Talk About Feeling Ill

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Today I am ill so today’s post is a bit late. I also realised that I have never put up a post about feeling ill, only how to say what’s wrong. Let’s take some paracetamol (a kind of medicine) and lie on the sofa with our duvet and feel sorry for ourselves.

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Video: Know Your Word Families

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A lot of students have problems using the correct form of the word they need when they are speaking. Here are some examples of how to use the words ‘safe’, ‘safely’ and ‘safety’.

As a bit of homework, you could write a sentence using each word. Leave them in the comments and I’ll check your work later.

You may also want to read this post about word families.

Podcast: Things Left Unsaid

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Today’s podcast is about things left unsaid, reading between the lines and ellipsis when you are listening and talking with people in English.

Things Left Unsaid – 17th September 2014

The podcast is also available in the iTunes Store by searching for Get Great English or clicking here.

Also, you can stream it on Stitcher here or in the sidebar.

Talk About Decisions

I decided to study English.

It is useful to be able to talk about decisions that you or other people have made. It causes difficulty for some people but really it is straightforward. In today’s post I’ll help you talk about decisions.

The Patterns

The patterns are

  1. (SUBJECT) (VERB) (PREPOSITION) (OBJECT)

  2. (SUBJECT) (VERB) (INTERROGATIVE) (INFINITE VERB) [MAYBE A PREPOSITION] [MAYBE OBJECT]

  3. (SUBJECT) (VERB) (INTERROGATIVE) (OBJECT) (‘BE’ VERB) (CONTINUOUS VERB) [MAYBE A PREPOSITION] [MAYBE OBJECT]

  4. (SUBJECT) (VERB) (INFINITIVE VERB) [MAYBE A PREPOSITION] [MAYBE OBJECT]

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Homophones In Context

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Today’s episode is about homophones, words that sound the same, and what happens when you encounter homophones with little context.

Homophones In Context – 10th September 2014

The podcast is also available in the iTunes Store by searching for Get Great English or clicking here.

Also, you can stream it on Stitcher here or in the sidebar.

Or with Soundcloud

Guess Responses Correctly in TOEIC Tests

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In the part II of the TOEIC test you need to listen for the best answer to a question and you choose from three possible answers. It’s easy for some people but more difficult for others. Here are some tips to help you guess responses correctly in TOEIC tests.

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