Use this word to refer to food you want more of and find it difficult to stop eating.
“This mint chocolate chip ice-cream is very moreish.
Take it away before I eat it all.”
The long summer break is round the corner. Classes, teacher’s supervision and weekly homework will be over for an extended period of time and it is now in you to take the reins of your own learning so that you do not fall behind and lose the momentum you have gained throughout the course.
This list contains 8 activities that you can easily tackle by yourself. It is a source of ideas from which you can select what motivates you. Alternatively, you could create your own list. One way or another, try to find a way to let English be part of your summer if you intend to keep it up and continue learning in September without that unpleasant feeling of rustiness. Continue reading “8 manageable tasks to keep your English afloat during the summer holiday”
A binomial is formed by two words and a conjuction that joins them as in: “After a quick visit to the hotel to drop off her bags, she’s been out and about exploring the city all day”.
The order of the words is fixed and if you reverse it, it would sound unnatural and be wrong, e.g.
“about and out”.
What follows is a selection of some binomials that I consider useful. I encourage you to learn them and and try to use one next time you have a conversation in English. Continue reading “Out and about and other BINOMIALS”
A simile is a figure of speech that compares two things using as or like. It differs from a metaphor in that the metaphor says that something is something else as in “the world is a stage” whereas similes presents similarities between two elements, e.g. ,as free as a bird. Let’s learn about the origin of some of them. Continue reading “As mad as a hatter and other SIMILES”
In informal English, you can use interjections to express your emotions.
An interjection is a bit like a sound, a short word * usually followed by an exclamation mark.
They are abrupt and spontaneous.
Here follows a list of some of the most common ones and the emotion they convey.
English pronunciation can present a significant challenge to non-native speakers; it can hinder fluent speaking and create insecurity issues. But the good news is that with time and perseverance your pronunciation can improve drastically.
Based on my experience, both as an English learner myself and as a language teacher, in this blogppost I intend to hint at some ideas to help you rise to the challenge and start a journey to a more confident approach to pronouncing, and thus, speaking. Continue reading “When it comes to pronunciation, pick your battles”
Do you find it natural to memorise words or phrasal verbs in the form of a list? And most importantly, do you succeed at commiting that knowledge to your long-term memory?
This traditional learning style may work for certain people or with certain areas of vocabulary, such as the irregular verb list but as a rule of thumb, I am inclined to say that CONTEXT IS BEST. Even in the case of the irregular verbs. Continue reading “Context is best”
6 phrasal verbs to speak about yourself that will enhance your Speaking (Part 1) in the CAE exam.
The way you are seen by people, the impression you give.
You come across as a friendly/funny/serious/fussy … person, based on what you project to others.
“I would like to come across as a person who knows how to listen.” Continue reading “6 phrasal verbs to speak about yourself”
Why not take the New Year vibe in your stride and give shape to a few resolutions that will boost your English in 2019? *
English is the chalk and the year ahead is your slate. So how are you going to fill that space in?
Here are some considerations you might want to take account of.. Continue reading “New Year, Clean Slate”