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Pre-order “Demystifying Business English”

Pre-order “Demystifying Business English”

Language learning
5
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July 14, 2022
We’ve spent months working on a course English language schools will *hate*. It’s called “Demystifying Business English”. Here’s what’s in it, why you might like it, and how you can get early access to it.
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What Is Signposting in English and Why Does It Matter?

What Is Signposting in English and Why Does It Matter?

Language learning
5
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July 1, 2022
Signposting is a simple and easy-to-learn technique that can improve your listening, writing and even presentation skills. In fact, once you know this technique, you will see it everywhere! Let us explain it to you with this step-by-step guide.
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What is The Monitor Hypothesis and Why Does it Matter?

What is The Monitor Hypothesis and Why Does it Matter?

Language learning
6
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June 29, 2022
The Monitor Hypothesis is one of many ideas developed by Professor Stephen Krashen to help people learn a second language more effectively. What is this powerful idea about self-correction and how can it help you in your speaking?
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Intensive vs. Extensive Listening in English

Intensive vs. Extensive Listening in English

Language learning
6
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June 27, 2022
Many English learners use ineffective strategies in their independent listening practice. Avoid this problem with our guide to intensive and extensive listening. We will show you how and why it is important to practise both of these techniques.
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June Conversation Session: Films, Books & TV Series

June Conversation Session: Films, Books & TV Series

Leonardo English
3
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June 24, 2022
Curious about what happened at our June Conversation Session? It was a wonderful evening full of discussions about interesting films, books & TV series. Here's what happened.
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Linking Words in English: What Are They and Why Do They Matter?

Linking Words in English: What Are They and Why Do They Matter?

Language learning
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June 8, 2022
Without linking words, your writing will be harder for readers to understand. This article explains linking words and their importance, gives plenty of examples and provides extra guidance on the most confusing ones.
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The Best Exercises to Improve Your Pronunciation

The Best Exercises to Improve Your Pronunciation

Language learning
8
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June 7, 2022
This guide for English learners will help you identify your weak areas of pronunciation, understand what you need to improve and give practical tips on how to strengthen your vocal skills.
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The Best Podcasts To Improve English Pronunciation

The Best Podcasts To Improve English Pronunciation

Podcasts
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June 6, 2022
Used correctly, podcasts are a powerful tool to improve your English speaking. In this article we’ll share the best podcasts to improve your English pronunciation, and give you effective strategies to make the best of them.
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Our First Ever Murder Mystery Game

Our First Ever Murder Mystery Game

Leonardo English
4
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May 27, 2022
Learn about our first ever "Murder Mystery" game for members, and guess who the guilty party might have been...
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Translating Business English: A Guide to Corporate Jargon (for non-native Speakers)

Translating Business English: A Guide to Corporate Jargon (for non-native Speakers)

Language learning
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May 23, 2022
The business world is full of confusing phrases, acronyms and buzzwords. If you are entering an English-speaking workplace, don’t worry; we can help. We have prepared a handy guide to “translating” Business English.
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How To Better Understand Native English Speakers [Advice from an English teacher]

How To Better Understand Native English Speakers [Advice from an English teacher]

Language learning
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May 20, 2022
It can feel frustrating when you have been learning English for many years, but you still struggle to understand native speakers. Our guide to better understanding native speakers explains the problems you may face and gives practical strategies to help you.
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The Simple Guide to Word Order in English

The Simple Guide to Word Order in English

Language learning
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May 19, 2022
Word order in English seems at first to be straightforward. However, if you take a closer look with our guide, you can avoid many common mistakes made by upper-intermediate English learners. These are practical tips that you can use in both speaking and writing.
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New Feature || Search Podcasts by Tag

New Feature || Search Podcasts by Tag

Leonardo English
3
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May 18, 2022
We've just launched an even easier way of finding an interesting podcast episode to listen to. Here's how to use the "Search by Tag" functionality to find an interesting episode to listen to.
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How to Prepare for a Job Interview in English

