Category Vocabulary

Of doctors, bills and cooking

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. […]

STEAL / ROB

A number of elderly people, mainly women, were easy prey for two teenage boys who targeted vulnerable people systematically in a bid to steal their wallets, a court heard yesterday. Four women had their purse robbed, while in two other cases the attempt was foiled when the victims resisted. (Times of Malta 21 July 2016) […]

No parking!

A road sign is a simple, yet useful, way of learning new vocabulary. I took a photo of one that was just outside where my mother lives. Some construction work was to take place between the 13th and 22nd September, meaning the road in front had to be kept empty. The “No Parking” is clear […]

cc … mm; ll … nn

I bet you have no idea what this is all about.  Whatever can I mean by “cc … mm; ll … nn”? Well,  just let your eyes read on. ACCOMMODATION MILLENNIUM Maybe you know the meaning of the words but please, watch out for their spelling. As you can see, both have 2 double consonants. ACCOMMODATION […]

JOB SAFETY / SECURITY

We read about them in the press, we hear union representatives and politicians discussing them, we watch TV documentaries regarding these two themes – JOB SECURITY and JOB SAFETY. If you follow the news in English, you will have probably noticed that although they are talking about jobs, SECURITY and SAFETY are two different things. […]

Would you really eat this?

Even if you were ravenous, would you eat from this rice? What do you think the correct ingredient is? Thanks to my ex-student Diogenes for sending the photo.

Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi

After one of the lessons today, a student asked me how he could improve his reading skills. My first response was, “Read”! OK, my answer didn’t stop after that one word. However, the simple act of picking up a book, magazine or even sourcing interesting on-line articles can help in so many ways, with the […]