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English Greetings

How to greet someone in English There are all sorts of different ways to greet people. Today, we learn some of the most popular and useful expressions for greeting friends or other people in relaxed situations. Remember you can practice these greetings with Philip – your Skype English Teacher. You also like to visit the following wiki how page that … Read more

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Podcast – Is Man Flue real ?

BBC 6 Minute English Podcast Download Is Man Flue Real For a while now, the expression ‘man flu’ has been controversial. Many men say their illness is real, while many women say they are just being weak. But why is it that some men seem to suffer, or complain, more when they get sick than women? A recently published study may … Read more

Grammar – Someone, anyone, no one, everyone

English advice on when to use  the following English terms. Remember! you can always practice this grammar tip with Philip your Skypeclass English Teacher Someone, anyone, no one, everyone Someone, anyone, no one, everyone mean the same as somebody, anybody, nobody, everybody. They all mean one person, no person or all people: Is there someone at the door? No, there’s … Read more

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Present Tense Forms

Present Forms We can use the present simple to talk about habits (things that we do regularly), facts (things that are always true) or states (facts that are true for a long time). We can use the present continuous to talk about an activity that’s happening now, (or around now) or to talk about planned future arrangements. Present Simple Habits: We give Helen the rent every month. She sends the cheque to the landlord. Facts: The … Read more

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See and watch, hear and listen to

Here are some pairs of verbs you might sometimes find confusing. See and watch, hear and listen to: In these pairs of verbs it’s important to know if we are intentionally doing something or if it is just happening without us trying to do anything. We use ‘see‘ and ‘hear‘ for sights and sounds that come to our eyes and ears, without us trying to see or hear them. For example, … Read more

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English Podcast children work

English Podcast – Should schoolchildren have jobs ? For some, it’s a way of learning valuable lessons about with world of work and earning a bit of money; for others it’s a distraction from the important business of education. Schoolchildren in part-time work is something which divides opinion. It used to be normal in the UK but the trend is … Read more

Environmental vocabulary

Hotel Vocabulary

Types of Hotels Take an English Level Test budget hotel economical or cheap hotel that is usually part of a chain (or group) of hotels; one that’s cheaper than a business hotel or a 5-star hotel The flights were so expensive we decided to save some money on accommodation. She didn’t like how basic the rooms were, but the budget hotel was … Read more

Kitchen Vocabulary

Below you will find a selection of important vocabulary connected with kichen equipemnt and tools in English. Utensils and Equipment a knife a basic, hand-held tool for cutting food a peeler a hand-held tool specially designed for removing the skin from vegetables such as potatoes a spatula a thin tool – sometimes made of wood – which is used to … Read more

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Linking Words and Phrases

Linking Words and Phrases Linking words and phrases are used to show a relationships between ideas. They can be used to join 2 or more sentences or clauses (a clause is a group of words which contains a subject and a verb). Linking words/phrases can be used to add ideas together, contrast them, or show the reason for something. Practice your use of linking words with … Read more

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Today’s Idiom – A slap in the face

Meaning: slap in the face. A sharp rebuke or rebuff, as in Being criticized in front of my staff was a real slap in the face, or We thought it quite a slap in the face when they returned our letter unopened. The figurative use of this term, which can also refer to a literal blow, dates from the late … Read more

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Pedestrianisation – is it good for cities?

Pedestrianisation Norwich was the first city in the UK to ban cars from parts of the city centre. Planners wanted to protect pedestrians from cars and to reduce pollution in its old and narrow streets. That was 50 years ago. There’s a fresh interest in keeping cars out of cities now for the same reasons. Rob and Neil talk about … Read more