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English Functions and Phrases

English Functions  and Phrases

When dividing most common English phrases into topics, it is wise to know how important it is to learn what a “language function” is. Namely, functions in English are phrases used to express a specific purpose. They are different from phrases based on a topic, because they are much more general, and can be used in any situation (e.g. phrases for tourists). Let me give you the  list of most commonly used English functions : Asking for and … Read entire article »

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Renting a car

Renting a car

If you are in a situation to rent a car and you have to do it in English, here are two superb video lessons covering this topic. I’ll make a few exercises based on these dialogues, so you can practise spelling and predicting which word is missing. … Read entire article »

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Talking About Your Family in English

Talking About Your Family in English

There are so many interesting video lessons covering this topic, such as talking about your family, describing your family members etc., so I  decided to create a few exercises covering this set of commonly used phrases in English: A new baby in the family Talking about your family A family reunion A small family   … Read entire article »

Saying Goodbye

Saying Goodbye

So many great videos covering such a simple and commonly used topic: Saying Goodbye!   There is a list of phrases and and an exercise you can do to practise writing them – simply click on these words! … Read entire article »

At the Chemist’s

At the Chemist’s

If you need a set  of commonly used English phrases to use at the chemists’s, I’m sure you will find the following video lesson very insightful: For more exercises check out the page called English phrases at the Chemist’s … Read entire article »

Idioms Expressing Disappointment

Idioms Expressing Disappointment

Besides a few common phrases to express disappointment, here comes a great video with a lot of examples used in different contexts to teach you how to use “Damp Squib” See how this idiom is used:   The magic show last night turned out to be a damp squib. It was a damp squib. But then the rain came and turned the party into a damp squib. The whole … Read entire article »

At the Dentist’s

At the Dentist’s

Let me share with this video with very useful phrases…. funnily enough, I do hope you won’t need any of these phrases: I made four exercises for each of the following sections in the video: Having a Bad Toothache Getting Your Teeth Cleaned Chipped Tooth Getting Veneers English Phrases in Situations General phrases Saying hello Saying goodbye Phone conversation At the bank At the supermarket At the market At the chemist’s At the hotel At the … Read entire article »

Making Generalizations

Making Generalizations

When making generalizations it is wise to use the following phrases listed according to their level of formality. I’ll start with the most formal ones (f) and then semi-formal (sf) and informal (i): F: There is a tendency for X (not) to … F: X has a tendency (not) to … SF: Y tends (not) to  … SF: Z appears to … I: X seems … Read entire article »

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