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What’s a ‘rain check’? – Now I Know

August 18, 2016
Rain check

Rain check is an expression that often pops up in everyday conversation. You may hear it in movies, TV series, and real life English. But do you know what it is?   I'm so sorry I can't go tonight. Rain check? I'd love to go to the movies, but I...

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The 10-Day Phrasal Verbs Challenge – Mike meets Harvey

August 12, 2016

What are phrasal verbs? Phrasal verbs are VERB+PREPOSITION combinations and English has a LOT of them! They are also tough to learn if English is not your first language. Even advanced learners of English often try to avoid them. However, not using phrasal verbs is not really possible, you must...

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Accepting and refusing invitations – Now I Know

August 4, 2016

Accepting and refusing invitations can be tricky (= difficult). What do you say when you're invited to a party? What do you say when you want to go and what should you say when you can't or don't want to? We'll give you a few tips below!   Your friend...

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Cook in English – Healthy turmeric ginger lemonade

July 20, 2016

A delicious recipe with a quick vocabulary building task! What's not to like? Prep and cook time:  20 minutes Serves 4 4   cups water 1   teaspoon turmeric powder or fresh peeled (=with the skin off) turmeric root 1   teaspoon ginger powder (or a 4-inch strip fresh ginger root, peeled)...

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10 Words in 10 Minutes – Ricki and the Flash Movie Trailer

July 5, 2016
Ricki and the Flash trailer

Meryl Streep is amazing as always in her new role! In Ricki and the Flash she portrays a rocker who abandoned her kids to make a career in music. Check out the trailer, tune your ears to English and learn some really great expressions along the way! In this listening...

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7 sentences successful people never say – Success Quiz with collocations

March 9, 2016

Success is not something that can be accomplished overnight. It takes a lot of hard work, time and sheer dedication. Steve Siebold, author of “How Rich People Think,” interviewed more than a thousand millionaires over three decades to learn what led them to their success and wealth. Read the article...

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Business & Abbreviations I.

March 3, 2016

In business writing, it is quite common to make words, terms or even whole sentences shorter. Moreover, FYI, ETA, OTP or ASAP are abbreviations that may occur not only in business letters but also in everyday text messages.  Our  sample letter below helps you recognise some of the most frequent...

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Animal Idioms – Beef, chicken & duck

February 23, 2016
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Do you know any animal idioms? There are quite a few in English and they come up quite often in everyday conversation. Idioms are phrases whose meaning is different from the words that make it up.   Animal idioms use the name of an animal to talk about something that...

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Zero – How to say 0 in English? – SpeakEasy

February 22, 2016

0, ZERO, NOUGHT, NIL? or LOVE?? How to say 0 when referring to phone numbers, dates, temperatures, scores or even James Bond 007?:) Well, there are several ways to pronounce the number ZERO, depending on the context. Usage even varies between different English-speaking countries. If you want to avoid misunderstandings,...

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English Workout – Flat Stomach & Key English Vocabulary

February 8, 2016
English workout

English Workout is a series of activities in which we pair a quick physical workout with a quick mental exercise, so you get to do 2 things at once - wake up your muscles AND your brain! English Workout will work your muscles and build your English vovabulary making your...

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More Apartment Repairs – Picture Dictionary Part 2

February 4, 2016

Apartment repairs include a wide range of fix-up jobs from light plumbing (= things to do with pipes and water) through light electric jobs (= things to do with lighting and electricity) to painting the walls and fixing door frames. Do you know how to talk about them in English?...

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Color Idioms Quiz – Red tape, green technologies & Co

January 29, 2016
Color idioms

COLOR IDIOMS such as red tape and green technologies are often used in English. Do you know any color idioms? An idiom is a phrase which expresses an idea that you cannot guess from the meaning of the words that make it up. For example, a white lie is a...