How to Prepare for a Job Interview in English

Language learning
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May 2, 2022
Job interviews are already stressful, but what if your interview is in English, and you speak English as a second language? Don’t panic! We have some great tips to help you ace your English job interview, even if it’s online.
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8 Confusing English Grammar Rules and How to Deal With Them

8 Confusing English Grammar Rules and How to Deal With Them

Language learning
5
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April 30, 2022
English grammar is not only hard, but it’s also confusing and sometimes it doesn’t even make sense! From adjective order to whom and who, here are my top tips on how to deal with difficult grammar situations.
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Love Them Or Hate Them, You Need Phrasal Verbs

Love Them Or Hate Them, You Need Phrasal Verbs

Language learning
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April 28, 2022
Phrasal verbs are confusing, and there are so many of them. Sometimes, they don’t seem to make any sense. But can you ignore them? And, if not, what are some techniques to master them?
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Members-only “Show & Tell” Icebreaker Session

Members-only “Show & Tell” Icebreaker Session

Leonardo English
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April 21, 2022
We had a special edition of our Members-only Icebreaker session on Wednesday, bringing curious minds together with curious objects in a “show & tell” session. Here’s how it went, and some of the unusual objects that were "showed and told".
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How Can Specific Action Verbs and Strong Action Verbs Boost Your English?

How Can Specific Action Verbs and Strong Action Verbs Boost Your English?

Language learning
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April 21, 2022
If you want to express yourself powerfully in English, you need the right verb. We’ll show you where, when and why this is important and give you tips for learning new action verbs.
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Reflections on The 21 Days of Idioms Challenge

Reflections on The 21 Days of Idioms Challenge

Leonardo English
7
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April 20, 2022
Our inaugural 21 Days of Idioms Challenge is now over. Here’s how it went, everything we learned, and a full list of all of the idioms in the challenge.
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How to Use Minimal Pairs to Improve Your English Pronunciation

How to Use Minimal Pairs to Improve Your English Pronunciation

Language learning
5
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April 20, 2022
Minimal pairs are a simple tool to identify and correct pronunciation issues. Here is how you can practise them and use them as a tool to speak more naturally.
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The Definitive Guide to British Regional Accents

The Definitive Guide to British Regional Accents

Language learning
10
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March 17, 2022
People often talk about “the British accent”. The reality is that there are many British accents and they can sound very different indeed! We will guide you through the main types of British accents and explain what all this means for an English learner.
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The Teacher’s Guide to Improving Your English Vocabulary

The Teacher’s Guide to Improving Your English Vocabulary

Language learning
7
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March 17, 2022
A wide range of vocabulary is the very foundation of good English language skills. In this article you'll learn practical tips and simple strategies for improving your vocabulary from an experienced English teacher.
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Filler Words in English - What Are They and How Do You Use Them?

Filler Words in English - What Are They and How Do You Use Them?

Language learning
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March 16, 2022
Is your goal to speak fluently with no hesitation? Perhaps that shouldn’t be your goal at all. This article shows how filler words can actually help you to express yourself more clearly.
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⚡️ Announcing the 21 Days of Idioms Challenge

⚡️ Announcing the 21 Days of Idioms Challenge

Leonardo English
5
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March 14, 2022
Our next challenge will start on March 28th. Here's everything you need to know about it, and how you can take part.
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10 Ways to Speak More Naturally in English

10 Ways to Speak More Naturally in English

Language learning
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March 2, 2022
Every English learner wants to speak English more naturally. Here are our top ten tips to sounding more natural in English, and the practical methods you can start using today.
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Idioms in English: Do They Really Matter?

Idioms in English: Do They Really Matter?

