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Your loved ones deserve more than a hug!

This brilliant English translation at Lisbon airport made me smile for all the right reasons! Whilst the literal translation ”Give more than a hug to… Read More

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The key to successful language learning

I wholly believe that enjoyment, curiosity and motivation are key to effective learning. No matter how much you know you need to learn a language… Read More

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What do you call that in English?

I have a number of international friends, students and business contacts who speak excellent English, but one mistake that I’ve regularly come across is the… Read More

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Why did the chicken cross the road?

Why did the chicken cross the road? English lesson for the day: ‘Chicken’ idioms and expressions. I saw this beautiful cockerel strutting across the road… Read More

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Spot the mistake!

Nice poster… but what’s the English mistake here? Well, the correct answer is: Exhibition of LIVE spiders and scorpions.  The problem here is that the… Read More

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Whereabouts?

Whereabouts ? For some reason, this word is rarely taught in English language course books and it often causes communication problems for non-native speakers who… Read More

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How do I get fluent in English?

 How do I get fluent in English? One of my students asked me how they could improve their English fluency. My first thought was, ‘just… Read More

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First impressions count!

Translation, or rather, transcreation, challenge! ”First impressions count!”… But in Portuguese this is also a play on words because ‘impressão’ means both impression and printing.… Read More

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Why literal translation doesn’t quite work

It would make sense for ‘Volte sempre’ to be translated as ‘Come back always’ in English.  But, as we know, translation is not that straightforward… Read More

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