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Skype IELTS preparation for Russian Speakers!
Directly from London! We have excellent news! Delighted with the results our students obtained taking IELTS exams in Moscow, we have decided to go further and create a special course for Russian speakers who would like to take this challenging exam, and also improve their general level of English. We have analysed the main difficulties […]
Which “face” to save while communicating?
Negative and positive politeness strategies. Do not worry. Positive here does not mean good, and negative does not mean bad. It is about what “face” we want to save when communicating. According to Brown and Levinson politeness theory, positive face is our desires to be liked, admired, ratified, referring to self-esteem, while negative face is […]
Когда рак на горе свистнет/when pigs fly/ Quand les poules auront des dents/ Wenn Fische fliegen lernen/ Quando gli asini voleranno/ Cuando meen las gallinas/ Quando as galinhas tiverem dentés
To express something improbable to happen, many languages use different animals and unlikely actions. In England, pigs might fly. In France and Portugal, hens grow teeth, in Spain and Italy, they pee! ( Latin languages definitely have something important with hens…) In Germany, fish might fly. In Russian they give the full context though: “when […]
PARDON MY FRENCH
Saying ” Pardon my French” when you curse is still very common throughout the English-speaking world even though this expression is at least two centuries old. But why is it French and not, say, Spanish or Italian? The answer lies in history. In England, French was long the language of the nobility, because they were […]
6 tips to learn a foreign language
Learn a little bit every day. Many studies show that we remember better studying a little bit every day than hours once a week. A Russian proverb says: Повторение- мать учения. ( Repetition is the mother of studying”. It is absolutely right. Repeat, repeat and repeat. Watch films, listen to the radio, read books, even […]