Three words in English rooted in Paganism

The other day I wrote about Valentine’s Day (BIG thank you to those who read and liked it). So thinking about The Roman’s and their pagan practices, traditions and holidays that have somehow managed to find their way into some of our modern-day customs, made me want to dig into whether any of the wordsContinue reading “Three words in English rooted in Paganism”

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.”

Have you ever been short of cash?

Haven’t most people at some point been short of money? Could be for any number of reasons, the actual reasons rarely matter, what is important to people at the time they’re experiencing a lack in funds is that they have NO MONEY. It can be embarrassing, awkward, even humiliating. People can and do feel aContinue reading “Have you ever been short of cash?”

Seasons Greetings (Happy Holidays) Let’s look at Alcohol Idioms…

Now there will be a few (just kidding, they’ll be more likely millions!) of people around the world today who might be feeling a little out of sorts, off colour, not quite their best, under par, peaky, queasy, et, etc… after their Christmas festivities… All the above are words we can use to describe howContinue reading “Seasons Greetings (Happy Holidays) Let’s look at Alcohol Idioms…”

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)”

English Irregular Verbs gap-fill worksheet (Intermediate)

Just in case you’re feeling a little bored, nothing to do, not much on tv… try this gap fill exercise. I’m going with a cat theme… in case you didn’t notice! You need to supply the PAST TENSE form of the bold word in brackets. Oh, did I mention before that Bellamy ____________ me yetContinue reading “English Irregular Verbs gap-fill worksheet (Intermediate)”

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)”

Prefixes (intermediate)

Change the list of words below into their opposites by using the following prefixes: un- in- dis- il- im- ir- Remember to always learn new vocabulary with their opposites (antonyms) and a bunch of synonyms too. That’s how you can help yourself expand your vocabulary quickly. There are plenty more words that would fit intoContinue reading “Prefixes (intermediate)”

Definite article – THE

This small but sometimes confusing word is used with nouns. These nouns can be something already mentioned in a conversation or known, something unique or something the speaker/writer has chosen to mention specifically. WE NEVER USE THE FOR GENERIC THINGS OR SOMETHING THAT HAS NOT BEEN MENTIONED BEFORE. The other day I was watching anContinue reading “Definite article – THE”

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