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Sounds Familiar? What you can hear You can listen to 71 sound recordings and over 600 short audio clips chosen from two collections of the British Library Sound Archive: the Survey of English Dialects and the Millennium Memory Bank. You’ll hear Londoners discussing marriage and working life, Welsh teenagers talking with pride about being bilingual and the Aristocracy chatting about country houses. You can explore the links between present-day Geordie and our Anglo-Saxon and Viking past or discover why Northern Irish accents are a rich blend of seventeenth century English and Scots.

Flirting and Writing Dialogue I love exposition: flowing sentences, tight action, enveloping description. Prose is great. But for the past couple of weeks, I’ve been wondering what makes dialogue tick. Well-written dialogue is not conversation. Have you ever listened to the way people speak? Our conversations (regardless of our erudition) are almost always inane. ABC Services - Podcasts Podcasting is a convenient way of automatically downloading audio or video files to your computer. You can then play this audio or video on your computer or transfer the files to a portable MP3 or video player. 'Podcast' generally refers to audio. 'Video Podcast' (or 'Vodcast') refers to the distribution of video files in the same manner. Use the navigation to the left to browse all ABC podcasts, or check out the highlights below.

Cambridge English Dictionary: Meanings & Definitions Search the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus, the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary, and the Cambridge Business English Dictionary all at one time. Then, choose the British, American, or Business tab to see the entry you want. Popular Searches Key Features IELTS Skills Testing and English coaching INSTRUCTIONS: In this exercise you will get an opportunity to practise typing in numbers as you hear them dictated during a recorded lecture. Start the recording below and fill in the spaces with the numbers as they are spoken in the gaps provided below. Only use numbers and common numbered formats. For example, "2nd" would be marked as correct, but not "second". Strong Authorial Voice By Nicholas So you've got a great novel in the works. It's got everything your audience could ask for - orcs and goblins, champions and villains, flashy adventures and passionate romance.

Karl Ove Knausgaard: My Struggle (Part I) — Bookworm — KCRW Karl Ove Knausgaard’s 6-volume autobiographical novel My Struggle (Archipelago), the third volume of which has just been translated from Norwegian into English, is one of embarrassment and unblemished emotion. Knausgaard, in reflecting on his autobiographical novels, says he always thought literature should be about life. He didn’t think his books would obtain universality; America, which used to feel significant, has become more like Norway: we all fear our lives are worthless, mean nothing.

10 Cool Pop Songs That Make Learning English Incredibly Easy Music is a truly universal language. It’s something we can all understand and connect with, regardless of which languages we speak. But if music is so universal, why is it so hard to understand the English you hear in songs? English songs on the radio sometimes sound like total gibberish, and the language is very hard to follow. What you need, dear English learner, are some songs that are simple enough to understand yet still catchy enough to have you dancing and singing all day.

Free IELTS Listening practice test to help pass the exam The IELTS Listening test will take about 30 minutes, and you will have an extra 10 minutes to transfer your answers to the answer sheet. The four parts of this practice Listening test are presented over four separate web pages. Make sure you move swiftly from one page to the next so that your practice is as realistic as possible. Download the question paper and blank answer sheet before you start, and write your answers on the question paper while you are listening. Use a pencil. Listen to the instructions for each section of the test carefully.

Common Grammar Mistakes I’ve edited a monthly magazine for more than six years, and it’s a job that’s come with more frustration than reward. If there’s one thing I am grateful for — and it sure isn’t the pay — it’s that my work has allowed endless time to hone my craft to Louis Skolnick levels of grammar geekery. As someone who slings red ink for a living, let me tell you: grammar is an ultra-micro component in the larger picture; it lies somewhere in the final steps of the editing trail; and as such it’s an overrated quasi-irrelevancy in the creative process, perpetuated into importance primarily by bitter nerds who accumulate tweed jackets and crippling inferiority complexes. But experience has also taught me that readers, for better or worse, will approach your work with a jaundiced eye and an itch to judge. While your grammar shouldn’t be a reflection of your creative powers or writing abilities, let’s face it — it usually is. Who and Whom

Bertrand Russell Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) ABC of Relativity: Understanding EinsteinABC of Relativity: Understanding Einstein By Bertrand Russell Narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi Runtime: 3hrs, 20mins Synopsis Ask a dozen people to name a genius and the odds are that 'Einstein' will spring to their lips. Dates - English Grammar Today We write the date in English in different ways. The most common way in British English is to write the day of the month first, then the month (starting with a capital letter) and then the year: We can also write the date in numbers only: Sometimes the last two letters of the number as spoken can be used (th, rd, st, nd): Today is the 7th September.

IELTS Speaking practice test 1 In the Speaking test, you will have a discussion with a certified examiner. It will be interactive and as close to a real-life situation as a test can get. The Speaking test is 11-14 minutes long and is in three parts. The Speaking test is the same for both IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training tests. How to practise

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