Categories
British Weather CAE Exam Preparation Culture English Courses English Exams English Language School English Testing European Funding eurospeak Eurospeak Reading Eurospeak Southampton FCE Exam Preparation GCSE English General IELTS IELTS Exam Preparation IELTS Preparation international student card Language Learning Language School Learn English Life in Reading Reading Reading University Southampton Southampton University student card Study Abroad Summer School UK Weather weather uk

4 ways to keep your English at its best during the summer holidays

Summer is coming! Probably this is your most awaited season …. Holidays, sun, beach and trips!

Everything is so wonderful that makes us forget about our daily life.

In this blog post we will give some tips to improve your English this summer and to avoid feeling guilty next September.

If you do at least a couple of these, I assure you that not only will come back from the holidays more tanned, but also with better English.

Courses abroad

If you are young and want to have fun while learning English, the best option to take advantage of this holiday is to take an English course abroad. Eurospeak Language School is located in Reading and Southampton (UK), you can take a course from one week, from 15 up to 25 hours per week. The school will also help you with the accommodation.

 

Apps to learn English

The mobile is your faithful companion, isn’t it? Well, take advantage of it and do something productive like learn English. There are countless apps to learn languages, so I recommend that you do a simple search and choose the most suitable.

 

Language exchanges

This way of practicing your English is great. Indeed, you can do it anywhere in the world and there are also apps for it, apart from Facebook groups and MeetUps. Language exchanges consist of meeting one or more people and having conversations in your language and in the other person’s language. In this way both of you practice the language you are learning and both of you learn through each other.

 

Netflix, HBO, YouTube and other platforms

If you are keen on cinema or simply enjoy relaxed plans. Watching movies and series in English will give a boost to your language skills while you enjoy your favourite entertainment. Many of them have the option of keeping them on your mobile, so you can watch them during a journey or while waiting in a queue.

 

There are many ways not to forget your English this summer… and besides there are many other ways! Don’t forget to get cracking this summer to achieve your goals.

 

Categories
CAE Exam Preparation Culture English Courses English Exams English Language School English Testing European Funding eurospeak Eurospeak Reading Eurospeak Southampton FCE Exam Preparation GCSE English General IELTS IELTS Exam Preparation IELTS Preparation international student card Language Learning Language School Learn English Life in Reading Reading Reading University Southampton Southampton University student card Study Abroad Summer School UK Weather websites

How to write a rave review ?

Every day we use and buy products and services. How can we share our opinion with future consumers? It is very simple to do a review, but when we are asked for this type of writings in a exam there are several points to consider.

We will need an eye-catching title, since our goal is to engage the audience.

In the introduction we should use rhetorical questions, or make assumptions for example … do you imagine…? have you ever felt…? To capture the reader’s attention, if we use the pronoun “you”, the reader will feel that he is the addressee.

If the review is about a movie or a book, don’t give spoilers, we will only give an overview never reveal the end. But not only will we focus on the facts, but we must also pay more attention to give our opinion, which must be positioned and not neutral.

To reinforce our opinion, we will use an emotive language such as strong adjectives for example “overwhelmed” or “heart-breaking”.

To make our review sound good we can make use of literary resources such as alliteration (use of two words together beginning with the same letter “sweet sound”).

To make it more believable we can provide evidence such as statistics or some examples. It is always recommended to use the magic number: three to give reasons or examples.

If you follow these steps you will avoid being one of the students who pass the “writing’ by the skin of your teeth”. You belong to the side that astonishes the examinators.

Categories
CAE Exam Preparation Culture English Courses English Exams English Language School English Testing eurospeak Eurospeak Reading Eurospeak Southampton FCE Exam Preparation GCSE English General IELTS IELTS Exam Preparation IELTS Preparation international student card Language Learning Language School Learn English Life in Reading Reading Reading University Southampton Southampton University student card Study Abroad Summer School

Great Britain, the UK or the British Isles?

But don’t they all mean the same thing? Well, not exactly…

Great Britain is the island containing England, Scotland and Wales. Northern Ireland is on the island to the west, next to the Republic of Ireland.

The UK is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and is the name which we use for the political group and nation.

The British Isles is used to include all of the islands around the UK as a group, including Jersey and Guernsey in the Channel, the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea, and the Shetlands off the north coast of Scotland, even though some of these are mostly self-governed.

 

 

Categories
CAE Exam Preparation Culture English Courses English Exams English Language School English Testing European Funding Eurospeak Reading Eurospeak Southampton FCE Exam Preparation GCSE English General IELTS IELTS Exam Preparation IELTS Preparation international student card Language Learning Language School Learn English Life in Reading Reading Reading University Southampton Southampton University student card Study Abroad Universities in UK

Les astuces pour économiser en Angleterre

Alimentation

  • En ce qui concerne la nourriture vous pouvez acheter les produits dont la date de péremption est proche, ses produits comportent généralement une réduction.

  • Vous pouvez vous préparez vos propres repas pour le midi au travail ou à l’école, cela vous reviendra moins cher sur le mois. Si vous pensez ne pas avoir le temps, il vous suffit juste de prendre 1h ou 2h durant le week-end et de préparer tous vos repas pour la semaine, cela vous permettra de manger plus sainement, de manger ce qu’il vous plaît et d’économiser.

 

  • Si vous n’avez pas envie de cuisiner (car oui des fois ça arrive) mais que vous voulez quand même bien manger et pour pas trop cher voici l’application to good to go ! Le concept est très simple, grâce à cette application vous récupérez les différents invendus qui se trouvent dans les restaurants, boulangerie, pâtisserie et même supermarchés ! Vous faites donc un geste écologique, économique et vous permettez d’éviter le gaspillage !

