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Essential Phrases to Get By in Arab Countries

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Do you ever picture yourself walking through the street bazaars in Cairo? Do you ever imagine what it’d feel like walk into the pool of one of Dubai’s most exclusive hotels? Or perhaps you would rather lie on a Moroccan beach… I definitely would. Whatever it is you picture yourself doing during your stay in(…)


Les Petits Noms d’Amour: 11 Must-Know French Terms of Endearment

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Cookie Bear, Honey Bee, Apple Pie… Outside their natural context, English nicknames can seem extremely corny or just plain weird. But let’s be honest: how many times have we resorted to them to say “I’m sorry”, or just to express our love? →Sign Up Now: Free Trial French Lesson With a Native Teacher!← Terms of(…)


Essential Chinese Phrases For All Occasions

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Are you planning an adventure trip to the Yellow Mountains? Do you want to reconnect with a Chinese family member? Do you just want to be able to greet your Chinese colleagues in their language in your next conference call? No matter what your reason is for wanting to learn Chinese, you’ve come to the(…)


Work and Travel in Asia: The Best Working Holiday Visas for British Citizen

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Every year, hundreds of young people travel to countries as distant as Canada, Denmark and Japan for an open-ended trip known as a working holiday. These ‘work and travel’ experiences, which are just starting to catch on in the UK, allow students to visit a country for longer than the average tourist while they gain(…)


How to Prepare Quickly for IELTS: Smart Tips to Boost Your Grades

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The International English language Testing System (IELTS) is the most popular English exam in the world. Developed and administered by some of the field’s most renowned experts, the test is designed to reflect how you will cope with the communicative demands of living, working, or studying in an English-speaking country.  Depending on your objectives, you(…)


Hebrew Idioms: Not As Serious-Sounding As You Might Think!

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Because Hebrew is the language of the Bible, people who travel to Israel sometimes think that in order to mingle with the crowd they have to act all solemn and wise. Modern Hebrew, however, is anything but solemn. On the contrary, it is a vibrant, ever-changing, fast-paced language full of colourful expressions that make just(…)


20 Business English Idioms to Talk About Work… and Do a Healthy Amount of Gossip!

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When non-native speakers of English interact with their English-speaking peers, they often feel tempted to use big words and complex grammar to show that they are in their element.  However, the way to wow your coworkers is not to write emails with perfect punctuation or use difficult language, but to use the right language. And(…)


English Punctuation: The Complete Guide to Look More Professional at Work

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It’s often assumed that all a student needs to master the English language is a good command of grammatical structure, excellent use of tenses, and a rich and varied vocabulary. However, there is a vital aspect of the English language that shouldn’t be disregarded —English punctuation. Punctuation helps readers understand clauses and sentences through visual(…)


10 Uplifting Arabic Quotes and Proverbs to Learn Arabic

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Reading proverbs and literary quotes in other languages is an enriching way to gain insight into cultures different from our own. Inspirational quotes are far more memorable than the impersonal exchanges you might find in traditional textbook languages. Plus, by reading proverbs and sayings, you can see how much philosophy is shared between the target culture(…)


Russian Language Day: How to celebrate?

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As Russian is one of the UN’s official languages, the institution champions the teaching and learning of Russian all throughout the globe. So, in 2010, UNESCO declared June 6th Russian Language Day in commemoration of the birth of Aleksandr Pushkin, one of the most important Russian writers of all time. Would you like some inspiration(…)