Language learning
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February 28, 2022
Many English learners become obsessed with idioms and see them as a way to become a natural speaker of English. Let’s explore just how important idioms are… and the dangers of using them.
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10 Ways to Start a Sentence in English

10 Ways to Start a Sentence in English

Language learning
9
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February 24, 2022
Using sentence starters is an easy way to lift your English to the next level. We will give you ten categories of sentence starters that are simple to use, explain each one, and provide you with plenty of examples. You can use them straight away!
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Special Offer: 1€ Private English Lessons from British Council approved Tutors

Special Offer: 1€ Private English Lessons from British Council approved Tutors

Language learning
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February 2, 2022
We’ve teamed up with British Council EnglishScore to offer 1€ private lessons with British Council approved English tutors. Read on to see how you can get a private English lesson for less than the cost of a cup of coffee.
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Members-only January 2022 Icebreaker Sessions

Members-only January 2022 Icebreaker Sessions

Leonardo English
3
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January 28, 2022
This week some amazing curious minds came together for not one but two different Icebreaker meetings. Here's how they went, and a sneak peek into some of the "icebreaker" questions we answered...
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How to Make Learning English Grammar Great Again

How to Make Learning English Grammar Great Again

Language learning
10
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January 28, 2022
Do you avoid learning grammar? Do you feel that it’s boring and unhelpful? Read our guide for independent learners and let us change your mind. We’ll show you how to make grammar a “great” part of your English practice.
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A Guide to Business Writing in English: How to Write in a Professional and Modern Style

A Guide to Business Writing in English: How to Write in a Professional and Modern Style

Language learning
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January 26, 2022
Business English isn’t as complicated as you might think it is. Here are a the most important steps that you can take to make sure your business writing impresses your clients and co-workers.
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The Best Activities To Improve Your English With TED Talks

The Best Activities To Improve Your English With TED Talks

Language learning
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January 25, 2022
TED.com is an amazing resource for English learners. This guide shows you how to get the maximum benefit from the site by applying active listening techniques.
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The Most Common Mistakes in English For Spanish Speakers

The Most Common Mistakes in English For Spanish Speakers

Language learning
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January 23, 2022
Spanish is a beautiful language with many things in common with English. However, you just can’t speak English in the same way you speak Spanish! Use our guide to discover the common mistakes that Spanish speakers make in English and how to avoid them.
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IELTS vs. TOEFL vs CAE…Which English Certificate Is the Best for You?

IELTS vs. TOEFL vs CAE…Which English Certificate Is the Best for You?

Podcasts
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January 22, 2022
English learners have a lot of options when it comes to choosing an English certificate. Learn the differences and find out which one is best to achieve your goals in English.
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Does My Foreign Accent Really Matter? The Guide for English Learners

Does My Foreign Accent Really Matter? The Guide for English Learners

Language learning
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January 21, 2022
Are you afraid that your accent is holding you back from speaking better English? This article will help you understand the role of accent in pronunciation, and we’ll give you tips to speak more clearly.
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Member Profile: Isabella, from Germany [AUDIO]

Member Profile: Isabella, from Germany [AUDIO]

Members
10
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January 20, 2022
Meet (and listen to!) Isabella, a curious mind from Germany. Learn about how she has developed a wonderful English accent despite having spent very little time in an English-speaking country.
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Why Learning In Context Is The Most Important Way Of Improving Your Vocabulary

Why Learning In Context Is The Most Important Way Of Improving Your Vocabulary

Language learning
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January 20, 2022
Do you hate vocabulary lists? Do you feel that new words disappear from your memory soon after you learn them? It's time to learn about a much more effective way.
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The 10 Best English Listening Activities for Independent Learners

The 10 Best English Listening Activities for Independent Learners

Language learning
10
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January 19, 2022
Listening is a powerful way to increase your fluency in English, but you need good strategies to become an active and independent listener. Here are our favourite 10 activities that will help you improve faster and more effectively.
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What Is Active Listening and How Can It Help You Learn Faster? A Guide For English Learners

What Is Active Listening and How Can It Help You Learn Faster? A Guide For English Learners

Language learning
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January 18, 2022
There’s a lot more to improving your listening skills than just listening. This guide shows you how switching to active listening can help you learn faster and more effectively.
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Happy 2nd Birthday To English Learning for Curious Minds

Happy 2nd Birthday To English Learning for Curious Minds

Leonardo English
5
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December 5, 2021
It’s now 2 years since we released the first episode of English Learning for Curious Minds. Here’s everything that happened this year, and some fun statistics about who was listening.
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Member Profile: Aminah, from Thailand

Member Profile: Aminah, from Thailand

Members
3
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December 2, 2021
Meet Aminah, a curious mind from Thailand who moved to the UK last year. Learn about her English goals, and how she is planning to get her IELTS test to get her license to practise dentistry in the UK, all while taking care of her young baby.
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Improving Your Writing Will Help You Speak English Better - Here’s How.

