B1 · B2 · Body, health & nutrition · Listening · speaking

B2 Listening Popular dishes from Madrid

Photo by Claudio Olivares Medina on Pexels.com If you’re from Spain, you will already be familiar with the dishes described in the audio. If not, you will learn something about some of Madrid’s most delicious and popular traditional cuisine. This audio activity follows a test format so, not only will you be able to check…… Continue reading B2 Listening Popular dishes from Madrid

B1 · B2 · Grammar · video

B1/B2 Questions in reported speech

Basically speaking, we use two different sentence structures for reporting questions in reported speech. This depends on the type of answer that the speaker expects: Wh-questions and Yes-No questions. Wh-questions want information about: Who for a person Example: “Who is your partner?” She asked me who my partner was. When for a time Example: “When…… Continue reading B1/B2 Questions in reported speech

B1 · B2 · Grammar · video

B1/B2 How to make guesses using modal verbs

https://youtu.be/ffBGrwPwi8E Serena’s blog This is a fun (real fun, promise!) grammar lesson about one of the uses of modal verbs. I know that students usually find modals boring, so this video is an activity that I thought up for my intermediate levels. We’ve done this one quite a few times, but with the exception that…… Continue reading B1/B2 How to make guesses using modal verbs

A1 · A2 · B1 · phonetics

English vowel sounds short i /I/ & long I /i:/

As a start for this year, here’s another video on English vowel sounds. This video is for short and long i sounds that are often confused by learners of English. At the end of the video you have a short listening activity to practise distinguishing the sound between two words that have a very similar…… Continue reading English vowel sounds short i /I/ & long I /i:/

A2 · B1 · B2 · C1 · C2 · phonetics · video

What is phonetics and why should we learn it?

Some years ago I devoted part of the blog to this area of language learning, but now that the plug-in is no longer available, I needed to refocus on a new tool. So why not Youtube? I’m going to gradually upgrade all the stuff I wrote on phonetics and here is the very first video.…… Continue reading What is phonetics and why should we learn it?