Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
As you already know, I love Friends TV serie, and once again, I invite you all to watch these fantastic moments. Have fun watching this video!
Friday, February 26, 2010
Do you really want to have fun? Well, I can invite you all to watch some moments taken from the American serie "How I Met Your Mother". As many other American sitcoms are set in New York city. Besides, I can find some common aspects between FRIENDS and HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, since there is a bar called McGee's where the characters chat, spend most of their time like Central Perk in "Friends". Let's see and listen to this video! If you are a fan of this TV sitcom, you can visit this fantastic webpage: http://www.cbs.com/primetime/how_i_met_your_mother/
Today, we are going to deal with how to express WISHES in English!!!
1. To express WISHES in FUTURE.
1. I wish / my friends / tell / me / where to meet next Saturday
- I wish my friends would tell me where...
2. If only / Oliver / be / with me now
- If only Oliver was here with me now.
- I wish I had told Natalie the truth yesterday.
4. If only / I / not get / angry with Mum yesterday evening
- If only I hadn't got angry with Mum yesterday evening.
5. I wish / Tara / phone / me next Monday
- I wish Tara would phone me next Monday.
6. If only / you / not go / to the party last night
- If only you hadn't gone to the party last night.
B. Complete the sentences with the correct form of the verbs.
1. I wish I _______________ (know) Katy’s phone number. I want to phone her now. (knew)
2. If only we _______________ (meet) a few months ago.(had met)
3. I wish I _________________ (go) out last Friday night. (had gone)
4. If only she _________________ (not live) so far away. (didn't live)
5. I wish I _________________ (be) on holiday with my friends. They must be having a great time. (was)
6. If only he _________________ (not go) away to university. I miss him so much. (hadn't gone)
7. I wish Mark _________________ (write) to me earlier. (would write)
C. Rewrite the sentences.
Eg ‘I’m sorry I forgot to invite Emma to my party’
‘If only I hadn’t forgotten to invite Emma to my party’
1. It’s a pity that you can’t drive a car.
I wish you could drive a car
2. I’d love to be a few years older.
If only I were a few years older.
3. I regret telling Flair my secrets.
I wish I hadn't told Flair my secrets.
I wish we hadn't arrived ...
5. I'm sorry I can't go to the cinema with you.
6. It’s a pity that you don’t invite Ella.
If only you had invited Ella.
7. I regret not bringing more money with me.
I wish I had brought more money with me.
8. Unfortunately Max didn’t buy Claire a birthday present.
If only Max had bought Claire a birthday present.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Do you remember SO,SUCH / TOO, ENOUGH? Anyway! Let's do the following exercises and we can review them. But before doing these activities, please, pay attention to this chart or schedule.
Such + a/an + adjective + singular noun
It was such a beautiful day yesterday
Such + adjective + plural / uncountable noun
They are such good friends
* It is such expensive furniture
So + adjective / adverb + that ….
It was so cold that we stayed in
* He ran so fast that he won
So much + uncountable noun + that
There was so much noise that I couldn’t hear him
So many + countable noun + that
So many people came that we needed more chairs
too + adjective / adverb (+ to-infinitive)
It’s too hot (to work)
too + adjective / adverb + a/an + noun (+ to-inf.)
He is too weak a person (to fight)
(as a person, he is too weak to fight)
enough + plural / uncountable noun
There is enough soup
adjective / adverb + enough
The soup is hot enough
He ran fast enough (to win)
Fill the gaps with the suitable form: so / such / too / enough
1. He’s __________ excellent worker! he deserves to get promoted
2. mmm… This pizza is _________ tasty. I think I’ll have another piece.
