Author Archives: mhardy3222

20 English Idioms of Courage

On New Year’s Eve, many of us make New Year Resolutions in an effort to improve ourselves or make a positive change.  Maybe you want to exercise more, lose weight, or just get more organised. Not so easy! It takes … Continue reading

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Happy Christmas!

Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, a unique individual who was the perfect role model, practising compassion, tolerance, and forgiveness. While many are not interested in the religious aspect of Christmas, it’s fair to say that the … Continue reading

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Advanced Reading & Listening: Our World Today

Today, I have two reading texts and two short videos, all timely and thought-provoking. All are outstanding and varied examples of the use of English language. ♦ The first reading is a fact-based text which defines, and provides examples of, … Continue reading

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How to Follow a Process / Instructions

Here in Australia, it will soon be summer. On the Gold Coast, where I live, it’s like summer most of the year! However, for many of you, winter is fast approaching so I thought you might enjoy a short video … Continue reading

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What is a Comma Splice?! 📝

Originally posted on English with Rachel:
Comma splices -what are they ? They sound like a good thing (the name reminds me of a delicious ice-cream🍦I loved as a kid) but they aren’t .They are punctuation mistakes often made by…

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Freedom of Speech

 Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.                          SALMAN RUSHDIE Language is communication. Language is so vital to the human condition … Continue reading

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How to Describe an Experience … in 4 Easy Steps

How would you describe an experience? How would you start? Which experience would you like to recount: a new job, a meal at a restaurant, a party you went to? Imagine that you want to describe a recent holiday; where … Continue reading

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Conversations with Aussies # 2

Today, I’m talking with Rachel about life on The Gold Coast, her overseas travels, and how she feels about teaching English.  For more information about learning English with Rachel, visit her website: https://rachelschultzenglishteacher.wordpress.com/   ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ … Continue reading

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When do we use ‘Unless’ and ‘If not’?

PURLANDTRAINING.COM has just published a wonderful guide to using ‘Unless‘ and ‘If not‘ which I highly recommend. It comes with free, downloadable worksheets. Just click on the links under the picture. Direct download: https://purlandtraining.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/when-do-we-use-unless-1.pdf Direct download: https://purlandtraining.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/when-do-we-use-unless-2.pdf ********************************************************

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A Song with Easy English

English students sometimes feel that they need a huge vocabulary range in order to express themselves clearly. While students taking a Cambridge exam need to demonstrate an impressive vocabulary range, native English speakers in day-to-day conversations often communicate with between … Continue reading

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