Do the following sentences have the same meaning or are they different? If they are different, can you explain what they mean? I need to change the wardrobe I need a change of wardrobe  

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. […]

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.

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 […]

Many of you know the main body parts, such as: the HAND the ARM the ELBOW the HEAD the SHOULDER Are you aware, though, that those parts can also be used as verbs? TO HAND TO ARM TO ELBOW TO HEAD TO SHOULDER My challenge to you is an obvious one. Send in sentences using […]

It’s happened again. My students were working with a partner or in teams of three, discussing whether tomatoes can protect the body from certain diseases. Matteo, in one group, was busy giving his opinion when Bakir, working in another team, interrupted with a funny remark. This was enough to make Matteo forget what he was […]

It’s lovely to hear students being sociable, especially with those who are new to the class. I’m especially happy when they try using some of the language discussed earlier during the course. It’s true the language is not always used correctly but full marks for trying. I’ll show you what I mean: Can you tell […]