How to use ChatGPT to learn English easily!

Hey there, English language learners! At Perfectly Spoken we are always looking at extra new and useful ways to help you learn and improve you English in a fun and easy way. We know students love our courses and teachers, and we are 100% human but we also appreciate the value that AI can give to the learning journey. So we thought we would share how you can use ChatGPT as an additional learning tool.

So we asked ChatGPT for some advice on

how to use ChatGPT to help you learn English.

This is what ChatGPT generated.
(We did have to make a few changes and alternations. It’s not perfect but it is a great tool).

What is ChatGPT


ChatGPT is a smart computer programme that talks with you, helps you practice English, and gives you tips and information. It’s like having a chat with a friend who knows a lot about English!

Image created by ChatGPT 4.0

Prompt: Create an image that shows ‘What is ChatGPT’
ChatGPT 4.0 answer: The image visualizing the concept of ‘What is ChatGPT’ has been created. It combines elements to depict the functionality and applications of ChatGPT as an AI conversational partner.

Chat GPT used to learn English online
Learn English easily with ChatGPT

Image created by ChatGPT 4.0

Prompt: [act as an expert photographer/image bank curator ] create an image of a concept of happy English learner online, using chatgpt – size 1600×900 px
ChatGPT 4.0 answer: The image representing the concept of a happy English learner using ChatGPT online has been created, tailored to the specified dimensions of 1600×900 px..

How can ChatGPT help you learn English?


  • Practise Conversations: ChatGPT can chat with you just like a real person! It helps you practice speaking and typing in English.
  • Ask Questions: Don’t know a word or phrase? Just ask ChatGPT! It explains things in simple words, which makes learning easy.
  • Get Instant Feedback: ChatGPT corrects your grammar and spelling mistakes. That way, you learn from your errors and improve faster.
  • Learn Anytime, Anywhere: You can chat with ChatGPT whenever you want! It’s like having a 24/7 English tutor.

Tips for using ChatGPT effectively:


  • Start Simple: Begin with easy questions and conversations. As you get better, try more challenging topics.
  • Practise, Practise, Practise: The more you chat with ChatGPT, the more you learn. Practise regularly to improve your English skills.
  • Use Different Topics: Talk about various topics—like hobbies, food, or daily life—to learn new words and phrases.
  • Ask for Clarification: If you don’t understand something, ask ChatGPT to explain it differently.

Image created by ChatGPT 4.0

Prompt (very 1st attempt): create a featured image for a blog post with title ‘How to use ChatGPT to learn English easily!’
ChatGPT 4.0 answer: The featured image for your blog post titled “How to use ChatGPT to learn English easily!” has been created. You can use it to accompany your post and engage your readers.

How to use ChatGPT to learn English easily
Practice your English with ChatGPT

BUT there are limitations of ChatGPT which the machine recognises:

Not Perfect: ChatGPT is smart, but it’s not perfect. Sometimes it might not understand you or give the wrong answer.
Limited to Text: It can’t listen to your pronunciation or correct your speaking skills.


Image created by ChatGPT 4.0

Prompt (after picture 2): don’t make this learner so happy. Happy but not LOL
ChatGPT 4.0 answer: The updated image of a content English learner using ChatGPT online has been created, capturing a more subdued sense of happiness.

Our conclusion

(this comes from Perfectly Spoken and ChatGPT together)

To make the most out of your learning journey, combine ChatGPT with other methods:

  • Language Apps: Use a web app like Perfectly Spoken with videos and live lessons with speaking and listening practice to complement ChatGPT’s text-based learning.
  • Language Classes: Join English classes or language meetups such as those offered by Perfectly Spoken to practise speaking with real people (and real teachers)


Remember, learning English is an exciting adventure! ChatGPT is an amazing tool, but using a mix of methods will help you become a pro in no time.
So, are you ready to start chatting with ChatGPT and boosting your English skills? Let’s go! 🚀🌟

Embracing the differences between British and American English is an exciting part of your language learning journey. Whether you’re fascinated by the variations in vocabulary, spelling, pronunciation, or expressions, understanding these nuances will make you a more versatile, confident and fluent English speaker. Happy Learning

Notes on images created by ChatGPT 4.0
All the images featured in this blog post were created using ChatGPT 4 image generation technology. Our prompts were quite generic. Please note that it took 8 images of  male learners before it produced an image of a female learner (Ouch this bias!)

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The difference between American and British English: a beginner’s guide

As English language learners embarking on the exciting journey of mastering this global language, it’s crucial to understand the delightful nuances that distinguish British and American English. In this article, we’ll explore some key differences between American and British English at an elementary level, touching upon vocabulary, spelling, pronunciation, and expressions. Additionally, we’ll highlight how a specially created course can help you really understand both the linguistic but also cultural differences that both divide and unite these two great countries.

