5 quick tips to help you learn English faster

5 Quick Tips To Help You Learn English Faster!

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A lot of our students ask us what are some of the best ways to make the most of their free time in order to learn English. We always suggest that students try their best to immerse themselves in English.

Now, this can be quite difficult especially when you live in a non English speaking country like Spain.. So we thought we would compile this list of handy things you can do to help practice your English whilst you are at home.

1. Watch Tv Series/Netflix in English

For many of you this shouldn’t be too difficult. Many of our students already watch plenty of American/English Tv series, however unfortunately many of them watch these series with Spanish subtitles or even worse… Dubbed over in Spanish!

This is a great shame as watching Netflix/tv can be very helpful in learning languages especially in regards to pronunciation and listening.


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That said,I know watching an entire episode of ‘Peaky Blinders’ in English can seem slightly daunting. I would suggest starting with something easier with shorter episodes, for example ‘Friends’ or ‘The Simpsons,’ and for longer episodes or films (45 mins +) try having the English audio with English subtitles. This will make it much easier to follow for extended periods of time.  

If you don’t own a tv or a Netflix subscription, Youtube is also a great resource for entertaining/interesting videos.

Ensure that you are actually interested in the video you are watching, this will stop you from inadvertently ‘zoning out’ or getting distracted.

2. Listen to Podcasts

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Another thing that we suggest for students to do is to start listening to Podcasts in English as this will help improve your overall listening ability.

At Teachify we actually create our own weekly podcasts which review recent vocabulary and topics which we have studied in class.

3. Listen to English Songs

I am sure that a lot of you already listen to plenty of music in English.

My advice would be to begin to really start listening out for the lyrics and trying your best to translate them in your head.

If you are really struggling you could always get the lyrics up and read through them. This is a great one to improve your pronunciation, grammar structures and vocabulary!

4. Read in English

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Perhaps the best thing you can do to learn another language is to begin reading in that language.

Maybe start off reading children’s books (these are often very easy to understand and follow, this will teach you plenty of basic vocabulary) then maybe move onto reading the daily news in English and when you feel ready maybe try tackling some longer novels!

Once again, make sure that you are actually interested in the topic of the article/book you are reading. This will make it much easier to concentrate.

5. Learning applications

No need to devote to much time to this step, with just 5/10 minutes a day on these programs and you should see some improvement. Some other great online resources for learning English

–        Memrise

–        BBC Learning English

–        Wordable

–        Quiz your English

–        British Council.

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Teachify Teacher Chit-Chat Love

Teachify Teacher Chit-Chat Love

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It would appear that love has indeed been in the air at Teachify in May as we’ve been discussing a number of topics to do with romance, dating, marriage and many more.  You may think of the mythical Bob Marley and wonder in his famous words…is this love, is this love, is this love.  Well, here at Teachify for one month only, yes, it is love. 

What is the topic of the month?

So, just to clarify, each month we take inspiration from a general topic and then we focus on said topic by discussing many aspects, reviewing relevant vocabulary and debate some of the most interesting questions we consider related to that topic.  After that, we wrap everything up by having a quick chitchat to go through how we feel when it comes to that topic. 

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What should you do now then?

The answer is right before your eyes, it’s a no-brainer. 

If you’re already one of our students and you’ve studied some of the lesson plans then I’d begin by trying to recall the target vocabulary, phrasal verbs and idioms. 

Then the next logical step is to watch the chitchat attached and if you have any issues understanding anything we say, I suggest rewatching the video as many times as possible until you master the new terms. 

At the same time, you could use applications like wordreference, reverso or linguee to check the meaning and translation of these difficult words. 

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It's okay! we know it can be difficult to understand.

In case that’s not enough, or if you simply want to see some synonyms or further explanation then don’t worry, below you have a list of the words and phrases we believe to be more unusual along with a brief explanation in English. 

