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Phrasal Verb: Fall apart/down/out

This week’s lesson is about common phrasal verbs involving “to fall”. The past tense of this verb is fell.

Fall apart
Break into pieces
“My new t-shirt is falling apart!”

Fall down
Fall to the ground
“Josh fell down during the basketball game last night.”

Fall out
Become detached and drop out
“All children’s teeth fall out before they get new ones." 

Listening: Yesterday by the Beatles

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What better way to practice understanding spoken English than by listening to some classic music? Enjoy the song Yesterday by the Beatles, and then choose the correct word for each blank space in our quiz below!

Yesterday, all my __1__ seemed so far away

Now it looks as though they're here to stay

Oh, I ___2___

In yesterday



I'm not half the man I used to be  

English Tongue Twisters

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Use tongue twisters to practice making different sounds. Don’t worry if you have trouble saying these sentences out loud, as they are difficult even for native speakers to say quickly. If you want a challenge, try repeating the tongue twister multiple times going as quickly as you can!


We all scream

Phrases for Job Interviews

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Job interviews can make even the most confident English speaker feel nervous! To help you get ready for your next interview, we’ve prepared a list of useful words and phrases to help you describe yourself, your experience, and what you can do for the company. If you want more tips for how to have a successful job interview, check out our blog post!

To describe yourself:

In the news: Rio Olympics 2016

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Michael Phelps has __1__ the most medals in the Olympics than anyone else in history, with a total of 28 medals, 23 of which are gold. He is planning to retire after Rio 2016, where he was beaten by Joseph Schooling from Singapore, who used to idolise Phelps as a child.

American swimmer Katie Ledecky set two new __2__ records during the games and won four gold medals overall.

How to Write a Formal Letter

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With the invention of email, letter writing is becoming less popular, but despite this it is an important skill. If you'd like to learn about email writing, check out our lesson about how to write a formal email. This guide is for a typed, formal letter, that you could send to a company about a job, or to your bank about your finances.

Begin your letter

No vs. Not

Average: 3.8 (50 votes)

While both of these words are used to show the negative, knowing how and when to use ‘no’ and ‘not’ is an important skill and can make a big difference in your English.

‘No’ is usually used to mean something like “not any” or “not a/an”, and usually refers to a noun. It is commonly used in the following situations:

Answering a yes or no question

E.g. Did you finish your homework? No, I didn’t finish my homework.

How to Use Apostrophes

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While they might not look very important, apostrophes ( ‘ ) can really change the meaning of a phrase. To make sure that you’re using apostrophes properly, check out our explanation of how to use these little symbols.

Using an apostrophe to show possession/ownership

To show that something belongs to something (or someone) else, use an apostrophe after the noun and add the letter s:

John’s book (the book belongs to John)

The school’s courses (the courses belong to the school)

Do or Make?

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When should you use ‘do’ and ‘make’? The two common words can be confusing to language learners, and that’s why today we’re going to look at the differences and practise using the words!

How to use do

How to Write a Formal Email

Average: 3.9 (17 votes)

Whether it is for business or for other purposes, knowing how to write a formal or professional email is an extremely valuable skill.

In the subject line of your email, be sure to use a short, clear description of your reason for emailing. Avoid things like 'Hello' or leaving the subject line blank.

Before you’ve even started to write your email, it’s important to know how to use titles when addressing someone.

- For men, using ‘Mr’ along with either their surname or first name is appropriate