Author Archives: mhardy3222

Four weeks as a language student

 Studying French language whilst holidaying in France  My husband, Anthony, and I left Brisbane, Australia, on 25 May to fly to Toulouse, France via Singapore and Paris. Everywhere, except New Zealand, is a long way, so we like to stay … Continue reading

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Pictures of Idioms #3

 BURN THE CANDLE AT BOTH ENDS Click on the picture below to find out the meaning of the idiom burn the candle at both ends. Once on the site, you can click on Follow at the bottom of the page to receive  more … Continue reading

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Song with Dependent Clauses, Collocations +++

Hello Everyone! Well, I’m back from my French adventure but I will leave the details of my French language studies for a future post. For now, how about getting back to grammar in a song? … Good! I thought that’s … Continue reading

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Watch the News to Improve Listening and Vocabulary

Hello all you hard-working English students! I’m afraid I won’t be publishing any new posts for a couple of months as I’m off to France this week to study French. You see, I’m a language learner like you. I know what it’s … Continue reading

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Are you having a bad day?

 Click here to watch an outstanding video and to read thought-provoking comments by Matthew Inman at The Oatmeal. ∗∗∗∗

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Modal Verbs of Deduction or Speculation

Modal Verbs are very useful words. The most common are: will, can, could, would, should, must, might, and may. The rules for using them are easy: ♦ The negative is ‘not’ or ‘never’: You should not be late for work. I … Continue reading

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Pictures of Idioms #2

WRITTEN ALL OVER YOUR FACE Click on the picture below to find out the meaning of the idiom written all over your face. Once on the site, you can click on Follow at the bottom of the page to receive  more … Continue reading

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3 mistakes that ruin your sentences

Native speakers are not perfect speakers. Their speech is often unclear and their grammar can be sloppy. However, there are mistakes which they don’t make, and if you make them, you will sound like an English student, not the fluent English speaker … Continue reading

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Think before you speak

I would like to introduce you to a friend of mine, Jamie-Lee Dwyer  who is 26 years old. When she was eleven, and her sister Samantha was ten, they were both diagnosed with Friedreich Ataxia. This has not prevented Jamie-Lee from excelling at … Continue reading

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A Song with Relative Clauses #10 & Noun Clauses

There is a lovely new song called Something just like this by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay. It has two verses and a chorus. The first verse is one long Compound Sentence. The chorus is a series of Noun Clauses, some of which contain … Continue reading

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