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IDIOMS – ANSWERS

Here are the meanings of the idioms featured in our last blog post:

to beat about the bush:

  • to avoid the main issue; to not speak directly about a topic
  • Stop beating about the bush and get to the point!

a bed of roses:

  • an easy, comfortable situation
  • Living with my ex-husband was no bed of roses.

to bite off more than you can chew:

  • to take on a task that is bigger than you can really manage
  • My wife certainly bit off more than she could chew when she decided to cook for a dinner party of sixteen people.

to call it a day:

  • to stop working on a task
  • We can continue working on this tomorrow, but let’s call it a day for now.

cat nap:

  • to go to sleep for a short time
  • I’m just going for a cat nap now. See you in about half an hour.

THE EASIEST LANGUAGES TO LEARN

Mastered English? Then these languages should be a breeze. Here are the six easiest languages for English-speakers to learn:

Dutch

The sixth easiest language for English-speakers to learn is Dutch. Many Dutch words are written the same as English ones – but be careful as the pronunciation can be different.

Portuguese

Portuguese also shares many words with English but watch out for false friends!

Indonesian

Indonesian is one of the few Asian language that shares the same alphabet as English. A lot of the pronunciation matches the written form too.

Italian

Some Italian words are similar to English. English has also stolen a lot of Italian food words, so if you know these words in English, you know them in Italian too.

French

There are a lot of shared words in English and French as the languages have influenced each other throughout history.

Swahili

The easiest language for English-speakers to learn is Swahili. Swahili has very straightforward pronunciation and grammar, and it has also borrowed some words from English.

So, now you know English, which language will you learn next?

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THE MOST DIFFICULT LANGUAGES TO LEARN

You might have thought English was hard, but, apparently, these are the six most difficult languages to learn.

Mandarin

Mandarin had thousands of special characters and four tones.

Arabic

Arabic has 28 script letters and sounds that do not exist in some other languages.

Polish

Polish spelling uses a lot of consonants, which makes writing and pronunciation hard.

Russian

Russian uses the Cyrillic alphabet. If your language uses the Roman alphabet (like English), this can be difficult because some of the letters look the same, but the pronunciation is different.

Turkish

In Turkish prefixes and suffixes are added to words in order to change their meaning or show direction.

Danish

Written Danish is often very different to its pronunciation.

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LEARNING GRAMMAR FOR REAL COMMUNICATION

We mostly use a kind of knowledge that is unconscious to speak our first language. We don’t think very much about how to say what we are thinking, we just say it.

When we learn a second language, we often develop a very different kind of knowledge, one that is conscious and requires mental effort. For example, we may know that verbs in the present simple are followed by -s in the third person singular. It is very difficult to use this kind of knowledge while speaking because accessing this knowledge in real time isn’t easy and because we need to pay attention to many other aspects of the conversation. As a result, we can end up having correct knowledge of the language but not being able to use it during fluent communication.

Most experts in this area of second language acquisition today agree that to overcome this difficulty we need large amounts of practice. According to this view, practice at using our conscious knowledge can help us gradually build an unconscious knowledge system which can eventually allow us to speak our second language the way we speak our first language: fluently, spontaneously, and effortlessly.

Practice can include a range of activities, from the more traditional exercises typical of a grammar book through more communicative classroom activities to conversations outside the classroom. All these kinds of practice are beneficial if not necessary, but, importantly, their effectiveness depends on whether or not we are making use of our conscious knowledge. So, if we are trying to learn to use a grammar rule, say adding -s to present simple verbs in the third person singular, we need to try to use this rule correctly during practice. This will require considerable effort at the initial stages, but the effort will gradually decrease as we continue practising.

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READING GRADED READERS

What are graded readers?

Graded readers are books written for language learners. This means that the language is kept very simple – only common words and simple grammar are used. These books also include pictures to help you understand the story.

How can graded readers help me improve my English?

Reading graded readers is a good way to increase the amount of time you spend using English, which can help you develop the knowledge and skills you need to use English. Reading graded readers can help you:

  1. Develop your reading skills. You will become a faster reader and understand texts better.
  2. Learn vocabulary incidentally. You will consolidate vocabulary you already know and learn new vocabulary while your focus is on reading. This is, in part, because the same vocabulary is often used repeatedly throughout a story.
  3. Consolidate grammatical knowledge. You will find grammatical structures you have learnt in class in context, which can help you develop a better understanding of these structures. You may also learn new grammar.
  4. Improve your writing skills. You will be better prepared to write in English, as reading is closely linked to writing.