Vocabulary & phrasal verbs

  • Love at first sight: falling in love with someone the moment you meet them.
  • Shallow: the opposite of deep, or someone who only focuses on someone’s appearance.
  • Never judge a book by its cover: don’t make a decision about someone if you don’t know them.
  • Fancy: to want, to find attractive or as an adjective it means posh or extravagant.
  • Cut corners: to not do things properly.
  • Woo: to flirt with or conquer romantically.
  • Intrigued: interested, curious.
  • Bound to: guaranteed to or at least almost guaranteed to.
  • Fallout: argument or fight.
  • Fall out with: have an argument with someone.
  • Make up: a very versatile phrasal verb however in the video and talking about love it means to forgive someone or make peace with someone.
  • Do your make up: apply make-up.

What is the deal with Brexit?

So, what’s going on with Brexit?

In class a lot of our #Teachify students are asking about Brexit so we thought we would make this summary to keep you in the loop. 

By Jack Perez-Haydock

After nearly three years of almost constant infighting, snap elections and even the resignation of a Prime Minister, the UK’s departure date from the EU is almost upon us. It’s hard to believe that the UK invoked Article 50, officially beginning the process of leaving the EU, nearly two years ago.

Officially the UK is set to leave the EU on 29 March, two years to the day after Article 50 was invoked. But unfortunately, it isn’t exactly that simple.

“At the time of writing, the UK still has not managed to successfully negotiate a deal for their exit from the EU, meaning that as things stand the UK will leave without a deal in just under two weeks. So what does this mean for the UK?”

It’s not exactly clear. However, many believe that crashing out would be disastrous as the UK would go from being part of the largest trade organization in the world to being on their own without any grace period. According to some experts this could mean anything from food shortages to kickstarting another recession!

Others believe that a no deal Brexit is the right thing to do and is the ‘will of the people.’ They believe the UK’s current world standing is high enough to put it in an advantageous position when it comes to negotiating better trade deals outside the EU.

Either way, regardless of the overall outcome of Brexit, both sides can agree on one thing: the process has been an absolute mess. The UK government has spent the past two years unsuccessfully trying to negotiate a deal with the EU and between its own factions. It seems that the country has never been so divided as on this issue.

So how did we get to his point?

After the result of the 2016 referendum, the country was in shock. Although there had obviously been growing resentment towards the EU over the years, very few people could have predicted that the UK would actually vote to leave the EU.

The morning after the referendum results, Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party David Cameron announced his resignation. Cameron had been a strong Remain supporter throughout the referendum and it seems he was unprepared for the fact that the Leave campaign would win. Cameron’s resignation meant that there would now a contest to decide who would be the most capable person to lead the UK through the Brexit negotiations.

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Theresa May, another Remainer, ultimately won the support of Parliament. She would become the second ever female Prime Minister after Margaret Thatcher. May had been a popular choice to replace Cameron throughout the leadership contest. She promised to bring strong leadership and unity to the country throughout the Brexit process.

With the referendum result decided and a new Prime Minister it seemed that the UK was ready to begin setting out its strategy for leaving the EU. Unfortunately, there were now huge divisions within the UK public, not only between Remainers and Leavers but also between those who wanted a ‘Hard Brexit’ and those who want a ‘Soft Brexit.’

Hard Brexiteers preferred a clean break from the EU without a deal whereas Soft Brexiteers wanted to keep some of the advantages of staying in the EU, for example staying in the Customs Union and retaining freedom of movement in Europe.

What was going to happen next?

Others argued that the referendum result was not legally binding and the UK should not even entertain the idea of leaving the EU because it would be too complicated.

Regardless, in March 2017 Theresa May invoked Article 50, officially beginning Brexit negotiations with Europe. According to EU law the UK would now have exactly two years to negotiate their break from the Union. Many criticized Theresa May for deciding to invoke Article 50 before the UK had a clear view on whether they would be pursuing a hard or soft Brexit. But it was too late, the clock was now ticking.