What are the main differences between American and British English?


One of the first things you’ll notice is the diverse vocabulary used on either side of the Atlantic. For instance, in Britain, a “lorry” is a large vehicle used for transporting goods, while in America, it’s simply called a “truck.” Similarly, what Brits fondly refer to as “biscuits” are known as “cookies” across the pond in the United States. These differences may seem small, but they play a big role in understanding and communicating effectively in both English varieties.

American and British English spelling differences:

The spelling variations between British and American English are another intriguing aspect. Take the word “colour” in British English—it’s perfectly correct. However, in American English, the spelling is simplified to “color.” The same goes for “favourite” (British) and “favorite” (American), or “travelling” (British) and “traveling” (American). These spelling distinctions may appear in your reading, so you will know immediately where the writer comes from and of course you can decide which English you prefer to use!

British v American English pronunciation :

Pronunciation can be a delightful adventure in English. Consider the word “schedule.” In British English, it’s pronounced “shed-yool,” while in American English, it’s “sked-yool.” Another example is the word “advertisement,” where Brits say “ad-ver-tis-ment,” while Americans often say “ad-ver-tize-ment.” (different pronunciation and different stress) Becoming familiar with these pronunciation differences will not only make you sound more natural but also enhance your understanding of English speakers from both regions.


Using expressions, or idioms, will make you sound more natural when you speak English. For instance, if someone in Britain says, “I’m feeling peckish,” they mean they’re a bit hungry. On the other hand, an American might say, “Let’s talk turkey” when they want to talk about business! Similarly, when a Brit says, “I’ll give you a bell,” it translates to “I’ll call you” in American English. Understanding these expression will help you connect with native speakers on a deeper level.

American imports into British English

The reality is that American English today is more widely used than British English not least because of its size and use in all types of media ;especially films (or movies) and on the internet. So it’s not surprising that there are many expressions and words used in British English that not that long ago were considered incomprehensible or even wrong. That’s why today in British English we also say “I’m good” in addition to “I’m well” in answer to the question “How are you?”, we say “Can I get…? ” instead of “Can I have…?” (when asking for a coffee for example) And we now all “reach out’ to each other instead of “contacting’ or “asking”.. “I’m reaching out to find out if you would like to come to the presentation”

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The course begins with an introduction that tests your knowledge and then focusses on vocabulary, spelling, pronunciation, idiomatic expressions, and cultural etiquette. Engaging activities, practice exercises, and real-life examples ensure that you not only grasp the differences but also gain practical skills to apply in everyday situations.

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Embracing the differences between British and American English is an exciting part of your language learning journey. Whether you’re fascinated by the variations in vocabulary, spelling, pronunciation, or expressions, understanding these nuances will make you a more versatile, confident and fluent English speaker. Happy Learning

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An introduction to British Slang

British slang is like a secret language that people use in informal or casual situations. It’s made up of words or phrases that might not be in regular dictionaries, and it changes a lot depending on where you are and who you’re talking to.

It’s kind of like a cool, fun way of talking that gives a group of people something special to share. Sometimes, British slang words can mean something different from what you’d find in a regular dictionary, and they can help you fit in and feel like you belong when you’re talking to others who use the same slang.

An ABC introduction: 3 common expressions

A is for “All Right?”

This is a very simple greeting term. Basically, it means “Are you well / ok?” but it is used when you meet someone. In a way it is a very lazy greeting because it moves past saying hello and goes straight to the point of asking how someone is. By simply greeting someone with “all right” there is no need to then ask further.

However, normally you do not answer this greeting with an answer about how you are. The common response is to simply repeat the same back! This if often accompanied by a small nod of the head.

This term is a very casual greeting and not to be used in formal situations like the office or meeting someone’s parents.

It may be hard to understand as it is often said in a slight slur that sounds like “awwllright?”

B is for “Bottle”

Bottle very simply means courage or bravery, but it has a number of different uses in the English language.

To say someone “doesn’t have any bottle” is simply to say they are not brave. But you could also say “he bottled it” and this would mean he was going to do something but didn’t have the courage to do it. For example, he may have been asking a girl out on a date but got scared and didn’t do it. So he bottled it.

As with many slang terms, this is not offensive, but it is very informal and not for use in more formal or business situations.

C is for “(Cor)Blimey”

Blimey is a short version of a traditionally London term which is “cor blimey” or “gor blimey”. The original term was “God blind me” but this has long since been lost.

It’s a way of expressing anger or surprise:
Blimey! That was an expensive meal.
Cor blimey! I didn’t expect the film to end like that.

Blimey is a term used to express surprise or shock at something. It is commonly used in New Zealand and Australia as well as the South of the UK mainly.

