Wimbledon School of English

Joint No.1 Language School in UK*

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The school is open for face-to-face classes in Wimbledon, since Monday 8th March 2021.

Office hours: Monday to Friday - 09:00 - 17:00 UK Time.

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Wimbledon School of English


At Wimbledon School of English we teach a wide variety of English language courses to people from all over the world. Our school is located in Wimbledon, known throughout the world for the grand slam tennis tournament. Only 20 minutes from Central London, Wimbledon offers you the best of both worlds.

*Joint Number 1 English Language School in the U.K.

Why Wimbledon School of English?

 No.1 UK Centre of Excellence

Wimbledon School of English received 15/15 strengths in its most recent British Council inspection and has been named the joint top Centre of Excellence by the EL Gazette.

 Wide range of English language courses

Choose from General English, Business English, Cambridge English Exam preparation, IELTS preparation, Legal English, Medical English, English and Culture: Experience London, and many more.

 Quality accommodation close to school

Choose between homestay and student residence accommodation with many options within walking distance from school. We can also arrange accommodation at a Catholic hostel for unmarried women aged 18-30, as well as a luxury student residence minutes away from Wimbledon and close to the Thames River.

 Free activities every day

Whether you are interested in sports, museums, galleries, international parties or the theatre, we have a great range of social events and activities for everyone. This is a great way to make friends and practise your English outside of the classroom.   

 Perfect London location 

Our school is located in Wimbledon - one of the safest and most beautiful areas in London. With excellent transport links to the city centre (17 minutes by train to Waterloo), Wimbledon offers all of the advantages of the capital, but with a more relaxing vibe. 

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20 Love Island English phrases explained

The best Love Island phrases you need to know

Studying English can be tricky. Words can sound the same but not mean the same, have multiple definitions and often a word's meanings can simply change over time. Words we use now often meant something else years before; for example, the word ‘silly’ in the 13th century meant ‘someone to be pitied’ but 300 years later the definition changed to how we know it today. Once a group of people change a word's meaning and it catches on to further regions, that’s when a definition can change. A perfect example of being able to see the English language transform In front of your very eyes is watching culturally relevant TV shows, and one of the best examples is Love Island.

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Love Island is a British reality dating show on ITV that has become hugely popular since it started in 2015.

Love Island is very famous for the words and phrases the contestants use, that baffle even people whose first language is English. However, with the show being one of the biggest shows in UK, the result is that these words find their way into public consciousness and eventually become a part of everyday life – so it’s worth knowing them! 

Here are our Top 20 English phrases from watching Love Island.

Sit back, tune in and enjoy!

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1. Pied

This expression is used when someone has been dumped by whoever they are dating, usually in an appalling way.

“He has been ignoring me all evening, think I’ve been pied”.


2. Mugged off/Muggy

To be disrespected by somebody – Usually in an embarrassingly public manner.

“I’ve just seen them talking to someone else, I feel mugged off”.

“They have not stop being rude, they’re acting muggy”.

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3. Peng sort

To comment on someone’s appearance, in a positive way.

“You’re looking like a real Peng sort tonight mate”.


4. Grafting

To work extra hard to show someone you are interested in them, in a romantic way.

“I feel like I like them, I need to get grafting”.


5. It is what it is

This means that a situation cannot be changed, so you must wait it out or do whatever it is you wanted to do anyway.

“I found out they don’t fancy me; it is what it is”.


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6. Putting all my eggs in their basket

This means that you are fully focusing your efforts on one person and are not investing your time in other people.

“I’ve only just met them; I’m not putting all my eggs in their basket just yet”.


7. Melt

This means that someone has a lot of feelings for someone and are willing to come across a fool to prove it.

“I think I like them; I feel like a proper melt”.

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8. Girl code

This means to have your girlfriend's back and you stay loyal to them essentially.

“I wouldn’t do that to you because of girl code”.


9. My type on paper

This is what you would use to describe someone who is the ideal / perfect person for you to date.

“They’re so attractive! They’re definitely my type on paper”.


10. Sauce

This is what you would use to describe someone that has confidence and charisma that is unique to themselves.

“Did you see the way they walked in here, they definitely have the sauce”.

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11. Crack on

This means getting to know someone in a romantic sense.

“They’re single now, so you’re free to crack on”.


12. Dead ting

This is a UK slang term to describe someone who is not attractive.

“They look rubbish in that outfit, they’re a dead ting”.


13. Can I pull you for a chat?

This means that you want to talk to someone privately to let them know you fancy them or to bring up an issue with them.

“Hey, can I pull you for a chat? I got something to say to you”.