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Easily Confused Words – Find, Found & Fund Explained

January 18, 2016
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The verbs find, found, and fund are easily confused - people often have a hard time learning them, so let's do a quick revision and see how they differ in meaning and how they are used in context. After that you can take an interactive quiz to practice using the...

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Questions To Ask Before Renting an Apartment

January 9, 2016
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The 25 most important questions to ask before renting an apartment Do you know what questions to ask before renting an apartment? To make the apartment-hunt easier, we collected the most important questions to ask the landlord or your agent. Here they are! About Money 1) How much is the...

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Greetings & Introductions – Interactive Quiz

January 7, 2016
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Greetings & introductions are really important because they are the first things you say to another person. When you are meeting someone new, you are making lasting first impressions, so let's make sure you know exactly what to say :) Take this interactive test to practice what to say in...

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January 3, 2016

My New Year's Resolutions: lose 10 lbs (= pounds), work out for 60 minutes every day, spend quality time with my family every day, no iPhone before bed. Yours?   Here are the most commonly broken resolutions according to TIME Magazine:   Lose Weight and Get Fit Quit (= stop)...

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Get+adjective expressions – 10 Words in 10 Minutes

December 30, 2015
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Get+adjective expressions Get+adjective expressions are often used in everyday English. Here are the 10 most frequent ones.   Get can combine with lots of adjectives to make expressions that will make your English more fluent. Here are the 10 most useful get+adjective phrases! get crazy = have fun, try new...

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18 Last-Minute Gifts That Will Help You Save Christmas

December 23, 2015

So you waited until the absolute last minute to do your shopping and now you’re here, reading this, wasting precious moments that should be filled with anxious, click-happy buying. Fear not: There are a variety of quick-shipping products and digital items that, despite your oversight, will be very appreciated by...

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tv & english – The Big Bang Theory – Sheldon & Penny exchange gifts

December 22, 2015
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If you are a Big Bang Theory fan, you'll love this scene - it's also a great way to pick up spoken expressions in English.     WORDS & EXPRESSIONS TO KNOW You're here to exchange gifts. = give a gifts to each other I'm having some digestive distress. =...

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Watch&Learn – Love Actually – Hugh Grant’s Hilarious Dance to Jump

December 22, 2015

There is no Christmas without Love, Actually, so here is one of my favorite scenes of the movie! And a great oldie but goodie hit song for your English - scroll down for a couple of words to know!   LYRICS & WORDS TO KNOW Hold me, I'll give all...

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Common Words with DOWN

December 21, 2015

Down-and-out, down payment, closedown... Well, don't be down (=unhappy) if you are not really sure what these words and expressions mean, but take this quiz to practice the top 10 most common words with DOWN! Scroll down for more common words with down.   Level: B1 and above  

Words with DOWN

Practice the most frequent everyday expressions with “down”!


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The Ultimate Immigrant Story – Gloria & Emilio Estefan

December 18, 2015
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The success story of Gloria & Emilio Estefan can be considered the ultimate immigrant story. At a time when immigration is such a debated issue all over the world, their story can be inspiring to many! Enjoy the interview and learn some useful expressions along the way. Level: B2 and...

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Love on Layaway by Gloria Estefan

December 18, 2015
Gloria Estefan

Listening to songs is a great way to improve your English. The next song in our Christmas song countdown is Love on Layaway by Gloria Estefan. BTW, it's the perfect excuse to learn the word layaway! Aim & Level: ESL songs, any level   Scroll down for the lyrics &...

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The Top 10 Most Common Words with UP

December 16, 2015

Take this quiz to practice the top 10 most common words with UP. Well, only if you're up for it (= ready), Scroll down for a list of words to know.   Level: B1 and above    

Practice the most frequent everyday expressions with “up”!

  WORDS TO KNOW   heads-up = a warning, an advice...

