Used To

Stephen ShorttEnglish Tutorials

Meet “Maggie”… She is going to help Rachel to explain how we use “Used To” to talk about habits in the past…

Say and Tell

Stephen ShorttEnglish Tutorials

Today Rachel explains when we use “Say” and when we use “Tell” in English.  They both mean verbal communication but we use them in different ways.  Here we give you a simple way to remember which to use when you are speaking with someone.

When words just work well together!

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We came across this nice little coincidence in English recently and thought our students would like it!  Why do you eat chocolate, ice cream and sweets when you are stressed?

Come and Go

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Today we look at the verbs “come” and “go”, which often confuse English language students.  We are also going to look at how to when we use the word “back” with these verbs.

“Me too” and “Me neither”

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Some students get confused with when to use “Me too” and “Me neither”.  Katie explains the difference between the two. We use “me too” when we agree with a positive sentence and “me neither” when we agree with a negative sentence.

Happy Bloomsday!

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Today (June 16th) is Bloomsday. Bloomsday is a celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce during which the events of his novel Ulysses (which is set on 16 June 1904) are relived. Bloomsday was actually invented in 1954, on the 50th anniversary of the events in the novel, when John Ryan and the novelist Flann O’Brien organised what … Read More

The Olympic Flame passes by Alpha College!

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All the staff and students in Alpha were very excited this morning when we lined the streets beside Alpha to watch as the Olympic Torch made its way through Dublin as part of the London 2012 celebration.

Some & Any

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Some students get confused with when we use “some” and when we use “any”.  Today, Rachel clears up any confusion!

Lend & Borrow

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In today’s video tutorial, Liliane explains the difference between two related verbs – Lend & Borrow

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

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As usual, we met at Alpha College on St Patrick’s Day before the parade and made our way to O’Connell Street to get a great view of the festivities.  If you have any photos or videos of St Patrick’s Day, please send them into us!

Happy International Women’s Day!

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Today is International Women’s Day so we decided to get a photo of as many of our female staff and students who would pose for a photo. In this photo we have French, Swiss, Italian, Polish, South Korean, Czech, Venezuelan, German, Brazilian, Spanish, Saudi, Japanese, Colombian, Russian, Dutch and of course Irish women. Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are … Read More

Happy Leap Day!

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Today is the 29th of February. This date only happens once every four years and has some interesting stories and side effects.  The current Lord Mayor of Dublin Andrew Montague is celebrating his 11th birthday today! Many people whose birthdays fall on Feb 29th celebrate every year either on February 28th or March 1st but every four years throw a … Read More

Happy Pancake Tuesday!

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Today is Pancake Tuesday in Dublin so Marianne made some pancakes for staff and students to enjoy!  The Nutella option was very popular and the jar almost ran out before the pancakes…  

The world is tiny!

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One of our senior teachers, Liam Bradshaw, headed off on a new adventure recently to set up a new Language Department in a school in  Mexico.  After a very long flight he was walking through Benito Juarez Airport and randomly bumped into a former student of Alpha College from Korea! It just goes to show you that it’s a small world … Read More

Mizuki’s time at Alpha

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“The staff at Alpha College of English is kind and when I asked them something, they were always smiling. Every Friday, after we finish the morning class, a staff member gives students some sweets. I thought it is fantastic! I like the teachers in Alpha. Of course teachers are really kind, friendly and lovely, and their lessons are really interesting … Read More