“False Friends”


Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 This week we are going to look at some false friends between English and Spanish. False friends are what we call words that look very similar but the actual meanings of the words are very different. It is very common to see a word and try to equate it …

“Still and Yet”


Stage 5 Stage 6 Two words that can cause some confusion for English learners are the words ‘still’ and ‘yet’. Here is a basic explanation of when we use each word: Download Exercise   – We use ‘still’ to communicate that something is in progress. It could refer to something that was in progress in …

“Fórmulas de Saludo en Inglés”


El saludo constituye un acto social comunicacional. Como fenómeno transversal multiétnico está presente en la práctica común de todos los pueblos, aunque si bien en la forma difiera de una cultura a otra. En opinión de los etólogos, compartimos pautas de comportamiento con lo simios también en esta área. Para los chimpancés, por ejemplo, el …

“Christmas Idioms”


Stage 7 Stage 8 Stage 9 As we are in Christmas mode at the moment, I thought it would be a great time to look at some Christmas and Christmas inspired idioms that are in common use. Not all of these are only for use around Christmas time, but some of them can be used …

“The Future Perfect Tense”


Stage 5 Stage 6 This month’s blog is about the future perfect tense. This particular tense is one that a lot of language learners seem to struggle with. To form the future perfect tense we use ‘will have‘ and a past participle. For example, “I will have been“, “he will have done“, “they will have …

“Dependent Clauses”


Stage 7 Stage 8 This week we are going to look at two very common types of dependent clauses. But first, let´s just revise what a clause is. A clause is any group of words with a subject and a main verb. We have two types of clauses – Main clauses and Dependent clauses. A …

“Easily Confused Words (Third Part)”


Stage 5 Stage 6 This week we’ll be looking at easily misused words; meaning, words that students (and even native speakers!) can easily make mistakes with. Either because there are other words that sound similar, or just because they are naturally difficult, here are some easily misused words.   Download Exercise Desert and Dessert The …

“The use of the present simple”


Stage 5 Stage 6 Stage 7 Stage 8 The present simple is most commonly used for regular actions – habits; things we do often. For example: ~ I drink coffee every day. ~ Mark plays football at weekends. ~ We study English on Mondays and Wednesdays. It isn’t necessary to state the frequency of the …

“The Past Simple and The Past Continuous”


Stage 5 Stage 6 When we are speaking about the past, it is quite often that we are able to use both the past continuous and the past simple in the same sentence. This is usually when there was one action happening when a different action interrupted it or crossed over it. For example – …

“Quantifiers”


Stage 1 Stage 2 This week’s blog is about the words ‘many’ and ‘much’ and ‘few’ and ‘little’. These words often cause confusion because a lot of students have difficulty remembering when to use one or the other.
We use ‘many’ and ‘few’ for things we can count, such as tables, chairs, people etc… We use …