“Summertime Idioms”


Stage 7 Stage 8 Stage 9 En este espacio, y siguiendo el hilo a entradas anteriores, continuamos con nuestros apuntes relativos a expresiones idiomáticas en inglés; en esta ocasión, y concretamente, de aquellas derivadas de las prácticas agrícolas —en castellano abundan: “entre col y col, una lechuga”, “quien siembra vientos, recoge tempestades”…—, o de las …

“Numerical Idioms”


Stage 7 Stage 8 Stage 9 Es mucho el espacio que le venimos dedicando a las expresiones idiomáticas, fraseologías, aforismos, giros, modismos, refranes, etc., y también mucha la importancia que este componente cultural tiene en la enseñanza de una lengua extranjera. Conocer por separado el significado de las palabras que componen una expresión, no garantiza …

“Idioms related to character”


Stage 7 Stage 8 Stage 9   En línea con entradas anteriores, continuamos con nuestros apuntes gramaticales encaminados a mostrar la, también, abundante idiomaticidad de la lengua inglesa, en muchas ocasiones intraducible o carente de equivalencia a otras lenguas. En muchos casos —tal y como se evidencia en los dos ejemplos que sirven de introducción …

“Animal Idioms”


Stage 7 Stage 8 Stage 9 Es de ello, de expresiones idiomáticas en inglés inspiradas en el mundo animal de lo que hablaremos en este espacio. Para ilustrar el contenido gramatical que trataremos, partimos del propio castellano y de su clásico literario más relevante, universal, y eminente. Arrancamos, así, con una sentencia de Sancho Panza, …

“Mixed Conditionals”


Stage 9 Stage 10   Hablaremos en este espacio de tres tipos concretos de modos del condicional, los llamados Conditional Types.   This week, we’ll be taking a look at the idea of Mixed conditionals. The time in which we use the Second and Third conditionals is quite limited. For the Second conditional, we must …

“Weather Idioms” (Part Two)


Stage 7 Stage 8 Stage 9 The British weather has inspired many paintings, poems and songs over the years. It’s unsurprising, therefore, that many expressions in English make reference to the weather – it’s a simple, easy way of communicating a feeling or concept so that most people will understand. Let’s look at a few …

“Sport and Games Idioms”


Stage 7 Stage 8 Stage 9 Football is full of idioms that have entered common usage. For example, if the first part of an activity has not been particularly successful, we can reassure ourselves that it’s ‘a game of two halves’ – in the same way that a football team losing heavily at half-time can …

“Food and Cooking Idioms”


Stage 7 Stage 8 Stage 9 If you want to say that you are finding your English studies difficult, you can say that learning English ‘drives you bananas’. To ‘go bananas’ means to go crazy; it’s similar to the expression ‘round the bend’, which some of our students will already have learned. Of course, learning …

‘So’ and its many uses


Stage 8 Stage 9 Look at this sentence: “It was raining, so I took my umbrella and wore a raincoat”. In this sentence the word so means “therefore” or “consequently”. Rather than using the words therefore or consequently, we can use the word so. Another example of this is in the sentence “I failed my …

“Homophones (Part Two)”


Stage 9 Stage 10 Stage 11 Here are some common words that are often mistaken for each other when either spoken or written.   STATIONARY and STATIONERY We use stationary for something that is not moving and we use stationery for writing materials.   YOKE and YOLK We use yoke for a wooden crosspiece to …