Englishour and the IELTS exam

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]What is IELTS?  IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System and it is an English language exam designed by Cambridge, The British Council, and IDP. Who is the exam for?  The exam is suitable for English Students at all levels, and even native English speakers often take it as part of immigration requirements. You […]

Englishour competition – the winner

In our ‘How has the pandemic affected us?’ competition, our winner was this short film by Ana Martin. We chose this film as our winner as it had the biggest impact on us from the entries received. We felt that the film was beautifully shot and very creatively done. We liked the voiceover Ana did, […]

Englishour Competition

In February, we had a competition open to all Englishour students. The title was ‘How has the pandemic affected us? Perhaps not at all’. We asked students to submit art on this theme, an essay, a poem, a song or a film. We were thrilled to receive such talented entries and the judging process was […]

The 12 idioms of Christmas

The 12 idioms of Christmas: popular English phrases explained People all over the world use ‘idioms’ to express everyday thoughts. Here we explain some of the more common – and fun – ones used in English at Christmastime   “Has the cat got your tongue?” “Yes, when pigs fly!” “It’s all Greek to me!”   […]

Correcting Errors in English Grammar

Accuracy is obviously an important part of speaking a language. A lot of English teachers would say that not making mistakes is important but at the same time students shouldn’t worry too much about it as long as their mistakes don’t affect understanding. Students though don’t really accept this idea (they want to speak correctly!) […]

English History Facts: How the Black Death saved phrasal verbs

To understand the English we use today, we need to walk through some of English History Facts It is a story of death and elitism but from these murky beginnings sprang the language we love today. A thousand years ago, there were two main influences, the Normans from France and the Saxons who were a […]

Nous faisons tous des erreurs!

Nous faisons tous des erreurs ! – un guide pour corriger les erreurs La précision est évidemment une partie importante lorsque l’on parle une langue. Beaucoup de professeurs d’anglais diront qu’il est important de ne pas faire d’erreurs mais en même temps, les étudiants ne devraient pas trop s’en soucier tant que leurs erreurs n’affectent […]

Out – towards the darkness or towards the light! – Phrasal verbs in English.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Understanding phrasal verbs with ‘out’ ‘Out’ means ‘outside’. There is a journey from inside to outside, a journey which takes you into the light, or into the darkness. Let’s say you have a problem, like a maths problem. The solution is hidden deep in the problem. Your job is to work it out. Here, […]

Learning a language – After frustration comes reward!

Learning a language can be frustrating It is exciting to be able to speak another language. It can of course be frustrating too. Not being able to articulate what you want or how you feel or what your opinion is on something can feel terrible. Being with a group of native speakers and not being […]

Quiz Corner

Englishour fun quiz July 2018: Questions: 1.What is the only US state with one syllable? 2. How did Shakespeare’s character Romeo die? 3. In which county in Ireland are the Cliffs of Moher? 4. What is the only muscle in the human body that is only attached at one end? 5. When did Ireland join […]