Using Slang – 3 points of caution


  1. Slang is always informal and can have different regional variations so you need to make sure you are using the right words in the right place with the right people!
  2. Slang can be rude and offensive depending on the situation and use. So make sure you really understand the slang you want to use before you use it!
  3. Slang changes over time so it’s important to keep up to date – check what slang is used on TV and in the media today.

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You can also find more examples and explanations of British slang words and phrases on podcast channels and YouTube.


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British slang can add colour to your language skills, but diving into it can be like entering a whole new world! It’s like learning a secret code that locals use to communicate casually. Start by focusing on common phrases you might hear in everyday conversation. Embrace the slang gradually, paying attention to context and how native speakers use it. Don’t worry if you don’t catch on immediately—like any language, it takes time to pick up slang. Practise by listening to conversations or watching British TV shows to get a feel for how these words and phrases are used naturally. Above all, have fun with it!

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How to improve English-speaking skills online?

Do you want to get better at speaking English? Maybe you want to speak with confidence and fluency, or perhaps you want to excel in your job or make new friends from around the world. The good news is that you can improve your English-speaking skills online, right from the comfort of your home. In this article, we’ll explore some practical advice for English language learners and introduce you to online learning platforms like Perfectly Spoken.

Remember, improving your speaking skills is not just about talking more; it’s about enhancing your overall English skills.

Follow these tips and  improve your English-speaking skills online

Practise Regularly

To get better at speaking English, you need to practice regularly. Just like learning to ride a bike or play a musical instrument, speaking a new language takes consistent effort. Find opportunities to speak in English every day. You can chat with friends or join online communities where English is the primary language of communication.

Online Language Learning Platforms

There are many online platforms dedicated to helping you improve your English skills. One of these platforms is Perfectly Spoken, which offers a wide range of English courses and resources. We have courses for all levels, from beginners to advanced learners, making it a suitable choice for anyone looking to enhance their English-speaking abilities.

Perfectly Spoken provides a flexible and convenient combination of self-study lessons, practice exercises, and opportunities to practise your speaking with other students from around the world under the guidance of expert teachers to help you improve fluency and speak confidently and correctly.

How to improve your English-speaking skills online

Listen Actively

To become a better speaker, you must also become a better listener. Pay close attention when native speakers talk. Watch English movies, TV shows, and listen to podcasts or audiobooks. Try to understand the pronunciation, intonation, and the way they express themselves. This will help you in your own speaking.

How to improve your English-speaking skills online

Expand Your Vocabulary

A good vocabulary is essential for effective communication. Learn new words every day and try to use them in sentences. You can use flashcards, language apps, or even study vocabulary-building courses like Perfectly Spoken offers at all levels from A1-C1. The broader your vocabulary, the more confident you’ll feel when speaking.

Master Grammar and Sentence Structure

Correct grammar and sentence structure are vital for clear and effective communication. Take time to learn and practice English grammar rules. Perfectly Spoken and other online platforms offer dedicated grammar courses to help you improve your grammar skills.

Speak with Native Speakers

One of the best ways to improve your speaking skills is to converse with native speakers. You can find language exchange partners or join language exchange groups online. This will expose you to different accents and help you adapt to various English-speaking styles.

Record Yourself

Recording your own speech can be a valuable tool for self-assessment. You can identify areas where you need improvement, such as pronunciation or fluency. Listen to your recordings and compare them to native speakers to gauge your progress.

Be Patiend and Persistent

Improving your English-speaking skills will take time, so be patient with yourself. Don’t be discouraged by mistakes; they are part of the learning process. Keep practising, and you’ll see gradual improvement. 

How to improve your English-speaking skills online

Improving your English-speaking skills online is achievable with the right approach and resources. Online platforms like Perfectly Spoken can provide you with structured lessons and practice opportunities. However, remember that improving your speaking skills goes hand in hand with enhancing your overall English language skills, including listening, vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation. So, stay committed to your journey, and you’ll become a confident English speaker over time.

Happy English learning!

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English Language as a tool in business communication

When it comes to the world of business, effective communication is key. One of the most widely spoken languages used in international business is English. In this article, we’ll explore what it means to use the English language as a tool in business communication.

We’ll also examine what business English is, its importance, and how it differs from professional English. Plus, we’ll provide advice on obtaining a business English certificate and some useful business English phrases for learners of business English.

What is business English?


Business English is a specialised form of English used in the world of commerce, trade, and professional settings. It’s not just about the language itself; it includes the specific vocabulary, phrases, and communication style necessary for conducting business successfully. In business English, clarity and precision are of great importance because misunderstandings can lead to costly mistakes.

