Why learn a new language?

Why learn a new language?

Give Your Brain a Boost!

Speaking a second language each day really can keep the doctor away! Study after study demonstrated the cognitive benefits of learning another language, no matter how old you are. Memory improvement, longer attention span, and a reduced risk of age-related cognitive decline are just a few of the known positive effects of speaking two or more languages.

Family and friends

If your partner, in-laws, relatives or friends speak a different language, learning that language will help you to communicate with them. It can also give you a better understanding of their culture and way of thinking.

Job and Work Opportunities

Learning a second language opens up a ton of career opportunities. The world is changing fast. More companies than ever are doing business in several – often dozens of – countries around the world, but they can’t do it without hiring globally-minded people who can speak at least one foreign language. Ever wanted to be like those people you see in the airport travelling to foreign countries “on business” all the time? That can be you. Edinburgh is well known to be very international. Even in small, local companies, chances are that the ability to speak a second language will set you apart from other applicants.

Become More Interesting and Meet Interesting People

If your first language is English, the second most common language in the world, and yet you’ve made the effort to learn another language rather than expecting the world to accommodate you. People will approach you and will want to talk to you. They’ll want to know what motivated you to learn another language.

Become a Better Learner

Every time you will learn a new language, you will find it easier than the one before. The reasoning is simple: with every new language you’ll study, you will figure out ways to learn more efficiently. In other words, you will develop language hacks.

Discover You Can Do It!

We’ve heard pretty much every excuse that people give for failing to learn a second language. Too old, not enough time, wrong genes. None of them hold water. Whatever doubts you have, you really can learn another language. It’s never too late, you are never too old. With only a lesson per week and 12 weeks, you could even hold your first conversation!

Ready to get started?

All our packages and options >> http://inlingua-edinburgh.co.uk/foreign-languages

Our new term will start in September 2018.

inlingua Unplugged – Music, Laughter and Fun

inlingua Unplugged – Music, Laughter and Fun

Here at inlingua, we like to balance hard work with times of relaxation and great fun. As they say: “work hard, play hard”. Yesterday, we had the chance to host the 6th annual inlingua Unplugged, a free musical event filled with live acoustic music. We were lucky enough to welcome three incredible singers and musicians who lit up the stage for our wonderful students, staff and friends. There couldn’t a more Scottish event: live music is literally everywhere here, even at our school.


Take a look at the pictures below and get in the mood: music heals all wounds, lift up the heart and makes for great memories:










Thank you all for coming, and a special thanks to our wonderful singers, Tim Wylie, Simon Patchett and Terry Weston!


Until next time 🙂



13 Best Places to Picnic in Edinburgh

13 Best Places to Picnic in Edinburgh

Temperatures are set to climb even further in the Capital today, with the Met Office forecasting a high of 29 degrees. A heatwave which could produce the hottest temperatures this year is sweeping across Scotland.

There’s no denying it – Edinburgh looks stunning in the sunshine. So make the most of the good weather by enjoying the great outdoors. We’ve listed the best places to enjoy a picnic.

1. Princes Street Gardens

It is the most central park in Edinburgh and definitely one of the busiest parks in town when it is sunny. In the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, the Gardens were created in two phases in the 1770s and 1820s. Both run along the south side of Princes Street and are divided by The Mound. East Princes Street Gardens run from The Mound to Waverley Bridge and cover 8.5 acres (34,000 m2). The larger West Princes Street Gardens cover 29 acres (120,000 m2) and extend to the adjacent churches of St. John’s and St. Cuthbert’s, near Lothian Road in the west.

The Gardens are the best-known park in Edinburgh, having the highest awareness and visitor figures for both residents and visitors to the city. Various concerts and other events are held at the Ross Bandstand including the Festival Fireworks Concert, Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest, and during the city’s Hogmanay celebrations.


2. The Meadows

The Meadows is a large public park in the south of the city centre. It consists largely of open grassland crossed by tree-lined paths, but also has a children’s playground, a croquet club, tennis courts and recreational sports pitches. It is bordered by the University of Edinburgh’s George Square campus and the Quartermile development on the site of the old Edinburgh Royal Infirmary to the north and Marchmont to the south. To the south-west, it becomes Bruntsfield Links where there is a free, public pitch and putts golf course. It is one of the best places in the city to organise BBQ with friends!

