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Summer Picnics

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One of the many joys of summer is sharing a picnic with friends or family. There are so many great places to have picnics in London, the south bank or one of the many beautiful parks. In this article, the writer shares some of her favourite memories of summer picnics with her family. I've removed some vocabulary and as it is quite difficult, given you the meanings of the words to help you.

False Friends - similar sounds, different meanings

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False Friends

Sometimes words in English and other languages sound the same and have the same meaning, very useful!

Unfortunately sometimes they sound the same or similar and have completely different meanings! These tricksters are called 'false friends'.

You may find the questions below very easy, or you may struggle depending on what your first language is. For each question, choose the sentence that matches the meaning of the word. Good luck!

Past Simple Vs Past Continuous

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Here's a quick reminder of the rules of using past simple and past continuous together.

In this sentence there are two verbs:

I was watching television when he arrived.

The first action is a long action - it lasted for a period of time. We therefore use the past continuous.

The second action is a short action that has interrupted the first. So for this we need past simple!

Danny's Reading: English Expressions

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Phrasal Verb: Put

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Here is another opportunity for you to practise using phrasal verbs. Phrasal verbs with 'put' are extremely common and here are just a few of them. In each sentence, decide which phrasal verb is needed to complete it correctly. I've put the meanings of the phrasal verbs below to help you decide. Don't put it off until tomorrow! Do this lesson now!

Airport Vocabulary Word Scramble

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I just came back from South Africa, so I won't be travelling for a while! But you might! Here is some important vocabulary that will help you at the airport. Read through the text and try to 'unscramble' the orange words to find the airport related vocab. Good luck!

Phrasal Verbs for Travel

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Today's lesson reviewd and builds on the 7 travel phrasal verbs we studied at a few weeks ago. Look at the these phrasal verbs and their definitions. Fill in the gaps with the correct phrasal verbs so that the text makes sense. (Keep in mind that the main verb changes according to the time and function of the sentence, e.g. drop off in a past passive structure is I was dropped off.

Sports Idioms

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There are so many idioms we use in daily conversation that have a connection with sport.

Look at the list and the explanations.

The sports they are originally derived from are in brackets.

a. To get second wind: to get a sudden burst of energy (sailing). "I was feeling tired after lunch, but I got my second wind in the afternoon."

Funny Words

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I'm not sure why, but some words just make me laugh. I was reminded of this this morning, when my shampoo bottle instructed me to place a large 'dollop' of shampoo into my hair. It really is the simple things that keep me happy!

Here are some other words I find to be hilarious, have you seen them before? Put each word into the correct sentence to practise your new vocabulary, then let me know what you think is the funniest English word!

Lesson by Caroline Devane

Verb Forms

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How well do you remember how to form the correct verb tense?

In each sentence below, change the highlighted verb for the correct tense.

Only use one word per sentence. If the tense is already correct, still type in the verb shown.

Think about present simple, past simple, present continuous and past participle in your answers.

Lesson by Caroline Devane