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Can you speak the lingo? NI nurses must speak English, but do you know your its from your it's?

A tightening of regulations means that nurses coming to Northern Ireland to work must demonstrate their competence in the English language.

The UK's professional nursing body, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), requires all European and overseas nurses to prove their competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking English if they want to work in any part of the UK.

There is currently a huge shortage of nurses in Northern Ireland with over 1,200 vacancies.

There are three methods for hopefuls wanting to work in the UK to prove that they can handle English. They include having training in an English speaking environment, two years having worked in a English language workplace - where a test was required to work - or they need to take the International English Language Testing System test.

The Irish News reports  that competent native English language speakers have had difficulty in passing the exam with some spending over £1,000 to retake the test.

The NMC said nurses should have the "necessary knowledge of English to communicate effectively before we register you, so that you do not put the safety of the public at risk".

But how well do you know your English language? Take our test below.

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