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7 Awesome Holiday Gift Ideas – The Tech Grab Bag

December 14, 2015

If you are still searching for the right gifts for your family and friends, here are a few great ideas from Yahoo Tech! It's also a great listening exercise - enjoy! Level: B2 and above   KEY WORDS TO KNOW & INTERACTIVE QUIZ You have 2 minutes to answer 5...

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Problem words # 2 – Lie and Lay Explained & Interactive Quiz

December 8, 2015
Confusing words

These words are easily confused, so let's quickly revise them and see how they differ in meaning. After that, take a short, interactive quiz to practice using the words in context. Level: B2 and above Language focus: grammar, verbs in context TIP: It's a good idea to print out this...

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Remember Snoopy and Charlie Brown? – Here is a sneak peek at The Peanuts Movie

December 6, 2015
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The Peanuts Movie hit theaters in November, so let's take a peek at the trailer showcasing all the lovable characters! Scroll down for a quick vocabulary quiz & have fun! Level: B1 and above     DO THIS QUICK VOCABULARY QUIZ using words from the video!

Can you remember these expressions from the trailer?


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Traditional Eggnog Recipe & Video Lesson

December 4, 2015

The holidays are just around the corner, so you may want to get ready for the best Christmas and New Year's recipes! If eggnog is one of your faves (= favorites) too, watch & learn :) Level: B1 and above   Number the steps that you need to take to...

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Change-a-letter WORD PLAY

December 3, 2015

A quick vocabulary building exercise, just for fun! It gets more difficult as you go on! Level: starts from B1 and gradually moves to C1   If you teach English and would like to try this activity with your students, download the pdf.  

Here it goes!


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Reading & Vocabulary – Want to keep your friends? Then don’t use this word!

December 2, 2015
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Useful advice about what to say when you are too busy to hang out with (=spend time with) your friends, but you want to show them that you care about them and they are important! Level: B2 (intermediate and above)     Want to keep your friends? Then Don't use...

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INTERACTIVE LISTENING QUIZ – Friends: The Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich

November 29, 2015

So here is what made the Moistmaker (= the bread in the middle soaked in gravy - yummy!) so famous! Level: B1/B2 and above Download the Listening Guide Handout   THE 5-STEP GUIDE TO BETTER LISTENING SKILLS & INTERACTIVE LISTENING QUIZ   Watch the video and print our Listening Guide...

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Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich Recipe

November 29, 2015

Leftover sandwiches always turn out to be the best at my house. I guess this is because they are so unpredictable. You never know what goes in them and how they come out, so there is always a bit of suspense :) One glaring exception is the famous Thanksgiving leftover...

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Guessing in English – What to say when you don’t know what to say

November 29, 2015

Guessing in English may not be so easy, but if you know the right words for it, you'll impress everyone with your English! What to say when you don't know what to say? This quiz will help you learn some useful words you can use when you don't know the...

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Black Friday Shopping Spree – INTERACTIVE VOCAB QUIZ

November 27, 2015
Black Friday

  This quick quiz will help you revise key shopping expressions for next time you go on a shopping spree (= doing a lot of shopping) in English!   

This quiz focuses on words & expressions you need to do shopping in English. Have fun!

    If you like our lessons, share it with friends and colleagues. Thanks!   Images courtesy of Stuart...

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Ways of saying ‘Thank you’

November 24, 2015

How often do we say these magic words? Not enough, I guess. So here is how to say them in English & thanks for stopping by :)   Thanking   Thank you so much. I (really) appreciate it. Thanks! I couldn’t have done it without you. Thanks so much for...

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Pearls of Wisdom from Goldie Hawn, Actress and Happiness Expert

November 23, 2015
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Goldie Hawn - who says she's most proud of being a "happiness expert" and who is also known for her MindUp educational foundation besides being an award-winning actress - has shared some valuable advice about life with us. What do you think?  Level: B1/B2 and above Vocabulary Sentence patterns Goldie...

