14 Mar

The Way We Speak

Tuesday 14th March

What a strange language English is!!

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  • ANSWER HERE
Do you want an apple?

In spoken English, ‘Do you’ contracts to ‘d’you’, which sounds the same as ‘Jew’. The ‘t’ in ‘want’ is silent, so we have ‘d’you wan’ which is (almost) idententical to ‘Jew on’.


Check out my pronunciation charts with audio here: Pronunciation Centre: Sounds of English

13 Mar

New Material

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13th March 2017

As I’m getting lots of views of B2/C1 wordlists, I’m creating exercises and games to practise them. Here’s the link to the word games where you can find jigsaw puzzles, crosswords and other puzzles: Word Games

I’m also developing material to practise for the Cambridge exams. Reading exercises are here for the PET (B1) exam.

Happy learning!!

23 Jun

Enough Already!! It’s All Too Much!!

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Friday 24th June, 2016

New mini-class presenting the use of ‘too‘ and ‘enough‘ for making complaints.

One day, years ago when I was working in a cafe, I had to open in the morning, and I woke up late, so there wasn’t enough time for me to have breakfast. There weren’t too many customers waiting when I arrived, but I was too tired to be polite and wasn’t quick enough for one old man who wanted his coffee immediately. I had a hard time staying calm as other customers joined him in complaining. But in the end it wasn’t too bad because a workmate arrived a few minutes later to help me set up the bar.

This is an example on the interactive board at the end of the class.

And the class is here:‘Too’ and ‘Enough’ (Level: B1)

Happy complaining!!