The rules to learning good English, specifically pronunciation.
- Get a good teacher of English. Race, colour, creed doesn’t matter. A good teacher isn’t based on location. A native speaker is not necessarily what you need nowadays. ie: Philippine ‘masters in English’ are good. Don’t be mistaken about all places. For instance in America the most noticeable difference between American and British English is vocabulary and of course ‘slang’. There are hundreds of everyday words that are different. For example, Brits call the front of a car the bonnet, while Americans call it the hood. Americans go on vacation, while Brits go on holidays, or hols. However. Look at the list below there are huge differences between American English and British English which are not understood worldwide.
- Make sure your teacher has good pronunciation. (Otherwise nobody will understand you)
- Make sure you are using a good dictionary. Oxford or Cambridge. Otherwise you won’t have correct spelling. ie: Check out enrollment and enrolment, color or colour.
- Don’t get confused with Canadian English and American English. Canadian English is as near as you will get to English English. Just accent can change depending on location.
- Be careful of learning from somebody with a broad (poor) accent. Go to Sydney and see the locals that all speak ‘English’ and yet cannot understand each other. (Spanish English, Italian English, Indian, Chinese, the list goes on.
Enrolment is on-going. Hi! Nice of you to join us. This is a 6 month PACKAGE DEAL. You get to meet your classmates, do homework prep with your classmates and you get, once again, a regular teacher.
Course starts on Correcting Pronunciation, then follows logical steps through the Eight Parts of Speech, Sentences, Paragraphs, Essays, Conversations in varying situations and you get a certificate on graduation.
What are the better exams to take? Some of the following may help.
By and large, it is the most popular standardised test of English. IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System and is jointly run by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and Cambridge English Language Assessment. There are two main types of IELTS: Academic and General Training. For those who apply for higher education the IELTS Academic exam is a must.
Format: IELTS is very straightforward. Total time is less than less than 4 hours. You sit in four main language parts: listening (4 recordings in 30 min), reading (40 questions in 60 min), writing (2 tasks in 60 min), and speaking (11-14 min with an examiner). In contrast to TOEFL, the speaking part is conducted face-to-face with a certified examiner.
Scoring: IELTS results are reported on a 9-band scale with 1 (which literally means no user of language) to 9 (an expert user of language, an equivalent of the C2 level).
Results: IELTS guarantees the evaluation within 13 days. You can view the results online.
Our advice: Please set up the exam dates in advance so you don’t miss a chance to sit the exam before or during the summer prior to the start of your course. We’d suggest not leaving it to the last minute. What if you missed your condition and have no other time to re-sit the exam?
Being a natural selection for students applying to UK universities, it is very likely you can enrol for the IELTS certificate with a local branch of British Council in your country. They organise IELTS examination dates a couple of times per year (depending on the branch).
For more details consult the IELTS website.
TOEFL is offered as an internet-based test (TOEFL IBT) taken in numerous centres all around the globe. It stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language. It is a trademark exam of a private non-profit from the US: Educational Testing Service (ETS).
Format: The exam takes approx. 4 hours and consists of 4 components (reading, listening, speaking, writing). During the whole test you only interact with a computer; you read and hear texts and respond to multiple-choice questions. In the speaking part, your voice is recorded and sent to a marker. There is also a paper version of the same test but the internet-based test is far more popular among students.
Scoring: Each of the 4 components is graded with up to 30 points. The total number of points is – Sherlock Holmes found it out for us – 120!
Results: It takes several weeks after the test for the results to arrive.
Our advice: TOEFL is more popular amongst those applying to the US colleges. EF, a company that specialises in language courses all around the globe, points out that TOEFL is a more logical option for students who want to pursue their studies in the US or Canada.
For more details consult the TOEFL website.
CAE & CPE
Both exams are organised by Cambridge English Language Assessment (formerly known as the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations). The Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) is set at a high C1-C2 level (=IELTS 6.5-8.0). The Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) is the most advanced exam and is ranked at C2 (well above the TOEFL scale and equivalent to IELTS >8.0). In contrast to many other certificates, the Cambridge certificates do not expire.
Format: The tests are structured in a similar way to IELTS and TOEFL: writing, listening, speaking, and reading, though an important aspect of these certificates is the use of English and a focus on grammar. The first (reading and use of English) and second parts (writing) take 1h 30 minutes each, listening lasts 40min, and speaking 15min. Interestingly, the updated speaking test is taken face to face, with 2 candidates and 2 examiners to make sure the conversation measures a natural ability of communicating in English.
Scoring: The scale illustrates performance across a wide range of language ability. In CAE and CPE, scoring between 200-210 refers to a grade A (C2 level). A candidate whose score is between 193 and 199 receives a grade B. A grade C (which is still considered as Level C1) is given to scores between 180 and 192.
Results: The statement is released online, approximately 4-6 weeks after the paper-based exam and 2-3 weeks for computer-based exams.
