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Phrase of the day: What’s the damage?

Last month, I had to take my car in to the garage to get the annual MOT done. An MOT is basically a check you have to have done every year to ensure your car is still roadworthy – it's…

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Chunk of the day: Needs must

After class yesterday, I popped out to grab a bite to eat from one of the little cafés near where I live. As I was walking back, I bumped into an old friend of mine who I hadn't seen for…

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What’s in a name?

Almost as soon as I started teaching, I realised that there were plenty of countries out there that took names a bit more seriously than we do here in England. When meeting new classes, I'd often be told things like…

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Word of the day: cancel culture

Over recent years, we've seen the push for greater equality come in many shapes and forms - there have been the calls from Black Lives Matter protesters for an end to police brutality and racially-motivated violence against black people, the…

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The curse of native speakerism

Many moons ago, I used to work in the EFL department of a university here in London. Among my colleagues was a wonderful teacher called Kasia. Originally from Poland, she'd moved to the UK, met someone and ended up settling.…

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