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Childhood obesity linked to parenting style

November 19, 2015
Childhood obesity

Parenting style may be causing obesity in kids, Canadian researchers say. Here is how! Level: B2 and above What you can practice: Reading comprehension, Vocabulary building   Your parenting style may be causing your child’s obesity (=being fat, overweight) A Canadian study suggests certain approaches (= style, method) to parenting...

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Friends – Joey & Ross Stuck on the Roof

November 16, 2015

Remember when Joey and Ross got stuck on the roof together and they must climb down the fire escape? An incredibly funny scene from Friends, and some great expressions for your English! Level: B1/B2 and above   Watch the scene & do this interactive listening quiz to check if you...

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Quote of the Day #1 – Jamie Oliver on Travelling

November 13, 2015

  "Pick a destination, go there, be open-minded and talk to the locals. Eat the things they eat and go where they go. You don't need to be fluent, just as long as you've got a smile on your face - people will be jumping over themselves to show you...

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How to make the perfect steak? Cooking & English lesson with Jamie Oliver

November 12, 2015
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Jamie Oliver teaches us how to make the best steak ever! On EU English, this video comes with an interactive listening activity! Have fun learning English & bon appetit! Level: B1/B2 and above   INTERACTIVE LISTENING PRACTICE Watch the video, listen carefully, and type the missing words on the lines....

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INTERACTIVE LISTENING – Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Movie Trailer

November 12, 2015
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I'll bet many of you are excited about the new Star Wars movie - and the wait is almost over! Star Wars: The Force Awakens will hit theaters on December 18. Until then, let's take a peek at the trailer and do an interactive listening test to see if you...

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Dropouts, Startups and Turnover – Nouns from Phrasal Verbs

November 11, 2015
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Phrasal verbs make up (see this one right there?) a huge category of English vocabulary! Phrasal verbs combine a verb like MAKE and a preposition or adverb like UP. What a lot of people find difficult about learning phrasal verbs is that one verb can combine with several prepositions to...

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November 9, 2015
Madonna Hung Up

For a great mental and physical workout, listen to Hung up, dance and learn some really nifty (useful) expressions along the way. Enjoy! Level: B1 and above    

Watch the video & listen to the song several times if necessary and type in the missing words.

  ANSWERS / LYRICS   Time goes by so slowly /reps/ Every little thing that you say or do...

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The Halloween Boo Song – brought to you by Curious George

October 27, 2015
Halloween Boo

Halloween is time to scare the heck out of your friends, so here is a great song that also teaches you a few useful expressions! Enjoy! from A2/B1 level   Do this quick quiz about the video & check the word explanations below.

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What(ever) do you mean? – Idioms QUIZ

October 23, 2015

An idiom is an expression that is hard to understand because its meaning has little or nothing to do with the individual words that make it up. For example, the expression "It's a piece of cake!" means that something is easy to do! Knowing the word "cake" won't help you...

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16 Words Often Used Incorrectly – A2/B1 level – QUIZ

October 22, 2015
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These words are often used incorrectly, so let's see how well you can use them. Do the quiz, and then read the explanations to help you remember them better! Level: A2/B1  

Here it goes!

  EXPLANATIONS - WORDS TO KNOW Between and among Between is used to separate people or...

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Want, Need, and Love Shopping, don’t You?

October 19, 2015

Ever heard of WaNeLo? If you haven't, watch the interview with the founder of one of the most promising start-ups in the enchanting world of shopping & improve your English at the same time! TEACHERS: Click here to download the complete lesson plan! WORDS TO KNOW - Vocabulary building &...

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10 Words in 10 Minutes with a heart-warming new movie – The Intern

October 16, 2015

This feel-good movie starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway hit theatres in September - let's watch the trailer and learn 10 words in 10 minutes! Level: B1/B2 and above   Task 1: Watch the trailer and take notes on vocabulary. Write down words and expressions from the movie that...

