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What did she say?

dog

In English there are two different ways of expressing the words of another person: Direct and Indirect Speech. Indirect or Reported Speech is different to Direct Speech because it does not phrase the statement or question in the same way as the original speaker. Direct speech is very simple as the exact words of the original speaker are reported in quotation marks.

Direct Speech Reported Speech
She said, “You look good in that.” She said that I looked good in this.

May 5, 2017 Posted by | 1st INT, 2nd INT, GRAMMAR | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Past Perfect

Past Perfect explained easily

Grammar and exercises

Past Perfect tenses dictation exercise

Activity based on a video extract_1    Activity based on video extract 2

Past forms worksheets

 

 

May 3, 2017 Posted by | 1st INT, GRAMMAR | , , | Leave a comment

This used to be my playground by Madonna

This is a beautiful ballad about wishing to keep your childhood memories when you’ve come to be an adult and life sometimes seems to be getting rougher and rougher every day. It’s all about longing for the time when you had lots of dreams and few worries. I’m not especially keen on Madonna, but I love this song.

The song is also a very good example of the verb form “used to” to express past habits or facts. Here you’ve got some links to help you understand it.

used to grammar

Exercise 1

Exercise 2

Exercise about song

ELS Quiz:  Memories_Used to

A whole lesson (BBC Learning English) with lots of activities on Used to for past habits

 

April 29, 2017 Posted by | 1st INT, BASIC, GRAMMAR, MUSIC | , , , , | Leave a comment

Modals of obligation, prohibition, possibility and certainty, and advice.

fair test

A student’s life: Modal verbs (listening and grammar_introduction)

There is a good choice of listening podcasts on modals from Paul’s English Podcasts. The podcast on strange UK laws is really amusing; you’ve got to listen to it!

Dictation: using modals

Modals of obligation presentation by David Manwood:

animals

Modals of possibility and certainty by David Manwood:

Modals game

April 28, 2017 Posted by | 1st INT, 2nd INT, GRAMMAR | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Relative clauses

Here you have a funny definition of the word ‘teacher’. Definitions usually contain relative clauses in English.
teacher funny

“We use relative clauses to give additional information about something without starting another sentence. By combining sentences with a relative clause, your text becomes more fluent and you can avoid repeating certain words.”  (http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/relative-clauses)

Example:

The man looks tired.

The man is carrying a heavy suitcase.

We can combine these two sentences into one like this:

The man who is carrying a heavy suitcase looks tired.

Grammar:

More exercises:

Interactive Tutorial

Relative clauses with who, which or that – key

Guardar

Guardar

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Nothing compares to you?

comparison

superlativebasket

 

  • Below you can read about the most interesting,  funniest or  wierdest records in the world. What is your favourite World record?

    The Guinness World Records

April 8, 2016 Posted by | 1st INT, 2nd INT, GRAMMAR | , | Leave a comment

Present simple and present continuous

November 1, 2015 Posted by | 1st INT, GRAMMAR | , , , | Leave a comment

Gerunds and Infinitives

gerunds and infinitives If you want to learn more about using gerunds (-ing form) and infinitives, click on the links below:

May 24, 2015 Posted by | 1st INT, 2nd INT, GRAMMAR | Leave a comment

Transport and travel in London

This is a very good selection of activities about transport and travel taken from the British Council Learn English. Get around London with Stephen, Alice and Jazz and enjoy the trip!

London Big Ben

 

 

 

January 21, 2015 Posted by | 1st INT, 2nd INT, GRAMMAR, Listening, VIDEOS | , , | Leave a comment

The “unsinkable” ship: the Titanic

This is an incredibly complete unit on the uses of the past simple and past continuous forms on BBC Learning English, a great website with loads of resources. In this unit, number 7, of their Lower-intermediate course you can also listen, watch and read about an event in the past century that will keep on people’s minds forever: the sinking of the Titanic (14th April 1912)

Titanic

November 17, 2014 Posted by | 1st INT, GRAMMAR, Listening, PRONUNCIATION, Reading, RESOURCES, VOCABULARY | , , , , | Leave a comment