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False Friends in English

Posted on in Common mistakes in English, English language tips, Improve English vocabulary

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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How to Learn English with Facebook and Twitter

Posted on in English learning materials, Improve English speaking, Improve English vocabulary, Learn English Advice, Real English practice

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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Looking for ways to improve your vocabulary?

Posted on in English language tips, Improve English vocabulary, Learn English Advice

Looking for ways to improve your vocabulary?

Check our advice on learning English vocabulary – read or listen:


Luckily for you, vocabulary is one component of any language that is perhaps, the easiest to improve. There are hundreds of tips, tricks and ways you can improve your vocabulary quickly and effectively. Here we are going to take a look at some of which I and our students have found most helpful.

1. Learning the meaning of new words is important

However, knowing the correct context to use it in is more important. The most effective technique I have found to help improve vocabulary is setting a goal to learn a couple of new words each week and then finding at least 2 places where you can use them: one whilst speaking and another whilst writing.  This approach will help you avoid simply memorising the meaning of the word (which is of little use alone) and then knowing when and how to use it

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