In April 2017, Theresa May announced that the UK would hold a snap election in June, despite previously promising that there would be no early elections during the Brexit process. Due to the unpopularity of the other political parties in the UK at the time, May thought it was a good moment for the Conservatives to retain their majority and gain a clear mandate for Brexit.

Contrary to expectations, the elections saw a surge in popularity for the Labour Party, the Conservative Party’s main opposition. Although the Labour Party were unable to win the election, the Conservative Party lost so many votes that they no longer held a parliamentary majority.

What is the DUP?

Under UK parliamentary law, they were forced to form a coalition government.

After several days of negotiating it was announced that the Conservatives would be forming a government with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), a staunchly right wing Northern Irish Unionist party.

For many, the snap election was a massive misstep by the Conservatives as they had lost their parliamentary majority.

This meant that their vision for Brexit was now compromised as they would be forced to keep the DUP happy during negotiations.

After months of infighting, the UK began official withdrawal agreements with the EU in June 2017.

Key issues included the Irish border and the status of EU nationals living in the UK along with UK nationals living in the EU.

Things were further complicated in December 2017, when a group of rebel Tories (another word for Conservatives) sided with the opposition in order to force the government to take a final parliamentary vote on the Brexit deal once it had been negotiated with Brussels.

With that decided, negotiations continued into 2018. The longer negotiations went on without a clear Brexit strategy in sight the more opposition began to grow  ̶  all the more so when it was announced that Article 50 could be revoked, effectively cancelling Brexit. High profile resignations followed, such as Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (a staunch Brexiteer), who stepped down in July stating his reason to be frustration with the lack of progress in Brexit negotiations.

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What will happen on March 29th?

As 2018 drew to a close with no deal agreed, it seemed that the UK was heading for a crisis. January 2019 saw Theresa May’s deal being thrown out by Parliament with 432 No votes and 202 Yes votes, making it the biggest defeat in British parliamentary history.

The vote was put to Parliament once again earlier this month, but it was once again rejected by Parliament 242-391. Meanwhile, a non-binding amendment proposed by Caroline Spelman was passed, rejecting the possibility of a No Deal Brexit under any circumstances.

On 14 March, Parliament also voted to ask the EU to grant an extension to Article 50, allowing another three months for further negotiations. It is still unclear whether the EU will grant an extension without the promise of a second referendum to the clarify the ‘will of the people’ regarding Brexit.

An amendment calling for an extension to Article 50 to allow for a second referendum was rejected by Parliament, thus dashing the hopes of many Remainers that perhaps maybe Brexit could be cancelled.

Which brings us to the present day. Expect things to escalate even further during the last remaining weeks before Brexit day. Here are the likely possible outcomes:

The EU denies the UK the right to extend Article 50. The UK crashes out of the EU without a deal on 29 March. Although the Caroline Spelman amendment states that the UK has no desire to leave the EU without a deal at any time, it is after all not a legally binding agreement and so UK could still leave without a deal.

The EU grants the UK a three month extension to Article 50. Although many EU leaders are not keen on this idea as the UK has already had two years to negotiate its exit,  the EU is still very likely to grant the UK an extension. This would allow Theresa May more time to push her deal through Parliament, but whether she will succeed this time is anybody’s guess.

The EU grants a longer extension on the condition that the UK holds a second public referendum on EU membership. Although Parliament has already voted against this, like the Caroline Spelman amendment  on EU membership, it was not a legally binding vote. For many, this would be the fairest outcome as the public would have a say on the actual outcome of Brexit. For many Remainers this  would also be a good opportunity to overturn Brexit and cancel Article 50 once and for all.

Article 50 is cancelled and Brexit is called off. This is perhaps the least likely of all of the options, though it is still a possibility. With Parliament stating that it has no desire for a no deal Brexit or a second referendum, if Theresa May fails to push her deal through before Brexit day there are definite grounds for Article 50 to be withdrawn and Brexit to be cancelled. This would probably create more divisions within the UK public for many years to come as many Brexiteers would feel betrayed by their government.

