viernes, 22 de mayo de 2015

Learn SIMPLE PAST TENSE through Movies

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Irregular verbs - The cat song

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Past Simple Verbs (Practising song)

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miércoles, 20 de mayo de 2015

Good luck, fellas!

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degree and comparison


Comparative Exercises: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 , 7
And Practice:
New Comparative and Superlative exercises:
1, 2 (for tennis fans), 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (on Harry Potter)
What about a basketball game?
Sophie is working in Rome this week. Oliver, Alfie and Daisy have decided to eat out tonight.
When we want to compare two or more things, we can change the form of adjectives by adding –er or –est. We can also use extra words like more or most and expressions like not as … as.

lunes, 18 de mayo de 2015


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You learn something every day if you pay attention. ~Ray LeBlond



Easily confused Verbs: Lie and Lay

viernes, 15 de mayo de 2015

Speaking Test

B1+: Candidates can engage in conversation about every day topics and topics of personal interest in a confident manner. They can easily express and argue their opinion in lifelike situations and are able to give short explanations. They can provide quite a fluent description of everyday activities.

B1-: Whereas candidates are able to follow clear speech in everyday conversation, they may ask for an occasional repetition of words or phrases. They can engage in conversation about everyday activities and topics of personal interest and they can briefly express their opinion.
Candidates take the test in pairs before a board of two examiners. Candidates can indicate who they would like to take the test with on the Registration form.
The test starts with a general introduction, which helps candidates get used to the atmosphere of the test. The introduction does not form an integral part of the test. Therefore, it is not assessed.
The Speaking test consists of the following tasks:
  1. interview,
  2. picture description (pdf),.
  3. role-play between candidates (pdf).
The first two tasks are to be accomplished individually. The third task is a paired activity. In the first task candidates answer the interlocutor's questions. In the second task they give a description of a picture, and in the third task the two candidates engage in conversation.
All three tasks cover general topics, cf. List of topics.

jueves, 14 de mayo de 2015



  • These are the most common questions. Have a look at the structure:
Question Word + Auxiliary + Subject + Verb + Optional Object or Complement + ?
The Question Words are usually: what, where, when, who, why, which, how.
  • Example: What did you see last Saturday evening on TV?
  • These are not the most common but you can find them anywhere and at any time:
Question Word + Verb + Optional Object or Complement + ?
The Question Words can be WHO or WHAT, because they can be the subject of the question.
REMEMBER: Where, when, why (etc.) can't be the subject of any question.
  • Example: "Who won the Eurovision Contest 2008?" "Russia". As you can see, the answer of the question is the IDENTITY of the QUESTION WORD "Who". That's why we call these questions SUBJECT QUESTIONS.

lunes, 11 de mayo de 2015

Will vs going to in TV Series (Big Bang Theory)

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Future Simple - Examples in Songs

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Grammar in Songs: Future

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I think you should...

the most commonly irregular verbs

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Past Simple Verbs _ Practising song

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{Learning English}Irregular verbs song

jueves, 7 de mayo de 2015

90% Of People Can’t Pronounce This Poem, Are You In The 10%?

By being able to complete this poem, you’ll be speaking English better than 90% of the English native speakers around the world. After trying the challenge of this poem, it’s claimed that one Frenchman said he’d rather six months hard labour than six lines read aloud. Are you wondering what all the fuss is about? Try it for yourself.

Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.
Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it’s written.)
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as plaque and ague.
But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.
Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, and reviles;
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war and far;
One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
Scene, Melpomene, mankind.
Billet does not rhyme with ballet,
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like should and would.
Viscous, viscount, load and broad,
Toward, to forward, to reward.
And your pronunciation’s OK
When you correctly say croquet,
Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive and live.
Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
And enamour rhyme with hammer.
River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does devour with clangour.
Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,
Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,
Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger,
And then singer, ginger, linger,
Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.
Query does not rhyme with very,
Nor does fury sound like bury.
Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.
Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.
Though the differences seem little,
We say actual but victual.
Refer does not rhyme with deafer.
Fe0ffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
Mint, pint, senate and sedate;
Dull, bull, and George ate late.
Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,
Science, conscience, scientific.
Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
We say hallowed, but allowed,
People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
Mark the differences, moreover,
Between mover, cover, clover;
Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
Chalice, but police and lice;
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label.
Petal, panel, and canal,
Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,
Senator, spectator, mayor.
Tour, but our and succour, four.
Gas, alas, and Arkansas.
Sea, idea, Korea, area,
Psalm, Maria, but malaria.
Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.
Doctrine, turpentine, marine.
Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion and battalion.
Sally with ally, yea, ye,
Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key.
Say aver, but ever, fever,
Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.
Heron, granary, canary.
Crevice and device and aerie.
Face, but preface, not efface.
Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.
Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.
Ear, but earn and wear and tear
Do not rhyme with here but ere.
Seven is right, but so is even,
Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen,
Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,
Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.
Pronunciation (think of Psyche!)
Is a paling stout and spikey?
Won’t it make you lose your wits,
Writing groats and saying grits?
It’s a dark abyss or tunnel:
Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,
Islington and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, verdict and indict.
Finally, which rhymes with enough,
Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?
Hiccough has the sound of cup.
My advice is to give up!!!

English Pronunciation by G. Nolst Trenité

lunes, 4 de mayo de 2015

Modal Verbs 1: Obligation, Duty, Prohibition, Necessity

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Movie Segments to Assess Grammar Goals modal verb.flv

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Modal Verbs of Obligation in Films

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Grammar in Songs: Modal Verbs

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Must or Have to

Must or Have to



1. Magpies

In the UK, magpies aren’t just known for being noisy – and having a taste for shiny things – as this well-known 18th century rhyme explains…
One for sorrow
Two for joy
Three for a girl
Four for a boy
Five for silver
Six for gold
Seven for a secret, never to be told
This refers to the number of magpies you see. Even if you’re not the superstitious type, once you’ve heard the rhyme, you might find yourself searching desperately for that second bird every time you see a flash of black and white!
Some people say that you can reduce the ‘bad luck’ from seeing one magpie by saying a special rhyme, touching wood, blowing the magpie a kiss or saluting it.

2. Mirrors

Be careful when you’re handling a mirror in the UK – superstition suggests you'll get seven years of bad luck if you break one!
Mirrors were once believed to be windows into other worlds – often worlds where things were the wrong way around. People may also have been frightened that a person’s reflection shatters when a mirror is broken. One theory is that they thought breaking a mirror was like breaking your soul.
Some people also believe that mirrors should be covered up during births and funerals, for fear the person’s soul might escape through them to another realm.

3. Umbrellas

The UK has a reputation for rain, so it’s hardly surprising that umbrellas play their part in popular superstition!
One myth is that it’s unlucky to open an umbrella indoors. Some say this has origins in 18th century London, when umbrellas were awkward to open and putting one up in a cramped space was sure to injure someone. Perhaps we simply don’t want to imagine rain when we’re in a nice, cosy house!
Lots of people joke that taking an umbrella outside with you means it will be sunny. But if you don’t bring an umbrella, it will rain for sure – however cloudless the sky in the morning.
Even if it’s not true, we think it’s good to be prepared!

4. Crossed fingers

Crossing your fingers is a lucky sign, and saying ‘Fingers crossed’ is the same as saying ‘Let’s hope that happens!’ or wishing someone luck. It’s a little like people in other countries say ‘hold thumbs’ or ‘knock on wood’.

5. Don’t step on the pavement lines

‘Don’t step on a line or you’ll fall and break your spine! Don’t step on a crack or you’ll fall and break your back!’
Walking along the pavement in the UK can be bad luck if you’re not careful where you put your feet – or so superstition would have you believe. Step on a crack between two paving stones, and you might even find yourself confronted by dangerous animals! One story often told to children is that bears are waiting around the corner to pounce on anyone foolish enough to step on one of the lines.