3. That wall is _________ high for me to climb. I need a ladder.
4. They had __________ terrible weather in England that they came back in two days.
5. I was __________ hot coffee that I couldn’t drink it.
6. You don’t need to hurry up, we have __________ time to finish this exercise
7. It was __________ small a car for all of us, so we had to go in two cars.
8. Alonso didn’t drive fast __________ to overtake Schumacher in the last race.
9. Don’t worry about her. She is clever _________ to realise what she has to do
10. She didn’t speak loudly __________ for the audience to hear her.
2. SO / TOO
5. SUCH A
Rewrite the following sentences using SO, SUCH, TOO and ENOUGH:
1. He was too old to apply for the job. He wasn't young enough to talk because the music was so loud.
2. We couldn't talk because the music was so loud. It was such loud music that we couldn't talk.
3. The queue for petrol was so long that we had to wait two hours.It was such a long queue for petrol that we had to wait two hours.
4. The bridge was so low that the bus couldn't go under it. It was such a low bridge that the bus couldn't go under it.
5. The food was so delicious that I could have eaten the same again! It was such delicious food that I could have eaten the same again.
6. The shelf was so high that I couldn't reach it. It was such high shelf that I couldn't reach it.
7. Unfortunately, I wasn't early enough to get a good seat. Unfortunately, I was too late to get a good seat.
8. It wasn't safe enough to ski on the soft melting snow. It was too dangerous to ski on the soft melting snow.
9. I didn't know what to buy; there were such a lot of bargains. ... there were too many bargains.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Once again, I encourage you to listen and watch a video in English, of course!!!
When you start learning a language, not only you have to study Vocabulary and Grammar, but also, Pronunciation and Intonation, because they are going to help you to improve your Speaking, Listening,... I mean everything! So, let's pay attention to the following videos!
Thursday, February 18, 2010
If you need to review Defining and Non-defining Relative Clauses, you can do the following sentences.
Join these sentences using a relative pronoun. Omit it when you can:
2. A man asked for you at the office. You know him well.
3. We will visit Florenzia. Its palaces and museums are famous.
4. The bike broke down. I used to ride on it.
5. That’s the knife. I cut the meat with it.
6.Bring me the cigarettes. I left them on the table.
7.I got this postcard from a friend. She lives in England. The friend ….
8.This is the station. We get off here.
9.She’s the girl. Her brother plays for England.
10.Eton is an English university. Wealthy boys study there.
Write the following sentences in Passive:
1. The architect designs houses. Houses are designed by the architect.
2. The students don’t write a letter. A letter isn't written by the students.
3. Susan reads many romantic novels. Many romantic novels are read by Susan.
4. My boss offered a good salary. A good salary was offered by my boss.
5. The tourist guide showed the monuments. The monuments were showed by the tourist guide.
6. My firends organised a party. A party was organised by my friends.
7. This year my father doesn’t decorate the fountain. The fountain isn't decorated by my father this year.
8. They didn’t organise a competition every year. A competition wasn't organised every year.
9. My mother makes delicious cakes. Delicious cakes are made by my mother.
10. Ross invented a comfortable chair. A comfortable chair was invented by Ross.
11. The farmer didn’t plant new plants in his country. New plants weren't planted by the farmer in his country.
12. The local authorities give many prizes for the championship. Many prizes ... are given by the local authorities.
13. Tom and Louise don’t take many pictures. Many pictures aren't made by Tom and Louise.
14. They don’t usually do their homework. Their homework aren't usually done.
15. She paints a portray very well. A portray is painted very well.
16. The policemen didn’t find the thief yesterday. The thief wasn't found by the policemen yesterday.
17. I finish my project. My project is finished.
18. You don’t usually open that door. That door isn't usually opened.
19. They tidy their bedroom everyday. Their bedroom is tidied everyday.
20. My father hangs a new painting in the living room. A new painting is hung by my father in the living-room.
21. Rosa sings a new song. A new song is sung by Rosa.
22. David doesn’t record a new album. A new album isn't recorded.
23. They didn’t sell a lot of records. A lot of records weren't sold.
24. The little boy rings the bell every seventeen minutes. The bell is rung by the little boy every seventeen min.
25. We painted the wall blue. The wall was painted blue.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
On 5th February, I explained to you the differences between these grammar constructions: I'd rather, I'd prefer, I feel like, I fancy... Now, I'm going to release some exercises to practise everything taught, ok? You can also find the key anwers below.
