Category Archives: Upper Intermediate (Level 5)

English Words that are often Confused #1

I have written two posts on Spelling Mistakes that Ruin your Writing. They are a small number of mistakes which are easily fixed as soon as you understand the grammar. Don’t worry! The grammar is basic and easily understood. Today, … Continue reading

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A Song with ‘going to’ (gonna) for Future Predictions based on Evidence & ‘had better’ for Warnings

Today, I’m focusing on the  song, Street Boy, by Rodriguez to highlight the use of ‘going to’ for future predictions: predictions based on evidence. Click on the picture for the video. Rodriguez has an amazing voice and you will hear … Continue reading

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A Song with Second Conditional & Present Tenses

We often use the Second Conditional to talk about how we would like things to change (our life, other people, the world). Sometimes, we are not satisfied with a current situation and imagine how it could/would improve, if … ‘If … Continue reading

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Gerunds & Infinitives – What is the difference?

GERUNDS Gerunds are usually nouns but they are different from other nouns because they are made from verbs. ∗ Changing verbs into other forms: nouns or adjectives, for example, is common in many languages. Think about how your language changes … Continue reading

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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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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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