Botanic or botanical? (More on suffixes: -ic and -ical)

Botánico, Plantas, Fondo, PasatiempoDo you find the use of these suffixes confusing?

That makes two of us.

Not long ago, I published two posts dealing with some of the differences between historic/historical and classic/classical. In this post, I’ll deal with other common words ending with the suffixes -ic and -ical.

Botanic and botanical

Magic and magical

Comic and comical

Electric and electrical

Economic and economical Continue reading “Botanic or botanical? (More on suffixes: -ic and -ical)”

20 words that you may be mispronouncing





Do you know how to pronounce these words?

If you don’t, keep reading….

As my students know, I’m a great believer in the power of self-study. The activity I’m presenting today comes from material I use in class but you can also use it by yourself at home.

A pre-requisite is that you need to be familiar with the pronunciation chart. If you aren’t yet, you can learn it by yourself or book some classes with a teacher. I encourage you to do that if you want to acquire an invaluable tool to improve your pronunciation over time.  It may take a while, but it’s not as hard as it seems. Continue reading “20 words that you may be mispronouncing”


Learning collocations makes our communication more vibrant and descriptive. It enlivens it. Let’s have a look at 6 adjectives that collocate with the word effect.


Calming effect

“At the end of a stressful week,

the absolute silence in the snowed forest

had a calming effect on her.”

(also soothing effect)


Common mistakes in First-B2 (Part 1)

Can you spot the mistakes?

X “I knew her while we were volunteering for the National Trust in the Peak District.”

Clue: What is the difference between meet and know in this context?

Key: You meet someone for the first time and from then on, you know them. 

“I met her while we were volunteering for the National Trust.”

Extra: “Over the working holiday, I got to know her and we became friends. After having shared some more experiences, we know each other very well now.” Continue reading “Common mistakes in First-B2 (Part 1)”

Talking about a hospital stay

Free vector graphics of HospitalHave you ever had to talk about an experience connected to hospitals in English? Did you feel you lacked the vocabulary? That’s natural; it’s not everyday language.

Here is a suggestion:

Why don’t you try to practise now so that you are prepared next time? You could first use a dictionary to find the words you may need, and then, write the events down or alternatively, record yourself speaking. You can also pick up some words from the following text.

Continue reading “Talking about a hospital stay”