Put the following verbs in brackets into a suitable tense:
Monday, February 15, 2010
When I was a child, I loved the books called "Where is Waldo?". It was so entertaining! While I was looking for Wally, I was having a great time looking at the people around this character, they were playing football in Rome!, a child was chasing a cat; suddenly you could see a dwarf in the middle of a Roman stadium, etc. These books are so funny that I like using them at the end of some lessons, especially if I'm teaching the 1st year of Secondary.
Therefore, if you're an English teacher, I encourage you to pick up one of this book and use this in one lesson. You can ask your pupils to use and review all the verbal forms, in that way:
1. Ask children to work in pairs.
2. The students can spend 5 min. making up questions related to the pages of the book using different tenses.
3. They can ask their classmates, such as: Where is the man falling down the ladder?, How many children are jumping from a roof?, What is Waldo doing?
4. They are going to learn as well as have fun!
5. You, as a teacher, can correct their pronunciation and intonation.
6. You can also use this book to describe the charaters using different adjectives.
7. This book can be helpful to review Relative Clauses or other grammar points.
I'm certain your pupils and you are going to enjoy these lessons too much! Come on! ;)
Here you have the official link: Where is WALDO?
Write questions to the following answers. Pay attention to the words in bold. The key answers are in blue,ok?
1. They are playing basketball at school. - What are they playing?
2. We saw Jane last week. - Who did you see last week?
3. Peter fell down. - Who fell down?
4. We get up at 7.30 a.m. everyday. - What time do you get up everyday?
5. My grandfather had two old cars. - How many cars did your grandfather have?
6. I met Henry at the language school last summer. - Where did you meet Henry?
7. Peter and Chris have been studying for 3 hours. - How long have they been studying?
10. I meet my friends at the library three days a week. - How often do you meet your friends?
Therefore, we have to bear in mind the WH-Questions in English:
WHAT: What are you doing? I'm studying English.
Now let's practise Questions and Answers watching and listening to Real English conversations. Thanks a lot to "Real English". Please, pay attention to the verbal tenses, pronunciation, and so on. ( THERE ARE MORE BLOG ENTRIES OF QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS, EXERCISES AND KEY ANSWERS, TAKE A LOOK!)
Friday, February 12, 2010
Did you send any flower or letter to your sweeheart this morning at school? I wish you had been given away some flowers and letters. Thanks a lot for helping me to deliver all the flowers, letters and lollipos! I think all of us had a good time! I just want to say: Happy Valentine's Day! and also I hope you'll enjoy these moments taken from the so-called movie.
If you need to review and go on practising all English tenses, you can do the following exercises. At the bottom, you can find the key answers, right?
A. Fill in the gaps with these tenses: Present Simple, Present Continuous, Past Simple, Past Continuous, Present Perfect, Past Perfect, Future Will, Fut. Be Going to, Fut. Cont., Fut Perf.
1. What _______ you _______ (do) now? Well, I ___________ (write) a report.
2. __________ you __________ (be/ ever) to Rome? No, we ___________ . But last year, we ________________ (travel) to Venice.
3. John’s English is good, but he _____________ (not understand) every word.
4. Hurry! The bus _______________ (come). I ______________ (not/want) to miss it.
5. He can’t give you the books, because he ________________ (forget) them at home.
6. Jimmy _________________ (fall) off the ladder while he _______________ (paint) the ceiling.
7. By this time next year, we ________________________________ (attend) University.
8. While they ___________________ (practise) the piano, Jim ____________________ (play) basketball in the garden.
9. Next month, my family and I ____________________________ (travel) to New York!
10. Tomorrow, we ________________________ (train) volleyball from 7.30 to 9.
Write endings for the following sentences. Bear in mind all verbal forms!