Our advice: Both tests are very well recognised and, unlike others, do not expire which makes them particularly prestigious qualifications. But you should rethink sitting these tests in case you don’t plan to apply for the UK, as these exams really require a lot of preparation of your side. Also, unless you feel very confident in your English (and we’re talking about close-to-native skills), you should not take CPE without serious preparation.
|British English||American English|
|action replay||instant replay|
|agony aunt||advice columnist|
|Allen key||Allen wrench|
|asymmetric bars||uneven bars|
|baking tray||cookie sheet|
|bank holiday||legal holiday|
|black economy||underground economy|
|blanket bath||sponge bath|
|block of flats||apartment building|
|bonnet (of a car)||hood|
|boob tube||tube top|
|boot (of a car)||trunk|
|bottom drawer||hope chest|
|brawn (the food)||headcheese|
|breakdown van||tow truck|
|breeze block||cinder block|
|bridging loan||bridge loan|
|car park||parking lot|
|central reservation||median strip|
|cinema||movie theater; the movies|
|cling film||plastic wrap|
|common seal||harbor seal|
|consumer durables||durable goods|
|cot death||crib death|
|cotton bud||cotton swab|
|cotton wool||absorbent cotton|
|council estate||(housing) project|
|court card||face card|
|crisps||chips; potato chips|
|crocodile clip||alligator clip|
|crotchet (music)||quarter note|
|current account||checking account|
|danger money||hazard pay|
|demister (in a car)||defroster|
|dialling tone||dial tone|
|double cream||heavy cream|
|dressing gown||robe; bathrobe|
|drinks cupboard||liquor cabinet|
|drinks party||cocktail party|
|driving licence||driver’s license|
|dual carriageway||divided highway|
|dummy (for a baby)||pacifier|
|dust sheet||drop cloth|
|engaged (of a phone)||busy|
|estate agent||real estate agent, realtor (trademark)|
|estate car||station wagon|
|faith school||parochial school|
|financial year||fiscal year|
|fire brigade/service||fire company/department|
|first floor||second floor|
|fish finger||fish stick|
|fitted carpet||wall-to-wall carpeting|
|full stop (punctuation)||period|
|goods train||freight train|
|greaseproof paper||wax paper/waxed paper|
|green fingers||green thumb|
|ground floor||first floor|
|hen night||bachelorette party|
|hire purchase||installment plan|
|in hospital||in the hospital|
|hot flush||hot flash|
|housing estate||housing development|
|hundreds and thousands||sprinkles (for ice cream)|
|ice lolly||Popsicle (trademark)|
|icing sugar||confectioners’ sugar|
|indicator (on a car)||turn signal|
|jelly babies||jelly beans|
|Joe Bloggs||Joe Blow|
|Joe Public||John Q. Public|
|jumble sale||rummage sale|
|jump lead||jumper cable|
|junior school||elementary school|
|a lettuce||a head of lettuce|
|level crossing||grade crossing|
|lollipop lady (or man)||crossing guard|
|low loader||flatbed truck|
|lucky dip||grab bag|
|luggage van||baggage car|
|market garden||truck farm|
|marshalling yard||railroad yard|
|metalled road||paved road|
|minim (music)||half note|
|mobile phone||cell phone|
|noughts and crosses||tic-tac-toe|
|number plate||license plate|
|off-licence||liquor store; package store|
|opencast mining||open-pit mining|
|ordinary share||common stock|
|oven glove||oven mitt|
|paddling pool||wading pool|
|parting (in hair)||part|
|pay packet||pay envelope|
|plain chocolate||dark chocolate|
|plain flour||all-purpose flour|
|positive discrimination||reverse discrimination|
|postal vote||absentee ballot|
|potato crisp||potato chip|
|power point||electrical outlet|
|pram||baby carriage; stroller|
|public school||private school|
|public transport||public transportation|
|quaver (music)||eighth note|
|racing car||race car|
|real tennis||court tennis|
|recorded delivery||certified mail|
|registration plate||license plate|
|reverse the charges||call collect|
|reversing lights||back-up lights|
|right-angled triangle||right triangle|
|roundabout (at a fair)||carousel|
|roundabout (in road)||traffic circle|
|sandwich cake||layer cake|
|sanitary towel||sanitary napkin|
|self-raising flour||self-rising flour|
|semibreve (music)||whole note|
|semitone (music)||half step|
|share option||stock option|
|shopping trolley||shopping cart|
|show house/home||model home|
|silencer (on a car)||muffler|
|skeleton in the cupboard||skeleton in the closet|
|skimmed milk||skim milk|
|skipping rope||jump rope|
|sleeping partner||silent partner|
|snakes and ladders||chutes and ladders|
|stag night||bachelor party|
|Stanley knife||utility knife|
|state school||public school|
|storm in a teacup||tempest in a teapot|
|takeaway (food)||takeout; to go|
|taxi rank||taxi stand|
|tea towel||dish towel|
|terrace house||row house|
|toffee apple||candy apple or caramel apple|
|touch wood||knock on wood|
|trade union||labor union|
|trading estate||industrial park|
|transport cafe||truck stop|
|vacuum flask||thermos bottle|
|verge (of a road)||shoulder|
|wagon (on a train)||car|
|water ice||Italian ice|
|white coffee||coffee with cream|
|white spirit||mineral spirits|
|wholemeal bread||wholewheat bread|
|wing (of a car)||fender|
|zed (letter Z)||zee|
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