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2iN1 Mind & Body – The Best Moves for a Bikini Bottom & The Essential Words to Describe Movements

October 16, 2015

Welcome to the next edition of our 2iN1 Mind & Body series! Are you about to start getting ready for your summer vacation? Then, take a break and get yourself in bikini shape by doing these exercises, and while you are at it,  get your English vacation-ready too by learning...

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Facebook’s new reaction buttons include ‘haha’, ‘yay’, wow, and sad

October 15, 2015

It's been a long time in the making, but the new FB buttons are finally being tested in Spain and Ireland. According to Mark Zuckerberg, the new buttons will help FB users express their emotions in a more sophisticated way, for example, show understanding, compassion and empathy. Level: B1 and...

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Katy Perry: If We Ever Meet Again

October 13, 2015

Learn some really powerful words with Katy Perry! If you feel like dancing around to the music, do it, moving your body will help you memorize the words better! Level: B1 and above TIP: Print this page for better practice and future reference. Task 1 – Focus on LISTENING SKILLS...

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2iN1 News & English – Big rise in German attacks on migrant homes in 2015

October 12, 2015

Big rise in German attacks on migrant homes in 2015 More people on the move than ever before.... For weeks, the migrant crisis has dominated the headlines across Europe. Follow us for UPDATES EVERY DAY and extend your vocabulary at the same time! Start now by filling in the missing...

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How NOT To Be Rude In Your Emails?

October 11, 2015

Would you like to write effective emails?  Here is a start: let's learn what NOT to do! Level: B2 and above Focus: Reading comprehension & vocabulary   Read the article and match the underlined words to their synonyms. Five Rude Emails You Send Every Day by Travis Bradberry Even the...

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Cook in English! Yummy Fall Recipes – Pumpkin/Squash soup

October 9, 2015
Squash soup

As the weather turns cold I like to make hearty (=big, with lots of vegetables) soups to keep us warm! Squash soup is my latest discovery - it's delicious (=yummy, tasty) ! Why not cook in English and expand your vocabulary while preparing a treat for the family? Level: A2...

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Work-Life Balance – Unfinished Business?

October 9, 2015
WorkLife Balance

Having a successful career, or even making ends meet while raising a family causes headaches to many of us on a daily basis. Is work-life balance even possible for most people? Level: B2 and above   Watch the interview and match the words to their definition. TIP: Use the transcript...

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2 iN 1 Mind & Body – 3 Key Moves to Sculpt Your Arms & 3 Key Patterns to Make your English Fluent

October 5, 2015

Feel like doing a really quick exercise to tone up your arms? Why not give it a boost and train your brain at the same time? Watch the video, listen to the expressions and do a quick interactive quiz to make your English more fluent and natural!   Task 1...

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10 Words in 10 Minutes – The Big Bang Theory: Leonard’s Mother

October 1, 2015
Big Bang Theory

Got 10 minutes?  Watch a fun excerpt from The Big Bang Theory & learn 10 words & grammar points in English!   Task 1: Watch the video and note down all the words and phrases that you think are good to know. Below we explain all the 'difficult' words, but...

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Things You Probably Don’t Know About Coffee

September 30, 2015

Are you a coffee-lover like me? Did you know that September 29 is National Coffee Day in the US? Here are some cool facts about coffee rounded up by Yahoo Health & a quick vocabulary building matching exercise by EU English! Enjoy! Level: B1 and above   WORDS TO KNOW...

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The Best Way to Lose Weight

September 28, 2015

If you are trying to find the best tool to lose weight, you have come to the right place! This short video will show you what to do in just 2 easy steps! You also get to learn 10 new words & expression to make your English flow! It's a...

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Jennifer Lopez Named Global Advocate for Girls and Women

September 26, 2015
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Jennifer Lopez was named Global Advocate for girls and Women by the UN Foundation. What do you think? Is she a good role model for women? Why? Who would you name? Level: B1 and above QUOTE OF THE DAY Jennifer Lopez: "I am happy to be joining the UN Foundation...

