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 →
In this text you can find some useful expressions to make suggestions. Watch the video and read the text.
Allie: I got a message this morning. It’s from Jacques.
Jacques: (on the answerphone) Allie, it’s Jacques. I’m in Rome. My return flight’s been cancelled. There’s a small problem. Scarlett Scarpino is in Paris for her concert this evening. I was going to look after her today. Could you possibly take care of her? Thank you. And ...Leer más →
Regular verbs in the past simple and past participle add the suffix -ed. The pronunciation of this suffix might be a bit confusing sometimes. So here you have the three different ways in which it can be pronounced:
- /t/ after verbs ending in voiceless sounds (sounds that don’t vibrate). Examples: looked, hoped, passed.
- /d/ after verbs ending in voiced sounds ...
Here you have some useful expressions when giving directions. Watch the video and read the dialogue.
Mark: Where exactly is it? I’m sorry, I didn’t catch that. OK. How far is it? OK, OK. Merçi. Au revoir.
Jacques: Any luck?
Mark: I think I’ve found an apartment. How do I get to Belleville?
Jacques: The easiest way is to get the metro at Pyramides. Take Line 14 and change ...Leer más →
Watch and read the following conversation in which people make requests and give permission.
Jacques: Mark? Would you mind sending me those concert dates?
Mark: Of course not. Ben, are you busy?
Ben: Me? Never.
Mark: Could you help me? I can’t open this document.
Allie: Hi, Nicole.
Nicole: Could you sign these, please?
Nicole: Is it OK if I take tomorrow afternoon off?
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Let’s practise some useful expressions when introducing people or meeting people again.
Listen and read the following dialogue:
Mark: Hi. I’m Mark Ryder.
Nicole: Ah, you’re the new marketing director.
Mark: That’s right.
Nicole: I’m Nicole Delacroix. I’m Allie’s personal assistant. Welcome to Paris!
Mark: Thank you.
Nicole: I’ll just tell Allie you’re here. Allie? Mark Ryder’s here. OK. You’re from San Francisco, aren’t you?
Mark: Yes, I am.
Allie: Hello, Mark.
Mark: Allie, It’s good to see you again. How are you?
Allie: Very ...Leer más →