What will happen to Spanish nationals?

It is not completely clear how this will affect Spain, but it is unlikely that Spain will be greatly affected by the UK’s exit from the EU.

Spanish nationals in the UK may not have the same rights as before to live in the UK unless they successfully apply for settled status.

The Spanish, in turn, have promised to do everything  they can to protect the existing rights of Brits resident in Spain, provided they are officially registered and living there legally when Brexit happens.

Spain may also see a drop in UK tourism, which would affect Spanish cities like Benidorm where tourism from the UK greatly contributes to the local economy.

Spain may also see a drop in the number of UK nationals living in their country.

At present, Spain is home to more UK nationals than anywhere else in Europe. Some Spaniards might think it would not be such bad thing if some of them went home!

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As vs. Like

We are now into 2018 and learning English will be a resolution for many. What’s the best way to learn?

Learning English needs to be part of your daily life no matter where you are in the world. We live in a time when online content is accessible for almost everyone, but finding the right content for you is the tricky part. Everyone learns differently and finding what best suits your needs is the key.

In our last blog there are 12 common phrasal verbs and idioms. This week we are going to take a look at the difference between ‘like’ and ‘as’ and hopefully clarify any doubts you may have.

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Why is using ‘like’ and ‘as’ such a problem for Spanish speakers?

In Spanish you only have one word: ‘como’ which makes it a bit easier. Traditionally ‘like’ is a preposition and ‘as’ is a conjunction. An interesting example comes from a 1954 advertising campaign for Winston cigarettes: ‘Winston tastes good like a cigarette should’. This slogan created huge controversy to grammar gurus because ‘like’ was incorrectly used.

Was this a marketing tactic to capture the eye of the consumer? Seeing as Winston shot up the rankings to be the #1 tobacco brand in America following the advertising campaign, we would have to say it was a clever move from Winston.

The prepositions as and like have different meanings. As + noun means ‘in the role of’, like + noun means ‘similar to’ or ‘in the same way as’.

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Think about the word get which we learn as a synonym for obtain but later find out that it can also, depending on the context, mean understand.

For example: I am going to go to the shop. Would you like me to get you anything?
It took me a while to get the joke but in the end I got it.

That’s all very well and we learn these according to context but what about different words which are closely linked and express similar ideas but sound strange to a native ear when they’re used incorrectly?

Words like take and have to talk about food, drink and medicine can cause a lot of confusion for learners of English.

For example: We have a drink but take a shot.

We have a pizza for lunch but we take a bite of pizza.

We have an injection but take a pill.

Like most things in life, it’s a question of practice. We need to be practising English as much as possible in order to see how and when these words are used.

We’re going to look at two words which are very closely linked and extremely common in everyday English.

Take a look at the short text above and you’ll see two words repeatedly highlighted in bold.

and as.
Let’s look at these two words in more detail.

We probably know that as is used in comparisons.

For example: John is as tall as Steven.
Iceland is not as hot as Spain.

We probably know that like is used to give examples.

For example: I enjoy lots of sports

However, there are some slight differences in their usage.
Both like and as can be used to express similarity.

  • Like can be a preposition and is used before nouns and pronouns. We do not use as.
    For example: I look like my dad.
    The chocolated tasted like
  • As can be used to talk about the function or role of a person or thing.
    In this instance, as also functions as a preposition.
    For example:
    My brother worked as a chef for 4 years.
    The girl used her lipstick as a pen to write the information down.Feel like / feel as if – want/seemI feel like a coffee (I want a coffee)
    It feels as if I am floating (It seems like I am but I am not)

We hope you have enjoyed our blog this week. If you have any doubts, feel free to contact us. We would be more than happy to help.

12 grapes for New Year = 12 phrasal verbs & idioms for English lovers!

12 grapes for New Year = 12 phrasal verbs and idioms for English lovers!

