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Events in London in Spring and Summer 2016

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London Attractions in Spring and Summer 2016

Visiting London or living here and looking for attractions and events in London in the upcoming months? Here is a selection prepared by Link School of English.

10 Interesting Events in London this Spring and Summer

1. Art Exhibition – Botticelli Reimagined

When: From 15th April to 3rd July 2016
Where: V&A, Brompton
Price: £15
Details: An unmissable exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, showing some highlights from Sandro Botticelli, one of the greatest artists of all time. His images are firmly embedded in public consciousness and his influence permeates art, design, fashion and film. You can also enjoy the free V&A exhibitions.

Things to do in London Spring and Summer 2016. Big Ben and Houses of Parliament in the background.

Things to Do in London in Spring and Summer 2016

2. Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers

When: 16th March – 19th June 2016
Where: Barbican Centre
Price: £12
Details: Social documentary, portraits, architectural photography and more – the show features various work of leading photographers, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Rineke Dijkstra, Robert Frank and Garry Winogrand. A collection of over 250 compelling photographs and previously unseen bodies of work, Strange and Familiar presents a vibrant portrait of modern Britain.
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Stereotypes about the English

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English Stereotypes

What are the most common stereotypes abut the English and Britain?

Article by Link School of English in London

What are the first thoughts that come into your mind to give examples of stereotypical English customs? Are stereotypes about the English true?

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The English are one of the nations, for which people all across the world have created countless stereotypes and opinions involving their country, culture and character. This might be due to the wide-spread political power, which Britain used to exercise throughout the previous centuries, when the country boasted numerous colonies and conquests both on land and sea. But what are some of the most popular myths and stereotypes surrounding them to this day? Are these concepts true?

Two Englishmen in London walking and talking

Stereotypes about the English people and Britain

1. It constantly rains in England

Perhaps the most popular stereotype about the British isles has to do with its notoriously bad weather. All over the world people are convinced that it rains constantly all across the country. The bad weather has turned into the trademark of England, but it’s more a myth than reality. In fact, the climate in the region is soft and humid, because, even though the isles are located in the north, they benefit from the direct influence of the warm ocean current Gulfstream. Despite the weather being fickle and often rainy, it is not nearly as rainy as people seem to claim: the country lists only 46th in the world in rainfall, further back even than countries like New Zealand (29th) and the USA (25th). The belief about the English bad weather is most likely due to the cold winters, much longer than the summer on the isles.
And speaking of the weather…
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What Type of English Learner are you?

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How do you learn English?

What type of English learner are you?

When you are in language class, do you find some exercises really easy? And some problems really, really hard? Don’t worry! Everybody has this problem. We all learn differently and so you will all learn English differently too. When you know what type of learner your are you can do the most of your study time.

Head with question mark - what type of English learner are you?

Find out what type of learner you are

If you do this short quiz below you can find out what type of English learner you are:
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Things to Do in London in Autumn 2015

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6 Things to Do in London in Autumn 2015

Looking for interesting things to do in London this autumn? Here are our ideas:

Article by Link School of English – an English language academy for adults.

To check what is going on in London in autumn 2019 go to our new article:
– Events in London in autumn 2019

1. Wandsworth Common Halloween Beer Festival

This Halloween Beer Festival is featuring aver 100 beers from Britain, ciders and wine. Most beers will be £4 or less and there’ll be food to complement the drinks. Free entry, free face painting and free soft drinks for kids. There will be live entertainment on Friday and Saturday evening and the Rugby World Cup matches to watch on large screens. If you turn up in costume on Saturday, you can enter for free.

Place: Royal Victoria Patriotic Building in Wandsworth.
Time: from Wednesday, 28th October 2015 till Saturday 31st October 2015

2. The Halloween Playground in North London

Come to the Hornsey Town Hall, Crouch End in north London to enjoy live music, silent disco, DJs, cabaret, circus performance and zombie cinema as well as other freaky antics. This is a ticketed event, the ticket price includes a warming whisky on arrival.

