All posts by Sam

What Makes A GREAT Weekend?

Did you have a good weekend? I did (thanks for asking!) I spent most of the weekend catching up with people from back home, relaxing and getting prepared to go back to the UK for Christmas. What did you

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Why I Don’t Teach English From Textbooks

Someone asked me a question the other day. They wanted me to recommend them an English textbook. Did you know that there’s a bit of a debate in the English teaching world about textbooks? Should

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How To Learn English Effectively

What makes an effective English learner? Nobody enjoys working hard for hours and hours and seeing no results. Even the most motivated and disciplined people start to lose hope after a few weeks of hard

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How to NOT Solve a Problem

If you didn’t know, right now I’m in Taiwan. Yesterday I was watching some Taiwanese news and two politicians were arguing about alcohol from Japan. Apparently, this particular alcohol is being

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Can Difficult Video Games Make A You Better English Learner?

Here’s a not-so secret fact about me: I enjoy playing video games. Ever since I played my first video game at the age of 4, I was hooked (= very interested/absorbed) to them. In fact, I play more

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Self Study Advice From A Positive English Learner

Earlier this week, I asked the English For Study newsletter readers a question: “Why is learning English on your own difficult?” And they sent me some great answers. As I predicted, many

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Three English Speaking Tips From Donald Trump

Will these Donald Trump speaking tips really work? Can Trump really help you to improve your English? I’m not going to jump into a political debate about Trump or politics. But, I will analyse his English. We

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Confusing, Contradictory and Complicated

I want to talk about something which really frustrates me: visa applications. If you have ever studied, lived or worked abroad, then you will know my pain. Today’s been a busy day of driving around to

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The ‘Kitty Litter Cleaning’ Secret to Enjoying English

Are you someone who thinks that it’s crazy to enjoy learning English? Well, I have a confession to make. I kind of enjoy cleaning the kitty litter. (The kitty litter is the place where cats go to

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The Very Hungry English Learner

When I was a kid, this was one of my favourite (and most read books). According to Wikipedia it has sold over 30 million copies worldwide, so it’s probably the favourite children’s book for many people. If

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