 

  • En ce qui concerne les supermarchés, en Angleterre on trouve différents types de supermarchés c’est-à-dire qu’il existe des supermarchés très accessible et d’autre un peu plus élevés il faut donc savoir les différencier :

Les supermarchés les plus économiques :LIDL, ASDA, Aldi, Iceland (qui est un supermarché qui vent essentiellement des produits congelés comme picard en France.)

Vous pouvez aussi vous rendre dans les supermarchés les plus connus en Angleterre qui proposent également des prix très raisonnables :Sainsburys, Tesco, The Co-operative

Transports

Les transports sont assez élevés en Angleterre il est donc important de connaître toutes les astuces pour pouvoir voyager à moindre coût

Prendre le bus

Pour les longs trajets, il y a le “National Express”, compagnie de bus proposant des prix abordables. C’est un bus ordinaire où vous trouverez des prises électriques et des ports USB pour recharger votre téléphone portable, ainsi que des toilettes. De plus, l’autocar est équipé d’air conditionné, de sièges XL et vous pouvez vous connecter à son wifi gratuit.

Les prix évoluent généralement en fonction de la période à laquelle vous réservez votre billet. C’est toujours mieux de s’y prendre à l’avance.

De plus, vous pouvez profiter de prix réduits avec le National Express Coach en achetant une carte de réduction ce qui est très simple et peu cher ! Vous trouverez ici les différentes options d’abonnement qui s’offrent à vous.

Le covoiturage

Il est aussi possible d’utiliser le covoiturage qui permet de partager les frais d’essence, de passer un moment convivial et de moins polluer ! Voici une sélection que l’on peut utiliser au Royaume-Uni :

Blablacar qui est le site n° 1 en Europe

Gocarshare site de covoiturage pour l’Angleterre

Drivercollect: covoiturage en Angleterre

Liftshare: communauté de covoiturage en Angleterre

Europe carpooling: c’est un nouveau site participatif de covoiturage qui s’adresse à tous les européens, vous pouvez donc l’utiliser dans d’autres pays !

 

Loisirs

Enfin pour les sorties et loisirs ne vous faites pas avoir et privilégié les activités gratuites !

  • Si vous êtes par exemple dans la capitale londonienne et que vous voulez visiter le patrimoine culturel, sachez que la plupart des musées sont gratuits (Britsih museum, Natural History Museum).

 

  • Pour ce qui est de la belle Westminster abbaye un conseil, allez-y durant les messes, cela vous évitera de payer £23 vous pouvez consulter toutes les informations sur leur site.

 

  • Vous pouvez aussi flâner dans les différents quartiers et parcs de la ville sans dépenser un pound !

 

  • Pour vos sorties nocturnes un conseil certains bars et boite de nuit ne font pas payer avant 11h du soir. Sachant que ses établissements ferment à 3h du matin cela vous permettra de passer une bonne soirée gratuitement !

 

Voici toutes les astuces pour économiser en Angleterre, alors maintenant à vous de jouer! 😉

 

Categories
Academic IELTS CAE Exam Preparation English Courses English Exams English Language School English Testing eurospeak Eurospeak Reading Eurospeak Southampton FCE Exam Preparation GCSE English General IELTS IELTS Exam Preparation IELTS Preparation Language Learning Language School Learn English Life in Reading Reading Reading University Southampton Southampton University student card Summer School Universities in UK

How to remember new vocabulary

Here are some key factors for improving your overall capacity to remember new terms and expressions!

1.     Interest

In order to improve your ability to recognize and memorize new words and expressions you need to be interested in and passionate about what you are doing. Cultivating an interest in a particular field and constantly reminding yourself why you are doing it provides an incredible boost in your learning process. Emotions enhance memory

2.     Attention

Concentration and attention are key factors in the learning process. In the Internet era, concentration is diminished due to multitasking. So, avoid distractions such as music radio, tv or social media and you will focus on the task at hand.

3.     Comprehension

We only learn what we can understand. Whenever you fully understand a sentence or a concept, you also understand its single parts and the connections among them. If a language learner understands a given sentence, he will remember the words better.

4.     Association

Our brain is a huge network of neurons: So, if we want to make the best of learning processes we should adapt them to the way our brain is structured. One of the most effective tools for doing this is association is linking new information with old information, which is stored in our long-term memory. For example, associate words with the same root: you learn a new word: ‘useful’ so you can associate it to a word that you already knew ‘use’.

5.     Visualization 

One of these ways is through images. Our brain also processes information via colors, forms, etc. If you link a given word with an image, that word will be more likely to be linked with other information already stored in our memory. As a result, we will remember it better.

6.     Consolidation

Take the time to process and store information. One of the best and simplest ways to do this is simply to review what you have learned at regular intervals. Repeating something makes your brain realize that it might need that information and it helps you to fix that information in a much more effective way.

7.     Context

It is important to always learn words in their context which helps your brain to form images, associate the word to other words. Search the new word in contexts, you will also find collocation, so you will use in the correct way.

8.     Multiple contexts

Reading makes us connect the dots. When we read a lot, we enormously raise the possibility of finding the same word in different contexts, which enormously reinforces our capacity to retain it.

9.     Dynamic

Learning a language is a skill that we acquire. A dynamic learning process is preferable to a static “study” of the language. Search online games or create flash cards to learn your new vocabulary.