How to start a conversation: 5 things to say after “HELLO”

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You are about to talk to an English speaker and you don’t know what to say? Don’t worry! In this video, you’ll learn easy ways to start a good, useful conversation. You’ll learn how to choose topics for conversation and how to keep it flowing. Let’s learn! Continue reading

Understand phone conversations in English

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How are you doing this afternoon? This lesson is going to help us a lot!

If you get nervous about having conversations over the phone in English, you are not alone… (Actually, I would say this explanation is also highly valuable for conversations in person.) This is a common challenge all people face while getting confidence in learning a new language.  Continue reading

Indirect questions

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Now is the time to learn a bit more about Indirect Questions or Embedded Questions.

There are two kinds of questions in English – direct and indirect. We use indirect questions if we want to sound more formal or polite, especially when we are talking to people we don’t know.

When we create indirect questions, we use introductory phrases such as:

Can/could you tell/show me …? / Do you know …? / Would you mind telling/showing me …? / Have you any idea …? / I wonder … / I wonder if you would mind telling/showing me …?

Examples:

1) (direct question) What time is it?

(indirect question) Could you tell me what time it is?

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Ordinary Love

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Today I am bringing “Ordinary Love”, song by Irish rock band U2. It was written to honour Nelson Mandela and is included in the biography film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. It was released on 29 November 2013, less than a week before Mandela died.

U2 had been friends with Nelson Mandela for several years, having played concerts in South Africa. Continue reading

Games

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Using games is one of the most important way to teach efficiently in a language class. Games mean a lot to students. It does not matter when and where they are played, we can not deny their importance.

If students learn with games and have fun, it means that you have reached your goals. Games strengthen language skills. Besides, learners develop social skills and good relationships while they interact with each others.

This post will be under construction. I will always add some information, as time goes by. I also count on your suggestions out there! 🙂

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English does not make sense!

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You might be surprised by the title of this post and I confess: me too! This morning, while I was checking the news on Engvid’s Facebook page, this was their latest post and I got myself reflecting on how it is challenging to study and get fluent in any additional language.

As our choice is for English, watch here Ronnie’s latest lesson showing some words and expressions that just do not make sense and take the quiz here after watching it.

And more: some time ago, I read this text by chance on the internet and I decided to share it with you. Continue reading

Perfect tenses

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Now we will talk about the Perfect Tenses. We will examine their use in both the simple and continuous aspects – past, present and future forms.

In grammatical terms, perfect tenses are used to refer to completed or ongoing events. Let’s learn a little more from these videos: Continue reading

Inversions

Hi, everyone! 🙂

How are you doing this afternoon? (I am enjoying a really nice rainy and chilly day 😉 )

The grammar topic I am bringing into appreciation today is Inversions. Basically, we use them to increase the level of:

1) Formality

2) Drama

3) Emphasis

They are generally used to stress the uniqueness of an event and begin with a negative.

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How to ask a favour

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Sometimes we all have to ask for favours. It can be a difficult thing to do, though. Even if you ask a good friend or a family member, it is advisable to be polite and use the right tone of voice in order to get a positive response.

Look at this chart and check out some common expressions we use in these situations: Continue reading