“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 …

“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 …

“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 – …

“Punctuation”


An often overlooked part of English and language in general is punctuation. Not only is punctuation important for making your writing look nice and neat, it can also dramatically change the meaning of a sentence if it is used incorrectly. So, let’s have a look at making your writing look nice. There are times when …

“The Difference Between Two, To and Too”


For many students, one of the most difficult parts of learning English is the pronunciation. It is not a phonetic language, which means we can’t simply look at a word we’ve never seen before and know how to pronounce it. This becomes especially complicated when it comes to homophones, which are words that are pronounced …

“¿Es un pájaro?, ¿es un avión? ¡No, es un adverbio!”


Sí, amigos, dentro de las estructuras oracionales también existen las jerarquías. El adverbio, al parecer, se sitúa a la cola del ranking funcional sintáctico. ¡Quién lo diría al recordar que, a cuenta de un deslucido adverbio, las páginas aún inéditas de “El joven Werther” a punto estuvieron de verse condenadas al olvido! […] Fuentes: El …

“There, They’re and Their”


As we saw in this week’s Tip of the Week, we’re discussing the word “there” and how it sounds like other words with different meanings. What part of speech is “there”? How do we pronounce it and use it in a sentence? Well, the difficulty comes from the fact that the word “there” is a …