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Postcards

Average: 4 (46 votes)

We write postcards to friends and family when we are on holiday. They are usually very short and talk about what we are doing and enjoying. I just got this postcard from my Mum and Dad, who are on holiday in Tenerife! Read through the postcard and put the words in the correct gap.

When you have finished, imagine you are on holiday and you are sending a postcard to your best friend. What would you write about? Please post your answers below!

Hi Caroline!

Music Video: Kate Nash - We Get On

Average: 3.3 (9 votes)

This song could be particularly useful for you if you are studying in (or wish to go to London), as the singer has quite a strong London accent. Her name is Kate Nash and she is famous for writing songs that don’t romanticise love and dating.

Read through the lyrics of this song first and then listen and try to complete the gaps with the missing words.

Passive and Active Sentences for Low-Intermediate Students

Average: 3.7 (30 votes)

How much do you remember about forming active and passive sentences?

If you're unsure, have a look at this lesson before you try to answer the questions below:

Remember: Is the action being done by someone or is an action being done to something? If someone is doing the action, use the active voice and if an action is being done to something use the passive! Good luck!

Lesson by Caroline

Verbs we use in the morning

Average: 3.5 (14 votes)

What's your morning routine? If you are not a 'morning person', waking up and getting ready for work/school can be a real challenge. Perhaps you are an 'early bird', a person who feels better and has more energy in the morning. If so, getting ready to face the day is no problem!

Read through the text and choose the correct missing verbs.

Idioms for Intermediate Level Students

Average: 4 (25 votes)

English is a language that is full of many colourful idioms that describe people and situations in a more interesting way than the typical vocabulary.

For example instead of saying "he's been doing this for a long time" you can say "He's an old hat at this". This is an especially great way of improving your writing.

Here are some more idioms and their meanings:

Get / Become

Average: 3.8 (37 votes)

The word get has many different meanings in English, such as 'receive'. However, another very common meaning is also 'become'.

For example: “I’m getting cold” means the same as “I’m becoming cold”
The only real difference is that get is more informal and popular to use.

The structure is: GET + ADJECTIVE.

Past Continuous or past simple?

Average: 3.7 (24 votes)

Sometimes it can be tricky to decide which tense we need to use. Remember these rules to help you:

Listening: Meg Ryan Interview

Average: 3.6 (29 votes)

A transcript is a written representation of a conversation or speech. They can be very useful to read as they allow you time to understand, whilst mirroring true conversation. Here is a transcript of a famous interview between Michael Parkinson and actress Meg Ryan.

Read through the transcript and answer the questions below true or false. If, after you have read you would like to watch the conversation in there is a link below the transcript!

Interview Transcript

Parkinson (Interviewer): You said once that acting was not in your nature.

The Olympics Opening Ceremony

Average: 3.3 (9 votes)

I was very excited to hear more details about the Olympics opening ceremony, particularly as it’s in my city this year and some of my friends are performing in it! Read through this article and try to answer the true or false questions below.

What are your opinions on the Olympics? Do you think London will be a good host? As always, let us know your opinions!

If your interested in being in London during the olympics try our London English school.

Lesson by Caroline

So and Such

Average: 3.5 (41 votes)

In English we have many different ways of emphasing a particular point. Words like 'very' and 'extremely' are the most known by students.

Others ways to do this are with 'so' and 'such'.

If you say: "it's so hot today!", it's a stronger emphasis than saying "it's very hot today."

The structure is: SO + ADJECTIVE

Another alternative is by saying "It's such a hot day!" This is also stronger than 'very'

The structure is: SUCH + ADJECTIVE + NOUN