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Phrasal Verbs: MAKE

Average: 4.5 (2 votes)

Today we're going to look at phrasal verbs with the word 'make'. Read these definitions and examples, and then try to complete the sentences below with the correct phrasal verb.

Note: You will have to change the tense!

1. Make something out - to see/recognise something in the distance

In the news: Wild animal photos & 'Tiger selfies'

Average: 4.2 (5 votes)

Here's an article from 'The Guardian' about the rise in the popularity of 'tiger selfies', and the harm this social activity is causing...

An animal protection charity is _1_ tourists to turn down opportunities to take photos of themselves with wild animals, as a growing number of such images, including “tiger selfies”, surface online.

Animal-related Adjectives

Average: 3 (2 votes)

Hello everyone! We hope you're having a great start to the week :)

Today's lesson is about animals... actually, about using adjectives related to animals!

The names of animals are among the first words learned by learners of any language... However, learning the related adjectives can be a bit confusing.

Let's start with a few words which are derived from Latin:

1. canine (from the Latin word 'canis') = use this word when talking about things associated with dogs.

E.g. Those canine accessories are really cute!

Friday Slang!

Average: 3.5 (10 votes)

It's Friday and we have a nice mix of slang words and phrases for you! :)

Remember slang is very casual and used only in informal situations.

1. give you a bell = call you

E.g. I will give you a bell when I get home!

 

2. gutted = very sad, devastated

E.g. She was absolutely gutted when she found out her pet dog had died.

 

3. dodgy = suspicious

E.g. The man in the long black coat and hat looked rather dodgy.

 

Useful phrases for your covering letter

Average: 3.7 (3 votes)

Applying for a job takes time and thought. Your CV is a summary of your education, achievements and job history for prospective employers and so it should be carefully prepared. A CV is usually sent with a covering letter.

A covering letter is usually the first direct contact between a candidate and an employer, so it has to be well-written and presented.

Some useful vocabulary:

advertised
made known to people

Lifestyle Idioms

Average: 3.7 (6 votes)

Here are some idiomatic expressions you can use when talking about lifestyle or way of life. After you read the sentences, see if you can match each idiom with the definition.

1. Sally continued to keep up appearances even when she was broke and unemployed.

2. Most people in this city live from hand to mouth. They can't really afford to go on holiday.

3. Despite the increase in cost of living and having a part-time job, he is still living beyond his means.

Phrasal Verbs: CALL

Average: 3.4 (16 votes)

Today we're going to look at phrasal verbs with the word 'call'. Read these definitions and examples, and then try to complete the activity below.

Call someone back: Return a phonecall to someone who tried to phone you.

The Ten Stages Of Learning English As A Second Language

Average: 3.1 (14 votes)

If you are learning a second language, then you must be really familiar with the ups and downs, the highs and the lows, the challenges and the joys... of the journey to proficiency!

Take a look at this fantastic Buzzfeed article, which covers the 10 stages of learning English as a second language. It also features EC English! :)

We hope you'll enjoy reading it... We will be sharing more interesting articles for you to read in the near future!

It's Party Time!

Average: 4.2 (14 votes)
Friends, music, food and fun… these are the main ingredients of a good party! Today we’re going to ‘celebrate’ a few of the different types of parties you can enjoy.

Housewarming Party: When you move into a new house or apartment, you throw a housewarming party to celebrate your new home and show it to your friends.

Since and Because

Average: 3.2 (25 votes)

Using 'since' and 'because' can be confusing, so here's the main difference between the two.

'Since' refers to time and 'because' refers to causation.

e.g. Since I quit drinking, I'm feeling much healthier.

e.g. Because I quit drinking I no longer suffer from headaches in the morning.

Fill in the blanks by using either 'since' or 'because'.