B2 · C1 · C2 · People, relationships & family · Word formation

Negative prefixes for adjectives

What is it, un-, in-, dis- or im- for abashed? Eeeeks! There are some rules for word formation concerning adjectives such as ir- if the word begins with r like in responsible = irresponsible and im- for words that begin with a p or b like possible=impossible, or prudent=imprudent, but this sometimes needs some practice…… Continue reading Negative prefixes for adjectives

C1 · C2 · People, relationships & family

C2 Vocabulary for describing sounds and voices

Here are two different quizzes that will enable you to brush up on vocabulary that you can use when describing voices and noices (very important when writing a narrative, for instance). If you hiss at somebody, you’ve said something to them in a low and angry way. If you chirrup, you’re probably in a good…… Continue reading C2 Vocabulary for describing sounds and voices

C1 · C2 · People, relationships & family · Vocabulary

C1-C2 Adjectives for describing bodies

WE HAVE DEEP ROOTS IN THE GREENWOOD ” I fear those grey, old men of Mocca’s Park,” Wrote Francis Kilvert, the Victorian diarist. “Those grey, gnarled, low-browed, knock-kneed, bowed, bent, huge, strange, long-armed, deformed, hunch-backed, misshapen oak men that stand waiting and watching century after century.” When it comes to describing something or somebody, it…… Continue reading C1-C2 Adjectives for describing bodies

B2 · Listening · People, relationships & family

Listening B2-C1: Funny gags about posh English

Why should learning a language mean getting stressed and not having fun? Come on! Who ever said that stuff about  ‘one has to suffer to reach an aim’? Not meaning by this that a certain amount of effort shouldn’t be invested in whatever we want to do if we want to make progress, but if…… Continue reading Listening B2-C1: Funny gags about posh English