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Is Google Translate really that bad?

17 Jul 2015 Mehdi Safavi
Google Translate is the best translation app available for smartphones today, and you probably have it installed on your devices. As the name suggests, it is meant to be used for translation, NOT language learning! Let's see what you can do with this app/website:

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35 reasons why you should learn a foreign language

10 Jul 2015 Mehdi Safavi
Speaking at least one foreign language is a must today, and most individuals opt for the English language which is internationally spoken. You too may look at language learning as a necessity of life, work or study, but there are in fact 35 other proven benefits of language learning that you may not...

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The World is running out of water

03 Jul 2015 Mehdi Safavi
About 71 percent of the Earth's surface is water-covered, and the oceans hold about 96.5 percent of all Earth's water. But water also exists in the air as water vapor, in rivers and lakes, in icecaps and glaciers, in the ground as soil moisture and in aquifers, and even in your body. However, new NA...

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Use idioms at IELTS when pigs fly

26 Jun 2015 Kasra Sharifan
To get a high score at IELTS, some suggest that IELTS candidates should learn as many idioms as they can and try to use them for IELTS Speaking and Writing tasks. We disagree and say this is too risky; not to mention that the time is better spent on learning another technique.

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111 - Confusing adverbs

26 Jun 2015 Nikki Akraminejad
A podcast on how to tell the difference between adverbs ending in "-ly" and irregular adverbs.

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The Unknown Noun

14 May 2015 Kasra Sharifan
We all know the important parts of speech (i.e. nouns, verbs, prepositions, adjectives, adverbs, etc.). Of all the categories mentioned, noun carries the most number of words in English and because of this, it comes with different faces in different parts of any sentence.

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Ever heard of "connotation"?

24 Apr 2015 Mehdi Safavi
You go to the gym every day; you have lost many kilos. Are you thin now? or slim? Although they both mean “not fat”, thinness carries connotations of weakness, weightlessness and emptiness: This extra and rather hidden meaning is called Connotation.

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Passive Voice in English

10 Apr 2015 Kasra Sharifan
The car looks absolutely spotless. Do you have any idea who washes it regularly? Since the result is at hand but the subject (or doer) is not present, it is the perfect chance to use the passive voice and bring variety to your language.

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Learn English with country music

01 Apr 2015 Mehdi Safavi
Let's listen to an English song by the country singer Brad Paisley. "Me Neither" is a funny song that is really easy to understand, and contains useful English expressions you should learn.

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How to disagree politely

12 Mar 2015 Mehdi Safavi
“Some people say that daily journeys to work or school will not be so common in the future. Do you agree or disagree?” — IELTS Speaking, Cambridge IELTS 9. In answer to this question, some candidates might say “I disagree!”; however, this is too direct and considered rude! There are much b...

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