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English Skill: Ordering from the Bar

Situation: You and some colleagues/friends are enjoying an evening out at a local bar/restaurant. You are all having a look at the drinks menu in order to see what is available and to decide what you will have to drink. Take a look at the related phrases you could use to discuss what’s on the menu and to speak with the waiter when he arrives to take your order.

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Any questions? 🙂



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English Skill: Selecting a Starter

Situation: You and a friend are dining out at a nice little restaurant downtown, have ordered your drinks and are now deciding what to have as an appetiser. Sometimes deciding what to have from the vast array on offer on the menu can seem like mission impossible – everything just sounds so nice! Take a look at various phrases that you may want to make use of next time you find yourself in a similar situation.

Eating Out Selecting a Starter

When was the last time you dined out and had to use English? What did you have as your starter?


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English Skill: Describing Visuals During a Presentation 

 Do you ever have to give presentations in English as part of your job or in front of friends and family? As part of my teaching career I have given many presentations in English and I know how nerve-racking it can sometimes be – and English is my native tongue!

Visual aids that you often encounter in (Powerpoint) presentations, such as pie charts, graphs, bar graphs, bullet points, boxes, etc. can often be challenging for non-native English speakers to refer to and you may be tempted to just talk about them without properly referencing them or using the correct language, or worse still – just ignore them! In order for your audience to easily follow your presentation and to allow you yourself to come across more professionally, here are some common English phrases that can be used to help describe various visual aids during a presentation.

Describing visual aids

Describing visual aids

  • Do you give presentations in English? What to you find most challenging?


Motivate Your English Learning With Current Events!

Reading English newspapers can be a rewarding and motivating experience and makes a nice change from course books as a way to learn and practise English. The advantages of reading newspapers can be numerous and diverse.

English Newspapers

Newspapers are far more up-to-date than course books. It can take months and often years for a course book to reach publication, whereas a newspaper reports on current events, international events, new technological events and the ever-changing world/society on a regular basis. The content in newspapers is always new and attractive and is a great source of motivation!

Newspapers provide a marvellous opportunity to read different kinds of genres. It is not uncommon to find excellent examples of advertisements, stories, narratives and reports in most newspapers which are, or course, written in authentic English. Newspapers offer you the chance to experience modern English in use, with articles full of collocations and idioms all put together in well-constructed texts.

Newspapers are a wealth of information. By reading English newspapers you become immersed in the culture of the newspaper’s country of origin, as well as the cultures of other countries being featured in the newspaper. This allows you to better understand the people of, say, Great Britain and can help you obtain information on such things as behaviour and life trends. It also allows you to broaden your knowledge on a wide range of subjects including the economy, health, education, technology, politics and entertainment (to name but a few). This up-to-date reading on numerous topics can be a very rewarding experience!

Finally, reading newspapers is a social behaviour and allows you to experience human communication in society as it happens. As your familiarity with the English language broadens and your ability to understand articles improves, so your social responsibility and critical thinking should improve too. With improvements like that there should be every reason for you to pick up an English newspaper today and start reading it!

Click here to read some English newspapers.