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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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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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“Full of beans” and 14 other awesome British expressions

December 28, 2019

As most popular movies and TV shows are produced in the States, we non-native English speakers are usually more familiar with American expressions and idioms than with British ones. In my opinion, it is a bit of a pity because the British have many funny expressions and idioms that would spice up and bring more humour into our conversations. To fix this state of affairs, we have gathered 15 awesome British expressions with example sentences and their meanings in this…

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Best Instagram accounts for learning languages

December 20, 2019

Many of us use Instagram daily in our free time as well as at work. Instagram is useful for many things – also for learning languages! International Instagram accounts give you funny, everyday advice on using a new language easily and fast. Here are a few recommendations of Instagram accounts that support language learning. Follow these accounts and add a touch of foreign languages to your day! French: OhLaLaJadore On this Instagram account you will find useful French phrases illustrated…

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Pick a new inspirational quote and encourage yourself to succeed

August 23, 2019

An inspirational quote is a sentence or a saying that you can use to encourage yourself in the good times as well as the bad and to remind yourself of your goals. An encouraging statement works, given that it’s meaningful and you really believe it. In addition to feeling good, there are other benefits – by repeating inspirational quotes, you can expand your vocabulary with very little effort. For this reason, we have put together a collection of inspiring quotes…

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Phrasal verbs – what are they and why do you need them?

July 26, 2019

Both English and Spanish have a lot of phrasal verbs: verbs which get a new meaning when combined with a preposition, a particle or both. (Note that they aren’t always called phrasal verbs when talking about Spanish, but may be called verb constructions or expressions.) It’s often impossible to figure out the meaning of a phrasal verb by looking up the meaning of its parts, so the combination must be learned by heart. For example, the English verb ”look” appears…

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