1. I completely agree with you ...
2. She wanted to know ...
3. In 2018, we ...
4. Did you finish your project while ...?
5. After she had called the police ...
6. Ann often ...
7. Look at the bus! ...
8. David was so tired that ...
9. How long ...?
10. Last night, my friends and I ...
Possible Key answers:
- because you're good at painting.
- if you were a football player.
- we'll have got our own car.
- while we were writing the report?
- the lights turned off.
- plays tennis on Mondays and Fridays.
- Hurry! We are going to miss it!
- he couldn't speak.
- How long have you been learning English?
- met and ate 3 pizzas.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
Today I'd like to talk about the vocabulary related to LOVE. There are many words to express such feelings. Let's see them in a chart, and then, we can listen to this video recorded by Jennifer. She is going to tell us a lot of vocabulary, and also, how she usually celebrates Saint Valentine's Day.
1. I love you
2. She is in love with him
3. I like as you are
4. I really love the way you speak
5. It was love at first sight
6. I fall in love with you
7. He falls in love easily
8. He worships that woman
9. She absolutely adores him
10. I’m going to have a crush on you
11. She fancies you
12. He had a love affair
13. Boyfriend / Girlfriend
15. Beloved man / woman
16. Lots of love
18. My Darling
Can you add more words related to Love to this list?
English with Jennifer
Are you in love? Have you ever fallen in love? Yes, sure! Well, if you are in love with your best friends, mom, dad, your cute puppy, ... it's time to say them that you LOVE them too much. Because of that, I recommend you to make your own Valentine's Craft. Have a look at the following pictures and visit this fantastic webpage. Just follow the instructions and have a good time dreaming with your beloved boy / girl!
HAVE A NICE DAY!!!
Sunday, February 7, 2010
As far as I know, you all really love TWILIGHT (and me too!, I'm actually reading the book!); because of that, I've decided to release this tender video. I wish you'd enjoy it!
I've also included the lyrics of this famous song
"Every Time We Touch", it's so wonderful!!!
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Gradually, February 14th became the date for exchanging love messages and St. Valentine became the patron saint of lovers. The date was marked by sending poems and simple gifts such as flowers. There was often a social gathering or a ball.
In the United States, Miss Esther Howland is given credit for sending the first valentine cards. Commercial valentines were introduced in the 1800's and now the date is very commercialised. The town of Loveland, Colorado, does a large post office business around February 14th. The spirit of good continues as valentines are sent out with sentimental verses and children exchange valentine cards at school.
Friday, February 5, 2010
I fancy... Because of that, I've just decided to explain them to YOU!
1. I'd rather is followed by Past tenses in the same way as WISH. It is used to express a personal preference about actions.
Ex: I'd rather you didn't get back so late. (Pres.)
Ex: I'd rather drink coke than coffee. (Pres.)
Ex: I'd rather not go by bus, if possible.
Ex: I'd rather have lived in Ancient Greece than Ancient Rome. (past)
2. I'd prefer ...
I'd prefer + it+ 2nd Cond. = I'd prefer it if you didn't go
I'd prefer + Noun + TO + Noun = I'd prefer coke to coffee
I'd prefer + Obj. + (NOT) + TO infinitive = I'd prefer you not to get back so late.
3. I feel + AS IF (conditionals)
Ex. I feel as if I were flying!, I feel as if a fast car had hit me
4. I feel like + gerund = He doesn't feel like working today, he's so tired.
5. I fancy ...
I fancy + Noun = I really fancy an ice-cream!
I fancy + gerund = Do you fancy watching a film?
I fancy + Obj. (be physically attracted to)= She fancies him!
what do you fancy now? If you need some exercises to practise, click on "I'd rather, I'd prefer" (LABELS - ON THE RIGHT).
Some days ago, I found this fantastic web-page for all of us who are somehow hooked on Friends TV serie. Here you are going to see the best moments starred by these amazing actors, their famous settings, their pictures, and so on. Come on, take a look on this web!!! I hope you'll like it!
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
We Are the World, We Are the Children
by Jonas Brothes, Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, among others