We wrote before about about English jokes in our short article ‘British Humour‘. We have been writing lately about English exams preparation and other topics related to English language learning. That’s why we thought it’s time to take a more light-hearted approach to our blog again. So, what do we find funny?
Mr Bean… Monty Python… Charlie Chaplin… Shakespeare… British humour is well known across the world, but what are the most common types of English jokes? And why are they funny? Let’s have a look at 3 popular types of English jokes.
1) ‘Knock-knock’ jokes
A – Knock knock B – Who’s there? A – Claire B – Claire who? A – Claire the way, I’m coming through.
Knock-knock jokes take place at a front door. It always begins ‘Knock knock’ with the reply ‘Who’s there?’ The next part uses a pun. A pun is a joke using a word that sounds like another word or it may be a word with different meanings.
‘Claire’ sounds like ‘clear’, so in the joke above it sounds like ‘clear the way, I’m coming through’. Here is another example:
A – Knock knock B – Who’s there? A – Harry B – Harry who? A – Harry up, it’s cold out here. (Harry up sounds like ‘hurry up’) Read more
How to improve academic English skills for university study
3 tips on improving English for university
Going to university will likely be the most challenging test of your academic English skills. You will probably need to pass an English language exam such as Academic IELTS or another English exam. However, even after obtaining the required certificate you may still want to build up your English speaking confidence and continue improving your English. Whether you have started or are soon to start your degree, the following tips will help you make the most of your time at university.
How to improve academic English skills
Try to meet English speakers who are doing your degree. If you are passionate about your subject, this could be one of the most effective ways of honing your academic English skills. It has the potential to be a crash course in subject-specific vocabulary as well as a way of improving your speaking and listening skills. If you want to make friends in the UK, you may be more motivated to learn this way than with self-study. Read more
Here are three easy ways to learn English and make your English language learning pleasant and effortless
Unless you aspire to be the world’s best polyglot and do the activity merely for the enjoyment of it, English language learning can sometimes be a daunting task. Most English learners will attend group or private English classes, some may self-study. No matter the way of study, all of them will want to practise English speaking in a real life context. If you would like to find out how to do this, keep on reading.
1. Learning English with Love
The reasons for learning English are varied. Many movies have added storylines centred on this and language learning. If you are a fan of seventies comedy and language learning then it is quite possible you’ve encountered Mind your Language. A show, which helped bring credibility to language learning. Read more
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.
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.
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. Read more
Find out how to read in English quickly and about benefits of reading in English
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. Read more
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.
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:
Perhaps you are an English learner trying to understand 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.
Are you confused by many different names used to describe English levels?
One of the most common questions asked by our students or people enquiring about our English courses is related to English levels. That’s we we prepared a comparison of levels.
There are different terminologies used to describe levels of English language fluency. Very often different language exam centres or language schools use the same names to describe different English levels or the other way round – various names are being used to describe the same level of language skills. So it may be easy to get confused about your actual language skills, to decide what English exam to approach or what English language course to choose to reach the desired English level. Here is a table with English levels compared, we hope you find it helpful!
Do you ever what abbreviations and icons in text messages mean?
Do you find text messaging in English challenging? Here is a short introduction to English abbreviations in texting by Link School of English. We hope you find it useful.
Abbreviations in Texting in English
Everyone sends text messages these days. It’s cheaper, quicker and more focused than making a phone call. Everyone wants to save time and many of us try to use texting abbreviations. But it can be a nightmare to figure out what some people are trying to say, with their bad spelling and home-made messaging abbreviations. Luckily, some of the more intuitive or ingenious abbreviations became viral and spread to most corners of the English speaking world. It’s also interesting how SMS language is changing. Read more
Yes. To book your English course online, request a placement test and we will send it to you by e-mail. Registration form can be also sent by e-mail.
Will I get a certificate?
Yes, on your request. It is a good idea to collect certificates showing your progress in English and add them to your professional portfolio. There is an administration fee of £5 for the issue of a certificate.
Is there a registration fee?
No. Many English schools charge registration fees, but we don’t. You will only pay your course fees. However, if you book other services with us, additional fees may apply.
Do I need a course book?
If you attend our part-time English courses, you will need to buy a course book. With our intensive English courses student books are available to buy or borrow from the school.
What if I miss my class?
Don’t worry, if you miss one or two lessons, you will be able to follow your course. Ask your teacher what was done, check with a colleague their notes and your text book.