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3 ways to motivate yourself to study English

  1. Never compare your English skills to “others”!

One reason that many English language learners have a low opinion of their skills is that they’re comparing themselves to native English speakers or other learners who have reached fluency. You should also avoid comparing yourself to other English learners. The fact is that everyone is different – some people naturally learn faster, some people naturally learn more slowly. Some people have invested more time in studying, other people have studied “on and off.” Some learners have had excellent teachers, other learners have had trouble finding a good teacher or a good method. Just focus on your individual progress!

  1. When you feel lazy just take a “baby step”!

A baby step is a very small action.  Sometimes you just feel discouraged and lazy – you simply don’t want to study that day. Tell yourself you’ll just do one TINY thing.

  • I’ll read an article or a book in English for 5 minutes
  • I’ll watch a video on Youtube in English for 5 minutes
  • I’ll listen one song in English
  • I’ll learn 5 new words and 2 Idioms


The hardest part is often starting! However, if you take a “baby step,” you’ll definitely learn something – and you will probably regain your motivation in the process.

  1. Be encouraged! Your English is probably better than you think it is!

Unfortunately, a lot of English learners have a very negative view of their English skills. Yes, of course there is room to improve. But you already have good English skills. If someone can understand your speaking and writing, it is a really big accomplishment.

So if you tend to have a low opinion of your English, try to eliminate those negative thoughts by focusing on what you CAN do, and not in what you can’t do yet.

For more information about studying General English, Cambridge Exam Preparation or IELTS Exam Preparation courses with Europeak Southampton or Eurospeak Reading, please contact us on:



Common UK Expressions

Have you ever wondered about common UK expressions?

Maybe you are going to visit the UK and want to learn a few of them?


Here is a list so that maybe you won’t be surprised or embarrassed:

  • All right? – Hello, how are you?
  • Bloody – used to emphasize annoyance, as in “Bloody hell!” Bleedin’ or bloomin’ are variations
  • Bomb – something impressive
  • Full of beans – lots of energy
  • Give me a bell – call me
  • Hiya – hi there, hello
  • I’m easy – I don’t care, it’s all the same to me
  • Mate – friend
  • On about – talking about
  • Posh – high class




The Benefits of Language Learning


Ever wanted to learn another language but found there was always something stopping you? Well, here are six great reasons to just get on with it!

Career Prospects:

More and more these days employers are looking for people who can speak more than one language. Learning another language can boost your chances of being offered your dream job, but that’s not the only benefit – think of all the exciting foreign travel you might experience through your work!

Cognitive Development:

Learning another language improves your cognition in a number of ways: better memory, increased attention span and reduced risk of mental decline as you grow older. Different words and expressions in your new language can also help you to see the world in different ways.

Other Cultures:

When you learn another language, you also learn about the countries and cultures where people speak that language. This is beneficial in itself, but it also helps to broaden your mind and makes your more open to new people and experiences.

Don’t Get Lost in Translation:

Ever watched something translated into your language and thought, I just don’t get the joke? That’s because so much is lost in translation. If you learn another language, you can watch TV and films, and read books in their original language and experience them in the way they were meant to be experienced, in other words, you will get the joke!

Your Own Language:

Learning another language helps to improve your knowledge of your own language. By learning about the grammar of another language, you will become more familiar with how your own language is structured.

Even More Languages:

Once you’ve learnt one second language, the good news is that it is then so much easier to learn additional languages. You will learn your third, fourth and even fifth language a lot more quickly than your second language because of the cognitive effects learning a language has on your brain and also because you will have developed study skills that you can apply more rapidly to additional language learning.

So, no more excuses! Start learning another language today!

For more information about studying General English, Cambridge Exam Preparation or IELTS Exam Preparation courses with Europeak Reading or Eurospeak Southampton, please contact us on:

Eurospeak Southampton
10 Cumberland Place
SO15 2BH
+44 (0) 2380 636494

Eurospeak Reading
29a Chain Street
+44 (0) 1189 589599



Ain’t: you’ve heard people using this word – and you might even have seen it written down – but you’re not really sure what it means or how to use it. Well, read on and you won’t go wrong!


Here’s the short explanation:

ain’t = am not / isn’t / aren’t


ain’t = haven’t / hasn’t

And here’s more detail:

Ain’t exists in the same form for all persons:

I ain’t

you ain’t

he / she / it ain’t

we ain’t

you ain’t

they ain’t

You can basically use it any time when you would normally use am not / isn’t / aren’t or haven’t / hasn’t:

We ain’t finished yet. = We aren’t finished yet. OR We haven’t finished yet.

Ain’t you finished yet? = Aren’t you finished yet? OR Haven’t you finished yet?

You ain’t gonna be finished on time. = You aren’t going to be finished on time.

(More on gonna in a future post!)

Ain’t also exists in some fixed expressions, for example:

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. = If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.

(Yes, this fixed expression does contain a grammatical error –  broke instead of broken!)

And there even used to be a comedy TV show in Britain with ain’t in the title:

It Ain’t Half Hot Mum

Ain’t only exists as a contraction – there is no full form. Contractions are informal; full forms are formal, so you can deduce from this that ain’t must be a pretty informal word. In fact, it is extremely informal – use it with your friends, maybe post it on social media, but definitely don’t write it in an academic assignment for university!

So, the next time you’re using English in a very informal situation, try using ain’t. There ain’t nothing stopping you!



