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/
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/
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
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
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