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.
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.
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.
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
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 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. Read more
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?
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… Read more
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: Read more
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 Read more
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. Read more
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. 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.