Tag Archives: English Classes

Tongue-Twisted: 35 English Words that Are Hard to Pronounce for Non-Native Speakers


Did you know that there are at least 20 English words that are hard to pronounce even for native speakers? Very often, the relationship between spelling and sound in English seems arbitrary and difficult to predict, and silent letters can make even the simplest English give you a hard time in the pronunciation department. Whether(…)

The Influence of Irish on English Vocabulary: A Starter’s Irish English Online Dictionary

The Irish language has been spoken on the island of Ireland for centuries, and it is one of the oldest living languages in Europe. The language was first introduced to Ireland by Celtic settlers who arrived from Britain around 500 BC. Over time, the language has changed and evolved, but its roots remain firmly grounded(…)

Out with the Old, In with the New: Bye British English, ‘Ello Euro-English


Brexit has been blamed for all manner of things: changing trade routes, price increases, you name it. However, one of the latest things it stands accused of is the eventual dilution of the purity of the English language and the rise of something called Euro-English. Wait, what? Isn’t that just English? Well, sort of. It(…)

What Exactly is Business English?


For those of you who aren’t already in the know, Business English is A Thing when it comes to the matter of learning English as a foreign language. Amongst General, Academic, ESP (English for Specific Purposes), and others, there are learners who seek out courses or tutors specifically to learn Business English on the basis(…)

Why English Remains Today’s Lingua Franca: Part 1


Oh, fellow native English speakers, we hope you won’t object to us tarnishing us all with the same brush here, when we say that there is such an expectation of hearing English everywhere we go, that we are everything from surprised to alarmed when we realise that it isn’t. English is touted as the lingua(…)