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How to use -ware and -wear in English

By Emily Stallard, Owner and Trainer at Orchid English   Do you know to use the word endings “ware” and “wear”? Had you ever considered…

How to use “Good” and “Nice”

When you think of the words “good” and “nice”, what springs to mind for each? Do you see them as different? The words “good” and “nice” can be t…

5 Great Sites for Business English

Do you use the internet to learn English as well as having classes? It can be fun and educational to listen to different accents and learn from different teachers by stud…

The Same Sounds: How to Learn Pronunciation from Strange Spellings

By Emily Stallard This week I thought it would be useful to present some words that are commonly mispronounced by learners of English as a second language because of str…

How to Use Business Idioms for Time

Have you ever had a moment of confusion in the morning? Where the time on your phone doesn’t match the time on your watch or clock? Then you realise the clocks have g…

How to Use Adjectives in the Right Order

By Emily Stallard   Did you know there is a particular order for adjectives in English? Using adjectives in the right order can be tricky. It sounds rather unnatur…

How to Get Good Service in London

By Emily Stallard   This is more of a cultural post because I have heard many of our students, especially from outside Europe, complain about London service in bar…

Business Phrasal Verbs and Compounds with “Down”

By Emily Stallard   What phrasal verbs with “down” do you know already? Phrasal verbs can really make your English sound natural and native-like.…

The Trap of “Useful Phrases” for Business English

By Emily Stallard We English teachers are often asked to provide useful phrases for business English on some topic or other; negotiating, meetings, presentations a…

Are You Lovin’ it? How to Use the Present Continuous

  By Emily Stallard   Something that learners of English often have difficulty with is when to use the present continuous, also called the present progress…

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