Pronouns

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Hi everyone,
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Today I’d like to speak about pronouns. According to Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English (http://www.ldoceonline.com) pronoun is “a word that is used instead of a noun or noun phrase, such as ‘he’ instead of ‘Peter’ or ‘the man
So, we use she instead of Maria or it instead of cafe.
There are different types of pronouns such as demonstrative, personal, indefinite, possessive and relative. Possessive pronouns show that something belongs to someone or something. Ex. This is my house. The house is mine.
What is the difference between my and mine? Click here to read more about the subject.
Katja
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Some or Any?

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Sometimes students get confused when they have to choose between SOME and ANY. Read the explanation here to understand the difference.

Do the exercise below to practice new grammar.

http://www.learnenglishfeelgood.com/english-grammar-some-any1.html

Enjoy your studies=)

Katja

 

 

Plural

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Today we’ll speak about singular and plural forms of nouns.

Singular means one:rose
one rose
one dog
one picture
one house

 

Plural means more than one:
roses

many roses
many dogs
a lot of pictures
five houses

 

Click here to find out how plural is formed.

Katja

Word Order

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Studying a foreign language implies learning of some basic rules. While speaking about writing we can’t but mention about one of its most important aspects – word order. What does word order actually mean? I would say, it’s the way you put words in sentences.

The way you write a sentence in Japanese will definitely vary from Hebrew. Let us write one sentence in various languages:

English I love you (Subject – Verb – Object)
Japanese I you love ( Subject – Object – Verb)
Hebrew Love I you ( Verb – Subject – Object)

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As you can see from the example above, different languages have different rules. Word order in English is rather simple than complicated. In the explanation below you can learn some basic rules.
Word order

Visit this website to practice more:
http://www.better-english.com/grammar/wordorder.htm

Have a nice day:)
Katja

14 Typical Mistakes With Prepositions

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To/At
At” tells where an object or subject is while “to” refers to another location. For example:
We arrived at the station.
Mary returned to the store.

For/Since
For” measures time while “since” refers to a specific period. For example,
He has been traveling for five years.
He’s been with the company since it was established.

Dates and Times
Use “in” or “for” with general measurements and “on” or “at” for specific dates. For example:
Muriel has a meeting in the morning.
The term paper is due at 8:00 AM on the 5th.

Seasons, Months and Holidays
Specific days require the preposition “on” or “for” while general measurements call for the proposition “in“. For example:
The whole family loves to go sailing in the springtime.
Are you going to the barbecue on the 4th…

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Fascination Ireland

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Learning English goes hand in hand with studying about English-speaking countries.

The first country we begin to discover is Ireland. It may be one of the smallest English –speaking countries; Ireland is well – known for its outstanding natural beauty, old family traditions and rich cultural life. It’s called an emerald island because of its ever-green landscape. Spectacular coastline and glorious scenery, clear fresh water and towering cliffs, the northern isolation of Connemara and the magnificent beauty of Glendalough – these are just a few words to describe Ireland.
I find the video below useful to watch because of its overview of so many picturesque places and some interesting facts of Irish historical past.

While watching the first part of this video, answer the following questions.

Fascination Ireland questions

Enjoy watching:)
Katja

Comparison of adjectives

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How would you describe this picture?

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The first week at school we started with describing places. Every description means saying what someone or something is by giving some details about them. Sometimes you compare two things when describing them:

The first mountain is higher than the second one.

Using adjectives is one of the first strategies when you describe something. Click here to know more about the comparison of adjectives.

Have a nice day=)
Katja

Back to school…

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The first day at school is always full of expectations, enthusiasm and motivation. It’s a very special day both for students and their teacher as it’s the birth of something new. It’s a bright moment in everyone’s life, a starting point for a long journey.

I heard once: “A new language means a new life” and it’s so true! Studying a second language is a kind of new start and it may change one’s living in far more ways than the learner could expect it from the beginning. Learning a new language will make you feel free when traveling abroad and communicating with locals. You start understanding the news on the net, enjoy watching a film in another language and just feel more confident every time you meet people from different countries.

Since English is a global language learning it can influence your life in many directions. It can be compared to a universal key that opens many doors in people’s lives. Entering the University or a college, finding a better job (why not in another country?)or just making new friends all over the world and understanding their cultures can be some of the first improvements.

So, when you come home, inspired and delighted after your first day at school, make a plan for your studies. Remember, that setting clear goals for learning, finding some time for regular studies and a lot of practice will be the first step to your renewed life.

Welcome back to school=)

Katja

Questions in Past Simple

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Humans are social beings that communicate with each other almost every day. Some people don’t feel confident though when they can’t find anything to talk about with a colleague or a neighbour. Why not asking questions then? You may ask about the time, weather, work or family and as long as you show your interest, you keep the conversation going.

One of the first functions of questioning is to gain information, for example an eldery lady wonders how to get to the station and she asks a stranger. People also ask questions when they want to test someone’s knowledge, to provoke others to think more deeply or just to get to know another person better. In other words questioning may be a brilliant strategy that makes a conversation alive.

Students who study English as a foreign language may also experience communication as another challenge. In order to ask a correct question, you have to know some grammar rules. We’ve already discussed how to make a question in Present Simple (check it here to repeat) and today I’d like to share some new grammar explanation, namely questioning using Past Simple.

Questions in Past Simple

Click on the link below and make even more questions using Past Simple

http://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/support-files/past_simple_form_with_other_verbs_yes_no_questions.pdf

Finally, I suggest you write a list of your own questions on one topic, such as interests, job, family, bringing up children, customs and traditions in different countries, the latest news, films, books, education system, childhood memories, previous experiences, etc. This list will help you to be more secure next time you meet new people.

Bye for now=)

Katja

Future

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–          Mummy, I’m going to build a house for you on the Mercury, when I grow up, – my son interrupted me when I was reading a new book about sun system for him.
–          You’re so cute, my sweetheart:) I’ll be happy if you build it on the Earth instead.
–          Really, I love you so much, so I can build one on the Earth and one on the Mercury:)

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Have you ever thought about the future? I’m pretty sure the answer will be yes, even if we think in different ways. Small boys will venture into space and fight against the aliens while small girls will probably become princesses. Teenagers will become adults and adults will reach their goals (if they have some). They will go on the round-the-world trip, move to another country, get a better job, 3 children, a dog, a car, a new flat, etc. We will definitely do something different in 5 years.

The task for this lesson is to think about your future and write down your thoughts. How do you see it? It can also be really amusing to write a letter to your future self and find it a couple of years later. It’s always fascinating to see if your dreams have come true or not by then. Click on the link below to repeat grammar.

THE FUTURE

Have a nice day

Katja