Study in Canada

Study in Canada: Pathway to success

What are the most important things to consider if you want to study in Canada? Here at the London Language Institute, we’ve been working with students from all around the world for the past 20 years, so we know that with a bit of planning you can transform a great experience into an extraordinary one.
Translation tricks

Lost in translation: Translation tricks between Spanish and English

Translation can be difficult, but these little tricks and similarities can help you move between Spanish and English with ease.

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.
English language, English connecting phrases

Incidentally speaking… anyway…

It’s often the little things that count - and that’s true for language too. Oliver Pritchard explains some of those in between words and phrases that will make your English language sound more natural.
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.
English accents

Getting to grips with regional accents in the United Kingdom

Accents are a funny thing, especially in English. Learn about regional variations in the United Kingdom, from Cockney rhyming slang and the Queen’s English, to incomprehensible Scottish and a bit of archaic Yorkshire chat.

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.

Game for anything

We talked in a previous edition about how to practise your English outside the classroom. Oliver Pritchard enters into the holiday season with a run-down of games to played, so there’s no excuse to stop learning during the holidays.
Swearing

Swearing in English

Cursing. Potty mouth. Docker’s language. Salty words. Swearing in a foreign language is something that can easily make you sound very strange. Oliver Pritchard guides us through one of his favourite pastimes.
English conditionals

English conditionals: (Un)conditional Love

If I’d known how to use conditionals, I’d have passed the test. English conditionals are very useful to talk about things that might happen, things that you’d like to happen, and things that you wish had happened. Phil Stoneman guides you through the linguistics of ‘what if..?’