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English Levels Compared

Posted on in About FCE exam preparation, About IELTS exams, English Courses at Link School, English exams preparation, Link School of English

English Levels Compared – Table

Want to know what is your level of English?

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!

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English Abbreviations in Texting

Posted on in English language tips, Real English practice

English Abbreviations in Texting and SMS Language

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.

English Abbreviations in Texting and Messaging, hand tapping on a smartphone

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.
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Events in London in Spring and Summer 2016

Posted on in British Culture, Cool things to do in London, London attractions

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

Posted on in British Culture, Real English practice

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?

Listen to the podcast or read the article below:

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?

Posted on in English learning materials, Learn English Advice, Link School of English

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.

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

Posted on in British Culture, Cool things to do in London, London attractions, London for free, Social Activities

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.

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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How to Improve Reading in English

Posted on in English exams preparation, Learn English Advice

How to Improve Reading in English

6 Tips and hints from an English teacher at Link School of English

There are various ways to improve your speed at reading in English, these ideas apply just as much to English native speakers as to English learners. You may find that you have imported some of your bad (or good) habits from your own language.

Tip 1: Don’t say the words in your head

When you are reading in English for speed, don’t say the words in your head or by moving your lips. This is called sub-vocalization. It can really slow you down and doesn’t look good either. Not everyone does this, but watch out for it in case you do it. If you do tend to do it, try to keep your mouth shut or chew some gum etc.
Try to see words as pictures, not something you need to say.
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Things to Do in London for Free

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5 Things to Do in London for Free in Summer 2015

Are you visiting London this summer on a budget?

Here are some ideas on free London attractions:

1. Free Walks in London

THE LINE
A walk between the O2 arena and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with an exhibitions of sculptures of Martin Creed, Damien Hirst and Eduardo Paolozzi. This is a three miles trail which includes, apart from sculptures, London’s Royal Docks, perfect on a sunny afternoon.

Open every day till 31/12/ 2015
More details and the location: http://the-line.org

2. Something for the foodies – food festival in London

URBAN FOOD FESTIVAL

A weekly (every Saturday) party focused around food.
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How to Improve English Pronunciation

Posted on in English language tips, Improve English speaking, Learn English Advice, Real English practice

10 Tips on How to Improve English Pronunciation

How to improve your English pronunciation

Article and podcast by Link School of English

Listen to our podcast or read the article below:

Pronunciation is a tricky subject. People have different opinions about it, specially English learners. Unfortunately, many learners decide to work on pronunciation later on, once they have gained some fluency in the English language. This makes some sense, but it can mean that you can’t change your English pronunciation easily afterwards. Your mistakes could become permanent. There are many people who have learned English and can speak very well but their pronunciation is not at the same high level. These people are sometimes the hardest to teach because their mispronunciation has become a habit. You can correct them ten times and ten minutes later they will still say it in the same way as before. Changing mental habits and brain connections is not easy at all. Of course it is a combination of factors. Read more


How to Register for an IELTS Test in 4 Steps

Posted on in About IELTS exams, English exams preparation

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Happy university graduate who passed IELTS exam successfully

How to Register for an IELTS Test in 4 Steps

Short guide on how to sign up for an IELTS exam

Are you planning to take the IELTS exam?
You can prepare for the IELTS exam at Link School of English in London. After completing your IELTS preparation course, you will need to sign up for your exam. To make it easier for you we have prepared a short guide on how to register for an IELTS test.

Step 1
Find your nearest IELTS examination centre

You will find a list IELTS exam centres in London here: IELTS Test Centres in London
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