Place: Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre in Crouch End
Time: from Friday, 30th October 2015 till Saturday, 31st October 2015
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Link School of English in Ealing Broadway

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School of English in Ealing Broadway

Link School of English in Ealing Broadway from January 2015

Many of you already know that we have moved. After six years in Northumberland House in South Ealing we have moved closer to Ealing Broadway. From January 2015 Link School of English is based in Ealing House, 33 Hanger Lane, Ealing, London, W5 3HJ. Here in the new place we have better transport links, which will hopefully be to the advantage of all of us commuting in London. Now we benefit from the following stations and transport links:

Ealing Broadway (8 minute walk)

Central and District lines, National Rail trains and busses: 65, 83, 112, 207, 226, 297, 427, 607, E1, E2, E7, E8, E9, E11

North Ealing (2 minute walk)

Piccadilly line

Ealing Common (10 minute walk)

Piccadilly and District lines
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Tips on How to Learn English for Beginners

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6 Tips on How to Learn English for Beginners

The most difficult is to start, so they say…

Here are some tips and ideas how to start learn English for beginners.

As a beginner language learner, in some ways you are like a baby. Babies learn their language slowly through these stages:
• First, they listen to the language.
• Then, they start to speak.
• Finally, they learn to read and write.

Tip 1: Listen to English Every Day

You can listen to English songs – this is an easy way to learn English for beginners and doesn’t take a lot of time. You may look up the lyrics of your favourite songs and check new words to understand better next time you hear the song.

Watch English TV. Start watching the news or series you have already watched in your own language. You might not understand much the first time but don’t worry about that. Even if you understand only a couple of words, that is OK, you are only a beginner. Watch it again and again. You will progressively understand more and more words and sentences.
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How to Prepare for a Job Interview in English

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How to Prepare for a Job Interview in English

5 Tips to Prepare for a Job Interview in English

One of the reasons people study English is job interview preparation. If you want to work or study in an English speaking environment you will also need to go through application process in English.

Going for a job interview is usually stressful enough as it is, but when you have the additional hurdle of needing to communicate in a language which is not your mother-tongue, it can feel like an almost impossible task.

However with the right strategy you can give yourself a good chance of success.

First of all, make sure you can actually do the job. Of course you can be optimistic and aim high, but you should have the basic skills to do the job. After that comes the question of how to convince the interviewer that you are the best person for the vacancy. This means selling your skills and experience. You also need to make them feel that they really need you.
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How to Learn English with Facebook and Twitter

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How to Learn English with Facebook and Twitter

Many of you are probably already on Facebook and Twitter. They are amazing ways of staying in contact with our friends and keeping up to date with everything happening in the world. But how can you use them to learn more English after your English language classes?

Here are a couple of tips on how to learn English with Facebook and Twitter

Step 1. Change the language!

If you change the language of your Facebook or Twitter into English you will very quickly learn English words about the internet and communication!

How to do it – on Facebook, click the triangle in the top right corner, click settings, click language and select English (UK). On Twitter you can change the language from the home page. Click language in the top right corner and select English.
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Effective Business English Communication

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Effective Business English Communication

Business English Communication is a very big field and can be looked at from many angles. The main thing to bear in mind is that the aim is not necessarily or not only to be really fluent or to use beautiful and complex English words and grammar structures. That would be very good, but is not always necessary and could be a bad thing sometimes, for instance when your business partner doesn’t speak fluent English. The reason for learning Business English is so that you can communicate accurately and you can talk in English with people of different English language abilities. This means that you should be able to say what you want to say and be confident that both sides have understood clearly what needs to be done. This could be difficult even for English native speakers, and usually when there is a serious matter to be discussed, people tend to speak very plainly, using structures and verbs which cannot be misunderstood easily. Also, with globalisation, international trade and foreign clients, it really makes sense to speak English in a simple, accurate and clear way.
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How to Learn English with Films

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How to learn English with films

Are you a big movie fan? Are English classes (or work) destroying your precious TV watching time? Well this is your lucky day. Here is an English learning technique for you which combines both study and pleasure.

We should all know about switching on the subtitles on the TV or DVD player by now. You can usually turn on the subtitles for your language or into English, depending on the original language. This is a reasonably useful tool, especially for reading and writing development. But subtitles can easily just turn into a lazy way of reading movies, you probably won’t develop all the necessary skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking) in an even manner. Also let’s face it, automatic subtitles can drive you crazy with typos, delays and random errors.
The way to really get learning in a big way via watching loads of movies is actually a little different from what you might imagine.
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