How to Write a Short Story for the B1 Preliminary Test (PET)

A short story is a piece of fiction that has a limited number of words and a few characters. Parts of a short story Title: It summarizes the whole story, or it is related to the main theme. The theme is the central idea or belief in a short story. Exposition: It is the beginningContinue reading “How to Write a Short Story for the B1 Preliminary Test (PET)”

How to describe photos and pictures

for the B1 Cambridge test (PET) In some English exams you have to speak or write about photos or pictures. Here is a list of useful vocabulary and expressions for describing pictures or photos for oral/written exams. What is there in the picture?(people, things, animals, places, etc) In the picture I can see …There isContinue reading “How to describe photos and pictures”

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”

How to Give Feedback

Giving and getting feedback is part of effective communication. Giving feedback is a good way to encourage and motivate others. Getting feedback gives people the opportunity to reflect on their learning/ teaching process or their performance at work. What does feedback mean? According to Cambridge Dictionary, feedback is: “an opinion from someone about something thatContinue reading “How to Give Feedback”

Online Class Etiquette

Globalization has changed the way we communicate with others. Nowadays, we can use the internet to attend classes or work meetings. Therefore, we should learn how to behave during our online classes and meetings. Netiquette allows people to communicate with others over the internet in a polite and professional manner. The word netiquette comes fromContinue reading “Online Class Etiquette”

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”

Useful English Phrases to Ask for Help

Asking for help is an important skill that we need to develop in order to communicate effectively with our classmates and colleagues. Note: In English “a hand” sometimes means “help“ to lend someone a hand = to help someone Example: I was very busy with the clients, so John lent me a hand with theContinue reading “Useful English Phrases to Ask for Help”

Useful English Phrases for Better Communication

If you don’t understand what other people say, it’s a good idea to ask for clarification instead of saying: “I don’t understand” or “Sorry, my English is very bad” Here there is a list of useful expressions for asking for clarification. These expressions will help you speak fluently and communicate better with your classmates orContinue reading “Useful English Phrases for Better Communication”

Healthy English

Learning English is not only about learning grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. It’s also important to develop healthy habits. Speaking English is a skill. You need to have healthy habits in order to see results . Here I share with your some healthy habits that are required to improve your English and make you feel great.Continue reading “Healthy English”