Category Archives: Upper Intermediate (Level 5)

Continuing: 3 Facts you need to know about PARTICIPLES

First read: 3 Facts you need to know about PARTICIPLES: 1.  Participles can be Parts of Verbs. ∼∼∼∼∼∼∼∼∼∼∼∼∼∼∼∼∼∼∼∼∼∼∼∼∼ 2.  Participles can be ADJECTIVES. Continuous Participles are often used as Adjectives: The giggling girls in the photo below look like sisters. Verb = look The World Cup is … Continue reading

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3 Facts you need to know about PARTICIPLES

There are two types of Participles in English: ♦ Past Participles   &   ♦ Continuous ( … ing) Participles   If you can remember the following Three Facts about Participles, your English will immediately improve.  1.  Participles can be Parts of … Continue reading

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Conditionals: Third

We use the Third Conditional to talk about a situation or condition in the past and its result. IF we could change the past, we could change the result. Of course, we can’t change the past, so the Third Conditional … Continue reading

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Advanced Reading – Improve your English & your Knowledge!

Do you think it is possible to become a successful English writer when English is your second language?                  Imagine being taught English at school but not hearing it spoken outside of  the classroom. … Continue reading

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Relative Clauses #11: Advanced non-defining Relative Clauses

First, read the earlier posts on Relative Clauses, especially #3 and #6. Advanced non-defining Relative Clauses are not as difficult as their name suggests. There are only two Relative Clause Pronouns used, whom & which, and the Relative Clause is usually … Continue reading

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Baby brings memory and speech back to aged care resident with dementia

A woman with dementia who has forgotten how to speak suddenly rediscovers her voice when paid a visit by a six-month-old baby. There is so much that we still don’t understand about how we learn, remember, and process language. Click on … Continue reading

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Improve your English and Organize your Life

Watch the following short video, Becoming An Organized Person by Peter Walsh. Your English listening will improve; Peter Walsh speaks clearly and directly. It will take less than two minutes of your time. More than this, I hope that watching this … Continue reading

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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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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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