Puns, play on words

Pun-believable!

Get to grips with wordplay as Oliver Pritchard takes things in a pun direction with some light-hearted language learning.

Formal language and written English letters

In the first of two articles on letter writing, we look at writing in formal English. A difficult part of language learning is formality. It’s easy to chat with friends, but that’s not always an appropriate way to talk to everybody. Whether on email or snail mail, it’s important to be able to use formal language. Oliver Pritchard looks at some do’s and don’ts of formal communication.
vowel sounds

Vowel sounds not bowel sounds

Research shows that mispronunciation accounts for about two-thirds of communication breakdowns. So this month Oliver Pritchard shows you how to work on those all too difficult vowel sounds.

A question of language: How to form questions in English

Are you OK? Do you need a helping hand? This month Phil Stoneman looks at how to form questions in English.
English adverbs

English adverbs: quickly, easily & painlessly!

If you think you already know your English adverbs from your adjectives, skip straight to the quiz – otherwise learn more about this handy language construct with Phil Stoneman’s guide.
reading in English

Reading in English: A guide for learners

Reading is a significant part of the language and reading in English is particularly useful, much more than speaking or listening, because of the massive quantity of literature available. Oliver Pritchard’s guide to reading will have you finding good texts and reading between the lines like a pro.
phrasal verbs

Praising phrasals: Make sure you know your phrasal verbs

Oliver Pritchard gives an appraisal of phrasal verbs. As one of the most important aspects of the English language, you’ll want to go ahead and take your time to figure out what they mean.

Instead of avoiding it, use translation tricks to improve your English

If you’ve been told you should never translate when learning English, forget it…instead use your Spanish efficiently and smartly.
Making comparisons

Making comparisons: The good, the better, and the best

Making comparisons is as important as any other aspect of language. In this edition, we look at different ways to compare one thing to another in English.
speaking english

Speaking English in a foreign land

You’ve studied hard, planned your trip and booked your ticket to an English-speaking country. Here are some tips to surviving, learning, speaking English and enjoying yourself when you get there.