Category Archives: Intermediate (Level 4)

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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Pictures of Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

I have recently come across (phrasal verb: come across = found by accident) a very helpful website called idiomic.com which helps you understand and remember idioms and phrasal verbs by using amusing pictures. I have featured just one idiom below: BIG CHEESE If … Continue reading

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Phrasal Verbs: 3 Easy Rules

There are just 3 things to know if you want to understand and remember Phrasal Verbs: 1. Phrasal Verbs are Vocabulary. 2. There are two types: a)Separable and b)Non-separable. 3. When they are Separable, the pronoun must always go in the middle.   1. … Continue reading

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How to Write a Sentence #6: A Summary

In posts How to Write a Sentence #1, 2, 3, 4, & 5, I explained how to put words together to make a sentence. In this post, I’m going to break it all down in a different way. This will … Continue reading

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