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From tips on language learning, partnerships, news, and an insider view on how we produce our podcasts, this your 'resource centre' for improving your English in a more interesting way.
Members-only session: "To Keep or Abolish The British Monarchy"

Members-only session: "To Keep or Abolish The British Monarchy"

Leonardo English
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October 1, 2020
Discover what happened when we got together for our fifth members-only session to debate the future of The British Monarchy.
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The Ultimate Guide To Improving Your English Listening: A Step-by-Step Guide + 9 Listening Activities

The Ultimate Guide To Improving Your English Listening: A Step-by-Step Guide + 9 Listening Activities

Language learning
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September 18, 2020
Being able to understand English is the key to speaking it. So prioritise your listening skills. Here’s everything you need to know about learning to understand spoken English, and 9 activities you can start doing today.
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A Worldwide Language Learning Journey

A Worldwide Language Learning Journey

Language learning
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September 16, 2020
Larissa's language learning journey takes her from Brazil to the United States, then from Germany to Sweden. Discover the lessons she has learned about learning languages, and what it's like growing up as a half-Italian, half-Japanese girl in Brazil.
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How To Measure Your Progress When Learning English?

How To Measure Your Progress When Learning English?

Language learning
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September 15, 2020
Learning English happens slowly. Here are some 9 actionable strategies for tracking your progress to see how far you’ve come, and one thing you shouldn’t do.
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Online Courses vs. English Classes vs. Tutoring: What Kind of English Lessons Should I Take?

Online Courses vs. English Classes vs. Tutoring: What Kind of English Lessons Should I Take?

Language learning
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September 9, 2020
You don’t need English lessons to learn English… but if you’re getting them, make sure that they will suit your needs. Here’s what you should consider.
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When (And Why) To Take English Lessons

When (And Why) To Take English Lessons

Language learning
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September 3, 2020
You’d love to take English lessons with a professional teacher, but they can be expensive. Here’s when it’s worth it.
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How Bloom’s Two Sigma Problem Applies to Learning English--and Teaching It.

How Bloom’s Two Sigma Problem Applies to Learning English--and Teaching It.

Language learning
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September 3, 2020
Bloom found that one-on-one tutoring leads to significantly better learning than traditional teaching methods. Here’s what that means for learning English.
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Student Memberships Are Here

Student Memberships Are Here

Leonardo English
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September 1, 2020
Are you a current high school or university student? You can get 50% off your Leonardo English membership.
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Members-only session: Trying to Make Sense of Brexit

Members-only session: Trying to Make Sense of Brexit

Leonardo English
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September 1, 2020
Curious about what goes on at our members-only sessions? Here's a roundup of what happened at the last one.
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Why Leonardo English Isn’t For Everyone

Why Leonardo English Isn’t For Everyone

Leonardo English
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October 1, 2020
Wondering if Leonardo English is the right choice for you? It might not be. It’s not for everyone, and there might be something that suits you better.
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How To Improve Your Writing in English - George Orwell's Six Rules

How To Improve Your Writing in English - George Orwell's Six Rules

Language learning
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September 1, 2020
Learn six simple rules from one of the most famous writers in English that will help you improve your writing and communicate more effectively.
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The Best Free Tools To Improve Your Writing In English

The Best Free Tools To Improve Your Writing In English

Language learning
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September 3, 2020
Writing is hard, especially in English. These 8 fantastic free tools will help you improve your writing and unlock your inner Shakespeare.
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You’re Never Too Old To Learn English

You’re Never Too Old To Learn English

Language learning
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September 3, 2020
Many people think they have to be young in order to learn a new language. Well, they’re wrong. In fact, in some ways older learners are better learners. Here are the reasons why you can start learning English at any age.
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Superpowers of Effective English Learners

Superpowers of Effective English Learners

Language learning
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September 1, 2020
What do the most successful language learners have in common? Discover the common traits of top English learners and how you can develop them.
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Members-Only Session: What British People Say (And What They Really Mean)

Members-Only Session: What British People Say (And What They Really Mean)

Leonardo English
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September 3, 2020
On Wednesday 29th July, we had our third Members-only Q&A session, where we discussed what British people really mean when they say certain things. Here's an update from the session, and answers to some common questions about what goes on in these sessions.
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5 Ways to Remember English Vocabulary That Are Actually Effective

5 Ways to Remember English Vocabulary That Are Actually Effective

Language learning
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September 28, 2020
With hundreds of thousands of English words, how are you supposed to remember everything? Here are 5 ways that actually work.
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How To Improve Your English Pronunciation

How To Improve Your English Pronunciation

Language learning
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September 1, 2020
Pronunciation is key to being understood by native English speakers. Here’s some advice on how to practise it.
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Member Profile: Kristian, from The Netherlands

Member Profile: Kristian, from The Netherlands

Leonardo English
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September 17, 2020
Meet Kristian, a lifelong learner, and a proud member of Leonardo English. Learn about how he uses the podcasts, and see a recording of how he uses the subtitles and transcript to improve his speaking.
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What is Shadowing And Why Should You Use It To Improve Your English Speaking Skills?

