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It happens often that I have students who are very good at grammar, writing and speaking. However, when it comes to doing a listening task, they panic. Why is this? The problem is that they expect to hear each and every word spoken clearly. The truth is, a native speaker doesn’t talk this way. LearnersContinue reading “Short forms”
The intention is good but the grammar and spelling are weak! Your task today is to correct this painted message – one grammar problem, one spelling error.
Here’s a photo of a LEMON: No, I haven’t been having an alcoholic lunch. What you’re seeing in the photo is a lemon, which also happens to be a motor scooter. Do I have your attention? So here’s the story. Some 2 years ago I bought a Piaggio Fly 125cc motor scooter with a lovely pearl whiteContinue reading “LEMON”
It has always amused or annoyed me (depending on the mood) how some students can walk into the classroom for the first lesson of the day without even saying good morning to those present. They head to their favourite chair, sit down, take out their phone and have a silent conversation with its screen. I canContinue reading “Tired of saying “good morning”?”
Read the notice (click on photo to enlarge) Note new words which you find useful Spot the mistake. A tip – there’s an extra word.
Doctors and medicine – maybe not fun topics to talk about but they will help me explain some words which students often get wrong. Imagine you have a health problem and need to consult your doctor about it. She does the usual checks, makes a diagnosis and writes out the medication you need to take.Continue reading “Of doctors, bills and cooking”
On a small island such as mine (Malta), a common conversational topic when meeting someone new is about family. This is because with only 400,000 people, it’s very easy to find a connection. A: I live in Xemxija. B: Really? My aunt’s from there too. A: Who is she? B: Carol. She’s an aunt onContinue reading “AGNATE / ENATE”
“ONE OF my friend woke up at 8.50am… “ That is taken from an essay written by one of my students and it contains a very common error. Look carefully at what is written after “one of“, then see what I wrote with the same phrase. It is just one of many examples I canContinue reading “ONE OF …”