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⇐ British Life & Culture ⇒[01]⇔[02]⇔[03]⇔[04]⇐

What Made The Crocodile Cry? – 101 questions about the English language.

Susie Dent draws on her popular television coverage of curious questions about English […]


Film Words with Definitions: ⇒[01] ⇔ [02] ⇔ [03] ⇔ [quiz 01] ⇔ [quiz 02]⇐


• Movie QUIZZES . . . ⇒[01] ⇔ [02] ⇔ [03] ⇔ [04] ⇔ [05] ⇔ [dominoes]⇐

English with Jo … ⇑ Intermediate / […]

The Human Body

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• Idioms related to the body . . . →[01] ⇔ [02] ⇔ [03] ⇔ [04]←

· · · click the parts for idioms . . . →[01]← / →[02]← / →[03]←

→[quiz 01]← / →[quiz 02]← [body idioms]


Non-finite Verb Forms

¤ Finite & Non-finite Verbs ←[pdf]

¤ Auxiliary Verbs ⇐ “Auxiliaries are required with non-finite verbs. This is their role to mark non-finite verb forms for tense, aspect and voice, which non-finite verbs cannot express. Finite verbs mark these features on their own.”

(Bernard T. O’Dwyer, Modern English Structures: […]

Not bad!

Unlike Spaniards, who are prone to exaggeration in their everyday remarks, Britons (not Americans!) tend to prefer understatements. Take a movie: while it may well be appraised as ‘Great!’ or ‘Brilliant!‘ by a Spanish national, it might simply be assessed as ‘Not bad’ (not less appraisal to be inferred from the lips of […]



•→Pronouns vs. determiners⇐




There’s a lot of English in this chart, with all these reference words.

I my mine me myself you your yours you yourself he his his him himself she her hers her […]



♣ Can you feel the pain? ↔aches & pains. •→PAIN collocations⇐

•→Physically painful ⇐[MacMillan Dictionary]

¤ English words and phrases connected with injury.

Boil = infected swelling with liquid inside it:

“You’ll need to go to the doctor to have that boil lanced.” (lance – puncture and clean)

Lump […]

Rhythm & Stress

Stress: an essential element of rhythm, which is the most distinctive feature of the English language. Word stress is not used in Japanese or Spanish, where each syllable is pronounced with eq-ual em-pha-sis.

The biggest difference in the “music” of languages is the way we speak syllables. All languages can divide […]

Pitch & Intonation – Pauses

Intonation – Intonation is the rising and falling sounds of the voice when speaking. Intonation (Part 2) – Phrasing – In addition to the intonation of a statement, there is another aspect of speech that indicates meaning — phrasing. Intonation (Part 3) – Contrast – Once the intonation of new information is established, you’ll […]

Verbal Communication

THE LIVING SISTERS ⇓ Video by Michel Gondry [2011]

How are you doing? How are you doing? I’ll be fine, how about you? I’m fine too

How is it going? How is it going? Yes it goes, what about you? It goes for me too.

Play Phrase

•→www.⇐ — 205165 phrases, from 222 movies . . . Φ Just type in the phrase you would like to hear; it might be: – “I was wondering…” or – “Would you believe…?” or – “Do you mean?” or – “…and the like.” or – “You see…” or – “as long as…” or –“There seems […]

Advertising & Commercials

¤ A slide_share presentation: ↓ History of Advertising

Φ The Language of Advertising . . . → [01] ← / → [02] ← / → [03] ←


•→TV COMMERCIALS from the 1960s⇐

TASK … [click on INTERMEDIATE] ⇒


A symphony of adjectives

•→Adjectives … lists ⇒[01] ⇔ [02]⇐ // •→Top 500 Adjectives⇐

⇒ QUIZ #1 ⇔ QUIZ #2 ⇐

∞ Collocations… Click on ⇒facilities⇐Find the odd one out.

Φ Opposites … ⇒ [01] ⇔ [02] ⇔ [03] ⇔ [04]⇐

•→Softening ⇐[quizzes]

If you use a negative adjective, it […]

Oral exam practice


•→Oral Textual Awareness & Communicative Strategies + Tips for Speaking Tests⇐

¤ TOPICS for an oral exam:

•→Pre-intermediate ⇔ Intermediate←•

# 1st Part ↓ Monologue

Always start by saying your name and the topic assigned: “OK, my name is “X…” […]

Short texts & proverbs

“Good stuff, if brief, twice as good.” – It was an Aragonese writer that said that (Baltasar Gracián)

There are two good reasons why English learners should take interest in these expressions of oral tradition. For one thing, they provide an extraordinary word bank you can always turn to […]

… _ ed

The (-ed) ending of regular past forms has three sound realizations: [-d] [-t] [-id], depending on the sounds just before it.

• If the verb ends in a voiced phoneme, the ‘-ed’ ending sounds like [-d]

• If the verb ends in a voiceless consonant […]

Sibilant sounds

[s] vs [∫]

[s] vs [z]

‘hiss’ vs ‘buzz’


⇒Pronunciation of words ending in -S ⇓ When we pronounce the –s in the words ‘dogs’,’cats’, ‘dishes’, ‘lives’, and ‘it’s’, do […]

Connected Speech

•→ would – contractions ⇐

◊ How to understand native speakers’ questions ⇓


There are hundreds on the Net, but you’ll have enough with these for quite a while. Here’s some good ones for Spaniards:

“Six Spanish students study at […]

Present & old habits

¤ Past simple for past habits & states :

The past simple is used to express habits and states that existed during a period of time in the past. This period can be implied or expressed with a time expression or a clause:

When I was a child, I visited my grandma every […]


♣ Negation (like asking) is one of the most difficult areas of English ↓

•→ ⇔ Double Negatives⇐ ∇ Transferred Negation

When we express negative ideas with verbs like think, believe… we prefer to make the first verb negative instead of the second. We shift or transfer the negative from the […]