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January 2019

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Short forms in English – Typical mistakes to avoid

January 18, 2019

Short forms (also known as contractions) are used frequently in informal and spoken English. The following are some very common examples: I’m (= I am) you’re (= you are) he’s (= he is / he has) she’s (= she is / she has) I’ll (= I will) I’ve (= I have) I’d (= I would / I had) don’t (= do not) doesn’t (= does not) didn’t (= did not) isn’t (= is not) hasn’t (= has not) can’t (=…

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How to host an English tea party

January 11, 2019

What do you think of when you hear the words “English tea party”? Victorian ladies, priceless heirloom porcelain, a stately home and rigid etiquette? Maybe this was the case in the 19th century, but this originally aristocratic custom has come a long way since then. These days, hotels and tea rooms serve afternoon tea, and hosting a tea party for friends is a little bit of accessible luxury and enjoyment. For those who would like to host their own tea…

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Best phrases and tips for phone calls in English

January 4, 2019

I have always felt like it’s harder to speak a foreign language on the phone than face to face. It’s especially difficult to understand native English speakers on the phone, because sometimes they speak very fast and with a heavy accent. On the phone, you can’t even use gestures and expressions to aid communication, but have to put every message into words as clearly and fluently and possible. For this post, I asked our English experts for English phone conversation…

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17 film tips for Spanish, German, French or Swedish learners

January 2, 2019

Do you like films? Would you like to improve your Spanish, German, French or Swedish listening and speaking skills? If you said yes to both, this post is for you! We asked WordDive team members for their favourite non-Hollywood films. Watch and enjoy while learning new things about the film’s language and country of origin.   Spanish films Volver, 2006 (Volver) This sweet comedy is directed by Almodóvar and stars the charming Penélope Cruz.   Y Tu Mamá También, 2001…

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