The importance of Business English


Global Communication

English is often referred to as the global language of business. Many international companies use English as their primary language for communication, making it essential for professionals worldwide. Knowing business English opens doors to opportunities and enables you to connect with people from different cultures and backgrounds.


Professional Credibility

Proficiency in business English enhances your professional credibility. When you can communicate effectively in a business context, it reflects positively on your skills and competence. Employers value individuals who can engage in clear and concise business communication.


Career Advancement

Whether you’re seeking a job or aiming for career advancement, having a strong grasp of business English is a valuable asset. Many job postings require candidates to be proficient in English, and demonstrating this proficiency can help you stand out from other applicants.

The importance of Business English
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Business English vs. Professional English

You might wonder how business English differs from professional English. While both are used in professional settings, they serve slightly different purposes:

Business English focuses specifically on the language and communication skills needed in the business world. It includes vocabulary related to finance, marketing, negotiations, and more. It’s practical and goal-oriented, designed to facilitate transactions and interactions.

Professional English, on the other hand, is a broader term that encompasses language skills needed across various professions. It can include medical, legal, academic, or technical language, depending on your field. It’s less specialized than business English and is often used within a particular profession or industry.

Obtaining a business English certificate


If you’re looking to boost your business English skills and demonstrate your proficiency to employers or clients, obtaining a business English certificate is a great option. Here are some popular certifications:

  • TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication): This test assesses your listening and reading comprehension skills, with a focus on workplace scenarios.
  • BULATS (Business Language Testing Service): BULATS evaluates your language skills in a business context and is recognized by many multinational companies.
  • Cambridge English: Business Certificates (BEC): These certificates come in three levels (Preliminary, Vantage, and Higher) and test your ability to use English in real-life business situations.
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): While not specifically a business English test, IELTS is widely recognized in business circles and can be a valuable addition to your CV.
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Specialist Courses Online

In addition to the extensive range of general English courses offered and which are an essential foundation for anyone wanting to learn business English, Perfectly Spoken offers a range of essential courses for any professional looking to specifically improve their business English skills. These range from Presentation Skills, Meetings & Negotiations to Business Vocabulary. All designed with the flexibility for learners to study at their own pace. Why not check them out on our learning platform? Start your Trial today and access Lesson 01 from all our Business English courses.


Live Practice

Of course, the best way to activate your online learning is with live practice. Many learners of business English will have this opportunity at work as part of their professional lives, but even these students can benefit from the live practice offered by Perfectly Spoken’s expert teachers. Practising in small groups with fellow professionals helps deliver results gradually and effectively while building confidence and fluency in this area. For more information on Perfectly Spoken Speaking Practice Groups for business English learners.


Useful Business English Phrases

Here are some useful, basic business English phrases. Do you know them? Note the difference to general English and the level of formality… it’s important!


“Allow me to introduce myself. I’m [Your Name].”

“Nice to meet you.”

Requesting Information:

“Could you provide more details about…?”

“I’d like to know more about…”

Making Suggestions:

“I suggest that we…”

“Perhaps we could consider…”


“We’re looking for a mutually beneficial agreement.”

“Let’s find a middle ground.”

Agreeing and Disagreeing:

“I agree with your proposal.”

“I’m afraid I have to disagree on this point.”


“To sum up, our next steps are…”

“In conclusion, we’ve reached an agreement.”

Expressing Gratitude:

“Thank you for your time and assistance.”

“I appreciate your help.”


In conclusion, mastering business English is a valuable skill for anyone aiming to succeed in the professional world. It opens doors to global opportunities, enhances your credibility, and can significantly contribute to your career growth. Consider obtaining a business English certificate to validate your skills, and think about joining Perfectly Spoken to practise essential business English phrases to communicate effectively in various business situations. With dedication and practice, you’ll find yourself becoming a confident communicator in the world of business.

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Common difficult words in English

English can be a difficult language to master, especially for non-native speakers. One of the common challenges faced by English language learners is the confusion between words that sound similar or have similar meanings. Are you sure you know the difference between ‘it’s’ from ‘its’ and ‘your’ from ‘you’re’?

In this article, we will explore 10 of the most common difficult words in English, their meanings, the words they often get confused with, and why this confusion occurs. We’ll also provide examples of correct and incorrect usage to help you better understand these tricky words.

10 Words English learners confuse

Your vs. You’re:

  • Your (pronoun): Indicates possession by someone.
  • You’re (contraction): Short for “you are.”

Confusion: The confusion arises due to the similar sound and spelling.

Correct: You’re going to love your new book.
Incorrect: Your going to love you’re new book.


Its vs. It’s:

  • Its (pronoun): Shows possession by an inanimate object or non-human entity.
  • It’s (contraction): Short for “it is” or “it has.”

