lunes, 5 de noviembre de 2018

Adjectives - A2

Adjectives are words to describe charcteristics. Let's see the most typical ones:
How to learn vocabulary:
  • Think of one thing to describe and try to say its characteristics: a Mercedes (big, expensive, fast, strong, luxury, German, good...) Do the same with a ring, an elephant, a coffee table, a pencil, a computer...
  • Write a chart with different adjectives: in green the positive and in red the negative or the opposite.
  • Think of an adjective and use it in different contexts: lovely; e.g. a lovely story, a lovely baby, a lovely picture, a lovely sandwich...

miércoles, 31 de octubre de 2018

Possessive Adjectives - A2

On unit 4A we have possessive adjetives. This is a poem and a chart using them: click here.

Here you have an easy video about possessive adjectives: click here

If you like, you can practise with the Simpsons' family tree: click here

Some practice:
See you!

domingo, 28 de octubre de 2018

Halloween: October 31st

I found this information about Halloween, which is on the 31st of October.  I hope you'll enjoy these links:
  • this is a video about the history of Halloween: click here
  • an easy video for kids with useful vocabulary and sentences: click here
  • this video also has subtitles so it's easy to understand: click here
  • here you are some children's jokes for Halloween: click here
  • if you want to read short scary stories, go to this link
Happy Halloween!

lunes, 22 de octubre de 2018

Plural nouns

In our book we have plural for nouns. Here you are some pages to help you:

  • this is a summary of grammar: click here
  • JenniferESL for pronunciation: very easy and pedagogical video - click here

jueves, 4 de octubre de 2018

Starting the school year 2018-2019 (A2.1) and First Lessons

Here we are. This is our blog to learn English. You're going to find grammar, vocabulary, videos, exercises and comments about our course. Remember this is a complement to the class.

We started with these topics:
    • The Alphabet: here you have a site with the alphabet, its pronunciation and some words to practise spelling- click here
    • Numbers: here you are a video for the pronunciation or this one. There are 3 groups:
      • from 1 to 12
      • from 13 to 20
      • from 21 to 100 and so on
    • Vocabulary of the class: things you can find in your class. To practise with this vocabulary, click here or here
    • Days of the week: Monday, Tuesday, Wenesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    • The verb TO BE: remember the 3 forms  AM - IS - ARE   You can see this page
    • At the hotel: this video is a bit more difficult but you can use it, especially the first part; clikc here
  • SONGS:
    • I say yes, you say no: click here
    • All toguether now: click here   
  • EXTRA: If you have a higher level of English, here you are a video about how to book a room, just in case you like to see how to do it. 

lunes, 19 de mayo de 2014

Reported Speech and Conditionals

Reported speech is when you explain what other people say so there are some typical changes, related to pronouns, verbs and time/place references. I think it's much more natural than what you could expect and that's the reason why you should use it in your own speech. Let's see an example:
"Yesterday I phoned my mother and she told me she didn't feel well and she asked me to go with her the following day to visit the doctor. I told her I had an important meeting at 9,30 but I was free after that time and I said I was picking her up at 10. She said she was going to make the appointment at that moment to be sure we could have the right time".
You must pay attention to the difference between TELL and SAY: the first one is used with personal complement while the second goes without it as you can see in these examples:
  • Tom told her/Susan he had to work until late
  • Tom said he had to work until late
Here you are some exercises to work with this: exercise 1   exercise 2    exercise 3
Remember the exception with TELL without personal pronoun: to tell the truth, to tell a lie, to tell a story/a tale, to tell a joke.

Indirect speech is related to conditionals: let's see these examples:

  • she asked: Do you smoke?  ----  she asked me if I smoked
  • he said: If you need money, I'll lend you some  --- he told me if I needed money he would lend some  (first conditional into second conditional)

jueves, 15 de mayo de 2014

Using First and Second Conditioal Sentences

There are several ways of conditional sentences in English. Here you have a diagram

Type 0 or
General truth; you can substitute if for when

If you boil water
it evaporates
Type 1 or 
Possible condition; it is likely to happen

If I have time
if you have finished your homework
I’ll go to the cinema
I`ll give you a present/you can play with the computer
Type 2 or
Improbable condition; it is very hypothetical that this could happen

Simple past
If I could buy a new car
If I had the money
Simple conditional
I’d take a van
I wouldn't buy a Ferrari

Let's work with some exercises:
There is another link which is not explained in the book but it's imortant to know: UNLESS
This form is the same as if...not; for example: I won't go unless you invite me or You'll have problems unless you do it carefully. If you want to practise, you can use this exercise; click here

Although the second conditional (hypothetical) is mentioned above, we are not going to use them now but in a higher level unless you use it in this way: If I were you, I'd stay at home or If I were Peter, I wouldn't tell her the truth. 

To finish with, here you have the song When a Man Loves a Woman to see examples of what it's been explainded here; click here

Adjectives - A2

Adjectives are words to describe charcteristics. Let's see the most typical ones: Colours: here you are a link  and watch this video ...