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Taster Accent and Business English sessions in December

Pronunciation & Accent Transformation for Non-Native Speakers – Free

Friday, Dec 16, 2016, 1:30 PM

Eagle Labs Incubator, Barclays Bank, Cambridge CB4 3AZ
28 Chesterton Road Cambridge, GB

9 Students Went

Pronunciation & Accent Transformation for Non-Native Speakers – 90 minutes -FreeDiscover some of the secrets to achieving a natural, native-like English accent. & Accent Reduction Transformation includes a seminar in which you are given some of the key secrets behind native British English-sounding speech…

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Business Interactions for Non-Native Speakers – Free

Friday, Dec 16, 2016, 3:30 PM

Eagle Labs Incubator, Barclays Bank, Cambridge CB4 3AZ
28 Chesterton Road Cambridge, GB

4 Students Went

Business Interactions for Non-Native Speakers – 80 minutes – FreeWe look at the story of a company which is famous for a good, bad or unique reason, for example Amazon, BP or perhaps a company with particularly strong ethics. Their story is the starting point for our discussions and you receive a business-related task to tackle in English.The sem…

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Advanced Pronuncition & Accent: Noticing weak sounds

To try to create a recording which contained natural, hesitant, fast speech features, I asked myself a spontaneous question and recorded my answer. I didn’t plan what I would say. The result is a lot of ‘a lot of’s! 🙂 Look at the transcript and try mimicking the weak, fast words and phrases in bold. Record yourself and compare with mine. How do your weak phrases sound different from mine?

How Cambridge Has Changed_Transcript


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Real English intensive courses starting this summer!

Cambridge1English is very excited about our intensive Real English courses here in Cambridge!

This course is something special! It’s designed and written by Cambridge1English to give students the true language they will experience every day while visiting or studying and working in England.

The intensive course of twenty 50-minute classes per week, for one or two weeks accompanied by a rich timetable of trips, activities and events which provide more practice opportunities as well as fun.

The schedule is unique in that there is a class every day dedicated to:

  • Colloquialisms, slang and phrasal Verbs,
  • Vocabulary or grammar the way native speakers use it,
  • Pronunciation and accent reduction,
  • Handling challenging situations.

We also give every student a free personal audio progress report! 

Read more or contact us now!

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C1E Grammar Fix: Most … ‘of’ or no ‘of’?

1. Most (no ‘of’) is a determiner. For example it replaces a, an, the, every, some etc. in a sentence, so:

  • ‘Milk in most supermarkets is cheap.’ OR, you could say, ‘Milk in the supermarket is cheap.’
  • Most people in England watch TV.’ NOT ‘Most of people in England watch TV.’

2. Most of (with ‘of’ ;-)) is a pronoun which refers to I, you, he, they, it, this etc. somewhere else in your writing or speech, so:

  • I went on holiday last summer. I spent most of it relaxing and doing nothing.
  • I spent most of the winter on the coast.
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Petrol or Gas?

As a native British English speaker, I’m always intrigued by expressions that American English speakers use. Sometimes it takes me a while to figure out what they mean! To get started though, here are some common words that are different in Britain and the USA:

Petrol (UK) = Gas (USA) English courses in England

Pavement (UK) = Sidewalk (USA)

Angry (UK) = Mad (USA)

Autumn (UK) = Fall (USA)

Rubbish (UK) = Trash (USA)

Tap (UK) = Faucet (USA)

Trousers (UK) = Pants (USA)

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English Brain Words

Which do you think are physical & which are non-physical? Some might be both … or neither… depending on your views!

the brain
the mind
mental processes
thought processes
persistant vegetative state
neural networks