Author Archives: Sandro

Help yourself!

If I place some food and drink on the table and I tell you to HELP YOURSELF, it means that you can eat and drink without having to ask me all the time. It’s another way of offering, such as, “Do you want some?” Today, I want to show you how you can help yourself […]

Use an English dictionary!

Many of my students are in love with Mr (or Ms) Google. When they find a word they don’t understand, their fingers switch on the phone and tap into Google translate. This is wrong for two reasons. One. Depending on how important the task is, you can try guessing the meaning from context. Let me […]

Time travel – notes from today’s whiteboard (part 2)

(Click here for part 1: Time travel – notes from today’s whiteboard) I just love it when my students stay chatting to each other in English while I’m setting things up for the day’s lesson. I make it a point to keep one ear open to what they’re saying. If I hear something interesting, I […]

Time travel – notes from today’s whiteboard (part 1)

Click this link for part 2: Time travel – notes from today’s whiteboard I just love it when my students stay chatting to each other in English while I’m setting things up for the day’s lesson. I make it a point to keep one ear open to what they’re saying. If I hear something interesting, […]

The opposite of cheap is …

If I ask you for the opposite of CHEAP, I’m sure most of you are going to answer with … E X P E N S I V E … which is 100% correct. But how often have you thought of other ways of saying expensive? Do you know of other words for expensive?! Please, […]

Desert Island Discs – Nile Rodgers

Language learning should also be fun, don’t you think? And for fun, here’s an interview with Nile Rogers –  musician, record producer and Chic co-founder. It’s an episode from the classic BBC series – Desert Island Discs. Enjoy! https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0000r6k Over to you … If there’s a film / TV series / documentary / podcast which […]

LOOK BACK ON

Some of you have returned to your countries and homes by now, happy to be back with family and friends. I hope you had a safe journey. Who knows, tomorrow (or on some other day), you might find yourselves looking back on your time in Malta, maybe even wishing you were still here! Hmm….to look […]

I’m on my last legs

A student of mine was telling me just how hectic his day had been. He left home early in the morning and spent a few hours driving around meeting clients. Then, the afternoon was taken up with Zoom meetings and video calls. At the end of the work day, he had shopping to do. By […]

Say, tell, speak, talk, ask

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What’s for breakfast?

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