Watch this TEDTalk where Lýdia Machová talks about the secrets of learning a new language.
In the video, she explains that you don’t need any special talent to learn a new language, and that one of the most important things is to find “ways to enjoy the language-learning process.”
English has become the common language we all use around the world. So, if you enjoy travelling abroad but you have some doubts with the vocabulary needed, this exercise will be very useful for you.
First, watch the attached video and then, practise what you have learned here.
We hope you enjoy your next trip!
In this conversation you can find some expressions to practise ways of apologizing and giving excuses. Watch the video and then practise saying the words in red.
Mark: Mark Ryder.
Allie: Mark, can you come in?
Allie: Thanks for the sales report.
Mark: I think there’s something more important to talk about right now.
Allie: What do you mean?
Mark: That message you sent me. You hit ‘reply to all’. You sent it to everyone in the office.
Allie: ...Leer más →
We use the present perfect + for or since to talk about something which started in the past and is still true now.
We use for + a period of time. Examples:
- I’ve known John for three years.
- She’s been learning Russian for one month.
We use since + a point of time. Examples:
- I’ve been working in this company since February.
- He hasn’t eaten anything since yesterday.
Now practise with the following exercise:
Adapted from: English File Intermediate 3rd Edition. Oxford ...Leer más →
In this conversation you can find some useful expressions to give and react to news. Watch the video and then practise saying the words in red.
Nicole /Jacques: Hi. / Hello.
Nicole: Did you have a nice weekend?
Ben: Oh yeah. You’ll never guess who I saw on Saturday.
Ben: Allie…and Mark. In the Louvre…together.
Jacques: You’re joking.
Ben: It was definitely them. And they looked ...Leer más →
Do you think languages shape the way we think?
According to Lera Boroditsky they do. In this TEDtalk, she provides different examples that show how the same object or situation might be perceived in different ways depending on the language spoken.
While there are millions of people from countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States, or South Africa who speak English as their mother tongue, there are also many millions of people from countries around the world who speak English as their second language every day.
In this context, one would think that native speakers have a clear advantage since they do not have the need to learn a second language to ...Leer más →
Two of the most typical verbs in English are say and tell. Even though the meanings of these verbs are practically the same, there are some grammatical differences that need to be considered:
SAY (no indirect object)
You say something. E.g.: She said that she was hungry.
TELL (needs an indirect object)
You tell someone something. E.g.: She toldLeer más →
One of the most typical mistakes that English learners commit is using the verb to be when they agree or disagree:
I am agree / I am not agree
It’s true that many Romance languages such as Catalan (estic d’acord), Spanish (estoy de acuerdo) or French (Je suis d’accord) use a linking verb in this expression, but not in English. In English “agree” is a verb, so we say:
I agree / ...Leer más →
In this conversation you can find some expressions to give your opinion about something in a meeting. Watch the video and go through the text.
Allie: That was a great concert last night, Scarlett.
Allie: As we know, Scarlett’s got a new CD coming out soon. So let’s have a look at the best way we can promote it in France.
Mark: OK, well I think Scarlett should visit the major music stores. In ...Leer más →