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English Slang Words

Average: 3.6 (21 votes)

Sometimes you may find yourself hearing words in the street that you haven't seen in your English text books before.

Confusingly, you may only hear these words in one country! In fact, slang can be specific to a country, a town or even a specific group of people.

Below are some of the most common slang words or expressions that you may hear in an English speaking country.

Just put the word/words into the sentence you think they might belong to.

How to get in the Christmas Spirit

Average: 3.3 (6 votes)

Christmas is my favourite holiday and my favourite time of year. Therefore, every year I do or take part in things that get me in the Christmas spirit. Here is a list of things to do if the spirit hasn’t hit you yet or if you are feeling a bit 'bah humbug'. Read through the list and then try and fit the words below into the correct gaps.

Lesson by Caroline

Beginner Level: Common Questions

Average: 3.1 (16 votes)

Can you remember how to ask these questions? In each question there is one missing word. For example:

"___is your favourite teacher?"

The missing word is who.

Only use one word for each question and use the present simple.

If you have time, tell us your answers to these questions!

Lesson by Caroline Devane

Prepositions in Phrasal Verbs

Average: 3.7 (11 votes)

Phrasal verbs are made of two parts: a base verb and another small word that is either a preposition or an adverb particle.

It is not always possible to guess the meaning of a phrasal verb from the individual words in it. The more exposure you have to phrasal verbs the easier they are to learn.

Take a look at the following ten sentences and decide which preposition is needed to form the correct phrasal verb.
 

Make? Do? Get?

Average: 3.9 (7 votes)

Collocations are the natural combination of words. In English it refers to the way words are linked with each other. For example, have and a haircut go together, so do catch and cold; get and married, and free with time:

Past Simple Tense - Disneyland Reading for Low-Intermediate

Average: 3.7 (7 votes)

Below is a small text about a 10 year old girls experience on a trip to Disneyland. However, some of the text is missing. All the verbs below fit into the text but they must be changed to past simple.

Have you ever been to a theme park like Disneyland, how was it?

Missing Words

Remember to change these words to past simple.

What's Was Your Favourite Song? 2012 Grammy Nominations

Average: 4.1 (8 votes)

For the second year in a row, a hip-hop artist has the _1_ nominations in the Grammy Awards.

Kanye West got seven nominations, but has been ignored in the Album of the Year category. He's nominated for his Watch the Throne album with Jay-Z and also picked other nominations, including Song of the Year, for "All of the Lights," which _2_ Rihanna, Fergie and Kid Cudi.

Meditation

Average: 3.5 (6 votes)

Studying can be very stressful and when you have been doing it for a while, you may find yourself unable to concentrate very well. Meditation has a number of benefits and could be an interesting way to support your learning process. Here is a small article with a few of the benefits of meditation, but some of the words are missing. Can you fill the gaps with the correct words?

If you are studying at our London centre I strongly recommend The LondonBuddhist Centre in Bethnal Green.

Beginner Level: Waiter or Customer?

Average: 2.7 (14 votes)

Students - in each sentence do you know who is talking, the waiter or the customer?

For example: 'Would you like fries with that?' is something that the waiter would ask.

When you have answered the questions, tell us what your favourite restaurant is, and your favourite food!

Good luck! PS: Two of the sentences have different words but the same meaning- we say one in American English and one in British English. Which two sentences have the same meaning?

Lesson by Caroline

High Intermediate Level: Parents Sending Children to Boarding School

Average: 4.1 (15 votes)

I found this news quite surprising, as I have always thought that sending a child to boarding school would be much more expensive than other alternatives.

A boarding school is a school where some or all pupils study and live away from their family.