Confusion: The apostrophe in “it’s” often leads to mistakes.

Correct: The cat chased its tail. It’s always doing crazy things.
Incorrect: The cat chased it’s tail. Its always doing crazy things.

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Common difficult words in English

Their vs. There vs. They’re:

  • Their (pronoun): Shows possession by a group.
  • There (adverb): Indicates a location or a place.
  • They’re (contraction): Short for “they are.”

Confusion: These three words sound the same but have different meanings.

Correct: They’re going to their favourite restaurant, which is over there.
Incorrect: They’re going to they’re favourite restaurant, which is over their.


To vs. Too vs. Two:

  • To (preposition): Used to indicate direction, purpose, or action.
  • Too (adverb): Means “also” or “excessively.”
  • Two (number): The word for the number 2.

Confusion: These words sound alike but have different meanings.

Correct: They want to go to the show, too, but there are only two tickets.
Incorrect: They want too go two the show, to, but there are only 2 tickets.

Accept vs. Except:

  • Accept (verb): To receive or agree to something willingly.
  • Except (preposition): Excluding or not including something or someone.

Confusion: These two words sound similar, but they have opposite meanings.

Correct: She accepted the job offer. Everyone was invited to the party except me.
Incorrect: She excepted the job offer. Everyone was invited to the party accept me.


Advice vs. Advise:

  • Advice (noun): Recommendations or suggestions given to someone.
  • Advise (verb): To offer guidance or counsel.

Confusion: These words have different meanings and are often swapped.

Correct: I received valuable advice from my friend, who advised me on my career.
Incorrect: I received valuable advise from my friend, who advice me on my career.

Top 10 confusing words in English
Most common difficult words in English

Then vs. Than:

  • Then (adverb): Refers to a point in time or a sequence of events.
  • Than (conjunction): Used for making comparisons.

Confusion: These words are often confused in comparative sentences.
Correct: She is taller than her brother. They had dinner and then they went to the movies.
Incorrect: She is taller then her brother. They had dinner and than they went to the movies.


Hear vs. Listen to:

  • Hear (verb): The act of perceiving sound through the ears without any intentional effort
  • Listen (verb): To actively pay attention and focus on a sound.

Confusion: Learners often confuse passive hearing with active listening.
Correct: I hear people talking on the radio, but I need to listen carefully to understand what they are saying.
Incorrect: I listen people talking on the radio, but I need to hear carefully to understand what they are saying.

Emigrate vs. Immigrate:

  • Emigrate (verb): To leave one’s own country and go to live in another.
  • Immigrate (verb): To come to a new country and establish permanent residence.

Confusion: Learners often mix up these words due to their similar prefixes.
Correct: They decided to emigrate from their homeland and immigrate to a new country.
Incorrect: They decided to immigrate from their homeland and emigrate to a new country.


Lie vs Lay:

  • Lie (to recline or be in a resting position)
  • Lay (to put or place something down)

Correct: After a long day at work, she decided to lie down and rest on the couch.
Incorrect: After a long day at work, she decided to lay down and rest on the couch.

To make it more confusing, in this context, the past of “lie” is “lay” So in the past we would say :
Correct: After a long day she lay on her bed
Incorrect: After a long day she laid on her bed

Top 10 common difficult words in English

At Perfectly Spoken, our expert teachers explain and practise all these confusing words and many more in our A1 -C2 level courses. So why not join us and them and perfect your English.

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How to learn English fast

(And…How can I study English by myself)

Whether you’re studying English online for work, travel, or personal growth, we’re going to give you some valuable tips on how to learn English fast … and by yourself!

How to learn English Fast

Set clear goals:

Perhaps obvious, but essential: Start by defining your goals. Why do you want to learn English? Is it for your career, travel, or personal development? Setting clear objectives will help you stay focused and motivated.

Immerse yourself:

Surround yourself with English as much as possible. Change your phone and social media settings to English, watch English TV shows and movies, and listen to English podcasts or radio. This constant exposure will accelerate your learning. And if you want some materials specially created for English language students, why not try Perfectly Spoken’s podcasts? Don’t forget to join our social media channels – LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, X, and YouTube – for a varied bite-sized learning content.

Take online courses:

Enrol in online English courses or find language learning platforms tailored to your needs. The best courses include structured lessons, interactive exercises, and assessments to track your progress. Now that you’re here, let us tell you that Perfectly Spoken is known for value when you compare quality and price. But don’t take our word for it, check out  the  different plans at and then make your own comparison. (And if you agree, or not, please leave us your feedback at [email protected])

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Practise Speaking in English

Speaking is a crucial aspect of language learning. If you’re not living in an English speaking country, the best way is to find language exchange partners or conversation groups online to practise speaking English. There are a variety of websites and apps to connect you with language partners worldwide, but why not try Perfectly Spoken first (for less than you think)? We offer Speaking Practice groups (small groups guided by an expert teacher) and our Conversation Café (where students can practise speaking to other students from around the world moderated by a specially trained member of the Perfectly Spoken team). And it’s all included in the Pro Plan subscription which you can cancel at any time.

