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.
writing anecdotes

Anecdotes! A funny thing happened to me the other day…

Anecdotes can have a bad reputation – sometimes because they seem trivial. They are, however, an essential part of human interaction. With Phil Stoneman’s helpful anecdote tips you will never be at a loss for a dinner party story or a funny tale to break the ice.
Reading in English

Paint the town read

With the excellent FILBo coming up, we’re going to look at reading this week. From finding good sources to helpful reading activities, Oliver Pritchard guides us through some ways to make the most of book learning.
English connectors

Get yourself connected

Controlling your language is very important. Without control, language sounds very strange – like drunk people shouting at each other. Oliver Pritchard shows you how to use English connectors and conjunctions to better control your language.

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.
English language tone

Tone it down son!

When you are a beginner, tone is important in order to sound polite and not offend people. At higher levels, tone becomes less specific, as you need to sound more natural and contextually appropriate. Oliver Pritchard looks at the importance of getting the right tone when speaking a foreign language.
English language self study tips

How to help yourself

Oliver Pritchard guides you through the art of self study and highlights ways of making the most of learning outside of the classroom.
English Grammar

Stress out!

Pronunciation in English is the cause of many communication problems. Find out how to get the stress right and speak like a natural with Oliver Pritchard.
English Grammar, Expressing uncertainty in English

Maybe not

Different languages reflect different concepts in different ways - and some languages are better than others at different things - it’s one of the fascinating things about languages. Oliver Pritchard looks at ways of expressing uncertainty without using the subjunctive.
English around the world

The world’s language

In the third instalment of our series of articles about the different 'Englishes' spoken worldwide, Oliver Pritchard continues his romp through the uses of the language round the world.