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In the news: Sam Smith at the Grammys

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Sam Smith has pretty much swept the board at the 2015 Grammy Awards.

The 22-year-old British soul singer was the big winnner at the 57th ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

He crowned his breakthrough year by winning four awards, from the six he was nominated for, including best new artist and record of the year.

5 idioms using nationalities

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1. Greek to me

Greek is the adjective form for the country Greece.

It's (all) Greek to me is used to describe something that is very confusing or not understandable.

I've tried reading the instructions but it's all Greek to me.

2. Go Dutch

Dutch is the adjective for the Netherlands, also known as Holland.

Nouns and their verb forms

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Today we look at some nouns, how they change into verbs and examples of use. English learners often confuse the noun form for the verb form when speaking, let's see if we can fix that problem for these words!

advice and advise

Advice (noun): My grandmother gave me some good advice.
Advise (verb): I advise you to travel abroad while you can.

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Bedroom Vocabulary

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Can you raed tihs sntecene?

Can you read this sentence?

Smoe of the lteters hvae been mxeid up.

Some of the letters have been mixed up.

Raed touhrgh the flolnowig sncteeens and ulcrmnabse the key wdros.

Read through the following sentences and unscramble the key words.

Tpye the crcroet seilpnlg in the bexos.

Type the correct spelling in the boxes.

All the wodrs are rteaeld to bdeomros.

In the news: Smoking

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Do you smoke?

Did you know the UK government are trying to pass a law banning branding on packs of cigarettes.

If they are successful tobacco manufactuers will be forced to sell their cigarettes in plain packets.

The motivation behind this decision is to make smoking less appealing to people, especially children.

A similar law was passed in Australia in 2012 that has resulted in a fall in smoking rates from 15.1% to 12.8% for people aged 14.

Find the 10 mistakes

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We've had a lot of requests for another find the mistakes quiz. Like last month's lesson, all you have to do find the one mistake in each sentence. Rewrite the correct sentences in the comments area.

Click 'Show Answers' to see the correct sentences.

Ten sentences, ten mistakes

1) I'll be with you in a moment, please being patient.

2) She do judo in her spare time.

Vocabulary Lesson: Drink More Water!

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Roughly 60 percent of the body is made of water, but how _1_ of it do you drink in a day? Although it's the best thing we can put in our body most of us are not drinking _2_.

Drinking water in either plain or in the form of other fluids or foods is _3_ to your health. Experts recommend adults drink between 8 and 10 glasses a day. Drinking coffee or soda are not included because they can dehydrate you.

So why should we drink water?

Sickness Vocabulary

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You are more likely to get sick during winter, so here are some expressions that, unfortunately, you might find useful at this time of year:

Catch a cold / Pick up a cold

Catch means get, so catch a cold means get a cold. We can also say pick up a cold.

I caught a cold from my brother. I hope I don't give it to anyone.

I don't feel very well today, I think I have picked up a cold.

Come down with a cold

When we become sick we say have come down with a cold.

All and Whole

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All and whole are determiners.

All the school took part in the festival. all + noun

The whole school took part in the festival. whole + noun

The with all and whole

The can be used with all and whole:

He's busy all the time. - use the after all.