Use flashcards and vocabulary apps

If you want to learn fast, use flashcards or vocabulary to expand your English vocabulary in addition to our lessons. The repetition and spaced repetition techniques which we also use in our lessons, can help you remember more words more effectively.



Read English material daily:

Experts recommend that you make it a habit to read English newspapers, magazines, or books regularly. Start with materials appropriate for your language level and gradually work your way up to more complex texts.

At Perfectly Spoken we’ve made this easy for you.! In partnership with global news agency Reuters, Perfectly Spoken offers a unique and effective way to improve your English. Using authentic, topical news stories with short videos and transcripts read by professional English-speaking journalists, and specially adapted texts, each week, we create engaging learning activities at your level to help improve your listening, reading and comprehension skills, naturally. Discover News Flash

Write regularly

You need to practise all 4 skills:  speaking, listening, reading and writing if you want to learn English fast. Keep a journal in English or write short essays on topics that interest you. This practice will improve your writing skills and reinforce your grammar and vocabulary knowledge. And, to really help you improve your writing skills, want, try Perfectly Spoken’s Tutored Writing Practice’ (also included in the Pro Plan subscription.) This gives you the opportunity to send in a completed writing task each week. You will then get the best possible service for a English language student: individual feedback and correction from one of our expert teachers. Try it.

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How to study English by myself?

An often-asked question! And yes. It is certainly possible to learn English on your own. Here are a few useful tips:

Create a study schedule:

Establish a consistent study routine. Allocate specific times each day or week for your English studies and stick to your schedule. A quick hint here: when you decide your plan  Perfectly Spoken can do the rest with all the self-study courses and live practice you need!

Use online resources:

Take advantage of the abundance of online resources. We would advise you to use Perfectly Spoken as your main learning platform – guess why! – and then, for variety and further practice, we would also recommend using websites like Duolingo, BBC Learning English, and YouTube channels dedicated to English lessons, all of which can be an incredibly useful complement.


Evaluate your progress regularly. Take online quizzes, practice tests, or mock exams to identify areas where you need improvement. With Perfectly Spoken level courses (from A1 to C2) you get a lesson test after each lesson; every 5th lesson is a review lesson and you can take your course assessment at the end of each level course. And of course, the advantage of this way of self-study is that you can study the lessons and take the tests as many times as you like. All the self-study is unlimited.

Taking tests are a great way to improve. Tests are really useful not only to test your progress but to help you adjust your study plan accordingly.

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How to learn English fast

Join English forums and communities:

As a student at Perfectly Spoken you automatically become a member of Perfectly Spoken’s community. Our newsletters will keep you up to date with new events, courses and opportunities to practise and improve your English.. We also suggest you engage with online English forums and communities where learners discuss their experiences, ask questions, and share resources.

Keep a vocabulary notebook:

Maintain a vocabulary notebook to jot down new words and phrases you come across. Include their meanings and example sentences to help reinforce your memory.

Stay motivated:

Possibly the most important and most difficult. Learning a language is a journey, and motivation is key. Reward yourself when you achieve milestones At Perfectly Spoken we recognise the importance of rewards and give you, your own Certificate of Course Completion at each level you pass. As well as that, always remind yourself of the reasons why you started learning English in the first place.

In summary. Learning English as an adult through online resources, especially with Perfectly Spoken, can be a highly effective and flexible approach. Remember that consistency, practice, and motivation are your friends to help you on this language-learning journey. By following these tips and dedicating time to study, you’ll be well on your way to mastering the English language. Keep up the good work!

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How to read the IELTS score

Do you know how to read the IELTS score?

What is IELTS and why is it important?


IELTS stands for “International English Language Testing System.” It is a globally recognized test designed to assess the English language proficiency of non-native English speakers. Whether you are a student, a professional, or an immigrant, IELTS can play a crucial role in achieving your dreams of studying, working, or settling in a country where English is the native language.

IELTS measures your ability to communicate effectively in English across four key language skills: listening, reading, writing, and speaking. These skills are essential for your success in academic and professional environments. Many universities, colleges, and employers in English-speaking countries require IELTS scores as part of their admission or hiring process.


Understanding IELTS

There are two types of IELTS tests:

  • IELTS ACADEMIC – This version is suitable for individuals planning to pursue higher education, such as undergraduate or postgraduate courses, in an English-speaking country. It evaluates your academic language skills.
  • IELTS General Training – If you intend to work, live, or undertake training programs in an English-speaking country, the General Training version is for you. It focuses on practical language usage in daily life and workplace settings.
Understanding IELTS: How to Read the IELTS Score
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How is IELTS Scored?

