Month: January 2017

11 Facts About English I Bet You Nid Not Know

11 Facts About English I Bet You Nid Not Know

Credit: english.com

 

1. English is the language of the skies

You might know that English is the language of many lands (it’s the official language of 67 countries) but did you know it’s the language of the skies, too? That’s right, English is spoken by all pilots to identify themselves on flights, regardless of where they are from – yet another way in which learning English improves employability, to join our examples in tourism and multinational companies.

2. You or me?

We use the words ‘you’ and ‘me’ all the time, but which of the two do you think is the most widely used? You might be surprised to learn that while ‘you’ is the 18th most commonly used word in the English language; ‘me’ is way back at number 50. So what is the most used English word? Exactly that: ‘the’.

3. One in a billion!

If you were to write out every number in order as words (e.g. one, two, three, four…) you wouldn’t use the letter ‘b’ until you reached one billion!

4. No repeats!

‘Subdermatoglyphic’ is the longest English word that can be written without repeating any letters. It has 17 letters in it, and it’s the medical name for the layer of skin beneath the fingertips. Slightly easier to guess the meaning of is the word ‘uncopyrightable’, which has 15 letters without any being repeated, and refers to something that can’t be copyrighted or owned.

5. Shakespeare was an architect of the English language

The legendary playwright was responsible for many of the things we say and write today. These include the words ‘fashionable’, ‘advertising’ and ‘laughable’, and the phrase ‘fight fire with fire’, which means to respond to attack with a similar form of attack.

6. New arrivals to the dictionary

A new word is added to the dictionary every two hours. The newest and strangest include ‘nerdjacking’ (to hijack a conversation with detailed explanations), ‘undorse’ (to reverse a policy) and ‘Mx’ (a gender-neutral form of address instead of using Mr or Ms).

7. Same word, different meanings

You may know a ‘twerk’ to be a popular, thrusting dance but in the 16th century ‘twirk’ (spelt with an ‘i’ not an ‘e’) meant ‘to twist the hairs of a moustache’. Speaking of twerking, here’s a selection of some of our favourite modern words and slang terms you should know.

8. The origins of English

English originates from Old English, which is its earliest historical form from the 5th century. There was no punctuation until the 15th century. The oldest Old English word still used today that has the same direct meaning is ‘town’. Town has kept the same meaning as its original Old English word “tun” meaning area of dwelling.

9. Time to move

‘Go.’ is the shortest grammatically correct sentence in English.

10. The enemies of poets

There are no words in English that rhyme perfectly with ‘month’, ‘orange’, ‘silver’ or ‘purple’. The definition of a ‘perfect rhyme’ can be found here.

11. What’s an ‘aegilops’?!

The longest word in English with its letters in alphabetical order is ‘aegilops’, which is a type of plant.

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Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

General Rules, Terms and Conditions of Let’s Learn English language school, referred to below as LLE.

 

1. Booking

Students may start their course and tuition on any weekday, other than a South African public holiday. LLE may request the student to complete a Student Information (Enrolment) Form, which can be sent to the student on request. Accommodation through LLE during the course is available. Full details of the range of courses and accommodation available through LLE appears on the website, and can be further detailed via email, on request. LLE may request an advance deposit to be paid by the student – this deposit is non-refundable, save that LLE may agree to refund some or all of the deposit in the event of illness preventing the student commencing the course.

 

2. Fees for Tuition

The fees covering deposits, accommodation and for the various courses and/or time periods are set out in detail on the LLE website. All payments are to reach the bank account of LLE in South African Rand free of FOREX or other charges, unless otherwise agreed to by LLE.

 

3. Payment of Fees

Payment may be requested by LLE on the basis of 30% as an advance deposit and the balance of 70% on arrival at the school, unless otherwise agreed to by LLE.

 

4. Tuition

We work to the CEFR standard levels, and in a mixed-level class environment. There are a range of theoretical arguments for the benefits of mixed-level teaching, which we will be happy to share on request.

 

5. Attendance and Conduct

Students are expected to punctually attend a minimum of 80% of lessons, unless through illness, in order to obtain their certificate from LLE at the end of their course. They must always conduct themselves as well-behaved adults at the school, while on school outings, and at their accommodation. They should not engage in any disruptive or anti-social behaviour.

Lessons normally begin at, or about, 9a.m. and continue until 1p.m. or a little after, with a break of about 30 minutes. Afternoon classes, where applicable, will take place from 2p.m. to 4p.m. unless otherwise arranged.

