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English self-assessment tools
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When you need to describe your level of English, precision is essential. Everyday terms like “beginn...

11 movies about New York (and why you should watch them)
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For decades, the hustle and bustle of New York City has been providing the perfect backdrop for movi...

IELTS preparation: a 4 step master plan
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Preparing for the IELTS usually starts when you find out you need to get a particular IELTS score fo...

12 brand-new English words you should learn this week
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It’s time for another vocabulary update – the Oxford Dictionary leads the way and we happily follow ...

English language requirements explained
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Most people who are required to take a standardized English test are either applying for a visa or a...

Idioms with Isabelle: Nature Idioms
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You might have heard it through the grapevine, so there’s no point in beating around the bush – it’s...

How to learn Spanish faster: 10 tips
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You know that song “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz? Where he sings, “I throw my Spanish in the air sometimes...

Idioms with Isabelle: Body idioms
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It’s time for another episode of Idioms with Isabelle – and we hope you’re all ears. This time, we t...

Talk like an American: The essentials
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Since living abroad, I’ve learned that there are a few words and phrases that only American English ...

Like a local: 11 bits of London slang you should know
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It’s time to delve into the world of Cockney rhyming slang, my old China. There will be no porkies h...

11 brand-new English words you need to learn this week
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The Oxford English Dictionary gets updated with popular new words several times a year. As we’re all...

Idioms with Isabelle: Food idioms
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Welcome to a new series on the EF Blog: Idioms with Isabelle. I’m Isabelle, below are the idioms.Our...