Category: Study tips

Using “The” When You’re a Member of an Institution

Is your English teacher always telling you to add or remove “the”? “The” is also called “the definite article” in English. He…

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…

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 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…

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…

Why Never to Say “I Don’t Speak English”

By Emily Stallard , Owner and Trainer at Orchid English We have all had experiences when someone says something to us in a language we are learning and we don’t understan…

Capitalisation Rules in Business English – Advanced

Hello again! We hope you have read the intermediate rules first from the blog post last week. If not, we recommend going back and reading that first. Here are some more ad…

Capitalisation Rules in Business English – Intermediate

Capitalisation (or capitalization, for those using American spelling) can take a bit of getting used to. Across different languages that use the Roman alphabet ther…

Coping with Plateaus in Language Learning

By Honami Matsutani, Guest Blogger Some years ago, one of my British friends (a Welsh man to be precise) had been living in Japan for many years and was going through a bad…

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