Articles (Part 1)

Articles are tiny words that go before nouns. There are 3 common articles in English: a, an and the. A and an are indefinite articles. It means that we use them to talk about things in general = one of many. The is a definite article. It means that we use it to talk aboutContinue reading “Articles (Part 1)”

What to write in a Christmas Card

Let’s write some Christmas cards! Writing Christmas cards is a tradition in many many English speaking countries. The tradition of sending Christmas cards started in the mid 1800’s in the UK when a British artist created a greeting card for Sir Henry Cole to send forth to his family and friends. Sir Henry Cole thoughtContinue reading “What to write in a Christmas Card”

Christmas idioms

Christmas came earlier this year Meaning: When someone gets an unexpected surprise. Example: John got a promotion last week. Indeed, Christmas has come earlier for him this year. Good things come in small packages Meaning: Used to say that people or things do not have to be large to be good Example: A: I’m upsetContinue reading “Christmas idioms”

Christmas Phrasal verbs

Yaaay! Christmas is coming. That’s my favorite time of the year. I have prepared some flashcards with festive phrasal verbs that you will hear a lot throughout the holiday season. You can give it a try and use some of them in your conversations. Practice time Want to download and print the flashcards and theContinue reading “Christmas Phrasal verbs”

been to vs. gone to

Let’s talk about verb be and verb go You already know that: Base form simple past past participle be was/ were been go went gone Now, let’s say that you want to talk about your trips. If you want to talk about your trips and the places that you have visited in the past youContinue reading “been to vs. gone to”

Introduction to Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal verbs are two-word verbs. They include a verb and a particle. The particle can be a preposition or an adverb. Common particles are: up, down, back, out, on, off, or in. When a verb and a particle are put together the resulting verb phrase has a complete different meaning. Examples: I usually eat outContinue reading “Introduction to Phrasal Verbs”

Prefixes and Suffixes

Prefixes and suffixes are letters that we add to words. Both prefixes and suffixes are grammatical elements that belong to a group of words called affixes. Affixes sometimes seem like a crazy code. Indeed, they are like a code based on ancient Latin and Greek. The word affix means in addition to. When they areContinue reading “Prefixes and Suffixes”

Two-word Question Words

Questions are essential part of communication in any language. If we want to get information or more details we usually place a question word at the beginning of the question. The question word refers to the information that we want to get. For example: Question word Information we want to get Example Who person WhoContinue reading “Two-word Question Words”

How to Express your Opinion in English

Imagine that you are in a meeting where an important discussion is going on and suddenly your manager calls you out and says “What’s your opinion about this topic? You start feeling nervous and you can’t say anything. You have a lot of great ideas but you don’t know how to express them. It isContinue reading “How to Express your Opinion in English”