Improving Your Writing Will Help You Speak English Better - Here’s How.

Language learning
9
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December 2, 2021
Writing is an incredibly powerful skill for English learners that will help you improve your vocabulary, stop making the same mistakes, and become a more confident and eloquent speaker of English. In this guide, English teacher Emile explains why, and how you can make the most of this technique.
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English Teachers: Here Is How Podcasts Can Help Your Students

English Teachers: Here Is How Podcasts Can Help Your Students

Language learning
5
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December 1, 2021
Used correctly, podcasts are a fun and effective way for your ESL students to improve listening skills. Your students will thank you for introducing them.
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How to Find The Perfect Private English Tutor

How to Find The Perfect Private English Tutor

Language learning
8
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December 1, 2021
There are hundreds of thousands of English teachers to choose from. Here are our top tips on how to find the perfect one for you.
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Black Friday Deals for English Learners [2021]

Black Friday Deals for English Learners [2021]

Language learning
5
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November 24, 2021
Looking for a bargain on your next English course? Here are some of the best deals for English learners this Black Friday, including italki, Preply, Mosalingua and Linguix.
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Speak Up! How to Improve Your Confidence in English

Speak Up! How to Improve Your Confidence in English

Language learning
7
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November 8, 2021
Do you feel embarrassed and shy when using English? It doesn’t need to be this way. Here’s how you can become a more confident speaker of English and take your English to the next level.
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How To Learn A New Word Every Day With Google (for free)

How To Learn A New Word Every Day With Google (for free)

Language learning
3
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November 5, 2021
Did you know that there was a way to use Google to learn a new word in English every day? Google launched this feature at the end of October, and it is available for free to anyone with an Android or iPhone device. Here's how it works (and why you should use it).
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Member profile: Nadia, from Russia

Member profile: Nadia, from Russia

Members
4
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November 2, 2021
Meet Nadia, a curious mind from Russia who is keen to improve her pronunciation in English. Learn about her English-learning routine, and how she uses podcasts to improve her speaking skills.
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italki vs. Preply vs. Cambly vs. Verbling: The Battle Of The English Tutoring Websites

italki vs. Preply vs. Cambly vs. Verbling: The Battle Of The English Tutoring Websites

Reviews
15
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October 30, 2021
What are the differences between the big four English tutoring platforms and how can you find out which is best for you? We asked English teacher Emile to review each website and report back with the good, the bad and the ugly.
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Finding an English Teacher Online with Cambly: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Finding an English Teacher Online with Cambly: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Reviews
14
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October 21, 2021
Cambly is one of the biggest tutoring websites, offering English lessons online since 2012. How it is different to all the other English-tutoring websites, and what are some smart ways to use Cambly to learn English?
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Finding an English Teacher Online with Verbling: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Finding an English Teacher Online with Verbling: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Reviews
15
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October 20, 2021
Verbling is one of the most popular tutoring websites, offering thousands of tutors for English and other languages. Can you use Verbling to learn English quickly and easily?
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Finding an English Teacher Online with Preply: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Finding an English Teacher Online with Preply: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Reviews
15
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October 14, 2021
Preply claims to offer over 25,000 English tutors and private classes for as low as $2 an hour. How does it work, and is it actually any good? Read on for our detailed review of Preply.
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Finding an English Teacher Online with italki: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Finding an English Teacher Online with italki: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Language learning
15
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October 13, 2021
italki is one of the biggest websites for English teachers, with almost 8,000 teachers to choose from. How does it work, and is it actually any good? Read on for our detailed review of italki.
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What Are Graded Readers and How Can They Help You Learn English?

What Are Graded Readers and How Can They Help You Learn English?

