English does not make sense!

Hi, everyone! 😀

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

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Perfect tenses

Hello, my sweeties! 😀

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.

Watch the content below:  Continue reading

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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