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Work and happiness at work (English conversation, IELTS speaking and writing)

 This blog post talks about work and ideas for being happy at work. Besides being a very common everyday conversation topic, this is also a prevalent subject in IELTS writing (having an enjoyable job vs. earning a lot of money) and … Read More

Speaking in English about decisions and uncertainty (IELTS Speaking: Describe an important decision)

 Hopefully this is a helpful blog post in terms of useful ideas about dealing with difficult decisions that we all have to make sometimes, and also to help you speak about this topic clearly in English. As you can see below, … Read More

Talking about old age in English

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Talking about family and changes to family in English

I have included some links in this post to help you talk in English about changes to the traditional family structure that are happening around the world. If you’re preparing for the IELTS, then this could be an especially useful topic to … Read More

There’s no need to panic!! Tips for using English in the workplace

Hi everyone, These days it is a requirement for many non-native English speaking workers  to communicate through English at work. This can be really stressful, especially for beginner and intermediate level language learners. Perhaps you are one of these employees. Do you … Read More

St. Patrick’s Day

As March 17th is just around the corner, it is appropriate to focus this lesson on St. Patrick’s Day, the most important national holiday for people of Irish heritage worldwide. From Dublin to Dubai, Cork to Chicago and Limerick to Lima, the … Read More

English Reading and Listening (International Women’s Day)

In this post, there are some interesting links discussing women’s rights and how these are evolving. The reading links describe International Women’s Day, which started in the Soviet Union and in more recent times has become recognised around the world.  In the … Read More

Speaking about Wildlife in English (World Wildlife Day)

The 3rd of March is World Wildlife Day, which was created to promote more awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants, as well as the issues related to wildlife such as endangered species and destruction of natural habitats. This is an … Read More

English reading and listening: World Day of Social Justice

In this post, I put together some links to help you with speaking about social problems in English. I’m very interested in this topic and I think it’s a problem that the government here in Ireland does very little about, even though … Read More

Chinese New Year 2018

 The Year of the Dog starts today so I put together a video and some links to read and watch about Chinese New Year in English. It’s a huge celebration around Asia and wherever people of East Asian heritage live. Korean … Read More