Here’s a new How to… video for beginners. This one is to speak about your family. Soon there will be another video with more vocabulary for relatives. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZ7xt9t54J8 Serena’s blog
In this video you are going to see ‘will’ for predictions. Madam Zoe looks into her crystal ball and predicts the future for a young man. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GrlCzNS9Yc
Isn’t it absolutely disgraceful to go hiking or riding your bike out in the countryside only to find litter strewn around by lazy visitors? Inspired by this unfortunate issue, I created this animation not only with the aim to teach the sound we have in words like ‘up, umbrella and love, but also as a…… Continue reading Phonetics English sounds /ʌ/
Here is a video lesson on used to and didn’t use to that we can use to speak about past habits and states. I have called the animation Dandelions as it is actually this flower that prompts my character, an elderly man, to feel nostalgic about the past and compare it to the present. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2P6aSkMjQrQ…… Continue reading B1 Used to and didn’t use to for past habits and states
This is a How to video for real beginners that covers how to use the present continuous and the present simple when we want to speak about our clothes or what we usually wear or don’t wear. In the video you will see the different uses for the present simple and the present continuous and…… Continue reading A1 What are you wearing? Clothes vocabulary and routine.
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
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
Hi there! Here’s video English sounds 5. In this video you’ll get to know about schwa /ə/ and /ɜː/ (making a sort of sound as if you were disgusted about something) . Why together? Well experience has taught me that both sounds are a bit difficult for Spanish English learners, but at the same time,…… Continue reading English sounds video 5: schwa /ə/ and /ɜː/
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?
Hi there! Here’s a new video and some related activities for some extra practice. This video aims to help beginners to cope with talking about celebrations. To set an example this video is about Christmas Day, but the video is useful for almost any celebration as it deals with routines. The video has a short…… Continue reading A1/A2 How to speak about your Christmas Day