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What is intonation? Why is it so important? And how can you improve it? Find out in this blog post!

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How English learners can improve intonation | British Council

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Can you say this quickly? Red lorry, yellow lorry, red lorry, yellow lorry, red lorry, yellow lorry!

Difficult isn't it? Read all about tongue twisters here and try them for yourself: bit.ly/1J9pQuW
You can find more here bit.ly/1IW8vyZ Do you have any tongue twisters in your language? Share them in the comments!

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Tongue twisters! | LearnEnglish Teens | British Council

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Are you ever unsure how to pronounce a word or phrase? This great tool links to thousands of videos on YouTube where you can hear real examples of people saying any word you can think of! Try this one for example: Worcestershire - bit.ly/2gaGj4P

You can choose British, American or Australian, and every video comes with extra tips and practice. Try it and see for yourself!

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Improve Your English Pronunciation

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Three hundred and forty years ago, ‎Danish astronomer, Olaus Roemer, became the first person to successfully measure the speed of light and prove that it moves at a finite speed. Watch this video to learn how he did it, then read more here: ind.pn/2gjrXSH

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* Professor Cox uses the word 'emerge' a lot in the video. If you're not sure what it means, check here: bit.ly/2h1PiXw

Measuring the Speed of Light - Wonders of the Universe w/ Brian Cox - BBC

In the last episode of Professor Brian Cox's epic journey across the universe, he travels from the fossils of the Burgess Shale to the sands of the oldest de...

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Do you know the answer? We'll post the answer on LearnEnglish Parents - British Council tomorrow!
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Christmas is coming and that means it's time for 'The battle of the Christmas adverts!' Every year big shops try to make the most memorable TV ads, and in past years there have been some really great ones! Read all about this year's battle in this article then check out the adverts here:
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The answer to our last quiz was (a) bated. Congratulations if you got it right! This is another expression from Shakespeare, from The Merchant of Venice. If you wait for something 'with bated breath' it means you're worried or excited because you want to know what will happen!

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The answer to our question yesterday was (b) those. Did you get it right?

First you need to chop up ________ tomatoes over there.
a) t̶h̶e̶s̶e̶
b) those ✔

We use this (singular) and these (plural) to talk about things close to us, and that (singular) and those (plural) to talk about things at some distance away from us. Find out more in this Grammar Snack: [ Bit.ly Link ]

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This, that, these, those

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Are you good at small talk? Do you find it easy to start speaking to people you don't know? What do you talk about? What do you NOT talk about? Check out this blog for some good advice!

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Business Skills: Taboo or not taboo? 10 Small Talk Topics To Use OR Avoid With The British (GUEST POST) | English with a Twist

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This is a really nice free website for practising listening and building your vocabulary! It's a great opportunity to listen to natural conversation, and what's even better is that Kat is American and Mark is British so you can practice listening to both accents at the same time. Check it out!

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Daily English Listening - Appearance Vocabulary - High Level Listening

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It's always nice to get presents, isn't it? But sometimes no matter how hard we try, we open a gift and go 'oh no!' :-( Have you ever been given a gift that you didn't like? Or have you ever given someone something that you know they really didn't want?
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Worst Christmas presents

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Do you know the answer?

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First you need to chop up ________ tomatoes over there.
a) these
b) those

Learn all about how to use this, that, these and those in this Grammar Snack!

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This, that, these, those

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Watch our complete collection of #ShakespeareLives short films here, complete with English subtitles - they're amazing! bit.ly/ShakespearePlaylist Tell us which ones you like best!

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There's something rotten in the Prince of Denmark...the pub that is! This is another of my favourites from our #ShakespeareLives short films - believe it or not, it's a lot of fun!

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The Prince of Denmark - a story vaguely inspired by Hamlet

The seventh film in our collection, 'The Prince of Denmark' is a comically dark take on Hamlet. After completing university, young Hamlet returns home to his...

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Here's another beautiful film from our #ShakespeareLIves series. Miranda's Letter is inspired by Shakespeare's final play, The Tempest. It was filmed in one of the most beautiful parts of the UK. and looks at something Shakespeare hardly mentions - mother-daughter relationships. See what you think!

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Miranda's Letter; a story inspired by Shakespeare's The Tempest

The fifth film in our Shakespeare Lives series, Miranda’s Letter, is a tale about mother-daughter relationships, or more often the lack thereof in Shakespear...

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Do you know what dish this picture shows? And what's that on top of it? Click the picture to learn lots of Christmas vocabulary!

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Christmas

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Did you get the right answer? A person who writes plays is called a 'playwright'. Although the word sounds like play + write it actually has nothing to do with writing! 'Wright' is an old English word meaning a worker or someone who makes things. We still use it in words like 'boatwright' - a craftsman who makes wooden boats. So 'playwright' really means 'someone who crafts plays'.

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Our fantastic new video series Starting Out will be here soon! Check out the trailer here... We'll follow Julia and Sammy over 15 episodes as they meet and fall for each other, and learn lots of useful language as we go! What do you think? Are you looking forward to it? :-)

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The answer to yesterday's quiz was (c) is being painted. Did you get it right?
My flat IS BEING PAINTED at the moment, so I'm staying with my mum.
a) i̶s̶ ̶p̶a̶i̶n̶t̶i̶n̶g̶
b) i̶s̶ ̶b̶e̶e̶n̶ ̶p̶a̶i̶n̶t̶e̶d̶
c) is being painted
d) h̶a̶s̶ ̶b̶e̶e̶n̶ ̶p̶a̶i̶n̶t̶e̶d̶
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Passive forms

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