Which level should I read?

You should be able to read fast and without a dictionary. This means that the books you read should be easy to understand. The objective is not to learn new vocabulary, but rather to read quickly for general understanding and pleasure.

How much should I read?

For graded readers to be most effective, you need to read regularly. It is generally recommended that learners read about one book a week. Note that graded readers are very short and can often be read in about two hours or so.

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Eurospeak Southampton
10 Cumberland Place
Southampton
Hampshire
SO15 2BH
+44 (0) 2380 636 494
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Eurospeak Reading
29A Chain Street
Reading
Berkshire
RG1 2HX
+44 (0) 1189 589 599
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Cambridge CAE Results – Scoring Explained!

The CAE exam comprises of a Reading, Writing, Use of English, Listening and Speaking section. Each section carries 20% of the total marks.

You can score either an A, B, C (pass), D, E or U (fail).

You will get a statement of results and a certificate if your performance ranges between CEFR Levels B2 and C2.

The pass grades for the CAE Exam are: Grade A (C2), Grade B (C1), Grade C (C1). So if you get a grade A you achieve the CEFR C2 level. If you do not pass, but still do reasonably well you are issued a B2 certificate.

An example of a two CAE certificates of our students are shown below. Once person scored a grade A and the other a grade B. Both passed the exam.

 

At Eurospeak, we run CAE preparation classes. Classes for next term start on Thursday the 4th of September. Classes run every Thursday and Friday.

We are a CAE exam centre in Reading, Berkshire and the next CAE exam date available is 6th of December 2014.

Special Package for CAE Classes – Save £128 !!!

14 weeks of CAE Classes from 4th of September to 5th of December 2014. (Every Thursday & Friday, Total 28 classes, Each class for 3 hours from 9:30 am – 12:45 pm)
plus
CAE Exam
plus
CAE Book

Normal Price:
Classes: £16 per class x 28 classes = £448
Exam: £105
Book: £25
Total: £578

But at Eurospeak, you can book this package for only £450!! A saving of £128!!!

Call us now to avail this CAE special offer. Tel: 0118 958 9599 or Email: info@eurospeak.org.uk or visit: Eurospeak, 29a Chain Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2HX!

 

 

CAE Exam preparation in Reading, Berkshire

CAE Exam preparationThis winter we have a CAE exam on the 6th of December 2014. The Cambridge Advanced English exam can be used for universities in the UK and can also be used in many jobs to show you have a high level of English.

So, should you take IELTS or the Cambridge Exam.

Both IELTS and Cambridge are have their pros and cons. Outside of the UK, the IELTS test is more popular in Australia, New Zealand and Canada whereas the Cambridge Exams are better recognised in Eurospeak.

Whereas to do well in the IELTS test you need to master more tips and tricks, for the Cambridge exam you need to improve all aspects of your language. Also, the IELTS is a test open to all competencies of English, and there is no pass or fail in the exam, whereas the Cambridge Exams are more level specific.

A benefit of CAE is that instead of just reading, writing, speaking, and listening; this exam also tests your use of English – this means that you can demonstrate your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary (instead of being so controlled – like IELTS).

So why do prepare for your CAE exam (an even book an exam!) at Eurospeak?

Well, Eurospeak has many trained teachers for many different purposes. Our CAE teachers have been teaching for over ten years and know these exams and their structure ‘like the back of their hands’. We are one of the best places for CAE Exam preparation in Reading, Berkshire.

The CAE classes are taught twice a week on Thursday and Friday from 9:30 until 12:45 every week.

It would be good to sign up for these courses for business/study/general usage and start practicing when you can – so you achieve the highest possible level (A).

So, to conclude, for the best chance at gaining a high CAE level, come into our office (hours 8:30 – 7 everyday) and inquire about our lessons.

Eurospeak language School
29A Chain Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2HX, United Kingdom
Tel: 0118 958 9599

We are a CAE exam centre in Reading, Berkshire and the next CAE exam date available is 6th of December 2014.