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How to make yourself sound more intelligent

How to make yourself sound more intelligent

Do you ever find yourself reaching for the thesaurus in a bid to make yourself sound more intelligent? If you do, you're not alone. According to Stanford academic Daniel Oppenheimer, over 85% of undergraduates surveyed admitted to doing exactly this. They believed...

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The difference between a colon and a dash.

The difference between a colon and a dash.

Once we've mastered the basics of punctuation, we are able to play around and create different effects. This video explains the difference between a  colon and a dash and gives some examples of the different effects they have on the reader. Please do let me know what...

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Common errors: i.e. or e.g.?

Common errors: i.e. or e.g.?

What’s the difference between i.e. and e.g?  Both are Latin abbreviations used to signal clarification of a statement. The first, i.e, stands for ‘id est’ which means ‘that is’, or ‘in other words’ and is used before giving a more detailed explanation of something...

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Types of British Tea

Types of British Tea

Those of you who know even a small amount about us Brits will know that tea is a national pastime. We eat it, we drink it and it holds us together when times get tough. Unfortunately though, we can’t quite agree on what it actually means. The meaning of this word...

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Tips for (almost) painless public speaking

Tips for (almost) painless public speaking

Public speaking can be really daunting regardless of how confident you feel about your level of English.

Public speaking includes giving presentations at work or university, or other formal situations like job interviews.

These are my tips for (almost) painless public speaking:

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7 Guidelines for saying long and short vowels

7 Guidelines for saying long and short vowels

English, as we know, is a language that has borrowed from everyone and his dog. This has blessed us (!) with a highly complex and irregular system of spelling and pronunciation which you, dear language learner, now need to navigate. I’m sorry about that.

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