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"As cool as a cucumber" – Phrase of the week

"As cool as a cucumber" – Phrase of the week

7 May 2013

Find out about the phrase ‘As cool as a cucumber’, its interesting history and why people use it. 

IELTS top 10 tips for success

IELTS top 10 tips for success

29 April 2013

According to the British Council, over 7000 education institutions, government agencies and professional organisations around the world recognise IELTS scores as an indicator of an individual’s ability to communicate in English.

"Planting the seed" – Phrase of the week

"Planting the seed" – Phrase of the week

25 April 2013

Find out about the horticultural phrase ‘Planting the seed', its meaning and how people use it.

"Butterflies in one's stomach" – Phrase of the week

19 April 2013

Find out about the phrase ‘Butterflies in one's stomach', its meaning and why people use it. 

Bell St Albans welcomes first students from around the world

26 March 2013

On 24 March, Bell’s new young learner centre based in St Albans opened.

"Break a leg!" – Phrase of the week

26 March 2013

Find out about the phrase ‘Break a leg!’, its interesting history and why people use it, particulary in the theatre.

"By the end of play" – Phrase of the week

18 March 2013

Find out about the phrase ‘by the end of play’, how we use it in the English language and when it’s appropriate to use.

"The world is your oyster" – phrase of the week

12 March 2013

Find out about the phrase "The world is your oyster", its history, how we use it in the English language and other related phrases.

Future tense using ‘going to’

4 February 2013

Have you ever had an accident and thought “I’m glad nobody saw that!” ? Well, these people on You’ve been framed are not so lucky.

"No brainer" – Phrase of the Week

18 January 2013

This week we explain the phrase "no brainer". This is often used in conversational English to emphasise a decision that was very easy to make.

English pronunciation – a guide for beginners

11 January 2013

From the Wymondham winds to Grosvenor grove - An exploration of the differences between written and spoken English

Recycling knowledge

4 January 2013

The Environment and You