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2iN1 Parenting & English – At what age do kids lie the most?

September 25, 2015

We all lie - at least a little - sometimes, right? But when we catch our kids pull the wool over our eyes, we tend to panic. So let's see at what age this is likely to happen the most.  Level: B2                               Skill: reading comprehension                        Language focus: vocabulary Teaser: There...

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10 Words in 10 Minutes – The Big Bang Theory: Sheldon’s Mother Visits

September 24, 2015
Big Bang Theory

Got 10 minutes? Watch this funny excerpt from The Big Bang Theory, train your ears to understand fast-paced spoken English, learn new words & expressions and have fun! Level: B2 and above Skills: listening Language focus: spoken expressions, vocabulary TIP: Print out this page and do the activities below. Then...

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Dirty Dancing is 28 years old

September 23, 2015

Dirty Dancing hit theaters 28 years ago and it was an instant success shooting its stars, Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, to instant stardom. Fun fact: the film was originally low-budget as it cost 6 million dollars to make and it went to become a massive box-office hit grossing over...

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The World Premiere of the Intern Movie at Ziegfeld Theater in New York

September 22, 2015

Ever wondered what a fancy world premiere looks like? Here is a brief account of the world premiere of the Intern movie for all of us movie-lovers! Level: B1 and above Skills: reading comprehension, vocabulary What it was like to attend the star-studded world premiere of Anne Hathaway and Robert...

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Do YOU speak American?

July 22, 2015

Why is American not a separate language? Or should we view it as one? How did it come to be so different, and how did it not come to be more different? Find it out in the BBC article here. Before you start, here is a quick quiz to test...

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#3 Best Food and Wine Holidays in Europe – FRANCE

July 22, 2015

ROUND #3 Find out about Europe's most popular summer destinations as selected by the experts of THE TELEGRAPH , including France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Croatia and Greece...  So, what about starting our Food and Wine Tour in FRANCE?... and... picking up some words in French?:) Check out our VocabList...

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10 Words in 10 Minutes – Inside Out Movie / What do the voices in our head tell us?

July 21, 2015
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How are you feeling today? Good, mad, sad, scared, all of the above? Aren't these emotions a bit like voices in your head talking to you and to each other? The new Inside Out movie is cute, funny, not to mention informative if you know what it's like to have...

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10 Words in 10 Minutes – Spy

July 20, 2015
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Got 10 minutes? Watch the trailer of the Spy movie with the incredibly funny Melissa McCarthy and learn great words to speak English easily. Have fun learning English! TIP: Print this page and do the activity. You can file your notes and revise them from time to time to make...

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Use your smartphone a lot? You could be depressed…

July 20, 2015

Did YOU know? Monitoring the length of time you spend on your phone can show whether you are depressed or not...  So, ... are you affected or not? Find it out in the article of The Telegraph . Before you start, fill in the missing verbs in the text below. You...

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What about going Email Free? (VocabList)

July 19, 2015

Could you imagine a world without emails? A day without checking your inbox every 5 minutes? Well, there are some people who gave it a try and stopped using email. Moreover, the 'no email trend' is also taking roots in a range of industries, with more and more companies considering...

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What about Going Email Free?

July 18, 2015

Could you imagine a world without emails? A day without checking your inbox every 5 minutes? Well, there are some people who gave it a try and stopped using email. Moreover, the 'no email trend' is also taking roots in a range of industries, with more and more companies considering...

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#5 Follow the Headlines DAYbyDAY

July 16, 2015

ROUND #5 On the average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar.  —David Ogilvy Indeed, headlines are arguably more important than the article itself… They need to be tricky,...

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10 words in 10 minutes – My Big Fat Greek Wedding

July 15, 2015

Remember the number one romantic comedy in 2002? My Big Fat Greek Wedding is one of my all time favorites because as they say in the movie 'Everyone has a crazy family". Watch the funny trailer and you can learn as many as 10 great expressions in 10 minutes! How...

