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High-Intermediate Level - What are Euphemisms?

Average: 3.8 (14 votes)

Culture Lesson - Pancake Day

Average: 3.6 (7 votes)

Among Christians in English speaking countries, today is known as Pancake Day (or officially Shrove Tuesday), as it is _A_ to eat pancakes. Although the celebration has its _B_ in relgion, you don't have to be a Christian to enjoy the day. Most people celebrate it for the pancakes and nothing more.

Upper Intermediate: IELTS, ESOL and TOEFL Vocabulary

Average: 3.8 (16 votes)

Taking a English exam like Cambridge ESOL, TOEFL or IELTS is a big challenge and requires you to work hard. Independent study is an important part of the process. Serious English learners are always looking to expand their vocabualry by finding and learning new words.

Today I want to encourage you to be active with your English learning. Here are 10 words which will be unknown to many of you. Your task is to look these words up in the on-line dictionary provided and then type these words into the correct sentences.

Verb Practice

Average: 3.8 (18 votes)

Take a look at this multiple choice quiz. Practice your knowledge of verbs by choosing the correct one in each sentence.

How many did you get correct? Which ones did you slip up on (make a mistake on)?

Link: Verb Tense Review

Learn 7 Phrasal Verbs

Average: 4.2 (15 votes)

Time for some phrasal verb fun! Here are five for you to learn. Complete the sentence using the correct verb and remember to change the tense when necessary.

slip up - to make a mistake/an error

pick out - to choose

nod off - to fall asleep

close down - to close a place forever/permanently

How to use 'Have something done'

Average: 3.2 (34 votes)

Have something done is used to show that something is done for us, we do not do it ourselves. Compare these two sentences:

"I washed my car." - I washed my car myself.

"I had my car washed." - I paid someone to wash my car for me.

Antonyms - Choose the opposite meanings

Average: 3.3 (21 votes)

Take a look at these ten words and choose the opposites (antonyms).

near: "I live near here. It will only take a couple of minutes to get home."

quiet: "The house is quiet when everyone has left for work or school."

Choose the right words "Learn English in Malta"

Average: 3.4 (12 votes)

Patrick is at an English school in Malta. His friend, David, has sent Patrick an email asking about his trip. Read through the email and help David choose the correct missing words.

Hi Patrick,

I'm very _1_ to hear about your study abroad trip to Malta.

Within vs Inside

Is there any difference or limitation in usage of "inside" and "within" or they are completely interchangeable? Thank you in advance.

The Body: What’s the word? Beginner/Elementary

Average: 3 (10 votes)

Bodies - we all have them. When you get to my age, you notice that they don’t work as well as they used to. Just like an old car, they’re harder to start in the morning, they don’t go as fast as they used to and they suddenly start making strange noises! But that’s enough about my problems.

 How well do you know these basic body parts in English? Type in the missing words. Thanks to Adele at EC Cape Town English school for today’s lesson.

Chris