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The Bare Essentials of Bare Infinitives

Caution: this post contains references to nudity (ie ‘naked infinitives’). Learn what these are and how to use them without suffering from an attack of embarrassment.

21 Mar 2024

English Idioms about Happiness

It’s International Happiness Day this month, so we’re sharing some common, quirky, and downright crazy English expressions about… you guessed it… happiness!

14 Mar 2024

Confusing English Words

English is full of word pairs that leave students dazed and confused. Check out our post on how to get to grips with one of these duplicitous duos!

08 Mar 2024

How to talk about love in English

March is here, but before we bid February adieu, we thought we’d leave you with some swoon-worthy phrases about ‘amore’ in honour of the ‘month of love’.

01 Mar 2024

Another year… Other grammar!

Happy 2024 to all our readers! We wish you joy, success, and impeccable grammar this year! To help get your year off to a good start, we explore common mistakes students make with that deceptively simple word: ‘other’.

11 Jan 2024

Learning English with ChatGPT

There’s been a lot of excitement about how ChatGPT can be used to improve students’ English. In this post, we put these claims to the test.

30 Dec 2023

New Year’s Resolutions & How to Stick to Them

‘Tis the season to be jolly – and then regret it in January. Learn about some common phrases to do with New Year’s Resolutions, plus some handy tips to make sure you stay on-track with yours!

14 Dec 2023

Fun Activities to Boost your English

There are tons of outdoor activities in Cape Town that are not only fun, but a great way to improve your English. Get the full scoop here!

15 Aug 2023

Don’t say this… Say this!

Time to trade in those overused phrases for new ones that will make you sound so much more au naturel in English.

31 May 2023

IELTS Speaking: Friends and Family

Not sure how to prep for IELTS Speaking? Steal some ideas from our teachers, who share their own answers to common IELTS questions about the topic, ‘Friends and Family’.

08 May 2023

Man on the bus

Getting Out and About

One major advantage of studying English in Cape Town is that you can combine your studies with exploring this famously stunning city. Master the ins and outs of getting around the Mother City with our top tips.

13 Jan 2022

Student takes notes in front of a computer

Paraphrase like a pro

Paraphrasing is the art of putting ideas that you have read into your own words. In this post, we give you paraphrasing strategies to improve your academic writing.

06 Jul 2021

Woman giving a presentation to their colleagues

Professional Phrases for Presentations

Professional Phrases for Presentations We have compiled a collection of useful professional phrases to help you to present like a pro. Remember the KISS rule: Keep It Short and Simple….

14 Apr 2021

A woman stands at a podium delivering a presentation

10 Presentation Tips from US Presidents

10 Presentation Tips from US Presidents These are some presentation tips to help you give an effective presentation in English. Who better to learn from than well-known figures in the…

30 Mar 2021

Language Excursions

General English Plus Language Excursions Our new Language Excursions programme , introduced in January 2021, is a collaboration between the UCT English Language Centre and Kurus English. Kurus English developed this…

05 Mar 2021

Group of people listening to a presentation speech.

4 Key Tips for an Excellent Presentation

Many presenters feel that they are of utmost importance, because they are in the spotlight. However, if you focus the attention on the audience instead, it is more likely that the presentation will go well.

14 Oct 2019