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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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

Easy Voice Recorder

Hi, everyone! 🙂

Today let’s talk about Easy Voice Recorder. It is a fun, simple and easy way to use voice recorder. It is extremely reliable to practice your speaking, to record personal notes, classes, songs, and more!

When you listen to your own voice recorded, you can analyze your progress by your efforts and self-evaluate your development. 😉

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Writing mistakes

Hi, guys! 🙂

As English learners, we must watch every single word we write carefully. It is not always easy, you know, but we can avoid mistakes by simply being attentive to what we write.

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Spelling challenge!

Hey, you! 🙂

I was here just surfing the internet when I suddenly ran into this spelling challenge. I decided to try it and I aced it! \o/

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Anyone is free to test it, but I highly recommend intermediate students* to do so.

*Interchange: Book 1 (Unit 8 on), Book 2 and Book 3.

Click here to start! (Be honest, right?)

Share your result in the comments section so we can talk about the words you have difficulty with!

Have a good test!

P.S.: My view on it? Sincerely? Few words sometimes confuse me. But keeping reading updated is the best choice. 😉

Idioms

Hello, everyone!

This time I want to cover a very peculiar theme concerning any additional language we may study: the idioms. But what are these?

An idiom is a phrase or a fixed expression that has a figurative or literal meaning.

Idioms occur frequently in all languages. It is estimated that there are at least twenty-five thousand (yeah, 25.000!) idiomatic expressions in the English language. Read more here.

So is there a way to familiarize with at least a good number of idioms?

The answer is YES! 😉  Continue reading

How to express opposing ideas in English: despite, although, nevertheless, in spite of…

Hey, everyone! What’s up? 😉

Do you need to know a simple trick that will help you sound more academic in your speaking? This video will teach you how to show the opposing viewpoint in writing and speech. We have another post explaining how to give opinions in a general way.

You will learn how to use words like althougheven thoughdespitein spite of and nevertheless. They help you effectively introduce opposing ideas or facts in speech and writing. Despite it sounding complicated and fancy, it is quite easy to learn!

You can practice your new English skills by doing the quiz at the end of the lesson. Do not hesitate to contact me if you still have any sort of doubts: leave a comment!

Online dictionaries

Hello my sweeties! 😀

I’m bringing today some dictionaries that are very trustworthy and complete! Here are the links:

English-English:

– Dictionary.com: http://dictionary.reference.com/

– The Free Dictionary: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/

– Cambridge Dictionary: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/

– Collins Dictionary: http://www.collinsdictionary.com/

– Longman Dictionary: http://www.ldoceonline.com/

– Macmillan Dictionary: http://www.macmillandictionary.com/

– Oxford Dictionary: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/

English-Portuguese/Portuguese-English:

– Cambridge Dictionary: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/pt/dicionario/ingles-portugues/

– Dictionary.com: http://translate.reference.com/english/portuguese/

– Michaelis: http://michaelis.uol.com.br/

– Linguee: linguee.com.br

Have great studies!!!!

How to give opinions

Hey you! How is it going?

Expressing yourself is always a challenge in the English language, especially if I am talking about my view on something. Do you feel confident when you are asked about your opinion?

Watch these videos carefully and make a comment about them: check if they helped you!

– What NOT to say:

– Formal and informal ways to express yourself:

– How to agree or disagree with something said:

– Preparing for TOEFL and IELTS:

– List of adjectives for expressing opinion: http://www.easypacelearning.com/english-books/big-vocabulary-list-a-to-z/535-personal-feelings-opinions-and-experiences-adjectives-vocabulary-list-learning-english-vocabulary and http://www.enchantedlearning.com/grammar/partsofspeech/adjectives/