Category Archives: @-Learning

These are places of interest where you can practise and learn English on the net!

Language Exchanges

Are you a student of foreign languages looking for someone you can talk or write to? Are you a teacher looking for native speakers of the language you’re teaching? If this is your case, try The Mixxer, a webpage designed to connect language learners around the world via Skype. And it’s free!

Thanks for sharing this information, Vicente! 🙂

 

 

 

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Picking up new words: Word of the Day

The online dictionary Wordrefence focuses every day on a word for a basic level and for an intermediate level. This is very useful, as it gives the explanation of the word, its pronunciation, examples, a video and interesting facts about the usage and origin of the word.

Today’s Word of the Day is Snoop, for example, which links with a similar word ‘Sneak’. If you didn’t know about this tool that Wordreference offers, click below and check how interesting it is.

http://daily.wordreference.com/2017/05/12/intermediate-word-of-the-day-snoop/

 

in the limelight

The limelight means the centre or focus of attention. If you are in the limelight, you receive the attention and interest from the public. In Spanish we say “Ser el centro de atención, estar de actualidad”.

You will probably agree with me that these children who burst in on their dad, Professor Robert Kelly, while being interviewed by the BBC are a clear example of this expression, taking into account that the video went viral.

These charming kids steal the limelight once more, as they will feature a cartoon trying to help their father out with his important UN jobs. You can read the news here: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39724383

 

 

Irregular verbs

For my A2 students, here you are a video showing the pronunciation of 50 common irregular verbs.

You can also click on the link below to access some interactive exercises:

http://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/irregular-verbs.html

Radio Garden

Do you want to know what’s being played on the radio in Britain right now? There is a website called Radio Garden from which you can hear what is being broadcast on the radio in Britain and everywhere else in the world.

The website takes the form of an interactive globe that can be rotated to pick up transmissions from every corner of the planet, clips from radio history and stories from listeners in different locations.

A very good opportunity to listen to different languages, accents and keep up with the latest news!

Inversion

English, as all the languages in the world, have a common order of words in sentences. But sometimes this order can be altered. One of these changes is called inversion.

Do you know what inversion is? Do you know when or how to do it? In the link below you’ll find some very useful information with many examples and exercises for practice. I recommend it!

http://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/inversion.html

 

How do you call groups?

Did you know that groups of whales, bees, nuns, boys… have a name in English?

Collective nouns name a group or collection of people, places, things and animals. Check the list in the link below to see the different ways groups of people or animals are called:

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/what-do-you-call-a-group-of