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Eurozone reaches deal with Greece

July 13, 2015
Discussion between François Hollande, President of the French Republic, on the right, and Jean-Claude Juncker, in the centre, in the presence of Alexis Tsipras, Greek Prime Minister

   Euro zone clinches deal with Greece after all-night haggle   Clinches a deal? After all-night haggle? What do all these expressions mean? Scroll down to find out! Words to know are marked in red and interesting expressions are marked in green!   Expand your vocabulary by following the News...

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#4 Follow the Headlines DAYbyDAY

July 7, 2015

 ROUND #4 On the average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar.  —David Ogilvy Indeed, headlines are arguably more important than the article itself… They need to be tricky,...

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#3 Follow the Headlines DAYbyDAY

July 3, 2015

ROUND #3 On the average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar.  —David Ogilvy Indeed, headlines are arguably more important than the article itself… They need to be tricky,...

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#2 Follow the Headlines DAYbyDAY

July 1, 2015

ROUND #2 On the average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar.  —David Ogilvy Indeed, headlines are arguably more important than the article itself… They need to be tricky,...

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#1 Follow the Headlines DAYbyDAY

July 1, 2015

On the average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar.  —David Ogilvy Indeed, headlines are arguably more important than the article itself… They need to be tricky, unique, creative,...

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Dr Seuss Quotes Will Make Your Day – Vocabulary building the fun way!

June 28, 2015
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Have you heard of Dr Seuss? He was a famous American writer of children's books who is best known for "The Cat in the Hat" and "Green Eggs and Ham" among other works. His books are a huge hit with kids, but reading his books can teach all of us...

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Brexit, Grexit … even Spexit. Whose bright idea was this?

June 25, 2015

How do you feel about the words Brexit and Grexit? Do you know what they mean? Below, you will find one opinion. Before you start reading, guess what the following expressions (word games)  refer to. Check your answers on the basis of what you learned from the article below and...

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The Words You Need To Understand Apartment Listings

June 24, 2015
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To help you master the apartment hunt, here is a quick task to revise the key words you need!   Task (advanced): Read the advertisements below and fill in the gaps. Task (lower-intermediate/intermediate): Read the advertisements and fill in the gaps using the words from the box. You will NOT...

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The 25 most important questions to ask about an apartment before you rent it

June 23, 2015
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You found an apartment that looks just about good. Time to sit down with your agent and hammer out the conditions of your contract. What are you going to say and what questions are you going to ask? These short conversations will help you revise what to say and what...

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The Secret Life of Pets Trailer – Elementary listening practice

June 21, 2015

 This funny trailer gives you a great opportunity to practice a few simple expressions. You will practice: - how to say goodbye and - how to ask someone about their plans for the day. Watch the trailer and do a quick test to practice the expressions you heard. Have fun!...

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A brief look at the city of Toronto – (not only) for apartment hunters

June 19, 2015
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Watch the video to learn about Canada's largest city - and the 5th largest city in North America. This video and the activities afterwards will help you train your ears to understand fast-paced real-life spoken English. The trick to get better at this is to watch the video several times...

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Get Ready for the Holidays! New hand luggage guidelines explained

June 18, 2015

Are you used to taking large hand luggage onboard when flying by plane? Then read this: A number of global airlines are set to standardize the size of all carry-on hand luggage we take on board, meaning SMALLER bags than many of us have been used to. While you read,...

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Are YOU a Super-Recogniser?

June 18, 2015

Ready to test yourself? Are you one of those people who'll easily recognise a face they have once seen? Find out whether you possess the rare ability to recognise faces you’ve barely glimpsed. Scientists are only just beginning to understand why some people have the skill and how it works...

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Freeze Yourself to Health? – New Fitness Treatment from Monaco

June 17, 2015
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This new trend has people freeze themselves for 2 or 3 minutes in minus 100 degrees Celsius only to feel ... great afterwards! Read on, revise some vocabulary, and practice some cool expressions to make your English flow with the help of an interactive test!   Source: Yahoo Beauty, Original...

