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Spoken language and cultural knowledge – supporting language-learning with TikTok

April 16, 2021
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Are you looking to learn a new language or to maintain existing language skills? Excellent! But… how could you broaden your language and cultural knowledge in addition to proper studying itself, preferably in an effortless and entertaining way? There’s an endless number of alternatives: books, movies, newspapers and magazines, podcasts, and social media content. However, you don’t always have to grab a foreign-language novel or sit through a movie without subtitles – the most important thing is to find a…

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Start the New Year with these inspirational quotes!

January 8, 2021

The new year always comes with promises, objectives and hopes. When a new year begins, it’s a good time to stop and think about everything that took place in the last year. What nice things can you remember from the exceptional year 2020? What would you like to achieve, do or experience this year? We have gathered a bunch of inspirational quotes for the moment when a new page has been turned and everything feels possible again. With the attitude…

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5 tips to treat your travel fever

November 10, 2020

Are your dream destinations currently out of reach? The global pandemic has turned many travel plans into mere fantasy. Even during ordinary times, we don’t always have the time and money to travel but going abroad and gaining new experiences are still on our minds. Luckily, there are now countless ways to create a travelling atmosphere from your own couch. By virtual travelling, you can move from one continent to another in an instant and get to know new cultural…

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How many English words do you need to know in daily speech?

October 2, 2020

The famous, over 150-year-old Oxford English Dictionary includes 600 000 English words. Of course, only a fraction of them are in active use nowadays. In practice, the vocabulary of a native English speaker consists of about 20 000–35 000 words. In contrast, the vocabulary of a student of English as a foreign language usually consists of about 2 500–9 000 words. Does that sound like a lot? In daily speech – at home, at work, and when travelling – you luckily need to be…

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Make The Most of Your Summer Downtime

July 19, 2020

As the summer holiday season approaches, you may find you’ve got some extra time on your hands. That means you can make some serious progress toward your language-learning goals, but it doesn’t mean you need to spend the summer poring over books and dry learning material. Here are a few ways you can enjoy your summer while making the most out of all that free time. First and foremost for any learner, it’s critical to establish a solid foundational understanding…

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Easy phrases for English conversation

March 27, 2020

Small talk is part of our daily life. It serves as an ice-breaker in social situations, eases the atmosphere and stands in for silent moments. Making light-hearted conversation is a skill which every one of us can learn – even in a foreign language! You can use the following easy phrases to help you with small talk in English. I’m so pleased to meet you – This is a good way to start a conversation with someone new. I’ve heard so much…

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