Indefinite Pronouns (Part Two)


Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3   The meaning of the words any and some is “algunos/as”, but we use any in questions and negative sentences, and some in positive sentences. For example, we say: ~ «Are there any books on the table?», «Yes, there are some books on the table» ~ «Are there any …

Easter Traditions in England


Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6   Easter is almost here everyone!   Download Exercise   I’m going to take myself on a trip down memory lane and let you discover what growing up was like for a child in the English countryside. I also realize that I now have the urge to learn more …

Articles in English (Two Part)


Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 This week we are going to go back to basics and look at the words the, a and an. These words appear in almost every sentence and are an essential building block in the language. They are collectively known as articles. We call the word “the” the definite article. …

Phrasal verbs with ‘Break’


Stage 9 Stage 10 Stage 11 Stage 12   What’s a phrasal verb? It’s a phrase containing a verb and normally either an adverb or a preposition. Today we’ll be looking at phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘break.’   Download Exercise   The first phrasal verb we will discuss is ‘break down.’ It has …

Conjunctions


Stage 7 Stage 8 Conjunctions are words that we use to join two clauses together to make longer sentences. There are many words that we use for this purpose. However, the three most common are ‘and’, or ‘and’ but.   Download Exercise   We use the word ‘and’ to link two ideas together. These can …

The Structure Not…either


Stage 7 Stage 8 Remember that the words “also”, “as well” and “too” mean the same thing. The only difference is how we use them in a sentence: “as well” and “too” go at the end, and “also” goes after the first auxiliary verb, or before the main verb. But an important feature of these …

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 …

“Forms of greeting in English”


Greetings are a social act of communication. As a cross-cultural phenomenon they are present in the customs of all societies, although they differ in form from one culture to another. According to ethologists, human beings share these behavioural patterns with the apes. For chimpanzees, for example, greetings form an act of appeasement in which they …

“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 …