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Adverbs of Time: Full List with Examples & Exercises

Adverbs of time tell us when something happens. These adverbs can describe how often, how long or when something takes place. Now, today, daily, early and soon are all adverbs of time. In this study guide, you will learn about these adverbs through real examples. Don’t forget to check out the exercises at the end to test your understanding! Continue reading

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10 Super Tips to Improve Your Child’s English Vocabulary at Home

If you want your child to speak, read and understanding English well, then it’s important to build their vocabulary at home. As a parent, you can help your son or daughter learn new words and improve by following the tips in this study guide! Small changes in daily routine to introduce more “English contact time” can lead to big progress over time for you child. Let’s find out how… Continue reading

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Adverbs of Place: Full List with Examples & Exercises

Adverbs of place tell us where something happens. This group includes adverbs of direction such as up and south, adverbs of movement and direction like upwards and forwards, and adverbs of location such as outside and behind. In this study guide, we will walk you through a range of adverbs of place with examples of how to use each of them. Let’s learn! Continue reading

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45 Must-Know Terms to Improve Your Financial Vocabulary in English

Want to improve your vocabulary for finance? In this detailed study guide, our experienced UK accountant and English teacher Kevin Simmons will teach you the most useful financial words and phrases. We’ve included a list of 45 terms with clear definitions and examples in context to help you feel more confident with your English at work. Don’t forget to try the exercises at the end! Ready? Let’s get to it… Continue reading

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Reporting Verbs in English: List with Examples & Exercises

Reporting verbs are used when you want to tell someone about another conversation. We also call this reported speech or indirect speech. Two examples of reporting verbs are say and tell. There are many others and these have different meanings and grammar structures. In this study guide, we’ll look at examples of these verbs and show you how to use them correctly. We’ll also look at reporting verbs to improve your academic writing. Let’s go! Continue reading

Adverbs of Manner: Full List with Examples & Exercises

In this study guide, we will walk you through a range of adverbs of manner with examples of how to use each of them in a sentence. Don’t forget to check out the exercises at the end to test your understanding! You can also download this guide as a free pdf to use offline. Ready? Let’s dive in! Continue reading

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Adverbs of Degree: Full List with Examples & Exercises

Adverbs of degree help us to express ‘how much’ (or to what extent) we do something. They can either intensify the meaning (I am extremely hungry) or make it weaker (I’m fairly certain I locked the door). Common adverbs of degree include: very, slightly, quite, totally, fairly, absolutely and extremely. Continue reading

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10 Best Websites to Help Your Kids Read in English

Reading in English is one of the best ways to build your child’s vocabulary. It can also be a good family activity to do together. The websites below will give you free resources to help make reading with your child fun, as well as educational. Let’s take a look! Continue reading

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10 Tips to Prepare Your Academic English for University

Passed your exams? Great! Got a place at an overseas university? Fantastic! But is your English really up to the task? To get the most out of your education in the UK or US, your academic English needs to be solid. In this study guide, our experienced EAP tutor Holly N. will give you her best tips to make sure your English is good enough for life at university. Let’s take a look! Continue reading

45 Essential English Terms for Accounting (Explained)

Want to improve your English for accounting? In this study guide, our experienced UK accountant and English teacher Kevin Simmons will walk you through the most useful vocabulary. We’ve included a list of 45 terms with clear definitions and examples in context to help you feel confident when doing accountancy in English. Ready? Let’s jump right in! Continue reading

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How to Pass the FCE Speaking Exam (Tips from an Examiner)

Ever wanted a certificate that proves you are a B2 level English speaker? If so, the FCE speaking exam could be the IELTS alternative you are looking for. The First Certificate in English is a B2 level Cambridge exam. In this study guide, I am going to explain how the speaking exam works and give you my secret tips on how to pass it! Continue reading

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10 Best Websites with English Games for Kids

Playing games in English is a great way to help your children develop confidence and fluency, while having fun with the language! As a parent, you are in the perfect position to encourage your children to love English from an early age. You can do this at home through interesting games and activities, even if your own English isn’t 100% perfect. We’ve written this guide to help you! Continue reading

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IELTS Speaking Part 2: Topics, Questions & Answers

This is the second guide in our blog series on IELTS Speaking. Here we will look at a detailed list of topics that commonly appear in part 2 of the exam. We will give you model questions with band 7+ answers, and top tips to improve your score. Don’t forget to download your free pdf copy of this guide to use offline. Ready? Let’s jump right in Continue reading

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21 English Phrasal Verbs With ‘Look’

How many phrasal verbs with ‘look’ do you know? In this study guide, you can read about 20 different phrasal verbs, many of them with more than one meaning. You will find a definition and a clear example for each one. Read the example sentences and learn what it means to ‘look up to someone’, to ‘look in on someone’ and to ‘look after someone’! Remember to test your understanding with the exercises at the end. Continue reading

11 English Phrasal Verbs With ‘Live’

Do you live for the weekend or do you like living it up in a 5-star hotel? In this study guide, you will learn 11 phrasal verbs with ‘live’. Several of the phrasal verbs have more than one meaning, so look carefully at the different explanations! You will find a definition and a clear example for each one. Continue reading

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Improve Your English for College or University: 6 Simple Steps

Are you an international student at an English-speaking university or college? Looking for ways to improve your academic English and boost your confidence when speaking? At OTUK, we provide specialised online English courses to help you improve your English for higher education, cultural integration and settlement. Continue reading

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IELTS Speaking Part 1: Topics, Questions & Answers

In this 3-part blog series, we will show you the most common topics that appear on IELTS Speaking exams. We will list the topics in full and give you examiner questions and candidate answers to demonstrate how you can score band 7+. In this guide to IELTS Speaking Part 1, don’t forget to check out our “Hot Tips” to get your exam technique just right! Continue reading

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13 English Phrasal Verbs With ‘Make’

Have you ever made up a story or made up with a friend after an argument? In this study guide, you can read about 13 different phrasal verbs with ‘make’. You will find a definition and a clear example for each one. Pay special attention to phrasal verbs in the list where the verb and particle can be separated, for example make out! Continue reading

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