Should I take the IELTS or the TOEFL?

If you want to attend an English-speaking university, you will be required to prove your English language proficiency is at the level that an English-speaking university classroom requires. To fulfill this requirement, the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) were created and are the standard bearers of English language standardized tests. Although both tests were designed to measure English proficiency, there are some subtle differences that you should consider before deciding which test will better serve your needs.

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A Little Latina Spice Makes Learning English So Nice: Meet Mayinett Rodes

Mayinett Rodes is one spicy Latina woman. She is from Mexico and her personality and character are as spicy as the food. She says what’s on her mind, loves spicy food and can dance like only a true Mexican woman can. She was one of BridgeEnglish Denver’s executive students in the new Business English course until mid-October. Mayi, as she likes to be called, decided to take a much-needed vacation from her stressful job as a financial advisor in Veracruz, Mexico, and come to the United States to study English. We were glad she chose Bridge because she added a lot of charisma and well, spice (for lack of a better word), to the classes and atmosphere here at BridgeEnglish. She lends a unique perspective on what it is like to be a female in a male oriented business world.

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Meet Alexandre Carnelos: Former BridgeEnglish Denver Executive Student

Alexandre Carnelos was a student here at BridgeEnglish Denver back in January 2012. He was one of the many Brazilian executives sent to us by the global chemical company BASF. Alexandre was a popular student amongst the Bridge community and his presence was undeniable. Standing at an impressive 6 feet 5 inches you couldn’t help but notice him. Of the many pictures that I took of him and the pictures on his Facebook page, he gives a menacing stare into the camera in every single picture. I think that is his signature pose. But under the giant frame and ominous glare in pictures, Alexandre is a gentle giant, a hard worker and a super funny guy.

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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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Meet Adriana Arias: Diplomat and Former Executive Student at BridgeEnglish Denver

Adriana Arias was an executive student at BridgeEnglish Denver for two months in the Spring of 2012. Having a job in international relations for the government in Colombia, it is extremely important for her to be able to speak English fluently because a large part of her job is communicating with people from all over the world, in English. Adriana was a pleasure to have in class. Full of Latina fire, she expressed her opinions freely and with conviction, and outside of class she was equally fun, joining both students and teachers in social events and trips around Colorado. Her stay here was short but her impact on fellow students and teachers will endure. She has since been back to work in Bogotá and continues to study English and speak it whenever she can.

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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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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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