3. Royal Botanic Garden

Just one mile from city centre, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh offers visitors peace and tranquillity amongst 72 acres of stunning scenery. The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is one of the finest botanic gardens in the world.  A pleasure for all the family, the Garden offers fantastic views of the capital’s skyline, featuring Edinburgh Castle, and is located just a mile from the city centre.  Visitors can discover its fascinating history, which dates back 300 years, learn about its plantings and walk around 70 acres of beautiful landscape.

4. Harrison Park

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Harrison Park is at the heart of a lovely community, shared by dog walkers, children, picnickers and duck feeders. It’s gorgeous in the summer and stunning in the autumn. It sits beside Union Canal, so throw down your blanket and get the sandwiches out and watch the world go by!

4. Granny’s Green – The Grassmarket

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Nestled right under Edinburgh Castle, this spot on a summer’s evening is perfection! You are surrounded by little cafes and bars, so this is a great spot for an impromptu picnic. Located in The Grassmarket, it can get quite busy so get down early and enjoy the sun all day!

5. Calton Hill

One of the seven hills of Edinburgh, it’s well worth the short steep walk with your picnic to the top of Calton Hill. The historic site is in the centre of the city and overlooks the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood. With such vast and stunning views down over the city, Calton Hill is popular with picnic-ers on the rare Edinburgh sunny day.

6. Blackford Hill

Blackford Hill is towards the south of the city and popular with dog walkers and weekend hikers. From here you can see Edinburgh Castle, Calton Hill and, on a clear day, all the way out across the Firth of Forth.

7. Inverleith Park

Inverleith Park was made for picnics. Meticulously manicured grassy parkland, lovely trees, and a resplendent sundial garden all add to the appeal. Once more, those looking to congregate in large groups, toss a ball about, meander over the quaint wooden bridge, or explore surrounding flora and fauna, will be in their element. Such a prime spot demands a perfect picnic.

8. Portobello Beach

Portobello is a coastal suburb of Edinburgh. Once known as a beach resort, it is located three miles (5 km) to the east of the city centre, facing the Firth of Forth, in eastern central Scotland. Although historically it was a town in its own right, and is often seen as such by its inhabitants, it is now a residential suburb of Edinburgh, with a promenade fronting on to the wide sand beach. It lies between the suburbs of Joppa and Craigentinny.


9. Cramond Beach


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Enjoy the feel of an old fishing village which the suburb of Cramond still retains. There is plenty of history to see in the area too with Cramond boasting one of the longest known periods of human settlement, and refreshments are available at the nearby pub or the nice coffee shop.

10. Arthur’s Seat

Arthur’s Seat may be a predictable choice and yet, it still never ceases to enrapture the people who walk it. Every time something new arises, whether it’s an added entity in the skyline or an uncharted route graced with new but equally astounding views. If lugging a picnic to the top doesn’t sound like too much of a headache, the vision of the city (and beyond) will erase all images of arduous power walking. That, and some surprisingly delicious Scottish BBQ from Reekie’s Smokehouse. Perfectly placed nearby, this family-run eatery is a winner in the meat, coffee, beer and cake game. Quick and easy, consider this a wonderfully spontaneous kind of Scottish picnic experience — no fuss, no frills — just good food and views.


11. Pentlands


Star in your own film and escape for a picnic in the Pentlands. Rolling hills, picture-perfect streams and views worth knowing about make this an ideal spot to throw down that checkered blanket and soak up the serenity. Adventure junkies will see this as an exploration opportunity, which may or may not cut into valuable eating time. Budding romanticists, on the other hand, will see this as a blissfully remote location. Strategically placed at the foot of the Pentlands is The Secret Herb Garden. This herb nursery hosts a café filled with produce harvested on site, along with various jams, chutneys and jellies.

Near Edinburgh, there is also some great spots!

12. North Berwick


13. Yellowcraig


Yellowcraig is a natural cove beach with spectacular views to the 1885 lighthouse on Fidra Island, the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson famous tale Treasure Island.

Top 5 english Idioms You Should Start Using Right Now (Part 2)

Top 5 english Idioms You Should Start Using Right Now (Part 2)

Learning a new language isn’t just about learning grammar rules and vocabulary. Knowing how to get your message across is already a great start, don’t get me wrong! But there is a way to go one step further and help you sound like a native English-speaking person: idioms.

