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Asking for advice

Average: 3.6 (32 votes)

Summer's officially here in Europe and rest of the northern hemisphere. In Malta the weather's amazing and there are already plenty of tourists around soaking up the sun and relaxing on the beaches.

When you arrive in a new place it's always a good idea to ask the locals for advice on the best things to see and do. Maltese people are exceptionally friendly and more than happy to give visitors advice. If you ever come here, don't be shy to ask for a recommendation!

Do you like the beach?

Average: 4.1 (22 votes)

I live in London and lead a very hectic life so sometimes it’s great to get away.

The beaches in England aren't exactly like Hawaii's, but they are beautiful and wonderful to visit and relax.

I'm very lucky that I grew up in a seaside town and can visit my parents when I need some sea air.

Here is some information about some beautiful and special beaches in England. Read through the text and test how well you understand it by putting the vocabulary in the correct gaps.

Why Do We Say 'Make no Bones about It'?

Average: 3.8 (17 votes)

To Make No Bones About Something

Meaning:

To say clearly what you think or feel about something, however unpleasant or awkward it.

To make no bones about something means to say something in a way that leaves no doubt, or to have no objection to it.

Countable and Uncountable Nouns

Average: 2.6 (427 votes)

Countable

Countable nouns have plurals and can be used with a/an.

Potato is a countable noun. You can have a potato and potatoes.

Uncountable

Uncountable nouns have no plurals, and cannot normally be used with a/an.

Sugar is an uncountable noun. You cannot have a sugar or sugars.

Elementary to Pre-Intermediate – Everyday Expressions

Average: 3.9 (21 votes)

When we speak to co-workers, friends or family in a social situation, some common expressions are used again and again.

This is very common for when we say "Hello" and "Good-bye".

When to use Some and Any

Average: 4.2 (19 votes)

The use of some and any is easily confused.

Some means a certain (not large) number of something and is used in positive sentences, and questions when we expect the answer to be yes, such as in requests and offers.

Any is used instead of some in negative sentences, and most questions.

For example:

What's a Bucket List?

Average: 4.3 (15 votes)

At EC San Deigo English school they recently had a class discussion on Bucket Lists.

A Bucket List is where you write down all of the things you want to do in your life before you die.

The term comes from the slang idiom "to kick the bucket" meaning "to die". 

make sentences!

 can you ppl please help me make sentences from the words given below:

alliance (a relationship formed btw countries or groups for a joint purpose)

broach (1. cause to feel isolated. 2. lose the support or sympathy)

alienate (1. raise a subject for discussion. 2. pierce a container)

chortle (laugh loudly)

transpose (1. cause two or more things to change places. 2. move to a different place or situation.)

cogitate (think deeply)

dragoon (force into doing something a member of certain British regiments)

woebegone (sad or miserable)

Idiom of the month: Bring Down

Average: 4.3 (18 votes)

rub it in

Today's joke is based on two meanings of bring down.

Bring down: Make someone depressed, unhappy or exhausted. Get Down can also be used:

"This rainy weather is really bringing me down."

How do you sleep?

Average: 4.5 (20 votes)

Mmmm sleep, how I miss it!

Apparently, the position we are in when we sleep can give people an insight into our personality.

Which position do you sleep in?

Do you snore?

Read the article and try and complete the gaps with the correct vocabulary.

Lesson by Caroline Devane