CHRISTMAS VOCABULARY

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CHRISTMAS VERBS

CHRISTMAS VOCABULARY GO SHOPPING BUY GIFTS (PRESENTS) WRAP GIFTS OR PRESENTS GIVE SOMEONE A GIFT BAKE COOKIES MAKE A GINGERBREAD HOUSE HANG UP A STOCKING WRITE A LIST FOR SANTA HAVE A WHITE CHRISTMAS BUILD A SNOWMAN GO ICE-SKATING What’s the difference between Christmas and Xmas? Christmas is the ‘original’ or Christian way to spell the word. As the saying … Read More

CONNECTING WORDS

ADDING In addition (to this), also as well (as) in other words that is to say moreover furthermore   CONTRASTING however nevertheless, in contrast (to) instead (of) similarly conversely on the contrary otherwise neither…. nor either….or   CONSEQUENCES & CAUSES As a result consequently so due to (the fact that..) in order to since   EMPHASIZING in fact actually as … Read More

TIME EXPRESSIONS

TIME IS MONEY TAKE YOUR TIME WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SPENDING, WASTING AND KILLING TIME? TIME MANAGEMENT WHAT’S CORRECT DEADLINE OR DUE DATE? WORK AGAINST THE CLOCK TIMELINE RED LETTER DAY MAKE MY DAY WHAT A DAY CALL IT A DAY DRESS UP DAY ABOUT TIME ON TIME TIME FLIES WASTE TIME (in waiting) WHEN THE TIME COMES TIME WILL … Read More

STUDY or LEARN?

What’s the difference between learn and study? My students often ask me this question and the answer is quite easy!  Here’s the explanation below: LEARN – use the verb ‘learn’ to talk about new information or experience.  Examples: 1). In English class today, we learned some new vocabulary.  2).  I’m learning English at school.  3). You can learn a language … Read More

CLOTHES VOCABULARY

VOCABULARY FOR CLOTHES VERBS for Clothes: to take a (small/medium/large) size to try on something in a shop to put on your clothes / to get dressed to take off your clothes / to get undressed ADJECTIVES TO DESCRIBE CLOTHES DIALOGUE IN A SHOP Customer: Good morning, I’m looking for a new dress. Sales Assistant: What kind of style are … Read More

Difference between DO and MAKE

What’s the difference between Do & Make?  DO + WORK MAKE + CREATE do your homework make a mistake do the housework make an appointment do the gardening make a mess do the washing up make your bed do business make a choice do some exercises make a photocopy do an exam / a test make a film do an … Read More

DRESS UP

to dress up – means to wear a costume or fancy dress (special clothes for an event such as carnival).   This phrasal verb dress up is followed by AS or IN. Examples:  What are you going to wear for Carnival?   I’m going to dress up as Spiderman. I’m going to dress up in a Spiderman costume. Another verb with … Read More

CONFUSING WORDS / FALSE FRIENDS IN ENGLISH (PEOPLE)

STRANGER or FOREIGNER A stranger is a person that you have never met before. Example: My mother always told me that I shouldn’t talk to strangers. A foreigner is a person who is not in their home country. Example: An Italian living in France is a foreigner. Pay ATTENTION to the pronunuciation of the word foreigner BrE /ˈfɒrənə(r)/ An acquaintance … Read More

TO GET SOMEONE TO DO SOMETHING

Form = Get + Object + Infinitive Meaning = Persuade or Make somebody do something.  This structure is often used when there is a sense of difficulty. Examples: I’ll have to get John to do this report.   I won’t be able to finish it in time. I can’t get the children to sleep at bed-time.  They never seem to be … Read More