An idiom is a phrase, an expression or a group of words used together, the meaning of which is not directly understandable from the meaning of the individual words. For example, in the sentence ‘This car cost me an arm and a leg’, I don’t really mean that I exchanged an actual arm and leg for my new car. Here, the phrase ‘an arm and a leg’ means ‘a very high price’. Every language in the world has its own idioms, which often can’t be translated literally to another language. They can be tricky to master but they will definitely help you sound like a native speaker!

Here is a list of 5 frequent idioms of the English language you should start using right now!

Speak of the devil

When you say speak of the devil, it means that the person you were just talking about enters the room you are in.


Person A: “Did you know that Patrick just got engaged?!”

Person B: “Speak of the devil! He just came in, let’s go congratulate him!”

Once in a blue moon

When you say that something only happens once in a blue moon, it means that it happens very rarely, almost never.


“Since she moved to London, I only see Jane once in a blue moon. She’s just so far away now.”

Add insult to injury

When you add insult to injury, you make a bad situation even worse.


“First, they took our free coffee and tea in the break room, and now they just reduced our break time from 15 to 10 minutes. That’s just adding insult to injury!”

A no-brainer

When you say that something is a no-brainer, it means that this decision or choice is really easy to make and quite obvious.


Person A: “What should we do for Jane’s birthday?”

Person B: “Well, that’s a no-brainer! Let’s just bring a cake to work on Friday and surprise her!”

To be/sit on the fence

When you are on the fence about something, it means you can’t decide between two different options, you are indecisive.

Person A: “What are you having for lunch”

Person B: “I’m on the fence. I can’t decide between the chicken salad or the soup!”

New Evening Term for Languages Starting 10th September 2018

New Evening Term for Languages Starting 10th September 2018

Are you thinking of learning a new language or brushing up on your existing skills?

Our language centre is centrally located in Edinburgh’s West End and has a relaxed yet professional atmosphere for an enjoyable learning experience. We also provide free tea & coffee, Wi-Fi and a comfortable student’s lounge. inlingua’s world-renowned teaching method was established in 1968 and has been proven to get results time and time again.

Our new term for evening courses will begin from 10th September 2018.

Click here to see a full list of the languages we offer!

Speak a new language from the very first lesson!

  • We offer courses in over 20 languages >> click here to see our full range!
  • Classes in small groups (max 10 per class)
  • Qualified, native-speaking teachers
  • A lot of speaking practice
  • All course material included
  • Classes suited to each ability (no mixed-level groups)

Week-night Courses details

Classes take place once per week from 18:30 to 20:00 for 90 minutes. The full cost is £180 per term (all course materials and refreshments included). Duration: 12 weeks with 5 to 10 students, 10 weeks with 4 students or 8 weeks with 3 students in the group

Booking is now open for all languages, so book early to secure your place and avoid disappointment!

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Cambridge Exam VS IELTS: What is The Difference & Which One is For You

Cambridge Exam VS IELTS: What is The Difference & Which One is For You

Did you know that we offer exam preparation classes? Nowadays, it is not rare for universities or employers to require a certain test score proving your level of English. But which test should you take? What are the differences? Here’s a quick guide to help you understand the differences between the Cambridge exams and the IELTS.

Here at inlingua Edinburgh, you can prepare for the FCE, CAE, CPE or the IELTS. But what do these letters stand for?

  • FCE = First Certificate in English, (aka Cambridge English: First)
  • CAE = Certificate in Advanced English (aka Cambridge English: Advanced)
  • CPE = Certificate of Proficiency in English (aka Cambridge English Proficiency)
  • IELTS = International English Language Testing System.

While both the Cambridge exams and the IELTS test all four major English skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking, there are quite a few differences between them.

The main difference between the Cambridge tests and the IELTS is that while there is only one IELTS for every level, the Cambridge tests are level-oriented. FCE is for an upper-intermediate, B2 level qualification, the CAE is a C1 qualification exam and the CPE is for a C2 proficiency level.

Now let’s look at the ways in which they are assessed.

Despite their differences, one test is not more difficult than the other. You might find the Cambridge tests more interesting than the IELTS, which is a bit more academic, but it doesn’t mean that one is easier than the other.

Whether you need to do it to apply to the university of your choice, to get that job you have been after for a while or just because you want to boost your CV, book a class now at inlingua and pass that exam with flying colours!

All our Exam Preparation packages here