«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 …

«Time Expressions»


Stage 6 Stage 7 Stage 8 Punctuality – being ‘on time’ – is, of course, very important in all areas of life. We should be on time for work, appointments, meetings with friends, and so on. The expression ‘on time’ means to not be late: to reach a place (or do something) at the right …

‘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 …

«Words And Phrases For Money»


Stage 8 Stage 9 Stage 10 Let’s start with some vocabulary. In the UK, a pound is called a ‘quid’. ‘Have you got a quid?’ means ‘Have you got a pound?’ Note that we don’t pluralise this noun when talking about an amount of money, i.e. we say ’50 quid’ and not ’50 quids’. However …

«The Correct Usage Of Punctuation»


For example, let’s take these two sentences: Let’s eat, Grandma! And Let’s eat Grandma! A simple, little comma can change this sentence from telling your Grandma to put food on the table to becoming a cannibal. The first sentence (with the comma) is simply an imperative telling Grandma that it is time to eat. The …

«Uses of the definite article»


The definite article ‘the’ is the most frequently occuring word in English. For this reason, it’s important to know when we should be using it, and when we shouldn’t. There are many uses of the definite article ‘the’ – and I’m sure you’d get bored reading if we listed them all on the same page …

«Pronouns»


Stage 6 Stage 7 Stage 8 Pronouns are little words that serve a very important function. A pronoun is a word that can stand in place of a noun. For example, in the sentence, ‘When I met Jane, she was working at a café in Covent Garden’, the word ‘she’ stands for the proper noun …

«How To Do Compositions»


When you are doing a composition you should plan it beforehand and then take your time when writing it. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to rush through it and not pay enough attention to what you are writing. Remember that you are learning a new language and it is quite different …

«Emphasising Pronouns and Reflexive Pronouns»


Before I go into detail I should give you the full list. The words ‘myself’, ‘yourself’, himself’, ‘herself’, itself’, ‘oneself’, ‘ourselves’, ‘yourselves’ and ‘themselves’ are both emphasising pronouns and reflexive pronouns. Although we use the same words for both sets of pronouns, they are used in very different ways. Let us first talk about reflexive …