 

6. Length of Lessons

Lessons normally begin at or about 9a.m. and continue until 1p.m. or a little after, with a break of about 20 minutes. Afternoon classes, where applicable, will take place from 2p.m. to 4p.m. unless otherwise arranged.

 

7. Minimum age

At the date of commencement of the course, the student must be at least 18 years of age, unless otherwise agreed to by LLE.

 

8. VISA Assistance

Students needing VISAs must ensure they obtain the VISA through their appropriate South African Embassy or Consulate. LLE may assist by confirming the student is registered with LLE. Students need to ensure that their passport entitles them to entry into South Africa and a stay of a limited period, without a VISA.

 

9. Language Laboratory

LLE has its own language laboratory with a computer assisted facility, excellent software, and a huge supply of learning material. This is designed to assist the student to improve quickly their listening, speaking and pronunciation abilities. All full-time students will receive time in the laboratory, and may also make use of the laboratory after class for practice at no extra fee.

 

10. Courses available

The range of courses available are displayed on the LLE website.

 

11. Annual school holiday close-down

LLE will close annually for about 2 weeks over the Christmas period until a date early in January – the actual dates will vary from year to year, and are on our website.

 

12. South African Public Holidays

LLE does not offer lessons on South African Public Holidays.

 

13. Airport Transfers

LLE offers airport transfer to all students whose course extends for longer than 2 weeks.

 

14. Insurances

LLE does not cover students for medical insurance or for any loss of personal possessions, accident, illness, theft or the like. The student is advised to arrange the necessary insurance cover before leaving their country of origin. This clause will apply inside or outside the school premises, and whether on a school activity or not.

 

15. Vis Major

LLE will not be responsible for any loss caused to the student whether by its own failure to comply with its obligations or not, caused by events beyond its control. Such causes will include but not be limited to war, civil commotion, riots, terrorist activities, or natural disasters.

 

16. Amendments

LLE reserves the right to summarily amend the terms of these Rules, Terms and Conditions at any time.

 

17. Student Declaration

By submission of the Student Information Form (Enrolment Form) to LLE, or dispatch of same to LLE or by arriving on the premises of LLE to commence the course, the student agrees to bind himself/herself to these Rules, Terms and Conditions as outlined above, and warrants having read and understood, and is in agreement with the contents. The student further agrees that any dispute arising out of these contents must be referred to the Magistrates court nearest to LLE for settlement, and all parties agree to be bound by the decision of the Court.

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What Do We Offer?

What Do We Offer?

 

Included in what we offer, we have an excellent Language Laboratory at the school, which is linked to our Learning System with unlimited learning material. Students can use this after class for practice for free – there is no extra cost.

 

 

General English

Communicate comfortably in an English-speaking environment.

Lessons: 20 hours per week:

Monday to Friday, 9.00 a.m – 1.00 p.m

16 hours per week, Monday to Thursday, 9.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.

Business English

Communicate confidently in everyday business situations (work or career) – also social connection with business colleagues.

Lessons: 30 hours per week:

9.00 a.m – 1.00 p.m – General English class

2.00 p.m – 4.00 p.m – Business English class

Exam English

Preparation for international English exams, such as IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, The Cambridge Suite (FCE, CAE, CPE)

Lessons: 30 hours per week:

9.00 a.m – 1.00 p.m – General English class

2.00 p.m – 4.00 p.m – Exam Preparation class

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Learning English

Learning English

What Does ‘Student-Focused’ Mean?

While studying with us at LLE, in addition to the material we provide, you will be required to produce written and spoken English at your level – everyday.

  • Each student’s texts and recordings are, in turn, used as class reading and Listening exercises.
  • These texts and recordings are unofficially graded by fellow students in terms of grammar, vocabulary and style in writing, and fluency and pronunciation in speaking.
  • In this way, you will become very used to producing your own English very quickly, at your own level.

Lesson Formats:

Students studying at English language schools come at different times, and for different lengths of time. For this reason, we do not structure our courses on formal Course Books,which usually offer a 12-week, progressive course at each level. We make use of these books where necessary, but use our material, and importantly, your material, to make the time you spend with us effective and relevant to your needs.
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Happy New Year – 2017

Happy New Year – 2017

May you have a great year filled with immense happiness and luck! Stay in good health and achieve greater heights of success.

Wishing you a wonderful year ahead!

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