14. Vibes

Means the energy you get off someone when you are getting to know them.

“They’re really great to be with, they give off a good vibe”.


15. Banter

It is a term that describes if someone has a good sense of humour and is good to talk to.

 “I really fancy them; they’ve got the banter which makes them even better”.


16. Where’s your head at?

This is a way to ask someone how they feel about a situation – whether that is how they feel about you in a romantic way or how they feel in a situation they’re in.

“I feel like you haven’t been yourself recently, where’s your head at with this?”.


17. Shoot your shot

It means to take your chance to show someone that you think about them in a romantic way.

“They just told me they like you, you should shoot your shot”.


18. The Ick

This means that there is something about someone that you have noticed that you just do not like.

“They did this thing that was really gross, it gave me the ick”.


19. Factor 50

This means to show someone that you like them but show them a little too much / over the top in doing so.

“They kept complimenting me”.

“I saw they were really laying it factor 50”.

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20. Salty

This means to be upset with someone and to behave unfavourably towards that person.

“I don’t see why we can’t be friends, there’s no need to be salty over this”.


We can’t promise you will need to use these phrases often, but you may hear them being spoken casually so they are useful to know nonetheless.


For other TV shows to help improve your English, check out our 5 Netflix series to help improve your English


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Feeling happy, safe and relaxed in your accommodation is very important and we take great care in finding the right accommodation option for each student. Choose from a variety of options, including homestay, student house share and hotels. 

 Student Profile & Nationality Mix

We welcome students from all over the world. In 2019, we welcomed over 80 different nationalities.

 The London Exam Centre

The London Exam Centre is part of Wimbledon School of English and has been growing strong for over 40 years. It offers a wide range of English exams both in paper-based and computer-based format. Contact for more information about Cambridge, IELTS, PTE, ACCA, TEA, OET & TOLES exams.

 Social Programme

London will always be one of the most exciting cities in the world and living in Wimbledon is the perfect way to explore this incredible city at your own pace or on an organised excursion with the school.



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Watch the videos below to hear what some of our students say about Wimbledon School of English.

Former student Carolina gives us her testimonial of what her experience was like at the Wimbledon of School of English.
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"This school is my second home" Martinho spent 10 months here in Wimbledon. He arrived as a complete beginner to English and worked his way up to Upper Intermediate level in that time! Hear what Martinho has to say about his time at WSE and in London.
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Roberto Perez, a 24 year old Petroleum Engineer from Venezuela, talks about his experience at WSE!
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Zoe took Live Online English classes with us and was so kind as to share her experience with us. ‘When I first heard about having online classes I was quite sceptical about it. However, I gave it a go and now I’m very happy. Clearly, it isn’t the same as normal classes, but at the moment there isn’t a better solution to the actual situation. Before the school had to close temporarily, we did a meeting on Zoom between the classes in different classrooms and our teachers showed us how it works. Don’t worry, you'll be absolutely fine - it’s very easy. Zoom is an online platform, similar to Skype, which gives us a lot of opportunities to create virtual classes. From improving our speaking skills to practise our listening or watching videos together there’s almost nothing you can’t do. It’s fascinating how authentic online-classes are to real ones. What’s more, our teachers are as motivated as they were in school and they try hard to give their best effort. It is a new experience for all of us, but we learn together and that’s great fun! I’m very grateful to have these modern techniques nowadays, which help us, even more, to keep in touch with each other in times like these.’ Zoe - Switzerland,


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Wimbledon School of English is a London based English Language School that offers a wide range of academic and professional English language courses. From General English Language courses to Business & Professional English Language courseswe have a course that will suit your needs.

As well as being named as one of the top UK centres of excellence, the perfect location of our English Language School makes Wimbledon School of English the ideal choice for furthering your English language education in London. For an immersive insight into British culture, our Cultural English Language courses offer students a way of combining the English language studying with getting to know the city of London and British culture. Our English Language School runs an amazing Social Events Programme for those who want to join us, but if you'd rather go off and do your own thing then the transport links that Wimbledon boasts means that you will easily be able to travel to and from central London at any time of the day or night. Wimbledon is, of course, renowned for being the home of British tennis and for sports fans, our school will give you the opportunity to play for free in our local tennis club in the most famous tennis district in the world.

Accommodation in London can be hard to find, but luckily as one of the top London English Language Schools, we are able to offer a wide range of accommodation options, ranging from staying with fellow students to staying with a local English family. Unlike some other London English Language Schools, we offer an incredible standard of teaching in a stunning location that is more relaxed than the usual hectic London lifestyle, allowing our lessons to be taught in a more comfortable environment.