11 March 2020

I got an 8 in IELTS

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Phone English student Emilie from France recently took her IELTS exam. Emilie was already a very good speaker when she took Skype IELTS lessons with Phone English but she needed an IELTS 8 score overall and she wasn’t sure this was possible. So, she took lessons with us to practice speaking to an experienced IELTS […]

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17 February 2020

English grammar: I used to

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This is a popular Phone English lesson: revising the structure ‘used to xxx’ to describe something you did in the past and don’t do now. Also, to practise conversation and vocabulary connected to childhood. Look at the words in the box below. Which are related to children and childhood?        2. Think about your […]

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10 January 2020

What’s your New Year Resolution?

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Do you make make resolutions? If so, how do you try to  keep resolutions, keep good habits and break bad habitsDo you break your resolutions typically?Can you name 10 of the most popular NY resolutions? See below for some ideas: Here are 10  of the most popular resolutions New Year resolutions: Lose weight, Spend less […]

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7 February 2019

IELTS Speaking Part 2 and Part 3 tips

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IELTS speaking tests natural English. You don’t need to use very sophisticated language. You do need to show natural English, good pronunciation and intonation and appropriate language for the task. Part 1 is relatively easy so we are going to concentrate on parts 2 and parts 3   IELTS part 2 The Test: Talk for […]

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14 January 2019

Who is learning with Phone English in 2019?

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It is only January but we are already very, very busy with new and existing students. So, who takes classes with Phone English? The answer is: many people, from various backgrounds and with different learning objectives. At Phone English we love welcoming new trainees from all over the world.  But, if you are not sure […]

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31 October 2018

A Past Tense Story Lesson

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A lesson using the past tense for beginner/elementary level learners of English. Practice telling the story of Josh and Alice. In this lesson you will: 1. Learn the verbs from the story 2. Listen to the story 3. Listen to the story again 4. Tell the story 5. Tell the story again b 1. Learn the […]

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11 October 2018

How we can help with your business English

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At Phone English we help many people from all business backgrounds with their English. Mostly, their English level is sufficient to do their job but even so,  they often say: ” I think I make many mistakes. ” ”Other people in the office speak English better than me.” ”I can’t socialise in English with my colleagues/clients.” ”I […]

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5 April 2018

The Silent B in English Words

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English spelling and pronunciation are often different things. If you are an English learner, you probably know that already. Sorry all learners! One of the confusing spellings concerns the final ‘B’ . This final B is silent at the end of many English words.   Look at these 8 popular English words where the final B […]

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29 March 2016

English dates and days listening dictation

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Do you know your English days of the week and dates like first (1st) second (2nd) third (3rd) and fourth (4th) ? First, have a quick look at the how to pronounce the days and dates, below. Then listen to the video of Louisa giving 8 dates.  Write what you hear. The answers are at […]

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5 January 2016

Problems Spanish people have speaking English – and how to improve

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We have a lot of lovely Spanish people learning English  with us at Phone English and so over time we have noticed some common English speaking errors. We’ve highlighted 5 of the most common ones below. Even if you are not Spanish, you might learn something that will help you speak English more fluently…   1. Spanish […]

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