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

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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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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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Podcasts

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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