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8 Surprising Things About Dublin

Dublin is a great place to immerse yourself in the English language, giving you plenty of interaction with native speakers and helping you to develop both your written and verbal language skills. As well as your English language lessons with Englishour, the city of Dublin itself is a major reason to study here. If you need any more convincing to come to Dublin, check out these 8 great facts that will have you booking your Englishour courses as soon as possible.

Switching

‘Switching’©:
Making the change from the formal to the informal.

When communicating through English, there will always be options presenting the speaker with a language choice.
In English, the choice will be either in a formal style or an informal style.
The formal style is often a direct translation from your language:
I told Peter everything he needed to know
The informal style will not be a direct translation but rather a PHRASAL VERB:
I filled Peter in.

To be, to have and to get

Once upon a time, there were two little verbs, to be and to have. To be and to have were great friends because they had one big thing in common. They both described things. To be described things on the inside, their essence. When to be did this, he teamed up with one of his adjective friends.

Pet hates

Pet hates are great, even the contradictory name. You put something as negative as a hate (not even a dislike) together with the ultra-friendly word pet. They shouldn’t co-exist but of course in our paradoxical world, they do. We love our pets. We hold them and stroke them and give them little cuddles. We keep them close because they are soft and furry and we know as they nuzzle up to us that they so desperately need our love. Now put that concept beside one of hatred. All the positive love you feel for your little pet but now focused onto a hate.

General and Specific Learning Objectives for Englishour learners

In considering objectives for our Englishour courses, we keep in mind that English today is spoken by a vast array of people, both native speakers and speakers of English as a second language. While the variation is not huge, we need to bear in mind the reasons why specific learners are on our program. For some, the language they want is purely social, whilst for others it may be to advance their careers. Therefore, when looking at our learners as a group, our objectives need to be quite broad, as opposed to a group, for example, learning English for special purposes.

I do do do

‘Do’ is a great little word in English! In English, “I do” means “I’ll marry you for the rest of my life”. It’s a romantic verb but it’s also a verb of action! We do activities. We do business. We do work.
Anything related to the idea of work can be described by do. For example, work around the house is called ‘chores’. We do chores. We do the ironing, we do the washing-up, we do the cooking, the cleaning and the washing. When we are busy, there is so much to do! I have to do the shopping and then later I have to do my homework.

The Present Perfect tense in English

The present perfect can be a hard tense to understand and a beautiful tense to explain. The problem for students is that it looks like and feels like the past. But it isn’t. The clue is in the title: The present perfect. It’s all about the present!
The present perfect isn’t about what you did yesterday, or what you did when you were a child or that time you forgot your key or any of that. It’s all about now. More precisely, it relates past actions to the present.

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