False Friends: Nobody Likes Them But We Have to Learn Them

It’s nice to have a true friend, someone who shares similar interests as you, is there for you when you need someone to talk to and someone who understands you. True friends are great. False friends, however, are not so great; they’re confusing and you can’t trust them and sometimes they don’t mean what they say. False friends occur between two people but did you know that false friends also exist in languages? False friends are two words that look similar, and sound similar, but actually have different meanings. False friends can occur between many different languages and there are a plethora of false friends between English and other languages, especially the Latin based languages.

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How to Listen Better in English – a Few Useful Tips

You feel like you’re making progress in learning English. You can understand your teacher when she gives you a lesson on grammar now. Three months ago, you could only comprehend one out of every ten words she said. Congratulate yourself! Then you sit down to watch a news video online, and at least half of the story’s content does not make any sense. You want to get better at listening, but how?

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Where Do They Come From? The Origins of Four Popular English Idioms

Sometimes when I am in class teaching a grammar point or vocabulary, or just having a class discussion, I find myself using idioms or expressions that are common to me but obviously not to a non-native ESL learner. As I notice the confused looks on my students’ faces I suddenly realize that the expression that I so nonchalantly just forced upon them has to be explained. But the strange phenomenon about English idioms is that most native English speakers have no idea what their actual origin is.

Sometimes when I am in class teaching a grammar point or vocabulary, or just having a class discussion, I find myself using idioms or expressions that are common to me but obviously not to a non-native ESL learner. As I notice the confused looks on my students’ faces I suddenly realize that the expression that I so nonchalantly just forced upon them has to be explained. But the strange phenomenon about English idioms is that most native English speakers have no idea what their actual origin is.

Sometimes when I am in class teaching a grammar point or vocabulary, or just having a class discussion, I find myself using idioms or expressions that are common to me but obviously not to a non-native ESL learner. As I notice the confused looks on my students’ faces I suddenly realize that the expression that I so nonchalantly just forced upon them has to be explained. But the strange phenomenon about English idioms is that most native English speakers have no idea what their actual origin is.

Sometimes when I am in class teaching a grammar point or vocabulary, or just having a class discussion, I find myself using idioms or expressions that are common to me but obviously not to a non-native ESL learner. As I notice the confused looks on my students’ faces I suddenly realize that the expression that I so nonchalantly just forced upon them has to be explained. But the strange phenomenon about English idioms is that most native English speakers have no idea what their actual origin is.

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Meet Stephan Käsermann: Master Mechanic and Cool Guy

Stephan Käsermann is one of a kind here at Bridge. He is always the center of everything fun. During class breaks, other students flock to him to hear his jokes or hear about his shenanigans over the weekend. His boisterous laugh is contagious and identifiable, filling the halls with humor and happiness. He is the student everyone wants to know and standing at an impressive six feet four inches, his presence is undeniable.

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Who Stole the Money? A Brief Lesson in English Intonation

I didn’t say he stole the money.
I didn’t say he stole the money.
I didn’t say he stole the money.
I didn’t say he stole the money.
I didn’t say he stole the money.
I didn’t say he stole the money.
Which one of these sentences means “I think someone else stole the money?” Not sure? OK. Which sentence implies that I merely suggested that he stole the money? Still don’t know?

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Dangerous Liaisons: How to Speak English Without Sounding Like a Robot

Dangerous Liaisons. No, I am not talking about the 1988 Glenn Close and John Malkovich movie about gossiping 17th century aristocrats. I am talking about the English pronunciation phenomenon of an otherwise absent consonant sound at the end of the first of two consecutive words, the second of which begins with a vowel sound and follows without pause. Or, to put it more plainly, how native English speakers connect their words when speaking, making listening comprehension for ESL students the most difficult of the receptive skills.

You see, English isn’t spoken as it is written, therefore when spoken naturally and at full speed it bears little resemblance to the written version of the same sentence. For this reason, liaisons are an essential part of learning how to speak English and just as importantly, a part of understanding English.

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Idioms: They’re Sexy and You Know It.

Why learn idioms? Think of some common idioms in your language and about how important they are to communication. They are powerful ways to convey your meaning.

Experienced BridgeEnglish Denver teacher, Robyn Jacobs, says that using idioms and phrasal verbs show the meaning of your words in English in a very strong way. Thus, if you can use idioms correctly, you will sound fluent, confident and knowledgable. Sexy, in other words.

Why learn idioms? Think of some common idioms in your language and about how important they are to communication. They are powerful ways to convey your meaning.

Experienced BridgeEnglish Denver teacher, Robyn Jacobs, says that using idioms and phrasal verbs show the meaning of your words in English in a very strong way. Thus, if you can use idioms correctly, you will sound fluent, confident and knowledgable. Sexy, in other words.

Why learn idioms? Think of some common idioms in your language and about how important they are to communication. They are powerful ways to convey your meaning.

Experienced BridgeEnglish Denver teacher, Robyn Jacobs, says that using idioms and phrasal verbs show the meaning of your words in English in a very strong way. Thus, if you can use idioms correctly, you will sound fluent, confident and knowledgable. Sexy, in other words.

Why learn idioms? Think of some common idioms in your language and about how important they are to communication. They are powerful ways to convey your meaning.

Experienced BridgeEnglish Denver teacher, Robyn Jacobs, says that using idioms and phrasal verbs show the meaning of your words in English in a very strong way. Thus, if you can use idioms correctly, you will sound fluent, confident and knowledgable. Sexy, in other words.

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Get Smarter: Learning English Has Hidden Advantages.

Everyone that comes to BridgeEnglish Denver is focused on one thing, learning how to speak or improve their English. Some students come with some acquisition of the language already under their belts while others come as total beginners. Either way, their goals are the same: to become bilingual by adding English to their already fluent native tongue. Most of the benefits of being bilingual are quite obvious – more job and education opportunities, cultural and communication advantages, and more rewarding travel opportunities.
Everyone that comes to BridgeEnglish Denver is focused on one thing, learning how to speak or improve their English. Some students come to BridgeEnglish Denver with some acquisition of the language already under their belts while others come as total beginners. Either way, their goals are the same: to become bilingual by adding English to their already fluent native tongue.

Most of the benefits of being bilingual are quite obvious – more job and education opportunities, cultural and communication advantages, and more rewarding travel opportunities.
Everyone that comes to BridgeEnglish Denver is focused on one thing, learning how to speak or improve their English. Some students come to BridgeEnglish Denver with some acquisition of the language already under their belts while others come as total beginners. Either way, their goals are the same: to become bilingual by adding English to their already fluent native tongue.

Most of the benefits of being bilingual are quite obvious – more job and education opportunities, cultural and communication advantages, and more rewarding travel opportunities.
Everyone that comes to BridgeEnglish Denver is focused on one thing, learning how to speak or improve their English. Some students come to BridgeEnglish Denver with some acquisition of the language already under their belts while others come as total beginners. Either way, their goals are the same: to become bilingual by adding English to their already fluent native tongue.

Most of the benefits of being bilingual are quite obvious – more job and education opportunities, cultural and communication advantages, and more rewarding travel opportunities.

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BridgeEnglish Denver Students Go to Movies at Latest IBC Event

BridgeEnglish Denver executive students joined members from 15 countries to explore trends in global cinema at an International Business Circle (IBC) event in February.

Jim Palmer, University of Colorado (CU) Professor of Film Studies and Director of the CU Conference on World Affairs, spearheaded the event which was hosted by IBC members Jack and Sophie Walker at their private home in Boulder, 30 miles northwest of Denver.

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