How to ask a favour

Hello, dear! How are you doing? 🙂

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

Leaving voicemail

Hello, dear! What’s up? 🙂

This is a really invaluable lesson from Benjamin, at Engvid.com.

All of us will need to leave a message on the phone someday. Here you will find all the grammar, vocabulary, and expressions you need. There is also his six-step process for leaving effective messages.

Follow his instructions and your messages will be clear, polite, and will sound natural! So don’t be nervous anymore — watch, learn, and start speaking more confidently immediately!

Take the quiz here!

Now suppose you have just called me on my landline and I am not able to answer you right now. Use the comments section to leave me a message! 😉

* Please do not leave your real phone number in the message, as this blog is seen publicly. For example, try “555-5555”. 😉

If you still have any doubts, please tell me!

Bye!

Podcasts

Hey, you! How are you doing? 🙂

You have probably heard about Podcasts at least once in your life (mainly if you have been my student 😀 ). But what do they mean, exactly?

Podcasts are not just listening activities for EAL students to improve their conversation skills (click here to watch a really nice lesson about it). They provide valuable English language tips and improved learning opportunities for those who learn and teach English at all levels.

You know, I ❤ recommending them to all my students because of their indescribably great learning power. Besides, the episodes are generally very short (3-4 minutes), which is perfect for those who do not have much time or desire to listen to an hour episode. They are also perfect for short trips in the car! They are usually spoken very clearly in order to help you with your listening.

Very important tip: do not panic! 🙂 The list is big and you may take some time to check link by link. Don’t worry! 😉

So let’s start our list of recommended sites. Continue reading

This Is What You Came For

Hey, you! How are you doing today? 🙂

As this blog is also made by you, today I am bringing a song suggested by a really special student. 😉

This Is What You Came For” is a song by DJ Calvin Harris, featuring Rihanna. They had previously collaborated on her sixth studio album, Talk That Talk, which included US top five hit “Where Have You Been” (click here if you want to listen), the former of which was written and produced by Harris.

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“This Is What You Came For” received mixed reviews from critics. A music video for the song premiered on 17 June 2016 and features Rihanna in an open cube with images projected on the inside walls. Read more here.

Do you want to feel this song? Click here to listen and sing!

Have an amaaaaazing afternoon!

How to make stress your friend

Hey, guys! What’s up? 😉

While stress has been reported as a public health problem, new research suggests that it may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive (!), and introduces us to a curious mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.

How about watching her lecture?

So what’s the difference between stressed and nonstressed people? What can you do to live more peacefully? Continue reading

Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)

Hey, you! How are you doing? 😀

Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” is a song by American artist Kelly Clarkson and the titular song from her fifth studio album, Stronger (2011).

The song is an uptempo one which draws from the genres of pop rock, dance-pop and electropop. Its lyrical content mainly explores themes of empowerment and recovery following a heartbreak, with the chorus inspired by a Friedrich Nietzsche quotation:

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How to talk about yourself

Hello! How do you do? 😉

While learning English, we want to meet other students and start practicing our language skills as soon as possible.

In this lesson, you are going to learn how to talk about yourself with English sentences that will let you talk confidently!!! 😀

Watch this lesson, and then do the quiz to perfect your conversation skills.

Afterwards, leave a comment answering the questions shown in the lesson!

Let’s know more about each other! 

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Talking about WORK

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Hey, you! 😀

Do you have a job and do you know how to talk about it in English?

In this vocabulary lesson, some English words and expressions we use to talk about work are being taught.

Make sure to do the quiz to review your new vocabulary! 😉

And leave your comments!

How did you like this lesson? What can you tell me about your job?

See you!

Teach girls bravery, not perfection

Hey, you! What’s up? 😉

Today is International Women’s Day and it has been vigorously celebrated all around. I have chosen a delighting message to show you. This has made me reflect upon our role in the world in a special way.

Reshma Saujani is the founder of Girls Who Code. They work “to educate, inspire, and equip high school girls with the skills and resources to pursue opportunities in computing fields.” Why does it matter?  Continue reading