How to Understand Native Speakers

It can be very frustrating when you don't understand native speakers - especially if you've been studying English for a while. When you get into a conversation and need to keep asking someone to repeat or slow down, it can feel demoralising! Here are three tips that can help. 1. Be patient Give yourself some... Read More

Why It's So Important To Be Polite When You Speak English

English speakers value politeness over almost everything else. You can speak the most perfect English, but if you appear rude, other people won't want to talk to you. Politeness helps us to deal with other people easily and smoothly. It helps us get on with strangers in a crowded place (like in the underground) and... Read More

English Pronunciation - Get Word Stress Right

Many English learners worry about making a mistake with the sounds in a word. But it's more important to get the stress of a word right. Word stress is when you make one syllable in the word louder, longer and at a higher pitch than the other syllables in a word. Word stress helps gives... Read More

How to Talk to Your Boss in English

Most of us want to make a good impression with our boss or project manager. Creating a great relationship with a line manager can make a promotion or pay rise more likely. But it's one thing to do this with a boss who speaks your own language - and quite another thing to do it... Read More

How To Be More Confident On The Phone

Making a phone call in a foreign language is difficult. You can't see the other person, so you don't get the visual clues that help you understand what they're saying. Another problem is that you can't predict what the other person will say - so you might find yourself in a situation where: - you... Read More