What is Shadowing And Why Should You Use It To Improve Your English Speaking Skills?

Language learning
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September 6, 2020
Speaking English is hard, and it can be difficult to practice. Check out this groundbreaking method for improving your speaking. You can do it on your own with just 15 minutes a day.
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Why Teaching Just Might Be The Best Tool For Learning

Why Teaching Just Might Be The Best Tool For Learning

Language learning
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September 1, 2020
Here's our guide on how to apply some of the principles of teaching to help you improve your learning approach. Using the principles of teaching can take your retention from 5% to 90%. It's every smart language learner's secret weapon.
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How to Improve Your English Listening (When You Don't Have Anyone to Practise With)

How to Improve Your English Listening (When You Don't Have Anyone to Practise With)

Language learning
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September 22, 2020
You know that you need to practise your listening skills to become fluent in English… but what if you don’t have a native English-speaking friend to listen to? Here’s what you can do instead.
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How to Improve Your English Speaking (When You Don't Have Anyone to Practise With)

How to Improve Your English Speaking (When You Don't Have Anyone to Practise With)

Language learning
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September 4, 2020
Think you need a native English speaker to improve your speaking skills? You don’t. Here are a bunch of effective alternatives.
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Member Profile: Isabel, from Gran Canaria (Spain)

Member Profile: Isabel, from Gran Canaria (Spain)

Leonardo English
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September 1, 2020
Meet Isabel M. Rivero, from Gran Canaria. A published author and a proud new member of Leonardo English.
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Passive Language Learning is Bulls**t. Here’s Why.

Passive Language Learning is Bulls**t. Here’s Why.

Language learning
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September 3, 2020
Think you can just acquire a language by watching Netflix? Think again. Here’s why active listening, and not passive listening, is the key to getting fluent.
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You Don’t Have to Be Smart To Learn English

You Don’t Have to Be Smart To Learn English

Language learning
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September 1, 2020
Some people think you need talent or to be super intelligent to become fluent in English. Nope. Here’s what you need to be instead.
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12+ Simple and Inexpensive Ways to Learn English From Home

12+ Simple and Inexpensive Ways to Learn English From Home

Language learning
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September 3, 2020
The best thing about learning English is that you can do it from home, relaxing in your pyjamas. Check out these simple and inexpensive ways to do it.
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What I've Learned From 100,000 Downloads

What I've Learned From 100,000 Downloads

Leonardo English
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September 3, 2020
The English Learning for Curious Minds podcast just crossed 100,000 downloads. Here's what I've learned in 5.5 months.
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Member Profile: Coté, from Barcelona

Member Profile: Coté, from Barcelona

Leonardo English
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September 1, 2020
Meet Coté Granados, a proud new member of Leonardo English. Discover why she started learning English and read about her learning journey.
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The Ultimate Teacher’s Guide for How to Use Podcasts to Teach English

The Ultimate Teacher’s Guide for How to Use Podcasts to Teach English

Language learning
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September 4, 2020
Podcasts can be a great teaching tool. Here is how you can use podcasts to teach English both in class and as supplemental material.
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How Starting a Podcast in English Helped Me Improve My English

How Starting a Podcast in English Helped Me Improve My English

Language learning
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September 1, 2020
Discover the story of Daniel, an English learner from Switzerland who decided to start his own podcast in English as a way of improving his English.
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New ‘Listener’ Membership

New ‘Listener’ Membership

Leonardo English
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September 4, 2020
We’ve launched a listen-only version of Leonardo English membership, making membership more affordable than ever before. There has never been a better time to improve your English in a more interesting way.
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How To Create Your Own English Immersion Course

How To Create Your Own English Immersion Course

Language learning
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September 4, 2020
Want to get immersed in English without going to an English speaking country? We’ll give you the steps you need to create your own personal English immersion course.
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How To Use Mind Mapping To Become A More Effective English Learner

How To Use Mind Mapping To Become A More Effective English Learner

Language learning
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September 4, 2020
Mind mapping is a technique that can help you become a more effective English learner. Here’s how to use it to improve your vocabulary, grammar, and creative thinking.
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YouTube vs. Netflix vs. Podcasts: Which Is The Best Way To Learn English?

YouTube vs. Netflix vs. Podcasts: Which Is The Best Way To Learn English?

