Summer Symposium

You win some, you lose some


A couple of weeks ago here on the blog I was talking about the European Championships and about a conference Luke and I were about to attend in Paris. Well, since writing that post there has been good news and bad news. Let’s start with the good news…

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Your next daytrip!


So, summer’s here (ish) and people’s thoughts turn to the seaside. The traditional British seaside resort developed massively from the start of the 19th century but has been in decline ever since travel abroad has been available to the masses. However, being beside the seaside never goes completely out of fashion and I for one love it!

Categorie: British Culture


London, Kiev, Paris


This summer is such a busy and eventful one here in London and for English people in general. Not only are the Olympics due to start in a few short weeks, but hot on the heels of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is Euro 2012. Okay, it’s not in the UK, but football always interests and excites the British people.

Categorie: Foreign Travel

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The Queen's Diamond Jubilee


Have you noticed all the Union Jacks that have recently appeared in the streets of London? Have you noticed people looking excited about having two bank holidays next week? Do you know why?

It’s because London is getting ready to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Queen Elizabeth II (normally called ‘the Queen’) became monarch on 2nd June 1952 when she was only 25 years old. This makes her the second longest-serving monarch after Queen Victoria, who reigned for 63 years.

Categorie: British Culture, London


The truth about conditionals


If. If is a long word in English. It may only have two letters, but placing those two letters in a sentence completely changes the meaning of that sentence. These kinds of sentences in English are often referred to as conditional sentences. Conditionals are used by every English speaker, and every English learner studies them at some point. Sometimes though, the rules aren’t as clear as you might think. If you’d like to learn more, then read on...

Categorie: General Language Talk


We don’t need another hero


Did you know that it’s the end of the road for the Alpha male corporate animal like legendary General Electric CEO Jack Welch?


There’s no place for a Caesar type figure in modern organisations. The manager who runs his department like a king and takes all decisions himself is now dead. Long live Post Heroic Leadership.

Categorie: Business


PTE Academic Course


Are you planning to study in the UK or another English-speaking country? If the answer is ‘yes’ then your chosen university will usually ask you to prove your level of English. Find out more about a new way we can help you to do this: our PTE Academic course.

Categorie: Course Specific Talk, Exams


This is just to say...


Have you ever read a poem in English? Have you ever written one? My IGE class did both of these things this week! We read ‘This is Just to Say’ by William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), which is like a note to say ‘sorry’:

Categorie: Language and Learning

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Causative Have, Haircut


I had a few weeks off recently and during that time I decided to have my hair cut, as my hair was getting ridiculously long and untidy.

Categorie: Language and Learning, General Language Talk


A trip to the market!


So, did you have a good Easter? Did you follow Jon’s advice to get out of the city? I spent the long weekend in Cornwall, visiting The Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan. I have to admit, coming back to London after a few days in the countryside can seem a little unappealing at times. But three things I never get bored of in London are its parks, markets and museums. This week I’ll be giving you some useful language for strolling around markets.

Categorie: London

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