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Language teaching: What teaching resources are available for British Business English?

When I used to work as an English teacher, I always had a problem finding good teaching resources for my lessons in British English for business. The textbooks I had were written in American English which didn’t make my work any easier 😉 I recently came across the following titles: Market Leader series for A1-C2…
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Old and New: Reflections on 2017 and Resolutions for 2018!

And January arrived, the time when we think of what we achieved in 2017 and want to change or improve in our life in 2018. I personally find it mentally healthy to make this old-new review, as it helps me to stay focused, appreciate my achievements, reflect on mistakes and draw on big goals I…
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Happy New Year 2018!

As the year is officially coming to an end, many of us will reflect on the past twelve months and make plans for the upcoming year. Do you already have a list of New Year’s resolutions? Will you want to learn a new language or improve your skills in 2018? We’ll write our reflections on…
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Merry Christmas | Joyeux Noël | Fröhliche Weihnachten | Feliz Navidad | Veselé Vánoce | Wesołych Świąt

Christmas is coming… We hope you’ll have enough time off to relax and enjoy those festive days! Whatever your Christmas plans are, take it easy and have fun. Don’t forget to sing carols and Christmas songs in the languages you’re learning! Myself and my colleagues would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas, Joyeux…
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Travelling Corner: My 5 Favourite Cafés in Prague

Cafés in Prague are spectacular. Keep reading to find out why. Café Louvre The whole experience from the moment you enter to this large, elegant space, the way you’re greeted, the surrounding beautiful interior design, the taste of coffee, the high standard of waitressing… Be aware that there is a smoking and a non-smoking area….
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Beauty and Style: Facts about the Arabic Language and How to Learn It

Arabic is one of the five most spoken languages in the world.  It is spoken by around 422 million people and is the native language of over 200 million people in the geographical region stretching from Southwest Asia to Northwest Africa, also known as the Arab World.  Arabic is the official language of the 22…
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Book Reviews: Lagom, Lykke & Ikigai—the Art of Better Living

Last year, we explored the Danish word hygge: the essence of happy living in Denmark (you can read my reviews here). I must admit after reading books about hygge my usage of candles went up by 100%! Today, we’ll learn how to live a better life through exploring three concepts: the Swedish lagom, the Danish…
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Language teaching: What is pragmatics and why is it important when teaching languages?

What is pragmatics? Pragmatics is a language in use, or even better, a meaning in use (the actual use of the language). We need pragmatics to understand how language is used in a specific context and to be able to use it appropriately. Why is pragmatics important when teaching? Pragmatics is a set of skills…
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Travelling Corner: Polish Mountains in Autumn

I think I last visited Poland in autumn around 4 years ago and the Polish mountains even longer ago, so it was a real treat to go there in October this year. It was beautiful, colourful and foggy with pretty autumnal vibes. Beskidy (Polish mountain range) I went hiking in the Polish mountain range of…
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Language learning–pleasant and fun? Yes, absolutely, if you know what type of learner you are!

Everyone can learn a new skill, and everyone can learn a new language – but did you know that different people learn in different ways?  Not all people’s learning techniques are the same.  The type of learner you are depends on how your brain is wired.  The categories of learner are: visual learner, auditory learner,…
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