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How To Rent an Apartment in London

June 14, 2015
rent an apartment

Thinking of moving to London? Read these tips on how to rent an apartment before you set out on an apartment hunt & revise some of the key words you'll need to start your search! Move your mouse over the highlighted words to read their definition.   How to Rent...

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The surprising new power symbol for women

June 11, 2015
Christine Lagarde IMF

What would you say is the new power symbol for women? Yes, it has to do with looks and clothing, but you may be surprised! The reading comes with a short quiz! Is this the new power symbol for women? From Is there a must-have accessory for powerful women?...

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On the Fly! Business Travel WORD GAME

June 8, 2015
Busines Travel


When you think of business travel, what comes to your mind? That it’s a hassle? Lost and found offices? Passport?

Let’s do a quick exercise to revise the 5 most important words related to business travel! This exercise will help you learn how to combine these key words with other words when you talk about them. This is an interactive gap filling exercise, so read the definitions, write down your guess, and check your answer – Good luck!

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‘Son of Saul’ shakes up audiences – first-time Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes wins big in Cannes

June 4, 2015
From left, actor Todd Charmont, director Laszlo Nemes, screenwriter Clara Royer, actors Geza Rohrig, Urs Rechn, and Levente Molnar pose for photographers as they arrive for the screening of the film Saul Fia (Son of Saul) at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

 A heart-wrenching drama and a critically-acclaimed fresh take on the evil reality of the Holocaust. The vocabulary list below will help you understand the text and learn adjectives to talk about films. Scroll down for an interactive quiz to practice the expressions you learned. Holocaust drama 'Son of Saul' shakes...

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Get off your butt and on your feet!

June 3, 2015

Are you sitting down as you're reading this post? Get up!! You burn a lot more calories standing up, and, as an added bonus, you will less likely get heart disease. Have I convinced you? Not yet? Read on! Plus, scroll down for a vocabulary quiz on prepositions!   Spend...

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Is your colleague pure evil?

May 22, 2015
Crazy colleague

If you have ever wondered how to handle conflicts with co-workers - which I am pretty sure you have - this one is for YOU! A Reading task to help you be a more efficient reader in English (B1/B2 and above). Most of the time when we read a text,...

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Talking about buildings – Part 1

May 12, 2015

What kind of building do you live in? And what’s your office building like? Take this quick quiz to check how much you know about buildings!

  Image courtesy of Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee at If you like our quiz, share it with friends and colleagues by using the button below. Thanks!

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Are you addicted to your smart-devices? Watch this, and then, look up!

May 4, 2015
VL_Look up

If you are one of those people who can hardly go a day without constantly checking their email, facebook, and texts on their smart phones, tablets, and computers, this one is for you! You'll still be watching your computer (or phone), but, at least, you will improve your English. For...

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A Brief History of Labour Day (May 1)

April 30, 2015
Labor Day

"Most of the world marks Labor Day on May 1 with parades and rallies. Americans celebrate it in early September, by heading to the beach or firing up the grill. Why the discrepancy? Here’s a hint: The answer would have been a great disappointment to Frederick Engels. Engels, the co-author...

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Find, fund or found? – Confusing words QUIZ I.

April 9, 2015

Funded or founded? Funding or finding? Confusing verbs and nouns that you often come across in (EU) English. Take this short quiz to practice their correct use.

  If you like our quizzes, share them with friends and colleagues by using the button below.   Image courtesy of franky242 at

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Got it! – Communication QUIZ

March 26, 2015
Speakeasy_Got it Quiz

Talking on the phone or on skype can be scary for everyone who is not used to communicating in English every day. What to say to ask for more info, clear a misunderstanding or to make sure that you get your message across? Take the quiz and learn key sentences to make your English flow naturally!

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