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How (NOT) to learn English – top 5 most common mistakes

16 kwietnia 2018, poniedziałek,

We here at the Brit it! blog have told you all about the most common errors learners of English make.  We have looked at the most typically confused word pairs in the language.  We have even discussed tips for learning vocabulary and internalising grammar.  However in my 20+ years of teaching I have seen some dreadful mistakes in terms of approach to learning and things that need to be avoided at all costs that could cost you time and aggravation on your journey to becoming a master of English.  So here are 5 things to avoid doing when studying English.

© Mat Wright, British Council

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British Pub Quizzes

9 kwietnia 2018, poniedziałek,

If you like trivia and game shows on TV which test your knowledge on a wide range of topics you would most certainly be a fan of a typical British Pub Quiz.  Pub Quizzes have been an integral part of British (Pub) culture since the 1970s and a 2009 study reported that on any given week in the UK there were as many as 2,209 pub quizzes scheduled to be held.  Even in major cities across Poland it is possible to find English pubs that have regular Quiz Nights. In this blog we’ll have a brief look at the history and roots of the British Pub Quiz and finish with a mini version of a quiz itself.

Published under CC BY 2.0 license. Author: Ben Sutherland, Source: flickr.com

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Top 5 April Fools’ Day pranks

27 marca 2018, wtorek,

It is amusing for me that society actively celebrates holidays whose origins are unknown, uncertain or ‘cloudy’ at best.  Boxing Day and Halloween, for example, have conflicting theories as to when and how they began.  However no holiday’s origins are as questionable as that of April Fools’ Day.  In my research I managed to find no 100% conclusive facts regarding its beginnings.  Some theorize that it dates back to the Middle Ages when New Year’s Day coincided with the spring equinox (March 25th) which in those times lasted a week until April 1st.  Other theories mention a strange line from Canterbury Tales from Chaucer in which he mentions the date March 32nd drawing speculation that it may have been an intentional gag to fool pretentious and uneducated readers.  Several other theories abound but nevertheless it has had a long and fun history in Europe.  Throughout the last century people have gone to great lengths to test the limits of people’s naivety.

Today we will look at the top 5 most elaborate or controversial April Fools’ Day pranks.

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Which British Universities accept Polish Matura in English?

19 marca 2018, poniedziałek,

In previous blogs we have discussed the many benefits of studying abroad.  The UK in particular offers many opportunities to university students wishing to broaden their horizons.  The chance to live completely immersed in another language on a day to day basis is the best way to improve your language skills in a truly practical way.  On top of that, being in a different culture every day is a learning experience unlike any other.

© Mat Wright, British Council

In the past we have also discussed the various exams that will help you get into the university of your dreams.  Of course IELTS is a great way to confirm for universities your level of competence in English.  Some universities even require certain minimum standards on this exam as a prerequisite for being accepted.  But is IELTS always necessary? Czytaj całość »