I know that I haven’t put up a podcast in a while; I am working on something that I hope is really cool.
In the meantime, here is an interesting podcast for intermediate speakers and higher.
I particularly recommend it for TOEFL or IELTS students but anybody who likes philosophy or thoughts about life should find it interesting.
Philosophy Bites – website.
One of the first things students are taught when they are learning writing skills is not to answer questions with further questions. In conversations, however, it does happen.
Can you sum up, that is repeat something in a short way? This is what you should learn if you want to make yourself clear when explaining things.
When you are talking and can’t find the words you need, you need something. I’m going to tell you how ‘something’ can help you when you can’t remember vocabulary.
A lot of people studying English find that as they grow to love English-speaking culture they find English speakers more attractive, too. This post cannot guarantee anything but it may help your search for love.
When you read English for fun you might see some words you cannot find in the dictionary. Some of these have apostrophes (‘). This means they may be contractions, words made shorter by missing out letters and replacing them with apostrophes.
‘Ol’‘ just means ‘old’, doesn’t it? Yes, but not in the way you might think. There is the usage of ‘old’ to mean ‘not young’ and there is also another usage of ‘old’ to mean ‘dear, having sentimental value or being familiar’. It is mainly American, common in the Southern states and is heard a lot in country music.
“This ol’ town feels like home.”
This could mean the town is old or dear to the speaker.
“Silly ol’ me. I should have gotten up earlier for school, I guess.”
The speaker here is not old but is familiar with himself or herself.
‘Li’l‘ is easy. It simply means ‘little’.
“This crazy li’l thing called love.”
“A li’l bird told me a secret.”
When you move up to the pre-intermediate stage in your learning there are some tricky bits of grammar that are very useful to learn. One of the main pre-intermediate obstacles is the confusion between ‘you have done it’ and ‘you have got it done/you have had it done’.
Here’s how they work.
Today’s post is about similes, which describe something by comparing it to something else, often unrelated. The ones I’ll show you in this post are quite clichéd (overused) but you’ll hear native speakers use them from time to time.
Not everything in life is fantastic. Not everything makes us feel happy. In today’s post I’ll show you some ways to express dissatisfaction.
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
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