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Car Vocabulary

Average: 3.2 (20 votes)

I'm sure quite a few of you are drivers and perhaps some of you are driving in the UK. Therefore, it's really important that you know car vocabulary. This way, if your car breaks down you will be able to be specific about what the problem is. Read through the definitions and put the correct word in the gap. Safe driving!

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Bonus Questions: What do American English speakers call the 'boot'?

Ate to Ation

Average: 3.6 (27 votes)

Here is a useful rule for you to remember. Many verbs that end in ate can be changed to nouns by taking away the ate and adding ation. For example, associate becomes association.

To get you familiar with this pattern, try the following quiz. In each sentence, do you need the verb or noun form of the word? Good luck and let us know how you get on.

Reading and Vocabulary: Usain Bolt

Average: 3.7 (21 votes)

Spread over 16 unforgettable days, the London Olympic Games drew the world's attention with one man in particular being a large part of the focus. Usain Bolt was the centre of the party, confirming his status as the greatest sprinter in history as he retained his Olympic 100m title in style. Read through the following text and decide where the missing words should go.

Adverbs and Expressions of Frequency

Average: 3.8 (59 votes)

We often use the present simple with adverbs of frequency:
never, hardly ever, usually, sometimes, often, always

Adverbs of frequency go before the main verb:
I usually wake up at 7am.

Adverbs of frequency go after "be":
He’s always late.

Scanning Practice: Cape Town Safari

Average: 3.9 (22 votes)

Our Cape Town English school is very popular with students who love nature. When they come to study, many of them decide to experience a safari adventure! One of the closest safaris to our school is called "Aquila". For today's lesson you need to visit aquilasafari.com and find the correct answers to these six questions. You will have to look at more than one page on the site.

Tools and DIY

Average: 3.7 (18 votes)

Do it yourself (DIY) is building or repairing something without the help of an expert or professional. For example, if you need to paint your bedroom wall, you do it yourself instead of paying a painter to do it. The same is applies to other tasks that you need to do at home like fixing your roof, hanging a picture on the wall or putting up a shelf.

Ancient Structures: Pre-intermediate Comprehension

Average: 4 (18 votes)

Read through these two paragraphs about two very famous structures in China and Egypt. When you have finished reading, answer the comprehension questions. You can write your answers in the comments area. There is also a vocabulary exercise for you to try.

Idiom of the Month: Spread it

Average: 3.8 (16 votes)


This month we take a look at two meanings of the verb spread.

Spread: to move a soft substance across a surface so that it covers it:

"Spread butter on the bread"

"He spread a thin layer of glue on the paper."

Phrasal Verbs about Relationships

Average: 3.5 (38 votes)

Here are some phrasal verbs that we can use when talking about relationships we have with other people. Some of them are positive, some are negative.

Adverb Time Clauses

Average: 3.5 (38 votes)

Today's lesson looks at as soon as, while and as. There are three activities for you to try.

As soon as

We use as soon as when the second action happens immediately after the first action.  As soon as is an example of an adverb clause, which is often called a time clause.