Language learning
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October 11, 2021
If novels and news articles are too difficult to read, graded readers are a fantastic choice. You can enjoy a story and improve your English at the same time.
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The Travel Adapter: A Review

The Travel Adapter: A Review

Language learning
4
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October 7, 2021
Matt Halsdorff and Christian Saunders recently teamed up to work on an amazing project about how native English speakers can adapt their language. Here’s what’s in it, and why it matters.
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What Is Business English and Does It Really Matter?

What Is Business English and Does It Really Matter?

Language learning
7
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October 5, 2021
Tens of millions of people every year take Business English classes in the hope of getting a better job. But what actually is Business English, do you actually need it, and does it really matter?
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What Is Global English and Does It Really Matter?

What Is Global English and Does It Really Matter?

Language learning
5
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October 1, 2021
There are 3 non-native speakers of English to every native English speaker. If you are learning English, what does this mean for you?
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English Language Schools: Are They The Best Way To Improve Your English?

English Language Schools: Are They The Best Way To Improve Your English?

Language learning
5
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September 13, 2021
Millions of learners enrol at English schools every year. Are they wasting their money, and what are the alternatives?
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Announcing The Leonardo English Academy 🎓

Announcing The Leonardo English Academy 🎓

Leonardo English
10
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August 19, 2021
The doors of The Leonardo English Academy will open on September 27th 2021. Here's everything you need to know about it.
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Member Profile: Jenneke, from The Netherlands

Member Profile: Jenneke, from The Netherlands

Leonardo English
5
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July 12, 2021
Meet Jenneke, a curious mind from The Netherlands. Discover how she started speaking "International" English, and why she decided to focus on activating her "passive" vocabulary.
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June Vocabulary Builder Challenge: A Review

June Vocabulary Builder Challenge: A Review

Leonardo English
6
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July 6, 2021
We just finished our first “Vocabulary Builder” challenge. Here’s how it went, all the words we covered, and everything we learned.
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Can Translation Help Me Study English?

Can Translation Help Me Study English?

Language learning
8
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July 1, 2021
Can classic language learning methods help me improve my English? Here is how using an old-school method in a new way can help you improve your English.
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A Not-So-Secret Secret To Improve Your Speaking: Record Yourself in English Every Day

A Not-So-Secret Secret To Improve Your Speaking: Record Yourself in English Every Day

Language learning
7
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June 29, 2021
Recording yourself speaking English is a powerful way to improve your fluency and see your progress over time. Here’s how to do it effectively.
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What Is Chunking in English and Why Does it Matter?

What Is Chunking in English and Why Does it Matter?

Language learning
5
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June 22, 2021
“Chunking” originated in psychology and it changed how we think about memory. Here’s how you can apply it to learn English more effectively.
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Member Profile: Cassie, from China

Member Profile: Cassie, from China

Members
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June 18, 2021
Meet Cassie, a Master's student in Translation and Interpreting with plans to become an interpreter. Discover why she decided English Learning for Curious Minds was the perfect tool to help her with real-time interpreting, and how she learned to have a fluent conversation in six months.
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Am I Saying It Right? 9 Ways To Recognise Your Mistakes As An Independent English Learner

Am I Saying It Right? 9 Ways To Recognise Your Mistakes As An Independent English Learner

Language learning
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June 17, 2021
Saying the wrong word can be really embarrassing, but it’s part of the process. Use these tips and tricks to notice your mistakes and make them less often.
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Member Profile: Laura, from Spain

Member Profile: Laura, from Spain

Leonardo English
10
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June 14, 2021
Meet Laura, "The Hungry Learner", and learn about her recipe for successful language learning. She has also been kind enough to provide a 7 day planner for how to maximise your use of podcasts to learn English, and how to build your own daily habit.
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Talking To Yourself: Is It An Effective Way To Improve Your English Speaking?

Talking To Yourself: Is It An Effective Way To Improve Your English Speaking?

Language learning
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June 8, 2021
Can talking to yourself help you learn English? See what the research says and the most effective ways to do it
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How To Choose An English Teacher: 10 Tips From An English Teacher

How To Choose An English Teacher: 10 Tips From An English Teacher

Language learning
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June 2, 2021
Here’s an English teacher’s best advice for finding truly effective English teachers to supplement your other English activities.
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Shakespeare’s English: How The Playwright Influenced The English Language

Shakespeare’s English: How The Playwright Influenced The English Language

Language learning
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May 28, 2021
How many words did Shakespeare add to the English language? And how do we know if he actually invented them himself?
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How Much Does It Cost To Learn English? Can You Learn English Free?

