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Essential Tips to Improve Your English Pronunciation!

Mastering English pronunciation can be challenging. Here are some key tips to enhance your skills: 1. Focus on problematic sounds: Pay special attention to sounds that don’t exist in Spanish. These include: – The /h/ sound: Practice with words like «home,» «happy,» and «hello.» Sentence: «The happy hedgehog hopped home.» – The /v/ sound: Often […]

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10 English Phrases You Need to Know for Travelling

Planning a trip to an English-speaking country? Here are 10 essential phrases to help you navigate your journey with confidence: 1. «Excuse me, where is…?» (Disculpe, ¿dónde está…?) Use this to ask for directions. For example: «Excuse me, where is the nearest underground station?» 2. «Do you have any recommendations?» (¿Tiene alguna recomendación?) Perfect for

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Common Mistakes Spanish Speakers Make When Learning English

Learning English can be tricky for Spanish speakers. Here are some common mistakes to watch out for: 1. False friends: Beware of words that sound similar but have different meanings. For example: – «Actualmente» doesn’t mean «actually», but «currently» – «Embarazada» doesn’t mean «embarrassed», but «pregnant» 2. Silent ‘h’: In Spanish, ‘h’ is always silent.

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To add fuel to the fire: Echar leña al fuego

To “add fuel to the fire” is an English expression conveying the act of worsening a situation, usually by making conflict or disagreement more intense. It’s like pouring metaphorical fuel on an already burning fire, exacerbating tensions. Example: Consider a heated argument between friends. Instead of trying to calm the situation, someone making provocative remarks

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Bah Humbug

One of the most famous English novels was published in 1834. Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol tells the story of a rich man called Ebenezer Scrooge who treats his workers poorly and does not believe in Christian charity. It was written at a time when a lot of the Christmas traditions we celebrate in England

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Over-the-top

This idiom dates back to the First World War 1914-18. The war reached a ‘stalemate’ very early on, with both sides realising they could not keep on advancing. The only way to hold on to the land that had been captured was to dig trenches. The trenches were hundreds and miles long, and deep enough

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Fun and funny

“Fun” is different from “funny”. “Fun” is something that is enjoyable in the sense of an activity (es divertido en el sentido de entretenido). “Funny” is what you may say about a joke or the behaviour of Mr. Bean (a diferencia a “funny” que es divertido en el sentido de gracioso). Some examples: Shark fishing

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