30 tried and tested English binomial expressions

One of the best ways to develop your English fluency is to learn well-known expressions. Binomial expressions are common English phrases that include a pair of words usually joined by “and” or “or” (e.g. black and white, plain and simple, more or less). The order of the words is usually fixed, and they are a […]

Commonly confused English words

Commonly confused English words FI

English has more words than any other language and there are a large number of commonly confused English words. The English language has numerous words which have a similar spelling and/or pronunciation to another word. This is challenging for English language learners and it is also problematic for a number of native speakers who confuse […]

20 weird and wonderful English expressions

Reduplicative English expressions

There’s an amazing variety of interesting and amusing expressions in the English language. Most are known by native speakers, but these English expressions are not commonly used in English coursebooks. Develop your English vocabulary with these catchy expressions to sound like a native speaker. Just remember that these are generally informal expressions and more common […]

25 more brilliant British English slang words and phrases

English slang words and phrases FI

British English slang words and phrases can confuse English speakers from other native English-speaking countries and are even more problematic for people who have English as a second language. Sometimes, foreign languages have a matching expression that is almost a direct translation. Other social expressions are impossible to work out from the individual words and […]

25 brilliant British English slang words and phrases

British English slang

English is commonly accepted as having a larger vocabulary than most other languages in the world. Some words and expressions are tricky for English language learners and others even create difficulties between native English speakers from different countries. We’re from London and have created a list of some of the most brilliant, creative, confusing and […]

Ideas to develop English vocabulary without translation

Develop English vocabulary

Have you tried different ways to develop English vocabulary when you’re learning English? Naturally, it can be difficult to understand everything when you’re reading English texts or books, but there are useful strategies which can improve your English vocabulary and encourage you to become less dependent on translation. This can help to develop your understanding […]

5 tips to make business English small talk conversations easier

English small talk

Do you go to business events and need to take part in English small talk conversations? Meeting new people or existing contacts outside of a meeting can be really interesting and enjoyable. Meeting and getting to know people at business events provides a great opportunity for networking and developing professional relationships. However, for some it […]

5 business idioms to improve English speaking at work (Part 4)

English business idioms to improve speaking at work

Do you need to communicate in English at work? What do you think is the most difficult aspect of using English at work? Many English language learners feel that it is more difficult to have a conversation, especially with a native speaker. But why? Firstly, a lot of native English speakers do not speak slower […]

6 ways to learn English using newspapers, broadcasts & apps

learn English using newspapers

Do you keep up to date with the news? Do you prefer newspapers, television or radio news broadcasts, or do you have news apps on your phone? If you like to follow the latest news stories and current affairs, then you can also use it to improve your English skills. Today, we are giving ideas […]

5 business idioms to improve English speaking at work (Part 3)

business idioms to improve English speaking at work 3-1

Do you need English for work? Many companies around the world have international offices and clients, and so the main language of communication is English. Which type of communication is the most difficult? Many language learners feel that it is more difficult to speak on the phone in English than writing emails. They can also […]