The IELTS scoring system uses a band scale from 1 to 9, with each band representing a specific level of English proficiency:

  • Band 1 to 3: Non-user: You have little or no ability to use English for communication.
  • Band 4 to 5: Limited user: You can understand basic English but struggle in most situations.
  • Band 6: Competent user: You have an effective command of English, especially in familiar situations.
  • Band 7 to 8: Good user: You can handle complex language and understand detailed reasoning.
  • Band 9: Expert user: Your English proficiency is almost at a native speaker’s level.

How to read your IELTS score:

When you receive your IELTS Test Report Form (TRF), you’ll find your overall band score and individual scores for each section. Here’s how to interpret your scores:

Overall Band Score: This is the average of your scores in all four sections. It indicates your general English proficiency level. For instance, if you get a Band 7 overall, it means you are a “Good user” of English.


Section Scores: Apart from the overall score, you’ll receive scores for each section. These scores range from 0 to 9 as well. They indicate your performance in specific language skills.

  • Listening Score: Your ability to understand spoken English in various contexts.
  • Reading Score: Your comprehension skills in reading passages and answering questions.
  • Writing Score: Your ability to present and organize ideas coherently in writing tasks.
  • Speaking Score: Your spoken language skills, including fluency, pronunciation, and vocabulary.


Individual Module Scores (Academic Only): If you take the IELTS Academic test, you’ll also receive individual scores for the writing and speaking modules. This breakdown provides more detailed insights into your language abilities.

Using IELTS Scores:

Different institutions and organizations have specific IELTS score requirements for admission or employment. It’s essential to check the minimum score needed by your chosen university, college, employer, or visa program. If your scores fall short of their requirements, you may need to retake the test to improve your band score.


Preparing for the IELTS:

To achieve a desirable IELTS score, preparation is key. Here are some tips to help you prepare effectively:

  • Familiarize Yourself with the Test Format: Understand the structure of the IELTS test, types of questions, and time constraints for each section.
  • Practice Regularly: Take practice tests to get used to the test format and improve your time management skills.
  • Identify Weak Areas: Identify your weak language skills and work on improving them. Seek help from teachers, study materials, or online resources.
  • Improve Your English: Engage in regular conversations, read English articles, and listen to English podcasts to enhance your language skills.
  • Join Preparation Courses: Consider joining IELTS preparation courses offered by language schools or online platforms to get expert guidance and tips.
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Remember, IELTS scores are not only a reflection of your language proficiency but also an opportunity to grow and improve. That’s why all our courses at Perfectly Spoken align with IELTS levels so you can easily check the best courses and practice at your level.


Our message to you:

Stay focused, practise diligently, and you’ll be well on your way to achieving your desired IELTS score and fulfilling your dreams in an English-speaking world.

Good luck!

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Is Duolingo the best way to learn a language?

In today’s interconnected world, learning a new language, such as English, has become increasingly vital. With the advent of online learning platforms, students now have access to a wide range of tools and resources to aid their language learning journey.

Before making a final decision it’s important to examine the effectiveness of Duolingo as a language learning platform and look at the best alternatives.

Duolingo has gained significant popularity as a language learning app due to its user-friendly interface and gamified approach. It offers bite-sized lessons, interactive exercises, and a fun learning experience. However, whether or not Duolingo is the best way to learn a language depends on various factors and individual preferences.

Duolingo’s advantages & limitations

Duolingo’s advantages include its accessibility, affordability (with a free option available), and its ability to provide a basic foundation in vocabulary and grammar. It is particularly useful for beginners or individuals looking for a casual introduction to a new language.

However, Duolingo has some limitations when it comes to developing more advanced language skills. The platform’s focus on gamification and limited opportunities for live conversation practice can hinder the development of fluency and nuanced language understanding.

What are the best duolingo alternatives?

While Duolingo is a popular language learning app, there are other excellent alternatives available for English language learners. Some of the best alternatives include:

Rosetta Stone: Known for its immersive language learning approach, Rosetta Stone provides comprehensive courses that focus on all aspects of language acquisition, including speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
However, it is argued that its content tends to prioritize vocabulary and sentence structure over practical conversational skills and students may have limited ability to understand and communicate effectively in real-life situations.


Babbel: Babbel offers a wide range of interactive lessons designed by language experts. The app provides real-life dialogues, grammar exercises, and vocabulary building exercises to help learners develop practical language skills.
Language experts argue that Babbel’s main limitation is its focus on vocabulary and basic grammar without offering extensive practice in speaking and listening skills which will limit its attraction for students who want to develop fluency and engage in real-life conversations.