The UK is one of the top most desired tourism destinations receiving more than forty million visits a year from people all over the world.

But it is not all about tourism, the UK is also one of the main destinations for lovers of the English Language. Thousands of  students decide to come to learn or improve their English skills in its birthplace.

What are the benefits?

  • Studying in the UK means that you will have total immersion in English, improving your language skills quickly on a daily basis.
  • Accredited English Language Schools are regularly inspected ensuring high quality teaching and learning experience.
  • People from all over the world come to study English in the UK giving you the most exciting experience of becoming friends and  learning about other students’ cultures and traditions.
  • Study English for professional purposes. English language  schools offer English courses that are specific to your career subject giving you advantage when applying for jobs.
  • The UK has a rich history and culture, many places to visit with easy planned journeys to vibrant cities, tourist sights and a beautiful countryside.
  • Living abroad and studying for personal, professional or educational purposes will develop your confidence, communication and independence skills.

Studying where the English Language was born will expose you to many accents and dialects which definitely make this experience challenging and very exciting!

To study with us please access our website.


We are proud to announce the opening of Eurospeak Language Schools in Southampton!

Eurospeak Southampton opened on the 22nd October 2018 and is Eurospeak’s second location in the UK.

Eurospeak Southampton is beautiful, historic building with 4 floors, which is a 5 minute walk from Southampton Central train station, 5 minutes’ walk from Southampton city centre and also opposite the biggest park in Southampton, Watts Park.

We’d love for you to come and have a look at our wonderful building and classrooms, on 10 Cumberland Place, SO15 2BH, Southampton.

Eurospeak Southampton runs General English courses, Cambridge Exam Preparation Courses and IELTS exam preparation courses and does not compromise on the quality of classes or teachers.

We pay attention to your English language learning needs, with morning classes, which are an equal mix of speaking, listening, reading and writing. With private classes also available if you feel the need of extra attention. This would allow you to improve your overall ability and understanding of the language structure, vocabulary and application.

As a student of Eurospeak, you would also have a personalised assessment with your class teacher (an Individual Learning Plan), to identify your personal learning goals, and which aspects of English you need to improve to meet your goals. This would include personalised feedback and additional study material to practice in your free time.

You would also have access to our Virtual Classroom. This is a huge benefit to students who want to study more at home. The Virtual Classroom is accessible from any computer (with an internet connection), any place, at any time. The VC has a study and activity library of practice tests, additional exercises and additional study material for students to use, free of cost.

  • We have a friendly multicultural student community
  • Town centre location: 5 minute walk from West Quay shopping centre, 5 minute walk from Southampton Central train station
  • We have the most modern interactive SMART flat panels in all of our classrooms
  • We use interactive learning software in all of our classes
  • Comprehensive social programme for students to engage with each other, meet new friends and practice English socially, not just in the classroom

If you’re interested or have any questions friendly and attentive team will be very happy to help!

Make sure you come in for a visit! Classes start on Wednesday 2nd January 2019!


Summer School at Eurospeak UK

Eurospeak Summer SchoolThe weather is starting to perk up and Eurospeak is gearing up for summer in Britain. Our 2014 Summer school starts on the 16th of June and we have classes in General English, IELTS Preparation, Advanced, Upper Intermediate, Intermediate, Pre-Intermediate and Elementary Classes.

In addition, Eurospeak has an exciting list of activities and excursions lined up for our students this year. Our famous and well-loved barbeques will continue to take place every Friday afternoon, and we have bowling, boat trips and ball games.

On top of our regular activities, we are expanding our city and sight excursions to places such as Bournemouth, Cambridge, Bath as well as London, Oxford and Windsor Castle. For the more energetic students we have also planned paintballing and regular rock-climbing activities.

It promises to be a great summer, and we hope you will join us!

Weekend English Classes in Reading Berkshire

English school in ReadingEurospeak are currently planning to start weekend classes in General English, IELTS Preparation and English Conversation. These classes would take place in the morning and afternoons at our school at 29a Chain Street in Reading. We hope to start these classes soon, so if you are interested in attending weekend classes, please get in contact with us and register your interest on: 0118 958 9599 or info@eurospeak.org.uk; or alternatively, please drop into our school and request more information.

We also offer one to one English classes so if you are looking for individual lessons we can organise classes for that as well.

Private IELTS classes in Reading Berkshire

Eurospeak Language School based in the Reading Town Centre in Berkshire offers highly experienced and skilled IELTS trainers with an excellent track record of helping students achieve the required score.

So if you have an IELTS exam date that is approaching soon or you want a crash course in IELTS, we can help you. Our IELTS teachers are available to conduct classes on a one to one or two to one basis . We also offer 3 hour IELTS classes at our school in the mornings (Monday and Tuesday) from 9:30 am to 12:45 .

Whether you need help in Reading, Writing, Listening or Speaking or want to brush up all for components of the test, our teachers can help you.

We also offer a special package if you want only your writing to be marked.

Our one to one classes start at £35 per hour but if you book more classes we offer the classes at only £30 per hour.

Our three hour morning group IELTS classes cost £16 per class for EU and Non Visa students.

Get in touch if Eurospeak Language School if you are looking for private IELTS preparation courses in Reading, Berkshire.

Address: Eurospeak, 29a Chain Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2HX
Tel: 0118 958 9599
Email: info@eurospeak.org.uk