How to Talk About Spring Weather in English

In the UK, we really like talking about the weather. It's a great way to break the ice at the beginning of conversations or when there’s an awkward gap to fill. It’s the perfect small talk subject and can get you out of some tricky conversations or awkward silences! At this time of year, the weather is very changeable. Sometimes it's still snowing or icy, other times it feels like summer has arrived early. As a result, it's the perfect time to try out some new slang, idioms

Small Talk the British Way: At Work

In this blog post you will learn how to: Respond to the speaker by agreeing Continue the conversation with an opinion Move the conversation on with a personal question End the conversation politely In our previous blog post on small talk, we identified ways to start a conversation in 5 different topics. In this lesson, you will learn how to respond to a conversation starter at work and how to continue the conversation. Responding to a conversation starter at work in 4 steps:

5 Ways to Learn Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal verbs are extremely common, especially in informal conversations and texts. So, if you want to understand what native English speakers are saying and you’d like to sound like a native English speaker yourself, you can’t run away from (escape) phrasal verbs. They are an important part of learning English. Here’s the bad news: a)    There are over 3000 phrasal verbs in English! b)    Looking up each part of the phrasal verb in a dictionary will not help you figure out

Small Talk the British Way

Many languages don’t even have a word or expression for the concept of "small talk" but in Britain we love it, and we do a lot of it. Making small talk is as British as Buckingham Palace or a cup of tea! If you are learning English, you've probably wondered how you can make small talk. This blog and the ones to follow will show you how to do it. What is Small Talk? Small talk is a kind of polite conversation meant to avoid "awkward silence" and allow people to be friendly a

Ways to Improve: Write a Blog

As useful as classes with a professional teacher are, we all know that to really make progress we need to practice outside of class time. I'm sure you are already listening to podcasts, reading articles, watching videos online, watching films in English and so on. If yes, give yourself a big pat on the back! Input vs. Output However, all of these activities have one big drawback: they are all 'input' activities, rather than 'output' or 'production'. Input activities are vit