How Much Does It Cost To Learn English? Can You Learn English Free?

Language learning
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May 26, 2021
Learning English can be very expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. And, sometimes, even free resources are costly in another way: on your time.
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Announcing The June Vocabulary Builder Challenge

Announcing The June Vocabulary Builder Challenge

Leonardo English
8
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May 18, 2021
A 30-day challenge with community accountability to boost your confidence, vocabulary, and writing skills in English.
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Reflections On The April 30 For 30 Challenge

Reflections On The April 30 For 30 Challenge

Leonardo English
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May 14, 2021
Our first 30 for 30 Challenge saw curious minds from 13 different countries commit to using English for 30 minutes every day for 30 days. Here’s how it went, what they learned, and why this format is so powerful for independent learners.
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Should I Use Songs And Music To Learn English?

Should I Use Songs And Music To Learn English?

Language learning
8
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May 11, 2021
Will listening to Adele or Beyonce really teach me English? Here’s everything you need to know about learning English from music.
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We Have A New Cover For The English Learning For Curious Minds Podcast

We Have A New Cover For The English Learning For Curious Minds Podcast

Leonardo English
2
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May 5, 2021
Meet the new cover art for English Learning for Curious Minds, designed by the amazing Katie Mulligan from New York City.
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Connected Speech In English: What It Is And How To Learn It

Connected Speech In English: What It Is And How To Learn It

Language learning
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May 5, 2021
Speaking English is hard because we often don’t say words like we should. Here’s how to understand connected speech and how to speak naturally yourself.
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Member Profile: Dawid, from Poland

Member Profile: Dawid, from Poland

Members
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April 27, 2021
Meet Dawid, a software developer from Poland, and a new member of Leonardo English. Learn about his view on the Polish education system, and why he is such a big fan of Shadowing.
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Bonus Episodes Now Available On Your Favourite Podcast App

Bonus Episodes Now Available On Your Favourite Podcast App

Leonardo English
5
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April 21, 2021
You can now listen to all of our bonus, member-only episodes on your favourite podcast app as well as on the website. Listen and learn wherever you want.
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This Is Why You Understand English Better Than You Can Speak It—and What You Can Do About It

This Is Why You Understand English Better Than You Can Speak It—and What You Can Do About It

Language learning
10
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April 16, 2021
It’s normal to understand English better than you can speak it, but it’s still frustrating. Here’s why that happens and how you can fix it.
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American vs. British vs. Australian English—Which Should I Choose (And Does It Even Matter)?

American vs. British vs. Australian English—Which Should I Choose (And Does It Even Matter)?

Language learning
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April 12, 2021
Yes, English accents and dialects can be confusing. Sorry. Here’s how to navigate American vs. British vs. Australian English and decide which one you should learn.
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50, 10,000, 100,000 - Three Big Milestones

50, 10,000, 100,000 - Three Big Milestones

Leonardo English
3
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April 6, 2021
Last week, Leonardo English passed three exciting milestones. Here’s what they were and what they mean for our mission of building a more interesting way of improving your English.
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Members-only March Icebreaker Sessions

Members-only March Icebreaker Sessions

Leonardo English
3
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March 30, 2021
After a successful 'test run' in February, we had our second set of Icebreaker sessions. They were a great success, and it's fantastic to see so many curious minds coming together to practise their English.
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6 Lies Your English Teacher Told You

6 Lies Your English Teacher Told You

Language learning
6
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March 25, 2021
Don’t be held back by the lies your English teacher might have told you. Here is the truth behind 6 lies you might have been told in English class.
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The Future of Learning English

The Future of Learning English

Language learning
6
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March 22, 2021
The way we learn languages is shifting, and it looks promising. Here’s what could change… and what probably won’t.
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Member Profile: Steven, from China

