October is a month loved by many - mostly because of Halloween! Fill in the blanks with the past tense of the verbs in parentheses using the possible answers below.
You may have heard your English teachers refer to two different kinds of numbers: cardinal numbers and ordinal numbers. If the difference is confusing for you, don’t worry! Continue reading below to learn when and how to use both types of numbers.
Cardinal numbers are primary numbers – that means that they show how many of something there are. These cannot be fractions or decimals, but have to be whole, counting numbers. These include one, two, three, four, five, six, etc.
Ex. Charlie has two (2) cats.
When your teacher talks about ‘parts of speech’, they’re talking about the building blocks of the language. It’s important to know the different ‘types’ of words as soon as possible, because these basics will make it easier to learn more complex pieces of language, and follow more advanced lessons when you’re getting ready to study English abroad!
A gerund is type of noun that is created by adding ‘-ing’ to a verb, for example:
Gerund (Noun): Eating
In some cases, we need to add an extra consonant before the -ing. This typically happens when the last consonant in the verb follows a single, short vowel:
Gerund (Noun): Swimming (Swim + m + ing)
Gerund (Noun): Running (Run + n + ing)
This week’s lesson is about common phrasal verbs involving “to fall”. The past tense of this verb is fell.
Break into pieces
“My new t-shirt is falling apart!”
Fall to the ground
“Josh fell down during the basketball game last night.”
Become detached and drop out
“All children’s teeth fall out before they get new ones."
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___
I'm not half the man I used to be
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!
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:
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.
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