Here’s another quick video. This one covers the present continuous for questions. Watch the video and after you can do the activities.
What are stative verbs? This is important for learners that are now being introduced to the present continuous (I’m writing right now), and need to learn why they can’t say things like ‘I’m loving you’ when a famous fast food chain uses this as a slogan and a famous rock band from the 80s even said ‘I’m Still Loving You’ in one of their most popular hits. By tackling the ‘stative verb’ issue from an early stage, we’ll probably avoid learners making funny structures that are later on very difficult to get rid of because they have become a habit, and although I’m not really sure if this will be effective or not, I’m going to try it out anyway. Here’s a short video that introduces the very basics and after there’s an activity that focuses on some very typical mistakes that we need to avoid.
Here’s a video for beginners of English. Watch the video, take notes (if you need to) and after do the quizzes.
Hello! For today’s class we plan to introduce questions using wh-words.
As I explained in our classes, wh-questions are different from yes/no questions because they don’t need a yes or no for an answer. These questions ask for some missing information (time, place, reason, etc). Can you imagine that somebody asks you the time and you answer ‘yes’? This sounds quite funny because you should give the person the time (hour and minutes).
Another thing to notice in wh-questions is that we use wh-words at the beginning of the question. Here’s an example:
Did you like the film?
Why did you like the film?
Here’s a short video that explains the basics for wh-questions in the past simple. After watching the video, you can click on the quiz button to see how much you learnt.
I hope you find it useful!
Here’s a quick video I created with Bitable with some grammar on how to make yes/no questions in the past simple, when we use a verb that is not ‘be’. Remember that ‘be’ does not have an auxiliary and that to make yes/no questions, we use a subeject- verb order inversion.
Here’s an example: She was happy> Was she happy?
But other verbs like: eat, drink, buy, etc. use an auxiliary ‘did’ and for yes/no questions the word order is the same but the verb is in the infinitive.
Example: She worked yesterday > Did she work yesterday?
Watch the video and notice the examples. After, do the activities that will tell you how many correct answers you got.
Good luck and don’t forget to learn a lot of English now that we can’t leave our houses. If you do a bit every day, you will soon improve a lot.
Hi there! Here’s a really super ‘cutre video’ I managed to make without using ‘the proper stuff’. Please, don’t comment (I know you won’t, but just in case). It’s an emergency video for my A1 students who now don’t have classes.
Here’s a quick activity for advanced learners to help you learn, brush up and think about some expressions and ways in which we can talk about the future.
Among some of the problems students come across when learning English, are those verbs that have more than one verb pattern with a change of meaning and ‘stop’ happens to be one of them. Here you’ll find a short presentation on ways to use ‘stop’. Afterwards, you can practise with the two different activities, one is for lower levels while the second activity is for students that are higher up on their knowledge of English. I hope you find the activity useful.
Below you will find the link to the lesson.
Below you’ll find a quiz for A2/B1 levels
Below you’ll find a quiz for B2 levels
Here’s an entry on two words that very often confuse learners of English. In Spanish and Catalan both verbs ‘remind’ and ‘remember’ are mostly covered by recuerda (Spanish) and record (Catalan) like in Recuerdo haber dejado las llaves sobre la mesa or Recuérdale a Jorge que llame a su madre. However, in English here we’d use different verbs, I remember leaving the keys on top of the table and Remind Jorge to call his mother. Things can even get a little worse in the case of ‘remember’ and its different verb patterns that change the meaning like in the examples below.
I remember leaving my keys on the table. (I have a mental picture of me doing this in the past)
I remembered to leave my keys on the table. (I didn’t forget to do this)
If you click on the lesson, you’ll get a short presentation on how to use both verbs. Afterwards, you can practise by doing the sentence completion task filling in the missing words.