English and dogs

Once upon a time, in a small village in the south of Spain, a woman with a heart of gold came across a heavily pregnant abandoned dog.  The woman took her home and soon enough she gave birth to a litter (1) of three adorable mix-breed puppies (2).

One day, her granddaughter (also an animal lover) drove down from the north to visit her granny and she gave the dogs a ride to the city that would become their new home. Mum and puppies were all adopted and that is where the story begins for me. Continue reading “English and dogs”

LEARN 10 EUPHEMISMS IN 3 STEPS

Pantalones, Bolsillo, Nota, Llave, Trabajo, BuscarSaying that you are between jobs sends a more positive image of your current situation than saying that you are unemployed. This is the purpose of euphemism, to soften the message you are communicating by using language that sounds less unpleasant, uncomfortable or embarrassing than the reality. 

In this post we are going to learn 10 commonly used euphemisms in three steps. You will need pen a paper or you can print the pdf provided. Continue reading “LEARN 10 EUPHEMISMS IN 3 STEPS”

THE JOY OF GARDENING

Garden tools: digging fork

Gardening has always been part of my life ever since I was a little girl but I must admit that until recently, I was simply a spectator and the recipient of glorious produce, handed over to me without any effort on my part. As things are, there comes a time when one has to take over and adopt an active role. Not terribly enthusiastically at first as this added to my to do list already quite hefty. However, it didn’t take long to become something enjoyable and later a new passion and something to look forward to.  In this post. I will talk about some of the benefits that gardening brings to my life while providing vocabulary in context and pictures with some of the tools, produce and flowers in our garden.  

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VISUALS: 9 common mistakes and how to avoid them

Oops, Sorpresa, Nota Adhesiva, RosaHere are 9 mistakes that pop up regularly in conversations with students. Have a look and make sure these are not a problem for you. There will be more posts on this matter. You can subscribe to my mail list* if you want to be in the loop. 

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PHRASAL VERBS: Grammar patterns 1

Alfabeto, Carta, Inicial, De Fondo, Scrapbooking, PAlfabeto, Carta, Inicial, De Fondo, Scrapbooking, V

The sooner you make friends with phrasal verbs, the easier your life as an English learner becomes. The difficulty that they are associated with and the sheer number of them should not stand in the way if you have the right approach. As with everything in life, small steps will take you far. There is a lot to be said about systems to learn them effectively and progressively and the keyword here is context (see footnote), but what this blog post will hopefully do is give you an understanding of how to use them well in terms of grammar and that is a solid first step. Continue reading “PHRASAL VERBS: Grammar patterns 1”

Learning collocations: vaccine

Covid-19, Vacuna, Corona, Virus, Clínica Following the latest developments in vaccines for Covid-19, this term has become commonplace in our conversations. Therefore, it seems the perfect time to learn how to use it in context. In other words, to learn some collocations or words that are used with it naturally. 

A vaccine can protect somebody against something (e.g. flu) or it can prevent something (e.g. a vaccine to prevent tuberculosis).  Continue reading “Learning collocations: vaccine”

Favourite places in the UK – Cornwall and the South West Coast Path (SWCP)

Many moons ago, I had the first glimpse of this stunning region as an Inter-rail pass holder. The philosophy of Inter-rail travelling at the time, and probably still now, was to visit as many places as possible within the validity period. Far from ideal as I see things now, but back then it was thrilling to be moving fast across countries, probably missing amazing spots along the way but undoubtedly gaining a sense of adventure and broad horizons. During a short stay in Penzance (Cornwall), I discovered the South West coast path and was totally captivated by it. This sparked a  desire to return to Cornwall with more time and preparation to walk some stretches of the Cornish section of the SWCP long-distance trail.

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