December 30, 2017

In the last post of the year, we have put together 5 common idioms related to New Year’s resolutions. We hope you like them and start using them during 2018.

No pain, no gain: To achieve something that is necessary to work hard for

Example: “It takes a huge effort to lea...

December 14, 2017

Many EU citizens living in the UK have been receiving this letter from the Prime Minister. As it is something that affects most of our students, we though it would be good to share with all of you. 

Have you received one of these letters? What's your opinion about her w...

November 30, 2017

Pubs in Bristol: Your local pub

Among the wide variety of pubs that spread throughout Bristol, local pubs keep the tradition in its purest form. From their clientele to the drinks offered, local pubs have become a representation of the area where they stand. I have coll...

November 2, 2017

"Remember, remember the fifth of November, Gunpowder treason and plot. We see no reason Why gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot!" How Guy Fawkes became popular thanks to V for Vendetta and the Anonymous collective. Where to celebrate Bonfire night in Br...

September 28, 2017

There's nothing more traditional to the UK than the good old public house, more commonly known as a pub. With its origins that can be traced back to the Roman Tavern, the Pub has become an institution within British culture throughout its history. Although it is now po...

February 8, 2016

Writing and reading in English throws up a plethora of challenges when you’re learning the language for the first time. Phonetics are scarce, irregularities are a common occurrence and the order and the grammar of the language is often at odds with your mother tongue....

January 16, 2016

Here at Spen Languages we try to arm you for every sort of dialectical challenge you may face, and English language is littered with mystifying expressions that on the face of it, seem to make no sense at all! In this blog we’ll investigate an A-Z of our favourite Engl...

December 25, 2015


Christmas is finally here! At Spen Languages we are putting our English language exercise books away, and our feet up for a well-earned break with a mince pie and a mug of mulled wine, listening to some carols around the Christmas tree. Tomorrow we might eat some turk...

December 5, 2015


Part 3: Culture & Entertainment


There are countless opportunities in Bristol to go out and discover something new, educate yourself, dance the night away or find unusual art, music or movies in Bristol. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people and practice your Eng...

November 21, 2015


Part 2: Food & Drink


There is a huge choice of places to eat and drink in Bristol. From Vietnamese to Moroccan; Italian to Caribbean, it’s all available if you know where to go. In your English classes you’ll learn how to order food and drink, and how to express wheth...

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