English in the Real World

The 7 strangest English name changes

We’ve changed our name from EF English Live to EF English Live. That’s not strange. Because we are part of EF, we teach English and we’re live 24/7. The following names, however, are our collection of the strangest English name changes in history. 1. BEEZOW DOO-DOO ZOPITTYBOP-

How to make an appointment in English

One of the mainstays of life is making and keeping appointments. Many people consider “an appointment” to mean a doctor’s visit or a job interview or other more formal. However, it is important to realize that such activities as meeting a friend for lunch or dinner, going to a co

Strength through diversity: Learning English unites the EF Pro cycling team

In 2018 EF Education First, [https://englishlive.ef.com/blog/press/wild-ride-decided-become-title-partner-worldtour-pro-cycling-team/] the world leader in international education, entered the realm of professional cycling by acquiring our UCI WorldTour team. The cycling team is n

The Meaning of Hand Gestures Around the World

Hand gestures are an integral part of communication, particularly if we are speaking in a foreign language.

How to maximize your English learning

It’s the time of year when many people begin to make plans and set goals. Often those goals include finding a new job, improving employment prospects and developing some new and positive habits. One decision that can help with all of those is to learn English online [https://eng

Learn English: Christmas and New Year around the world

Christmas is, probably the most widely held celebration in the world. The day of the birth of Jesus Christ – actually, it probably wasn’t, but we’ll let that pass. The sharing of Christmas greetings is found at Christmas around the world [https://englishlive.ef.com/blog/english-i

Black Friday History

In between Halloween and Christmas there is another major holiday that is happening in U.S. We are talking about Thanksgiving, which is happening on the last Thursday of November. It is when Americans say their thank you and spend a day filled with feasting, watching football and

Vocabulary around Halloween

When we learn English language online [https://englishlive.ef.com/en-gb/] it doesn’t have to be all about grammar, syntax and all the rather technical and, although important, potentially boring stuff. Learning English is as much about discovering the culture of the countries tha

Fashion Vocabulary: Talk about fashion in English

FASHION VOCABULARY There is so much to gain when we learn the English language online [https://englishlive.ef.com/en-gb/], and perhaps the best thing of all is when we can use that language in the real world. London Fashion week [http://www.londonfashionweek.co.uk] is coming up,

Breaking the Ice – Conversational English with Strangers

Attending any kind of gathering where we will be mixing with strangers causes a pang of anxiety in most of us, and when English is not our first language, such worries can be greater. One of the advantages we have when we learn English online [https://englishlive.ef.com/en-gb/]