Our aim here at Pearson is to support the millions of people worldwide who have decided to learn English. Whether you’re learning the language at school, at work or as a hobby, our blog is here to support you.

The English Learning section of our blog contains advice, guidance, hints and tips to help you on your journey. Here, we take a look at the most popular blogs for English learners from the past year…

Helping English learners to expand their vocabulary

The English language is continually evolving, and about 1,000 new words come into use every year. Our blog, 11 new English words – and how to use them, looked at some of the newest words and explained how to use them in conversations. Have you ever “photobombed” someone? Or maybe you’re dying to try “glamping?” Read the blog and find out more…

As you become more familiar with English, you’ll discover more about its structure and vocabulary. We took a closer look at oxymorons. An oxymoron is where two words of opposed or contradictory meaning are used together to create emphasis. You may already be using them – completely by accident! For example, have you ever talked about a “small crowd”, described someone as a “big baby” or gossiped about an “open secret”? Read our blog, How to understand – and use – English oxymorons, to discover some popular oxymorons – and find out what they actually mean.

Even including the ‘strange’ words…!

Of course, every language has its strange and quirky aspects – and English is no exception. There are some expressions that just don’t seem to make any sense, such as “bite the bullet” and “pigs might fly”. Why do people say them? And what do they mean? Our blog, 5 of the strangest English phrases explained, took a closer look…
We then discovered even more strange phrases, so investigated further in our follow-up blog, 6 more strange English phrases explained. Here, we told you why people say: “Cat got your tongue?” It can be very puzzling for English learners – especially if you don’t own a cat!

Advice and guidance for all areas of life

English is a very useful language to learn and our blog is aimed at both learners and teachers. For learners, we’ve provided information and tips about the best ways to learn English – and we also looked at some of the things you shouldn’t do. Learning a language can often be easier if you don’t create barriers that could hinder your progress. Read our blog, 6 things you should try to avoid when learning English, to find out more…

Whether you’re learning English for professional or personal reasons, at some point you’ll probably want to communicate by writing an email in English. Every day, 205 billion emails are sent and received worldwide. While a huge number of them are informal messages between friends, the majority are business-related. Whether you’re emailing someone you work with, applying for a new job or making new connections, our blog, 6 things to take note of when writing English emails, provided some useful general rules to follow.

One of the most interesting languages to learn

As we’ve discovered, English is a colourful and interesting language – and we proved this by providing 11 fascinating facts about English. For example, did you know that English is spoken by all pilots to identify themselves on flights, regardless of where they are from? Or that “Go.” is the shortest grammatically correct sentence in English?

Our readers were so fascinated by our facts, that we then provided 11 more fascinating facts about English. We hope you enjoy reading both of these blogs!

We’ve got lots more useful and motivating ideas coming up in 2017!

If you have an idea for a blog or would like us to cover a particular aspect of English language learning, let us know in the comments section below…

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