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Frantic January… so busy!

Ok all, I know I’ve not spent any where near as much time on this as I should have but life this January had been very busy and full of fresh challenges almost every day. We’re now in February and finally, it looks like things will calm down a little, at least enough for meContinue reading “Frantic January… so busy!”

Gossip – LOVE it or HATE it? It has its pluses & minuses.

The origins of the term gossip some say began with Shakespeare (who was singlehandedly responsible for a great number of words we have in English today), while others think it has roots in the French language. Personally, I think there must have been a term for this knocking around for hundreds even thousands of years.Continue reading “Gossip – LOVE it or HATE it? It has its pluses & minuses.”

Why are you learning English?

Ask five different English language learners why they are studying English and you’ll probably get five different answers. Everyone has their own motivations for learning another language and over many years of teaching I’ve had students give me a wide variety of reasons including: I want a better job I would like to live abroadContinue reading “Why are you learning English?”

Speaking exercise (forming and giving opinions) Intermediate/advanced

I like recycling and I decided to reuse an idea from an older post to form this one. In “33 ways to say walk” you practiced your past participles. Well, sticking with a ‘walking’ theme, please read on… Now many years ago (too many in fact) when I was an undergraduate, I had a friendContinue reading “Speaking exercise (forming and giving opinions) Intermediate/advanced”

Don’t just say WALK, say… (Intermediate/Advanced)

The next time you’re relaying a story and in that tale someone happens to be walking… use one of these words/expressions instead. I have to tell you some of them are rather old-fashioned now, if not even obsolete. So you’ll need to do some research to find out which are still current. Some might beContinue reading “Don’t just say WALK, say… (Intermediate/Advanced)”

Irregular verbs (Advanced)

I’m going to give you a short list of 20 of some of English’s less common irregular verbs. Try them out over the holidays. I guess for you advanced learners, these are just practice, but for all those intermediates out there who want to leap up a level… why not give them a try andContinue reading “Irregular verbs (Advanced)”

Third Conditional in English Grammar

This conditional is sometimes called the UNREAL PAST. It is used for discussing things in the past that did not happen AND because they are in the past already, they can never be changed and are thus impossibilities. You remember the last one, 2nd conditional, the one I told you was my favourite? At leastContinue reading “Third Conditional in English Grammar”

Second Conditionals in English Grammar

Now this is the fun one! This is my favourite because you can really let your imagination go crazy! Why? Because this conditional is all about things that are impossible or imaginary. For example, if I won the lottery, I would buy the Orient Express and live on it permanently. It’s a conditional for dreamersContinue reading “Second Conditionals in English Grammar”

First Conditionals in English Grammar

In a previous post we looked as zero conditionals and in this one we will cover 1st conditionals. The two share a few similarities; they have two clauses, clauses can be swapped over, when the word if is in the middle of a sentence you can omit the comma, the if- clause sets the sceneContinue reading “First Conditionals in English Grammar”

Zero Conditionals in English Grammar

When you are writing or speaking and you want to convey an idea of something that usually, generally or always happens, use the zero conditional. This conditional is used, for example, to talk about scientific facts. The formula for the zero conditional is: if/when + simple present (1st clause) + simple present or an imperativeContinue reading “Zero Conditionals in English Grammar”

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