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The Business English Blog

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An interesting blog that helps you with your Business Writing Skills. Each post gives the learner exercises to practise the grammar or vocabulary point raised in the post.

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Learning a language – 10 things you need to know

Learning a language – 10 things you need to know | Learning English is a Journey | Scoop.it
Thinking about learning a foreign language? From ignoring your age to avoiding the F-word, our multilingual experts share their tips
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12 British Legal Terms Explained

12 British Legal Terms Explained | Learning English is a Journey | Scoop.it
Although English courtroom dramas keep American fans riveted, some legal terms can be a bit of a muddle, leaving statesiders confused.
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For those of you who are interested in the British Legal System (excluding Scotland and Northern Ireland that have a different legal system), or like following British legal dramas, these terms could come in useful.

 

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How to Express and Accept an Apology in the English Language

How to Express and Accept an Apology in the English Language | Learning English is a Journey | Scoop.it
Learn different ways to express and accept an apology in English.
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A must if you're planning on spending any amount of time in the UK!

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How to Stop Worrying About your Language Talent [Infographic]

How to Stop Worrying About your Language Talent [Infographic] | Learning English is a Journey | Scoop.it
Today it occurred to me that we have not had an infographic on Fluent for a
while, and I fancy sharing another good one with you. I do collect cool
infographics related to language learning on my Pinterest boards, but every
now and then it's cool to do a deep dive.

Before I jump into the points I'll be making, I just want to point out that
my views on aptitude, attitude and training are not accepted by all.
Linguists do often maintain that some natural aptitude for language
learning exists. In fact, the military has apparently even started testing
for it. I am personally not in the camp of people who want to promote a
message of "There is a chance you have no talent for this project" simply
because becoming the best ever language learner is not the point. If you do
want to be an army quality translator in 6 months or become a finished
product in a minimal amount of time, it might be that you aren't cut out
for it. Let me tell you a story: I am not cut out for fitness. I grew up
overweight, heck, I am not exactly slim now. But I can swim a mile, run 10k
and do an hour of tough exercise these days. And I love it. My aptitude
does not matter when it comes to enriching my life.

So cut out the target of perfection, and think about whether your practice
is meaningful and right for you. Language learning aptitude may account for
how quickly you pick up a language, perhaps even whether your speaking
voice ends up beautiful and accent-free ten years into the future, but it
will not account for not even trying.

There Is No Such Thing As A Polyglot Gene

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Today's chosen infographic is this illustration of Malcolm Gladwell's
10,000 hour rule. When I first read his book Outliers, this principle was
absolutely fascinating to me. I had never even questioned the idea that
some people are just naturally born for being great at what they do. We are
often confronted with terms that reinforce this whole idea even more, for
example "child prodigy".

But Gladwell came out with some data (in the realm of pop science, of
course) investigating high achievers from a different angle, and found that
practice is mightier than talent in most cases.

How Can You Overcome The "No Talent" Fallacy

One of the most common misconceptions about language learning that I
encounter is this persistent idea that learning another language is a skill
that is open to an exclusive group of people. The English blame their whole
nation for being "rubbish at language learning." The active language
learners on the internet look up to "polyglots" who are awarded rock star
status. The real language learning masters though are invisible and just
get on with it. Click to Tweet This

If you want to make real progress and become one of those people that other
people consider talented, the secret is to practice. Gladwell says that
there is even a number of hours you can put on that practice: It is 10,000.
The hours add up with every second we spend deliberately practicing - and
that means focus, repetition and engagement.

Watching Youtube is Not Practice

According to this infographic, you can see that watching an expert perform
the task you want to master is not something that really helps you improve.
Neither is mindless repetition. Just like you can see in educational
settings, it's pointless to demonstrate.

Here are some interesting questions to get you thinking:

* Will 100 hours of Duolingo give you real progress or make you feel
frustrated enough to believe that you "have no talent"?
* Is accountability the most important aspect of 10,000 hours of
practice?
* How many hours can we get into 6 months?
* How many language learners are aware that practice in the second
foreign language will require so much less work than practice in the
first foreign language?

I would love to hear what you think. No matter what it is, here is the
bottom line: You are NOT missing a talent for language learning. You are
NOT making progress more slowly than others. Even The Beatles were not born
as great musicians. Neither was Mozart.

Get back to basics. Practice deliberately, embrace the learner status and
remember what you came to language learning for.

The Importance of Learning Skills

In my experience I have seen students succeed the most when their systems
and learning styles were set up very well. Students in full-time education
are in a learning habit, they take better notes and revise by habit which
gives them an advantage. In fact, this was part of the reasoning behind how
I wrote The Vocab Cookbook: It's designed to help language learners
understand a good vocabulary learning process and apply it easily. The idea
is to form habits that are easy for you, not creating extra burdens. Does
it work for you?