Member Profile: Steven, from China

Members
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March 19, 2021
Meet Steven, a Chinese native and a recent member of Leonardo English. Discover why pronunciation is particularly difficult for Chinese speakers, and why he doesn't believe in traditional English learning methods.
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Choosing Wisely From the English Learning Buffet

Choosing Wisely From the English Learning Buffet

Language learning
6
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March 12, 2021
You have unlimited options for English learning resources, but that can make it harder to find what works. Here’s how to find the gems and not get overwhelmed with choice.
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The Introvert’s Guide to Learning English

The Introvert’s Guide to Learning English

Language learning
7
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March 8, 2021
To learn English you have to use it… but what if you’re shy? Don’t worry: introverts can master English, too—here’s how.
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Member Profile: Olga, from Latvia

Member Profile: Olga, from Latvia

Members
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March 2, 2021
Meet Olga, a curious minds originally from Latvia, but now living in St Petersburg, Russia. Discover her English learning journey, and why she decided to become a member of Leonardo English.
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Our First Members-only "Icebreaker" Session

Our First Members-only "Icebreaker" Session

Leonardo English
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February 25, 2021
What happens when you put curious minds from 10 different countries together for an "Icebreaker" session? A lot of fun, it turns out.
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Member Profile: Sidi, from Mauritania

Member Profile: Sidi, from Mauritania

Members
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February 23, 2021
Meet Sidi, a new addition to the Leonardo English family. Discover how his English journey started, how it has changed over time, and how he overcame various difficulties to become a successful independent English learner.
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We're Now Part of Stripe Climate

We're Now Part of Stripe Climate

Leonardo English
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February 12, 2021
Now, 1% of all Leonardo English memberships go towards carbon removal projects. It's a small step, but an important one.
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How To Learn English On Your Own | Guide for Independent Learners

How To Learn English On Your Own | Guide for Independent Learners

Language learning
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February 9, 2021
You don’t need to take classes to master English, but there are challenges to learning English independently. Here are some strategies to overcome them and learn English successfully on your own.
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When (And Why) To Use Subtitles for Learning English

When (And Why) To Use Subtitles for Learning English

Language learning
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February 5, 2021
Does using subtitles when you watch a movie in English help you learn more effectively? Or is it cheating? It depends. Here’s when you should use subtitles to help your learning, and when you shouldn’t.
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Input vs. Output—What Is the Right Mix for English Learners?

Input vs. Output—What Is the Right Mix for English Learners?

Language learning
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February 2, 2021
Can you learn English entirely by reading? Or just by chatting with native speakers? Neither—you need a mix of input and output activities. Here’s why.
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Lessons From Sun Tzu’s "The Art of War" For English Learners

Lessons From Sun Tzu’s "The Art of War" For English Learners

Language learning
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January 28, 2021
It’s a 2,500-year-old book about military strategy written by a Chinese general. Is there anything that English learners can take from it?
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“Pay attention!”—Why It Will Help You Learn English Faster

“Pay attention!”—Why It Will Help You Learn English Faster

Language learning
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January 26, 2021
Paying attention might sound simple, but few English learners do it properly. Here’s why it matters, and how you can teach yourself to pay more attention and be a better English learner.
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Members-only Session: “Strategies for Independent English Learners”

Members-only Session: “Strategies for Independent English Learners”

Leonardo English
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January 21, 2021
In our first members-only session of the year, curious minds from 9 different countries gathered to share strategies on how to learn English independently. There were some brilliant ideas, and it was a great chance to discuss tactics and help each other.
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You’ve Made It To the Intermediate Plateau in English… Now What?

You’ve Made It To the Intermediate Plateau in English… Now What?

Language learning
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January 19, 2021
Learning English goes quickly at the beginning, and then all of a sudden it can feel like you’re not making any progress. Here’s how to continue to make progress when you’re stuck on the intermediate plateau.
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Member Profile: Francisco, from Spain [VIDEO]

Member Profile: Francisco, from Spain [VIDEO]

Members
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January 15, 2021
Meet Francisco, a member of English and a curious mind with a fantastic sense of humour. Join him in his home in the south-east of Spain, and learn about his English learning journey.
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