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    Online language learning has experienced exponential growth, with the market size reaching $18.7 billion in 2024 and projected to surpass $30 billion by 2028. This surge is driven by technological advancements and the increasing demand for language skills in a globalized world. A recent study found that 68% of language learners now prefer online methods...

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    Top 5 promising careers requiring foreign language skills

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    A beginner’s guide to mastering the English alphabet

    Are you just starting your journey into the vast world of English language learning? There’s no better place to begin than with the very foundation of the language itself: the alphabet. Alphabets serve as the building blocks of language, representing its phonetics and providing the groundwork for communication. In this article, we delve into the...

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    Mastering English spelling: effective strategies for memorization

    Many learners find English spelling particularly challenging, and for good reason. Unlike languages such as Spanish or Italian, where pronunciation closely matches spelling, English is notorious for its inconsistencies. These quirks are the result of English’s rich history, borrowing words from Latin, French, Greek, and many other languages, each bringing its own spelling conventions.  However,...

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    Understanding the Present Simple in English

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    Unlocking the path to language tutoring success

    Many individuals contemplate changing their career path or field of activity but struggle to make a definitive decision, often due to uncertainty about their knowledge and preparation. This hesitation is commonly observed in the field of education as well. Someone might aspire to teach a foreign language but harbor doubts about whether their proficiency level...

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    7 ways to teach in an exciting and engaging way

    Reading texts and sequentially completing exercises in a textbook no longer sparks interest among students. And memorizing word flashcards is not only ineffective but also a boring pastime. Following such a rigid approach, time seems to drag on endlessly, and students may feel as if the lesson will never end. To address this issue, we’ve...

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    How tongue twisters help in learning English

    Tongue twisters are an effective tool for improving spoken English. The constant repetition of certain phrases allows for quicker adaptation to the language’s dialect and specific phonetics. An example of an English tongue twister is the phrase “She sells sea shells by the seashore,” which emphasizes the sounds “Sh” and “s.” Similar tongue twisters exist...

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    7 best podcasts for learning English

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    Improving your English proficiency: from assessment to enhancement

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    Cracking the ‘Begun’ vs. ‘Began’ conundrum

    Mastering English involves getting to grips with tricky word pairs like ‘begun’ and ‘began’. Understanding their differences is key to avoiding errors in your writing and speech. The essence of the ‘begun’ vs. ‘began’ debate lies in their connection to the verb “to begin”. Despite their similar appearance, their usage is distinct. Consider this simple...

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    The differences between British and American English

    Numerous English students often wonder about the key distinctions between American and British English. Both varieties can seem peculiar depending on one’s exposure, and even for native speakers, fully grasping the range of dialects, particularly colloquialisms, can be a challenge. However, there are some notable differences between these two versions of English that are worth...

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    Mastering English in just a month: an ambitious plan

    While aiming for fluency in English within a single month is overly optimistic, significant progress is indeed possible with focused effort. Learning a language is a marathon, not a sprint — it’s crucial to build up vocabulary, get the hang of pronunciation, grasp various tenses, and construct sentences thoughtfully. Let’s be realistic: a single month...

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    Your path to speaking English with ease

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    Greetings in English in business correspondence [2024]

    Greetings in business correspondence establish the tone for all future communication. While in Russian we are accustomed to writing “Good afternoon” or “Hello”, English presents a more nuanced landscape. Depending on the status of your recipient, the subject of the email, and the ultimate communication goal, there are numerous variations of words and phrases you...

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    How to prepare for the IELTS exam in 3 months?

    IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is an international English language proficiency assessment system. It operates in more than 190 countries and is used in business, migration services, government, and other institutions.

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    How to memorize 50 new English words daily

    Modern English teachers claim that rote memorization of words is inefficient. It's said you could learn 100 words a day, but a week later, 90 of them will be forgotten. This is partly true. Words need to be learned with an understanding of their meaning, complemented by grammar and stylistics.

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    How to prepare for TOEFL in English and achieve a high score

    TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is used internationally to assess English language proficiency. Similar to IELTS, TOEIC, and others, it's often taken to validate English proficiency for visa centers, educational institutions, government agencies, or private organizations.