Learn English for free!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 by

How to learn English for free   You may study with us from 3 hours to 25 per week, but what can you do to improve outside class without spending any money?  This blog looks at some of the ways to learn during all 24 hours of the day.   At Live Language – Take

Ask your English school what free learning resources they can recommend to you, perhaps you can borrow some listening CDs or some text books to practice your grammar.  Maybe your school has a Study Centre or quiet area where you can work independently.  Don’t be afraid to ask – they should be happy to see

The Scottish accent – all you need to know!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 by

Every country in the world has regions who have a variety of accents and dialects.  A Spaniard from Galicia speaks differently from someone in Barcelona, for example.  The UK is the same.  A list of just some of the dialects are listed in this website. http://dialectblog.com/british-accents/ If this is your first time living in the

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Listening Section 1 is a dialogue between 2 people arranging something. Try listening to a conversation and write down any numbers and well known names of people, cities and countries you hear. For example: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/video_and_audio/video/   Listening Section 2 is a monologue, often about a tour or changes to somewhere. If you’re in the U.K.,

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Improving your reading for the IELTS exam

Monday, 03 November 2014 by

The reading section of the IELTS exam is often one of the most difficult for students.  The academic style of the text can be unfamiliar and the vocabulary is more challenging than everyday English.  Here are some tips to improve your score: Don’t read intensively – at school and university it’s important that you understand

What is it? An oral interview between a candidate and an examiner. How long is it? 11-14 mins How many parts are there? 3 parts What are they? Part 1: Introduction and Interview Examiner introduces themselves and checks the candidate’s identity. Examiner asks questions about personal information such as home, studies, family, work, studies, interests

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Scottish Slang

Tuesday, 07 October 2014 by

Do you ever listen to local people and have no idea what they are talking about?   Do you ever hear words that just don’t sound like English?   Chances are that you have heard some Scottish slang during your time in the country. The following is a list of typical slang words and expressions

A useful guide to phrasal verbs

Thursday, 02 October 2014 by

Phrasal verbs are an integral part of the English languageand there are many reasons why students should afford these a particular focus.  Native speakers use the very frequently each day (sometimes without realising it), therefore a knowledge of phrasal verbs will help students to interact with and understand native speakers authentically.  Perhaps of more obvious

What learning style are you?

Thursday, 18 September 2014 by

Have you ever wondered what learning style you are?  Below you will find a questionnaire that can help you find out.  By simply taking 5 minutes to answer the questions you can discover it.   Of course the majority of us are a combination of many styles. However, knowing what style you are can be

What shall I read ?

Monday, 08 September 2014 by

How to Improve English Reading Students at LiveLanguage are often told to read a quality newspaper regularly.  But what else could you read to help you understand British culture as well as improve your vocabulary, spelling, fluency etc etc ? How about a magazine ? I’m a bit old-fashioned – most of these are available