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British Summer Customs and Habits

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British Summer Customs

Things Brits love to do in summertime

Article by Link School of English in London

Britain may not have the best summer in the world but the British summer customs are very enjoyable, no matter he weather. As the spring showers subside and the temperatures climb it is now customary in the UK to enjoy being outdoors and make the most of the long bright evenings and pleasant temperatures. Here are three ideas to get the British summer off to a great start.

3 British Summer Customs and Traditions

The BBQ

Although popularised by our friends from Australia, the BBQ is now one of the UK’s favourite ways to socialise and eat during the summer months. For those lucky enough to have a garden, nothing beats firing up the BBQ at the weekend and inviting friends and family over for food and drinks. Regardless of whether you prefer meat, fish or vegetables, the BBQ gives everything that great smokey taste.
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Cambridge Exam Centres in London

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Cambridge Exam Centres in London

Open Cambridge Examination Centres to take English FCE and CAE Exams

If you have just completed your FCE exam preparation or CAE exam preparation course, you need to register for your exam. Here is a list of Cambridge exam centres in London where you can take the Cambridge First and Cambridge Advanced Exam in English.

1. The London Exam Centre (Platinum Centre)

Cambridge examination centre number: 14537

Address:
Tuition House
27-37 St George’s Road
Wimbledon
London, SW19 4EU
United Kingdom

Contact:
020 8971 9342
exams@wimbledon-school.ac.uk
www.londonexams.co.uk

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False Friends in English

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Common False Friends in English – for French Speakers

Attention French speakers – beware of false friends in the English Language

It’s easy to confuse similar words, especially when learning a new language. Here are some examples of ‘False Friends’ in English and French, but we have them in other languages too.

What is a False Friend in a foreign language?

There are many common English words which appear to be the same in French, but which have an entirely different meaning. Lots of French and English words are indeed the same, as they often have the same origin, but there are some words which look or sound identical and are in fact ‘False Friends’ or ‘False Cognates’ as they are known in linguistic circles. So be sensible and make a habit of checking if the words which you happily recycle into English, really convey the meaning that you expect.

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Winter and Christmas in London

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Christmas in London – 2016 Attractions

Find London Christmas attractions and things to do in autumn and winter

Article by Link School, an English language centre in London for adults

Winter and Christmas in London - things to do, snowflake and Christmas trees in the background

London in winter

1. Winter Wonderland

This year Winter Wonderland is celebrating its 10th anniversary. For six weeks, London’s Hyde Park will be transformed into Winter Wonderland. The attractions will include winter markets, circus shows and ice skating. There will be also stalls with winter treats, mulled wine and variety of food.
One of the best London attractions in winter!

18th November 2016 – 1st January 2017
The gates open at 5 p.m. on the opening night of 18th November. After that the opening times are 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. (except Christmas Day).

Free entry to the park, but the main attractions are paid.

See also: Link School Christmas Gathering

2. Christmas in Leicester Square

Celebrate the festive season in one of London’s most famous squares.
This year in Leicester Square you can enjoy a grotto – traditional Christmas market and a vintage velvet-draped Spiegeltent – a venue pitched in the middle of the square. You you can watch there Christmas shows such as the famous La Soirée circus and many other cabaret acts.
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How to Read in English more Quickly

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How to read in English Easily

Find out how to read in English quickly and about benefits of reading in English

Student reading in English at language school in London. Find out how to read in English more quickly.

Read in English easily

All of us read something every day, whether it’s for work or study, finding information for your everyday life or just reading for pleasure. At our English language school we very often hear from students that they would like to start reading books in English but they find it challenging. Here are some tips on how to get started with reading in English, make it easy and enjoyable. But let’s start from the benefits of reading in English, some of them you may find surprising.
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How to Use the Present Perfect

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All you need to know about the Present Perfect

Do you find the Present Perfect confusing? Still making mistakes? Read this article.

This article is for English language learners who want to understand the Present Perfect and improve their English grammar.

When to use the Present Perfect tense in English?

The Present Perfect is a tense linking the past and the present. We use it to talk about an action which happened in the past and we have the result of that action now, while talking about it.

Light bulb. Light bulb moment when you find out how use the Present Perfect English tense. All you need to know about Present Perfect. English Courses in London with Link School.

Learn about English Present Perfect Tense

The Present Perfect Tense is one of the most confusing English grammar subjects for many learners. That’s because in many other languages there is no equivalents of this tense. Here are a couple of tips how to use the Present Perfect:

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Top Museums in west London

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A list of top 9 museums in west London

Looking for attractions or museums in west London?

Here is our list of top Ealing and west London museums.
Article by Link School of English in west London

1. Gannersbury Park Museum

The Gannersbury Park Museum is located Regency style building which used to be a residence of the famous Rothschild banking family from 1835. Today the museum houses a superb display of social history which reflects colourful social life of the Rothschilds. The exhibition includes local archaeological finds, Rothschild coaches, costumes, as well as the original Victorian kitchens. The museum is surrounded by a large park with gardens, woods and lakes; sports facilities (tennis courts, football, mini golf and cricket pitches).
Some attractions are available only during the summer season.
Location: Popes Lane, Acton, London, W3
Admission: Free

2. London Museum of Water and Steam

London Museum of Water and Steam tells the story of London’s water supply and exhibits working steam pumping. The best time to visit are weekends as the Steam Hall rotative engines are only in steam most weekends, with the Cornish engines only running on selected weekends and Bank Holiday Mondays. During weekends visitors may also ride London’s only narrow gauge railway.
Location: Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, London, TW8 0EN
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British Sense of Humour

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British Sense of Humour Explained

Article by Link School of English in London

Do you get English jokes and sense of humour? Do you find British humour odd or not funny at all?

I recently saw British humour described as an oxymoron… I beg to differ; just because something doesn’t fit the norm, is different, unique, or has a culture of it’s own doesn’t mean it isn’t valid or isn’t funny. However, to an ‘out-sider’ I can see why some might think this.

Understanding British sense of humour and jokes in conversation with the English

British Humour

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How to Make Fewer Mistakes in Spoken English

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Looking for Ways to Improve Spoken English and Make Less Mistakes?

How to Make Fewer Mistakes in Spoken English

Here is some advice from one of Link School of English teachers, a simple 3-step exercise which you can do on your own to speak better English.

Learning advice to improve English speaking skills

How to make less mistakes in spoken English

Making mistakes is inevitable when you are learning English. Moreover, it should be encouraged. I know it sounds like a strange thing to say, but it is true. If we don’t make mistakes, it is impossible to learn! But the issue is, unless you have an English teacher or a fluent English speaking friend with you at all times, it is almost impossible to realise that you’re making mistakes in English.

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