Thanks for reading this article on Fluent, the Language Learning Blog. If
you are feeling stuck right now, why not subscribe to Fluent and check out
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Exploring English: language and culture — British Council — FutureLearn

Exploring English: language and culture — British Council — FutureLearn | Learning English is a Journey | Scoop.it
This course for learners of English looks at British culture and examines English in use to help you improve your language skills.
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New Course for English Language learners starting in September delivered by the British Council.

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Explore English :)

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188. World Cup 2014 (Part 2: England & The Dark Side of the World Cup)

188. World Cup 2014 (Part 2: England & The Dark Side of the World Cup) | Learning English is a Journey | Scoop.it
In this second World Cup episode we focus on England, and then the dark side of The World Cup including the allegations of corruption and the civil unrest in Brazil. Right-click here to download th...
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And here's Part 2

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RealLife English – Learn English with Funny Comics: Double Negatives

RealLife English – Learn English with Funny Comics: Double Negatives | Learning English is a Journey | Scoop.it
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10 Words to Cut From Your Writing

10 Words to Cut From Your Writing | Learning English is a Journey | Scoop.it
Want to improve your printed and online content? Chop these words -- mercilessly.
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Some useful tips here.

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The Travelling Teachers: Food and recipes - some activities to improve English using digital tools

The Travelling Teachers: Food and recipes - some activities to improve English using digital tools | Learning English is a Journey | Scoop.it
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Advice vs. Advise - What Is the Difference? (with
Illustrations and Examples)

Advice vs. Advise - What Is the Difference? (with<br/>Illustrations and Examples) | Learning English is a Journey | Scoop.it
Advice and advise are two commonly confused words in English. Learn the differences and when to use each one. These two words have a very similar spelling, but they are pronounced differently. Advice is pronounced with an
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How long does it take? Learn English with Simple English Videos - YouTube

To see a video on 'How long does it last?' follow this link:http://youtu.be/VMQFXrf6XqI To see a video on the difference between the verbs 'take' and 'last',...
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How long does it take? We use this expression to refer to time and journeys.

This video shows you how to use it. 

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High or Tall? Learn English with Simple English Videos - YouTube

You can see this video with a clickable transcript at our video website: http://www.simpleEnglishvideos.com/vocabulary Follow me on twitter @VickiVideos so y...
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Tall or high - which one to use and when? This video by the wonderful Vicki Hollett gives you a simple but clear explanation.

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Am I too old to learn a new language?

Am I too old to learn a new language? | Learning English is a Journey | Scoop.it
The brain's neuroplasticity decreases with age, but this shouldn't put off older learners – they do have some advantages
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It's not too late, folks. Let's do this!

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5 Verb Mistakes You Should Stop Making Today

5 Verb Mistakes You Should Stop Making Today | Learning English is a Journey | Scoop.it
Grammarly blog
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A useful reminder.

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Verb Mistakes which should not be done..!!

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Learn to use the conjunctions DESPITE, IN SPITE OF and ALTHOUGH

Learn to use the conjunctions DESPITE, IN SPITE OF and ALTHOUGH | Learning English is a Journey | Scoop.it
In this post I would like to teach you how to use the words DESPITE, IN SPITE OF, ALTHOUGH, EVEN THOUGH, BECAUSE OF and BECAUSE correctly. I will explain the meaning of the words and the grammar. To h...
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187. World Cup 2014 (Part 1)

187. World Cup 2014 (Part 1) | Learning English is a Journey | Scoop.it
Lots of people want me to talk about the World Cup, so here we go! This is the first in a series of episodes about World Cup 2014. We start with a general look at the tournament, the groups and the...
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Luke's World Cup Series. 

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World Cup English: Who Do You Think Will Win the World Cup?

World Cup English: Who Do You Think Will Win the World Cup? | Learning English is a Journey | Scoop.it
Do you know how to make predictions for the future in English? This post shows you how to can, and also asks for your opinion on who will win the World Cup.
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Jack's second post in his World Cup series.

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Experience English: Best Practices: Ensuring Comprehension During Conference Calls

Experience English: Best Practices: Ensuring Comprehension During Conference Calls | Learning English is a Journey | Scoop.it
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Some excellent tips here from Terry Kaufman.

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RealLife English – The RealLife English Podcast #51 – Slang Expressions (with transcript and pronunciation lesson)

RealLife English – The RealLife English Podcast #51 – Slang Expressions (with transcript and pronunciation lesson) | Learning English is a Journey | Scoop.it
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10 Words You Need to Stop Misspelling - The Oatmeal

10 Words You Need to Stop Misspelling - The Oatmeal | Learning English is a Journey | Scoop.it
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You've been warned by The Oatmeal!!

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