6. Numbers

Lucky and unlucky numbers are common in many countries and cultures – and the UK is no exception.
Seven is usually seen as the luckiest number, with three and eight following close behind.
Avoid the number 13 though – especially the date Friday 13th. This goes back to the Christian belief that the 13th person at the Last Supper with Jesus was Judas, who betrayed him and led him to be crucified, and ‘unlucky Friday’ was the day Jesus died.
Funnily enough, though, in a recent survey asking UK people to name their lucky number, 13 was the second most popular choice. Maybe some people just like to tempt fate…

7. Wishes: birthdays and bones

Legend has it that if you make a wish, then blow out all the candles on your birthday cake in one breath, your wish will be granted. Admittedly, it’s not so easy once you reach the age of 90 and there are 90 candles on the cake… but perhaps by that time, all your wishes have come true anyway!
If you have chicken or turkey for your traditional British Sunday roast, don’t ignore the little forked bone at the end of the neck of the bird. This is known as the ‘wishbone’. Traditionally, two ‘wishers’ each take an end of the bone in their little finger. They snap it in two, and whoever gets the bigger piece has their wish granted.

8. Weddings

Invitations, seating plans, worrying about whether the bride will turn up on time – you might have thought weddings were complicated enough already!
According to superstition, brides should wear ‘something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue’ as part of their outfit.
And after that, every aspect of the wedding is packed with potential luck – good and bad – from the colour of the dress (one verse goes: ‘Married in white, you have chosen right; married in black, you’ll wish yourself back’), to the day of the wedding (‘Monday for health, Tuesday for wealth, Wednesday’s the best of all…’), to the things you see on the way to the ceremony (for brides, lambs are lucky but pigs are unlucky; for grooms, policemen and clergymen are lucky).
For more on UK wedding superstitions, check out

9. Ladders

Never walk under a ladder… and that’s not just because you might get a pot of paint dropped on your head. This superstition dates back to the days when people would be hanged for the worst crimes. Walking under a ladder was associated with walking to the hanging scaffold.
A pot of paint sounds almost appealing after that…

10. Sneezing

You probably know it’s polite to say ‘bless you’ when someone sneezes in the UK, but did you know the custom might have originated in the sixth century? The theory is that sneezing was seen as the first symptom of the plague, so people would say a blessing to ward off the disease.
Another theory is that people thought sneezing stopped your heart, just for a moment, and saying ‘bless you’ would make sure your heart keeps beating.

11. Keep your shoes off the furniture

And not just because they’re dirty! According to one UK superstition, putting shoes on the table (especially brand new shoes) is bad luck. Some people even avoid putting shoes on chairs or footstools. One explanation is that in coal mining communities, particularly in north England in the 19th century, a miner’s shoes would be placed on the table if he was killed in an accident. The gesture then became a symbol of death.

12. Black cats

Confusingly, black cats can be both lucky and unlucky in the UK, depending on who you ask. Some people say it’s a sign that good things are to come if a black cat crosses your path… while for others, it’s a terrible warning.
Maybe it’s just a question of how much you like cats?

13. Rabbits

Rabbits, unlike cats, are definitely lucky. Think of the Easter bunny, who brings chocolate eggs to children on Easter Sunday.
Keeping a ‘lucky rabbit’s foot’ (usually not made of real rabbit nowadays!) is also considered lucky. One children’s clapping poem goes ‘bunny bunny bunny bunny…’ – a throwback to the days when repeating the word ‘rabbit’ was supposed to bring good luck, especially at the start of the month.
Saying the words ‘white rabbit’ are also supposed to bring good luck.
Unless you’re six years old, however, you might want to avoid endlessly repeating ‘bunny bunny white rabbit’. People might think you’ve crossed the line from superstitious to just plain silly!

viernes, 1 de mayo de 2015




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