How to write essays

The most successful essays are well planned. Essays that go off the point with lots of extra detail will get poor marks. Stick to the question Underline key words in the essay title so you really understand the question being asked. It’s not about writing all you know about a topic. Words like ‘discuss’, ‘compare and contrast’, ‘evaluate’, ‘account for’ are used as ways to direct your answer; make sure you know what they mean. Other questions may start with ‘how’, ‘what’, ‘why’ or ‘when’. Write a plan Brainstorm your…

Write your successful CV

We’ve all probably got a version of a CV under our belts already. However, it’s often really hard to work out what you’re meant to be getting down on this piece of paper that can make the difference between getting a job and not. Here are some of our top tips to make the whole process a lot easier: Spelling and grammar Yes, it’s boring and everyone’s told you this before – but small errors could completely ruin your chances of getting that job. Check, check and check again. Don’t…

Benefits of learning German

Let’s start like this, English, great and fascinating as it is, it’s not the world. Germany has diplomatic discussions with Austria and they don’t do it in English, just to give you an example. German is complex and precise in ways that English isn’t. English is great and if you can speak it, you should enjoy the huge advantage, but German is surgical. It’s totally accurate. The grammar leaves no doubt what you mean, and in a way, it’s a metaphor for a way of looking at the world that…

Facts about the French language

Languages are always associated with the people who speak it natively. Throughout the history, the French culture has generally been considered elite (or elitist). The British upper-class society was heavily influenced by the French. In fact, the British monarch’s motto is “Dieu et mon droit.” BUT: Why is the motto for the UK in French? What is the history or origin of this? Even the current English vocabulary reflects this preference. English is a Germanic language, but heavily borrowed words from French, which belongs to the Romance family tree. Why…

British English vs. American English

There is an old saying that America and Britain are “two nations divided by a common language.” No one knows exactly who said this, but it reflects the way many British feel about American English. But are American and British English really so different? Vocabulary The most noticeable difference between American and British English is vocabulary. There are hundreds of everyday words that are different. For example, the British call the front of a car the bonnet, while Americans call it the hood. Americans go on vacation, while British go…

Must see while in Berlin

When you are in Berlin you will have a chance to explore a wide variety of cultural content originating from different centuries and not to mention the great German cuisine and beers. So here are some of our tips on places to go and things to see in Berlin. Aside from total cultural immersion, you get the chance to explore the surroundings and practice the language on a completely new level. And it’s no different when you are in Berlin. First, we would like to focus on Germany’s natural wonder,…

London Accents made easy

Have you ever noticed that Londoners speak a little different from the rest of the British people? I’m sure you have! I guess you want British people to pronounce words very clearly, and preferably also slowly! Of course, this does not happen in real life. The main ‘local’ accents that you will hear in London are quite different from each other. The easiest accent for you to understand, and the accent that many English learners try to learn when speaking English, is actually not a local accent at all. It…

What is the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference)?

The Common European Framework of Reference, or CEFR, represents a guideline used to describe achievement of learners of foreign languages. The guide is applied across Europe and is some other non-European countries such as Columbia, Australia and the Philippines. So let’s see what is so special about this Framework. How it all started? It all started with the ‘Language Learning for European Citizenship’ project between 1989 and 1996 during which a need for a common European framework for languages arouse. This was necessary in order to improve the recognition of…

A struggle to pronounce – even Londoners themselves

British English, what a confusing beast – between vague meanings and various accents it can be a complex language to understand. When it comes to the pronunciation of certain words however, it seems that they’ve entirely lost their heads. When arriving in London for the first time, numerous travellers will recall being laughed at for their pronunciation of ‘Southwark’ (suth/ik), and it has been reported that backpackers will choose to stay lost and cold rather than ask for directions to ‘Worcestershire’ (woos/ter). But fear not friends – Londoners themselves struggle…

Aussie slang you might hear while in Australia

You can expect to make friends with locals when you’re in Australia and a normal part of a social life is to have a drink or two and socialise. So when one of your Aussie friends approaches you with a question “Want to grab an amber fluid?” note that he/she is asking you if you would like to ‘Grab a beer.”. Now it appears that Aussies don’t shorten everything since ‘amber fluid’ is longer than simply ‘beer’. And where other would you grab that ‘amber fluid’ than in a ‘boozer’…