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"The world is your oyster"

15 January 2021
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2 Mins Read

Find out about the famous phrase "The world is your oyster", and learn about its history, how and when we use it in the English language.

The language of coronavirus: Is there a silver lining?

2 November 2020
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2 Mins Read

Has coronavirus affected our lives in even more ways than we think? Teachers Ken and Clare have been looking into a more positive impact of the pandemic.

Gradable and non-gradable adjectives

12 October 2020
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4 Mins Read

How much do you know about gradable and non-gradable adjectives? Learn more and test your knowledge with our interactive quiz.

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Expand your vocabulary with prefixes

1 October 2020
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6 Mins Read

Why not expand your vocabulary with the use of quick and easy prefixes? Learn more about them and test your knowledge with our interactive exercise.

Mindmap to learn new vocabulary

How to use a mind map to learn new vocabulary

24 September 2020
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6 Mins Read

We've got a trick that could help you learn your vocabulary faster (and more successfully). Find out more about how a simple memory technique can help you creatively learn, memorise and easily recall new vocabulary.

5 TED talks to watch before starting your language course

11 September 2020
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10 Mins Read

At Bell, we are dedicated language enthusiasts. It’s a passion. So here are a few suggested talks to get you feeling motivated, energised and 'ready to go'. 

Shakespeare's influence on language [Quiz]

Shakespeare's influence on language [Quiz]

23 April 2019

We still use many of Shakespeare's words and phrases today. Take our quiz to learn more about Shakespeare's influence on the English language.

Reduplication words

Reduplication words

1 March 2019

Learn about and test your knowledge of reduplication - words with repetition in the sounds made by the two words. 

Palindromes

Palindromes

9 January 2019

This week we're learning about palindromes - words that are spelt the same forwards as backwards. Test your knowledge with this IELTS style task.

IELTS reading: football

IELTS reading: football

7 December 2018

Test you IELTS reading skills and try to answer the 6 IELTS-type questions.

Prepositions after verbs in IELTS speaking and writing

Prepositions after verbs in IELTS speaking and writing

24 September 2018

Learn about prepositions after verbs, essential knowledge for the IELTS exam.

A story with modal verbs

A story with modal verbs

10 August 2018

There are lots of modal verbs in English. Test your knowledge of modal verbs with our blog.