100 English comparatives

  The comparative forms of adjectives and adverbs are used when you want to compare two … [Continue Reading]

Bigger fish and smaller fish. English comparatives

What is a phrasal verb?

An introduction to English phrasal verbs   Here's a slideshow I made to explain some … [Continue Reading]

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Jargon words and phrases

jargon (noun) British/UK English pronunciation: /ˈdʒɑː(r)ɡən/ American English pronunciation: … [Continue Reading]

jargon words

100 English superlatives

  A superlative is the form of an adjective or adverb that's used to show that someone or … [Continue Reading]

Superlatives - that hot summer's day the sky was the bluest and the most perfect she'd ever seen

Improve your English: transition words

transition (noun) passage from one state, stage, subject, or place to another (Merriam-Webster … [Continue Reading]

chain - transitional words and phrases

7 ways to make time for learning English

Do you find it difficult to find the time for learning English? With a job, family, hobbies, and … [Continue Reading]

7 ways to make time for learning English

Improve your English: the possessive apostrophe

  The possessive apostrophe is a punctuation mark (') used to show possession: to show that … [Continue Reading]

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30 Day Blogging Challenge review

For the past 30 days I’ve been taking part in a Blogging Challenge run by Sarah and Kevin Arrow of Sark e-Media. The challenge was to post one blog post every day for 30 days, and along the way read posts by others taking part in the challenge, and comment on and share those posts. The commenting and sharing is the easy bit! … [Read More...]

Weekly language learning roundup – September 22, 2014

This week we have details about free online course, an article about learning languages as an adult, and a reminder about one of my posts. I hope you find them interesting and useful :-)   A beginner's guide to writing in English for university study This free course is presented by the University of Reading via the … [Read More...]

Idiom: as cool as a cucumber

    To be as cool as a cucumber is to be very calm and serene in stressful circumstances. cucumber (noun) a long green vegetable that's normally eaten in salads   Example sentences: 1. We were terrified during the storm, but she was cool as a cucumber. 2. He has an important exam today but he … [Read More...]

Phrasal verb: soup up

To soup up something (or soup something up) is to change something, especially an engine or car, to make it more powerful; or to make something more interesting, attractive or appealing. If something is souped-up (adjective) it has been made more powerful or more attractive. Informal English.   Example sentences: 1. … [Read More...]

100 English comparatives

  The comparative forms of adjectives and adverbs are used when you want to compare two things in order to show the difference between them. (We use superlatives when we’re comparing more than two things) For example: Book A is $20 and Book B is $10. Book A is more expensive than Book B. Book B is cheaper than … [Read More...]

English lessons in Cornwall

I live and work in the beautiful county of Cornwall in the UK where, as well as my online work, I also teach face-to-face one-to-one English lessons in people's homes. Sometimes I hear from people who want to improve their English, but for various reasons they aren't able to commit to weekly lessons with a teacher. This may be … [Read More...]

English Idioms

Idiom: as cool as a cucumber

    To be as cool as a cucumber is to be very calm and serene in stressful … [Read More...]

Idiom: blow the cobwebs away

To blow the cobwebs away (or clear away the cobwebs) means toget some fresh air and exercise so that … [Read More...]

9 cat idioms

  Do you have cat idioms in your native language? I have two young cats at home and while … [Read More...]

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30 Day Blogging Challenge review

For the past 30 days I’ve been taking part in a Blogging … [Read More...]

Weekly language learning roundup – September 22, 2014

This week we have details about free online course, an article … [Read More...]

English lessons in Cornwall

I live and work in the beautiful county of Cornwall in the UK … [Read More...]

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