few feathers’*. If you’re learning English ‘for fun’, you’ll want to read this to make sure you’re not making this mistake. If

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Three Facebook Groups You Should Avoid Like The Plague

Today, I’m going to share three Facebook groups you should NOT join. If you want to improve your English, avoid these groups like the plague*. #1 The ‘All-In’ Group If you’ve ever

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Why does “How do you say that in English?” work?

Isn’t it funny: It’s always easier to remember new vocabulary when you ask the question: “How do you say that in English?” This happened to me about two months ago. We were eating

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“Can I REALLY Learn English On My Own?”

Today I am going to answer a question that’s probably been in your mind for a while. It’s a question that makes people doubt themselves. It makes English learners, like you, say to themselves:

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Two things I CANNOT eat (and will remove from my mouth)

Let’s talk about food. There are two things that I just cannot eat: oysters and mushrooms. I can’t stand* the idea of oysters – slippery, slimy, mushy, wet things. And mushrooms, in my opinion,

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Would Hermione Granger be a good English learner?

Have you seen Harry Potter? If you have, you’ll know who Hermione is – she’s the girl who hangs around with Harry and Ron (the ginger-haired kid). They’re the main trio of friends. If

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English Vocabulary: Advice From 17 English Teachers

If you think about it, learning English is mostly about vocabulary: learning and using words. It sounds simple, but ‘learning and using words’ actually creates a lot of questions. Questions such as: What’s

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8 Game of Thrones English Lessons

Everyone and their dog watches Game of Thrones, and for good reason: it’s one of the best TV shows ever created (my personal opinion, of course). Most people see it as an adult version of Lord of the

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Becoming a Confident Speaker [Anxiety]

We’ve all experienced anxiety while speaking. We try to be confident, but it doesn’t always work. It goes like this: You’re talking to someone and you feel like your words are stuck. Your words

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