Language learning
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September 4, 2020
Is it better to learn English with YouTube, Netflix, or podcasts? Check out the pros and cons of each to help you decide what’s the best option for you.
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Listening To Podcasts Will Help You Speak English Better—And We’ve Got the Science Results To Prove it.

Listening To Podcasts Will Help You Speak English Better—And We’ve Got the Science Results To Prove it.

Language learning
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September 1, 2020
Did you know that listening to podcasts can improve your English speaking as well as your listening? We explain how.
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How Learning English Can Teach You More Than Just English

How Learning English Can Teach You More Than Just English

Language learning
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September 4, 2020
Learning English can lead you to discover profound ideas and develop essential skills. This article is about all those other things you learn when you learn English.
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9 Myths About Becoming Fluent in English

9 Myths About Becoming Fluent in English

Language learning
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September 1, 2020
There are lots of myths about becoming fluent in English. In this article, an English teacher tells you the truth about learning English.
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8 Reasons You Shouldn’t Learn English in a Classroom (Confessions from an English Teacher)

8 Reasons You Shouldn’t Learn English in a Classroom (Confessions from an English Teacher)

Language learning
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September 1, 2020
You don’t need to learn English in a classroom. It can actually be less effective than learning on your own. Here’s why.
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Why You Shouldn't Choose A Language App That Does Everything

Why You Shouldn't Choose A Language App That Does Everything

Language learning
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September 1, 2020
When learning English it's often tempting to choose a product that promises to do everything. Here's why that's a bad idea, and why we are staying focussed at Leonardo English.
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10 Weird English Words & Phrases You Should Start Using Today

10 Weird English Words & Phrases You Should Start Using Today

Language learning
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September 4, 2020
Life is too short for boring words. Here are 10 weird and interesting English phrases you should start using today.
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Annual Memberships Have Arrived - Become a Member From €8 a Month

Annual Memberships Have Arrived - Become a Member From €8 a Month

Leonardo English
3
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September 1, 2020
We've launched a new membership option, so you can now become a member of Leonardo English and get access to transcripts, key vocabulary, bonus episodes and more from €8 per month
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We're Number 1 on iVoox (the Spanish-speaking world's favourite podcast app)

We're Number 1 on iVoox (the Spanish-speaking world's favourite podcast app)

Leonardo English
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September 1, 2020
We just got to Number 1 podcast for 'learning English' in the Spanish-speaking world's top podcast app, iVoox
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New Feature: Animating Transcripts 🎥

New Feature: Animating Transcripts 🎥

Leonardo English
3
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September 1, 2020
We've just launched animating transcripts, meaning it's easier than ever to follow every word of the podcast and not miss a single word.
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The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Learning English

The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Learning English

Language learning
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September 1, 2020
Learning English can be hard, and it can be even harder if you don't go about it in the right way. Here are the top 10 mistakes people make when learning English, and how to avoid them.
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What Can You Learn From A Baby About How To Learn English?

What Can You Learn From A Baby About How To Learn English?

Language learning
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September 1, 2020
You might not believe it, but babies are excellent language students. Here's why.
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Active vs. Passive Language Learning

Active vs. Passive Language Learning

Language learning
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September 4, 2020
Ever wondered what the difference between passive and active language learning is?
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How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English

How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English

Language learning
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September 4, 2020
Podcasts can be the most amazing way to improve your English, if you use them in the smartest possible ways. This guide will teach you how to use podcasts like a boss, and teach you how to go from ‘passive’ to ‘active’ learner.
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Why You Should Use Podcasts To Learn English

Why You Should Use Podcasts To Learn English

Language learning
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September 4, 2020
Learning English through podcasts is the trusted choice of some of the most successful English language learners. Here’s why you should think seriously about using podcasts to help improve your English speaking, listening, reading and writing.
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How To Build Your Own Vocabulary App For Free (With Just A Google Account)

How To Build Your Own Vocabulary App For Free (With Just A Google Account)

Language learning
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September 1, 2020
Every self-respecting language learner should have a place where they keep vocabulary, expressions, useful phrases. Here’s our guide to how you can create your own app with zero knowledge of coding, and just a Google account.
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The Birth of Leonardo English

The Birth of Leonardo English

Leonardo English
4
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September 1, 2020
Leonardo English was born out of personal frustration. Learning English should be fascinating, but for most people it’s a chore. Read more about the story of how Leonardo English was born, and where it is going.
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Getting The Most Out Of Leonardo English

Getting The Most Out Of Leonardo English

Language learning
6
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September 4, 2020
Our 8 top tips for how to use Leonardo English to turbocharge your English language learning. Read about the tips and tricks that will teach you how to learn 'actively', and improve much faster than 'passive' listeners.
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