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”

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)”

Cat Idioms

Something I sometimes said when I was a high school teacher in the UK was “it’s like herding cats trying to get my year 9s to do even the simplest task on time” The underlined part is the idiom and means = almost an impossibility (can you imagine trying to herd a lot of cats?Continue reading “Cat Idioms”

Modal Verbs

Modal verbs help speakers/writers express their subjective attitudes and/or opinions about things. These include possibility, probability, obligation, necessity, desirability, to name a few. In no particular order, here are some of the more commonly used modal verbs in English (with definitions in brackets) could (ability, permission, possibility, request) can (possibility, permission, ability, suggestion, request) mayContinue reading “Modal Verbs”

Phrasal verbs with Animals (answers)

Well just as I promised, here are some answers to the exercises I left you with in that earlier blog about phrasal verbs. These sentences are mine so don’t worry if they look different to yours. However, if you think that your sentences are VERY different then you can always drop me a comment andContinue reading “Phrasal verbs with Animals (answers)”

If you’re an advanced student, can you do this?

A good exercise for continually improving upon your speaking and/or writing skills if you are an advanced student is to practice the following exercise. Below are a list of unfinished sentences for you to THINK carefully about and then COMPLETE. Whether you’re working alone, in a pair or in a small group, it might helpContinue reading “If you’re an advanced student, can you do this?”

Adjectives for Cats

A list of useful ADJECTIVES to describe cats (or some other animals too) scratchy (abrasive, irritable, rough) stealthy (furtive, sneaky, surreptitious) mischievous (impish, wicked but in a good way, naughty but in a nice way) independent (autonomous, self-governing, free) silent (still, soundless) lazy (slothful, indolent, idle) inquisitive (questioning, wondering, speculative) relaxed (unagitated, cool, unexcited) nonchalantContinue reading “Adjectives for Cats”

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