The idea behind this idiom is that regular, small doses can build up to something quite significant over time. In this article I explore how this concept can be applied to learning English as a second language. We will hear the story of Katie, who followed a steady, regular and convenient study routine that worked wonders for her. If you want to make good progress in your own English learning journey, read on.
You’ve probably seen lots of portmanteau words in English. But what are portmanteau words? Are they all slang words? And how can analysing them help ESL learners? Read on to find out more about this particularly joyful aspect of English word play, the source of many contemporary new words.
One of the things about language learning is that there’s always things you can do to get better: to move up from beginner, to intermediate, to advanced, to proficient. Even native speakers are always discovering new words or idioms that they didn’t know before. If you want to improve your fluency, then reading a book in its original English is a great way to do this. So go ahead and abandon that translation of Harry Potter you’ve got on the shelf – reach for the English version instead.
Following the closure of the University of Surrey's IELTS operations in June 2019, MTS is pleased to announce that it was successful in winning a competitive tender recently put out by the British Council, granting the rights to re-commence IELTS English language testing in Guildford.
Yvert is MTS's Academic Director and has worked in English language teaching for over 25 years in a variety of different roles, from test writing to teacher training. This has enabled him to travel around the world, which one of his other passions. He also enjoys watching films and playing chess.
Matthew hails from Oxford and currently works as a contractor for MTS. He has worked as an IELTS test marker over many years. He enjoys cooking, reading and mudlarking in his spare time.
Sona Lisa Bose
Sona is a DELTA qualified teacher who has written two books on the IELTS exam and also writes her own travel and lifestyle blog. She enjoys photography, reading and baking.
Michal is the CEO of Mobile Testing Solutions. He previously worked as Head of Open Exam Centres at Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College, at the time the largest IELTS Test Centre in Europe. When he’s not at work, he enjoys cooking and going for early morning runs.
Sonya is a DELTA qualified teacher who enjoys teaching English to adults and children at all levels. She is also an examiner and proof reader. Apart from her work in education, Sonya is a qualified music journalist who manages her musician husband and also writes all the lyrics for his songs.