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Goals and Desires

Average: 3.5 (17 votes)

A very wise woman once told me about the difference between desires and goals and I've decided that I'd like to share that information with you. The difference between the two can be difficult to understand sometimes but knowing they exist can help you move towards your dreams in a contented way.

Common English Similies

Average: 3.2 (36 votes)

A similie is an expression we use when comparing two things using the words 'like' or 'as'.

Here are some common examples:

Head and Mind Idioms

Average: 3.9 (25 votes)

Have you ever given a presentation or made a speech to a group of people? Did you feel nervous? Did the people enjoy what you said?

The Business Presentation

Take a look at this paragraph and pay special attention to the 5 idioms in orange:

Reading: Watching TV

Average: 4 (7 votes)

Do you think you watch too much TV? Honestly, I wish I could watch more but I'm usually studying or working!

Apparently, TV shows ending can make some people very upset. Have you ever been sad because a show has ended? What are your favourite programmes? Let us know!

Take a look at this article what is Downton Abbey and what is the Downton Abbey Effect? Leave your answer in the comments box.

Common mistakes practice

Average: 3.3 (17 votes)

Here is an intermediate level challenge that will be familiar to regular visitors of the site.

Decide which word is needed in each sentence to make it correct.

The sentences are examples of common mistakes English teachers hear in lesson.

Good luck!

Lesson by Caroline Devane

Noun Ajective Verb Forms

Average: 3.7 (18 votes)

A noun can be a person, thing or place: 'I live in a house.'

A verb shows an action, It is a 'doing' word: 'I play tennis with my brother.'

An adjective is used to decribe or give us more information about a noun: 'A big dog.'

Extreme Sports in Cape Town

Average: 3.7 (6 votes)

Thrill-seeker: a person who enjoys taking part in extreme sports and other activities involving physical risk

So many of my English students in Cape Town used to terrify me with videos of them bungee jumping or swimming with sharks!

I would NEVER do anything like that, for me riding a rollercoaster is all the excitement I will need.

Having said that, I am considering abseiling down Table Mountain in a few months, but that's not for fun, that's for charity!

Use of English

Average: 3.4 (14 votes)

Read the text below and decide word best fits each space.

When I was younger I had a job working in a factory, it was _1_ after I graduated from university. I worked there for about six months while I did interviews for a 'real' job that would start my career.

Phrasal Verbs: Take Make Put

Average: 3.6 (14 votes)

Take a look at the 3 phrasal verbs in these sentences. Do you know what they mean? You can write your guesses in the comments box below:

"The music was so loud that I couldn't make out what he was saying."
"The hotel takes on extra staff during the summer season."
"We've been putting away a little money every month to buy a laptop."

Word of the day: Compete

Average: 3.2 (6 votes)

Compete (verb)

Compete (verb) to try to be more successful than someone or something else. When you take part in a competition you compete.

Compete is a regular verb: Past simple competed / Past participle competed