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Perfectly Spoken: Combining Self-Study and Live Practice

Perfectly Spoken is becoming an increasingly popular choice for English language learners, especially for those seeking a more comprehensive and immersive language learning experience. It offers a combination of self-study materials and live practice with expert teachers, providing a well-rounded approach to language acquisition.

Self-Study Materials cover various aspects of language learning, such as grammar, pronunciation, listening skills, and vocabulary expansion. The structured curriculum ensures systematic progress through different levels of difficulty, enabling learners to develop a solid foundation in the English language.

Live Practice with Expert Teachers: Experienced native teachers offer live online classes which allow learners to practice their speaking and listening skills in a supportive environment including engaging conversation practice where learners can enhance their fluency, pronunciation, and overall language proficiency. The combination of self-study and live practice ensures a holistic learning experience that addresses both individual study needs and the importance of real-life communication skills.


So, Is Duolingo the best way to learn a language?

Duolingo provides a convenient and accessible platform for language learning – and for learning many different languages. However, when looking specifically at English language learning, its limitations in terms of developing advanced language skills and live conversation practice make it less suitable for those seeking a comprehensive language learning experience.

Other alternatives like Perfectly Spoken, on the other hand, offer self-study materials with live practice led by expert teachers. This delivers a more well-rounded approach to language acquisition. By utilizing a combination of self-study and live practice, learners can enhance their language skills and develop the fluency and confidence to interact in real-life situations.

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10 easy ways to practise & improve your English with just 20 minutes every day

Hello English language learners! Today we bring you some tips to improve your English with just 20 minutes every day.

Do you really want to improve your English skills but find it hard to dedicate a lot of time?

Well, good news! You can practice English every day with just a 20-minute routine. It’s like watering a plant – a little bit each day can make a big difference.

Let’s explore 10 simple and fun ways to improve your English skills regularly.

Follow these tips and  improve your English with 20 minutes every day

1. Read a Story:

Spend 5 minutes reading a short story, news article, or a blog post in English. Reading helps you learn new words and understand sentence structures.

2. Listen to Music:

Play a song you like and read its lyrics while listening. Music helps you with pronunciation and rhythm. You can sing along too!

3. Speak to Yourself:

Stand in front of a mirror and talk about your day. This boosts your speaking skills and confidence.

4. Flashcards for Vocabulary:

Make flashcards with new words. Review them during your 20 minutes. Repetition helps you remember!

5. Watch a Video:

Watch a short video or a part of a movie in English. Try to understand the dialogue. Videos give you exposure to real conversations.

6. Grammar Time:

Spend a few minutes focusing on a grammar rule. Learn how to use a specific tense or structure.

7. Write a Diary:

Write a few sentences about what you did during the day. This improves your writing and helps you express thoughts in English.

8. Language App Fun:

Use language-learning apps for interactive exercises. They make learning enjoyable and track your progress.

9. Chat with Friends:

Find a language partner or a friend who speaks English (in person or online). Have a quick chat and practise everyday conversation.

10.Word of the Day:

Learn a new word daily. Use it in sentences to remember it better. And to help you. Perfectly Spoken will soon offer a new Word of the Day -with transcript of the definition and audio to give examples of use and help with pronunciation- every day to all learners on their dashboard

But why a routine, even on holiday?

Now, you might wonder, “Why should I practise English daily, even when I’m on vacation?” Well, let me explain!

  • Consistency is Key: Regular practice, even for a short time, is better than occasional intense study. Just like exercising, a routine keeps your skills in good shape.
  • Forget Forgetting!: When you take a break from practising, you might forget what you’ve learned. Daily practice helps reinforce your memory.
  • Build Confidence: Consistent practice boosts your confidence. You’ll feel more comfortable speaking, writing, and understanding English.
  • Stay Connected: English is a global language. With a routine, you can connect with people from different parts of the world easily.
  • Great way to use free time: During holidays, you have some extra time. Instead of doing nothing, invest those 20 minutes to improve your skills.
  • Create a Habit: When you practise daily, it becomes a habit. You won’t have to struggle to find time; it’ll be a natural part of your day.
  • Enjoy the Process: Learning should be enjoyable, not hard work. With a routine, you can make learning English a fun part of your daily life.

Perfectly Spoken’s Head of Education, Stephanie Marston always advises regular practice -little and often.

She says “a 20-minute daily routine might seem small, but its impact can be huge. You’ll gradually see improvement in your English skills, and you’ll be more confident using the language”.

Even during holidays, this routine keeps your progress on track and helps you stay connected to the world. So, grab your 20 minutes each day, and let the journey of improving your English begin – one enjoyable step at a time!

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