Verb Tenses II SIMPLE PAST

Function Action/activity completed in the past No connection to the present Often connect to an expression of time Form I worked yesterday  → regular verbs = base verb + ed The baby slept well last night →  irregular = past participle Signal words last…., …ago, in 1990, yesterday Practice! Write a selection of sentences about what you did last weekend using the simple past.

NEW YEAR!

New Year’s Eve is one of the favourite celebration days for many people. Many people spend New Year’s Eve at a party or at home with the family. There are also some interesting facts about this celebration. The Babylonians celebrated the first New Year about 4000 years ago. Today, some cultures celebrate this day in very unusual ways. For example, many Italians wear red underwear on New Year’s Day because they believe it will bring them good luck for the rest of the year. And in Venezuela, people wear yellow underwear. In Denmark, some people break plates on their neighbours’ Read More …

Verb Tenses I – Simple Present

  Used to talk about Habit Timetables Things in general With verb like to love, to hate (I love work, I hate sleep) Form I teach everyday  The baby usually sleeps well   → 3rd person = base verb +s Signal words everyday,  sometimes, seldom often, rarely, usually Practice! Write a selection of present simple sentences talking about things you usually do.  

‘Smartphone toilet paper’ at Tokyo airport

Check the following words/expressions found in today’s text cleanliness/ˈklenlinəs/ (noun) the process of keeping yourself and your possessions and property clean Example: Cleanliness is a real problem in the city. lavatory/ˈlævətri/ (noun) Formal for toilet Example: There are many public lavatories in the city. disinfectant / ˌdɪsɪnˈfektənt/ (noun) a chemical used to kill bacteria and make things clean.    Example: the hospital uses a lot of disinfectant. hygienic/haɪˈdʒiːnɪk/ (adj) clean and not likely to cause harm or illness Example: People who work in restaurants need to be hygienic. Revolutionise /ˌrevəˈluːʃəˌnaɪz/ (verb) to completely change thought, the way something is done Read More …

The Day of The Holy Innocents

Check the following words/expressions found in today’s text innocent/ˈɪnəs(ə)nt/ (adj)  not very experienced concerning life and the bad things that people do so that you tend to trust people too much Example: Innocent children. entertaining /ˌentə(r)ˈteɪnɪŋ/ (adj) enjoyable or fun to do Example: The film was very entertaining. itch / ɪtʃ/ (verb)if your skin itches, you have an unpleasant feeling that makes you want to scratch it (=rub your skin with your nails)    Example: This jumper is itchy. outrageous /aʊtˈreɪdʒəs/ (adj) extremely unusual and likely to shock people or make them laugh Example: the government introduced a new initiative to reduce crime   The Day Read More …

Personalized Lessons

In order to give a more personalized lesson I am using a new lesson management system.  You will be able to take a placement test to find the weak areas of your English skills and then we can study appropriate lesson topics.  The placement test will also be a good guide to your progress as it can be retake at various times during your study.  This platform also has a  ‘homework’ facility to complement the lesson and continue your study.  If you would like more information, to book a trial lesson or to take a placement test please feel free Read More …

Friday the 13th

Check the following words found in today’s text Superstition /ˌsuːpə(r)ˈstɪʃ(ə)n/ (noun) a belief that things such as magic or luck have the power to affect your life Example: Many superstitions originated on the Middle Ages. Misfortune /mɪsˈfɔː(r)tʃ(ə)n/ (noun) bad luck Example:  I have suffered many misfortunes in my life. Wrath /rɒθ/ (noun)  very great anger Example:  He fear the wrath of his employer. Spoke /spəʊk/ (noun)  one of several thin metal bars that connect the centre of a wheel to the outside part, or form the frame of an umbrella Example:  I broke several spokes on my bicycle when I Read More …

Test you Vocabulary

To each of the 26 words below, add a different letter of the alphabet. Then rearrange the letters, if necessary, to form a common word. Cross off each letter of the alphabet as you use it. Use each letter from A to Z exactly once. Example: lock  add A  CLOAK A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z OR for an easier option check the meaning of each word and write an appropriate sentence containing that word   1. tuna + ___ Read More …

Alibaba becomes the world’s largest retailer

Check the following words/expressions found in today’s text surpasses /sə(r)ˈpɑːs/ (verb)  to be better or greater than something else Example: My exam results surpassed the expectations of all my teachers. transaction /trænˈzækʃ(ə)n/ (noun)a process or activity of buying or selling something / of doing something usually related to business Example: Millions of transactions are completed every day on the internet. significantly / sɪɡˈnɪfɪkəntli/ (adverb)by a large amount, in a way that is easily noticeable   Example: Significantly more people are injured at home than at work.initiative /ɪˈnɪʃətɪv/ an important action that is intended to solve a problem Example:  Significantly more people Read More …