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Win Gold in English

Boost your English and feel inspired with 3 phenomenal athlete stories from this year’s Olympic Games.

20 Aug 2021

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Master Transition Signals

Transition signals fall into several broad categories. In this post, I’ll be analysing a few key types using texts about well-known figures.

30 Jul 2021

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Get Noticed on LinkedIn

With global members pushing 800 million, LinkedIn is a prime piece of real estate for your personal brand. So why would you build a tiny cottage on it when you can build a Penthouse? One way to do that is by constructing a stand-out LinkedIn Headline.

21 Jul 2021

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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

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Mastering topic sentences

Topic sentences are like the road signs that enable the reader to navigate an essay. They guide the reader, helping them understand the direction of each paragraph.

01 Jul 2021

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Sound Smarter with Collocations

Need to use Academic English for essays, reports, presentations, etcetera, but finding it a slog? Move over to the fast lane. In this post, we explain what academic collocations are and why they’re so effective in academic writing.

21 Jun 2021

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3 Top Tips for a Winning Cover Letter

Let’s be honest. Many of us ignore the poor, neglected cover letter. It’s the résumé/CV’s less attractive, less accomplished sibling. But a cover letter deserves some kudos because a well-written one can go a long way in getting you off your couch and into that interview room. Read on for tips.

10 Jun 2021

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Academic Vocabulary

Only have five minutes to study Academic English? No biggie. Check in here regularly for our bite-size vocabulary series. This post focuses on three must-know Academic English adjectives that convey amounts and influence.

09 Jun 2021

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4 Sizzling Things to do in Cape Town in Winter (according to locals)

Winter. Time to laze on the couch all day and stare at the wall, right? Wrong! Winter is a fabulous time to explore the Mother City. Just read what these proudly pro-Cape Town locals have to say about their favourite winter activities in the mother of all cities.

07 Jun 2021

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Ways to ace a job interview

Well done, you got an interview, which is a great opportunity. This means you wrote a great CV and the company are interested in you as a potential employee. Now, it is up to you to charm them into giving you a job. Here are three ways to make a great impression in an interview.

01 Jun 2021

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Learn English Through Music

Music is uplifting, energising, and inspiring. Basically, it makes us happy. It’s also a super fun resource that you can use to improve your English.

10 May 2021

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Cape Town’s Bohemian Lifestyle

Cape Town is a cosmopolitan mix of cultures, and it is also famous for its counter cultural lifestyle. Think yoga and meditation, flowing skirts and designer jewellery, vegan snacks, and the healing arts. Check out the vibe in this selection of places and experiences in the Mother City.

29 Apr 2021

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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

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Quick Tips: How to use the Present Perfect

You have probably studied this tense a few times over but might still find it confusing to use. This is because it doesn’t exist in some languages or it is used differently.

So when must you use present perfect and when must you use past simple?

The present perfect is used to talk about:

30 Mar 2021

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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

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An effective guide to CV Writing

A Guide to Writing an Effective CV “CV” stands for Curriculum Vitae, which loosely translates from Latin as ‘the course of your life’. It includes a brief account of your…

10 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

Summer vibes in Cape Town

Summer vibes in Cape Town Soak up the sunshine on one of the beaches around Cape Town. If you are out exploring, take a hat and bikini or swimming shorts…

20 Dec 2020