In our last blog we gave you the does & don’ts when speaking English. New Year is just around the corner and as tradition has it in Spain, we will all be eating grapes to see the New Year in and start 2018 with a bang!
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For all you English lovers out there, Teachify is going to give you 12 new phrasal verbs and idioms with some examples of how to use them.
Out with the old and in with the new!

6 super common phrasal verbs

Firstly, what is a phrasal verb?

A phrasal verb is phrase made up of a verb and another word, which could be a preposition, or even an adverb. We use phrasal verbs a lot when speaking English and if you are looking to dominate the language, it’s a good idea to start including them into your daily speech.  When you have your next English class, we recommend that you write down 2 or 3 on a piece of paper, and during your class try to include them when speaking. This will help you to not only remember them, but feel more comfortable using them.

We are going to start off with 6 phrasal verbs that should get your 2018 English learning under way.


  1. Call Off

Meaning: To stop doing or planning to do something/cancel an event.

E.g. The football match has been called off because the bad weather conditions.

Español: Cancelar, anular o suspender.


  1. Fall Apart

Meaning: To break into parts.

E.g. I am not going to buy that car, it is so old that it is falling apart.

Español: Descuajaringarse


  1. Give Up

Meaning: To stop an activity or effort. Commonly used with bad habits like smoking or drinking. A New Year resolution for many!

E.g. I tried to give up smoking, but it was too difficult.

E.g. I gave up trying to learn Arabic because it was not for me.

Español: Dejar algo o rendirse


  1. Look Forward To

Meaning: To expect something with pleasure

E.g. I am looking forward to seeing my friends this weekend. (notice the gerund being used)

Español: Tener ganas de ver o hacer algo.


  1. Put Up With

Meaning: To allow someone or something that annoys exist.

E.g. I can’t put up with that person, he really irritates me.

Español: Aguantar o soportar.


  1. Look up

Meaning: To improve or search for something

E.g. The economic situation is finally looking up.

E.g. What does this word mean? I don’t know, let me look it up on Google.


So, now you have seen 6 great phrasal verbs you can use to help you improve your English, now we are going to take a look at 6 idioms which are fun to use.

6 super common idioms

So, what is an idiom?

Every language has it’s own collection of wise sayings. The difficult part is knowing what they mean, and  how to use them. Idioms are a collection of words that describe a situation, but the words used don’t always have something to do with the situation. A bit confused? Don’t worry! We will explain them to you with the Spanish equivalent next to it.


  1. A penny for your thoughts

Meaning: This idiom is used to ask someone what they are thinking. No grammar is needed, you can literally just say it exactly how it is.

Español: En qué piensas/estás pensando.


  1. At the drop of a hat

Meaning: To do something without any hesitation; instantly.

E.g. Can you drop this letter off at the post office?

Yes, at the drop of a hat.

Español: En menos que canta un gallo.


  1. To beat around the bush

Meaning: To avoid the topic in discussion and avoid being direct.

E.g. Stop beating around the bust and tell me what’s going on!

Español: Irse por las ramas


  1. It cost an arm and a led

Meaning: Something is very expensive.

E.g. How much did your new phone cost?

Pffff! It cost me and arm and a leg.

Español: Vale un riño/un ojo de la cara


  1. To pull someones leg/take the Mickey

Meaning: To make fun of someone or to pull a prank on someone

E.g. (Someone is telling you something you don’t believe) Are you pulling my leg? You must be kidding.

Español: Tomar el pelo


  1. Piece of cake

Meaning: Something is very easy.

E.g. How was your English exam?

My exam was a piece of cake. I feel it went well.

Español: Pan comido/esta chupado.

No permitas que tu año nuevo se quede en una celebración, llévalo a su máximo esplendor convirtiéndolo en un reinicio, en un punto de partida, en el mayor de los trampolines. Porque sólo tú puedes lograr prepararte para las metas a las que aspiras. Pero antes tómate ese tiempo libre imprescindible para definir tus propósitos, entre los que esperamos que esté el inglés. A recargar las pilas se ha dicho! Que el 2018 pinta emocionante!

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