A1 · Clothes, fashion & consumerism · video · Vocabulary

A1 What are you wearing? Clothes vocabulary and routine.

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.

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

phonetics

English vowel sounds: /ɑː/

This is video number four concerning English vowel sounds. This sound doesn’t usually involve many problems for Spanish speakers, but a little practice is necessary to avoid making the sound too long or sounding a final ‘r’. This vowel sound is a feature that distinguishes rhotic and non-rhotic varieties of English accents, meaning by accents,…… Continue reading English vowel sounds: /ɑː/

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?

A1 · A2 · Cultures, customs, tradition & religion · Grammar · video · Vocabulary

A1/A2 How to speak about your Christmas Day

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

A1 · A2 · Listening · People, relationships & family · Vocabulary

A1/A2 How to speak about your hair

Here’s another How to video for beginners. This video deals with hair vocabulary and adjective word order, which are some of the typical problems that beginners have during the first two years of learning English. If you’re a beginner and want to gain confidence in speaking and learning vocabulary. This video is for you! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJssgNVq5j8…… Continue reading A1/A2 How to speak about your hair

A1 · A2 · Countries, towns, cities & public places · Listening · video

A1/A2 How to speak about our nationality in English

Hi! Here’s another How to video. This video is a very first class video that beginners can use at home to practice their first sentences in English and gain confidence. It’s also helpful for going over nationality adjectives as there is a list with words that belong to the A2 certificate exams. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0B88BrET-bI Serena’s blog

A1 · A2 · Countries, towns, cities & public places · Listening

A1/A2 How to say the names of American countries in English

It’s true that these names are very, very similar to Spanish. But I’ve had so many students from Venzuela, Peru, Ecuador, Argentina and other South American countries that worried about how they were pronouncing these names that I decided to make a video. It’s another of the series of How to… videos that aim to…… Continue reading A1/A2 How to say the names of American countries in English