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Grammar – all right or alright

All right and alright All right is an adjective or adverb.   All right as an adjective We use all right as an adjective after verbs such as be, feel, seem or look, but not before a noun (predicative adjective). It means ‘well’, ‘OK’, ‘satisfactory’: A: How are you? B: I’m all right. A: Is everything all right? B: Yes, fine thanks. Was your meal all right? … Read more Grammar – all right or alright

CAE Speaking Test

CAE Advanced English

What’s in the CAE Speaking paper? The Cambridge C1 Advanced Speaking test has four parts and you take it together with another candidate. There are two examiners. One of the examiners conducts the test (asks you questions, gives you the paper with things to talk about, and so on). The other examiner listens to what … Read more CAE Speaking Test

Geography Vocabulary

Geography Vocabulary

Geography Vocabulary Listen to the following BBC Boradcast talking about Geography Geography is the study of the systems and processes involved in the world’s weather, mountains, seas, lakes, etc. and of the ways in which countries and people organize life within an area Example: We’re studying the geography of India just now in school. cardinal points the … Read more Geography Vocabulary

Cinema Vocabulary

english cinema vocabulary

Here is some vocabulary to describe different types of film and some people connected with the cinema. Practice these and other Phrases with your online English Teacher at Types of film, using the word ‘film’: A horror film: A film that scares you A science fiction film (a sci-fi film): A film set in the future, or an imaginary … Read more Cinema Vocabulary

Grammar – Imperatives

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Grammar Imperatives are verbs used to give orders, commands,warning or instructions, and (if you use “please”) to make a request. It is one of the three moods of an English verb (indicative, imperative and subjunctive). For example: Give me that tape, please ‘Don’t forget to make a wish!’ ‘Don’t say it out loud!’ These are examples of what are called … Read more Grammar – Imperatives

Today’s Phrasal Verbs

phrasal verbs english

Mor Phrasal Verbs connected with the letter S As you know, native speakers of English tend to use a lot of phrasal verbs (sometimes called prepositional, multi-word verb, verbs) in everyday spoken English. In fact, this is quite frustrating for students who often have learned one-word verbs during their English studies and then are confronted … Read more Today’s Phrasal Verbs

Environmental Vocabulary

Environmental vocabulary

Practice environment vocabulary with Philip your skypeclass Teacher. Words connected with ‘environment’: Watch a Video documentary  about Recycling the environment the natural world, including the air, water and land in or on which people, animals and plants live We need to do more to protect the environment from pollution. environmental relating to the natural world and the … Read more Environmental Vocabulary

Relationship Vocabulary

Environmental vocabulary

Here is some vocabulary to describe some of the different stages of a relationship. Practice your love vocabulary with Philip your Skype Class Teacher. MP3 Download about marriage and relationships from the BBC. Chat up – starting a relationship  to chat (somebody) up to talk to somebody in the hope of starting a romantic or sexual relationship to … Read more Relationship Vocabulary

Valentines Day

Valentines Day

Valentines Day – Read the story Listen to Audio It’s that time of the year when couples show their love for each other by sending cards, flowers and chocolates. But Valentine’s Day is not only about public displays of affection: in recent years it has also become big business. In the UK alone, more than 20 million … Read more Valentines Day

Dental Vocabulary

Here is some vocabulary related to dentistry and teeth. Watch this old dental advertising video. Practice your dental vocabulary with Philip your skypeclass Teacher People who work in dentistry a dentist a person whose job is treating and looking after people’s teeth a receptionist a person who books appointments, greets patients and looks after the … Read more Dental Vocabulary

Describing Temperament

Environmental vocabulary

Describing Temperament – When Tim says ‘I’m all calm and controlled on the surface’ he’s describing his temperament. Temperament is the part of your character that affects your feelings and moods and the way you behave. Read this BBC article about how temperament differs around the world. Practice the following vocabulary with your Skype Class … Read more Describing Temperament

Idioms with ‘no’:

idioms with no

Idioms use language metaphorically rather than literally. When Tim told Khalid there was ‘no point crying over spilt milk‘ he was making a joke because he was using the idiom metaphorically and literally. Usually we only use idioms metaphorically. This idiom  means ‘don’t get upset about something in the past that you can’t change’. The literal meaning is ‘don’t cry when … Read more Idioms with ‘no’:

English articles

English articles A/an and the English articles – Today we are exploring how to use these 3 types of articles in English.  Remember you can always practice these articles with Philip your skypeclass Teacher. You might like to visit the Cambridge English for further info. A/an and the: meaning A/an and the are articles. They are a type of determiner and they go … Read more English articles

Indirect Questions

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Indirect questions There are two main ways of asking questions – directly and indirectly. Both have the same meaning but we use indirect questions when we want to be more polite, more formal or less confrontational. We can ask a direct question – Where is Brighton Pier? Or to be more formal or polite, we can ask an indirect question – I wonder if you could tell … Read more Indirect Questions

Water Vocabulary

Environmental vocabulary

Water is one of the most important substances on earth. All plants and animals must have water to survive. … Apart from drinking it to survive, people have many other uses for water. Learn new words below to help you understand more about water and practice new words with your skypeclass Teacher Philip. The National Geographic has a great article about … Read more Water Vocabulary

Can or Could

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Can Could – We use can, could and may to ask for permission. We use can and may, but not could, to give permission. May is less common: Compare. asking for permission. formal/polite? giving permission. formal/polite? Can I ask you a question? informal. Yes, you can. Yes, you may. Yes, you could. informal. Could I use your phone? … Read more Can or Could

English Tenses

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English Tenses English Tenses -The tense of a verb tells you when a person did something or when something existed or happened. In English, there are three main tenses: the present, the past, and the future. You can practice the following tenses with your skypeclass Teacher. The present The present tense (e.g. I am, she works, we swim, they believe) is also … Read more English Tenses

6 Minute English BBC Podcast -Bitcoin: digital crypto-currency

Bitcoin: digital crypto-currency Podcast Download Here  It’s something that makes the world go round, but it doesn’t really exist. In fact, if we all stopped believing in it, it would have no use at all! It is, of course, money. But not just any money, in this 6 minute English, we’ll be talking about the … Read more 6 Minute English BBC Podcast -Bitcoin: digital crypto-currency

English Greetings

greeting in english

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 … Read more English Greetings

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 … Read more Grammar – Someone, anyone, no one, everyone

Present Tense Forms

present tense english

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 … Read more Present Tense Forms

See and watch, hear and listen to

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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 … Read more See and watch, hear and listen to

Hotel Vocabulary

Environmental vocabulary

Types of Hotels 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 Hotel Vocabulary

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 … Read more Kitchen Vocabulary


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Conjunctions We can join two sentences or clauses together using conjunctions (or linking words). We can use conjunctions to add ideas together, contrast them, show the order that things happened in or show the reason why things happened. Conjunctions – adding and I’m missing my mum’s cooking and I don’t know how to cook the … Read more Conjunctions

Compound Words

What is a compound Word? Compound words  are made up of two (or more) separate words. You can combine nouns (a flatmate), adjectives (lovesick) or verbs (jump-start) to make compound words. Practice these words with your online Teacher. Sometimes they become one word flatmate (noun) lovesick (adjective) Sometimes they become two words: tourist guide (noun) … Read more Compound Words

Today’s Idiom – Couch Potato


Idiom – couch potato: someone who spends too much time watching TV. “You’re a real couch potato, Maria. You need to get more exercise!” Visit the skypeclass Student Zone to practice more idioms and watch a selction of idiom videos.