I hope all of you are well and reading us from the safety of your home! 🙂
As you can see, this is not the post that was due today (the last part of the interview and job hunting series). This is because, due to the current health emergency in our country, we have decided to run a series of posts that help our students to keep learning English even though we can’t go back to our school yet 😦 . Focusing on a different range of levels in each post, we will provide you with some ideas and tell you about free resources you can check and use to review what we have learnt to keep practising your English skills.
So, let’s get started, shall we? Scroll down!
Today we’re going to dedicate the post to our kiddies! We are so proud of them for staying home all these days that we think they need to play a little now! How about some games in English to practise vocabulary?
Today we’re going to tell you about an amazing app that you can download both on Android and iOs and that will entertain your kids for hours while reviewing vocabulary and learning new words in English. It’s called “Word Fun World”. Press here to go to the website with the info to download the App.
The app is really intuitive and 100% kid-friendly, of course. The first time you open it you’ll see an island with different areas, each one with a different vocabulary focus:
- Sports and Leisure
- Family and friends
- Body and health
- Food and drink
- World around us
- Clothes and colours
- Places and transport
The first games of each section start at Pre-A1 (Starters) level but every time you successfully pass a round, new words are added to the game and the difficulty increases up to A2 level (Flyers and KEY). It is, therefore, a perfect app for all levels to review the vocabulary your children have learnt so far and to help them reinforce and gain new skills, such as identifying letters and sounds or learning how some words are written.
We’re looking forward to seeing our kiddies again and having fun with them in the school but, until then, keep practising!
See you in our next post with more ideas to keep your English up! Until then, #stayathome #staysafe
Hello everyone and welcome to the 2018/2019 course!! Continue reading “We’re back!!”
Today we’re going to talk about ‘false friends’, words in English that, given their similarity with Spanish ones, are often confusing for students. Let’s start with, probably, the most common false friend:
Sensitive vs Sensible
When students want to say ‘Sara es muy sensible’ they often write ‘Sara is very sensible’. However, it should be written ‘Sara is very sensitive’ as ‘sensible’ in English means sensata/o.
Now, take a look at the following list of words in Spanish, how would you say them in English?
- Asistir (a un evento)
- Estar constipado
- Carrera (universitaria)
The correct answers are:
- To have a cold
Notice the difference between the correct word and the false friend:
- Disappointment vs Deception (engaño)
- Pregnant vs Embarrased (avergonzada/o)
- Currently vs Actually (en realidad)
- Attend vs Assist (Ayudar)
- To have a cold vs To be constipated (Estar estreñido)
- Bookshop vs Library (Biblioteca)
- Folder vs Carpet (Alfombra/moqueta)
- Degree vs Career (Carrera/trayectoria profesional)
- Long vs Large (Grande)
- Friendly vs Sympathetic (compasivo)
- Terrifying vs Terrific (genial, fantástico)
- Factory vs Fabric (tela/tejido)
Now that you know the difference, fill in the gaps with the correct word:
- Jamie is ___________ studying a __________ in Biology.
- It is a ____________ way from Coruña to Barcelona.
- I’m going to the _____________ to study because it is quieter than in my house.
- Sara is a very __________ person, everyone likes her.
- Insidious is a ____________ movie, I was really scared when I watched it
- Please, don’t forget to take your __________ at the end of the class.
- Are you going to ___________ the meeting?
- Silk is said to be the softest ___________
- Losing the game was a huge _______________
- I am going to stay at home today as I have a terrible __________
How did it go? Scroll down to check your answers at the end of the post!
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Have a great January everyone!
- Jamie is CURRENTLY studying a DEGREE in Biology.
- It is a LONG way from Coruña to Barcelona.
- I’m going to the LIBRARY to study because it is quieter than in my house.
- Sara is a very FRIENDLY person, everyone likes her.
- Insidious is a TERRIFYING movie, I was really scared when I watched it
- Please, don’t forget to take your FOLDER(S) at the end of the class.
- Are you going to ATTEND the meeting?
- Silk is said to be the softest FABRIC
- Losing the game was a huge DISAPPOINTMENT
- I am going to stay at home today as I have a terrible COLD
Today we have something really interesting for you, we are going to talk about the British Council.
What is that? Most of you must be wondering. Well, exactly! That’s why we have asked our teacher Chris Hurling to explain.
Some of you may not know Chris so a brief introduction is in order: Continue reading “British Council (Part 1)”
Last January we wrote a post about the passive voice (you can check it out here) but we told you that it was part 1! So today we are going to take a look at 2 other types of passives (usually for Intermediate students and above) which can be quite tricky to master.
Let’s take a look at the following active sentence: Continue reading “The Passive Voice (Part 2)”
How did those question tags go? Check your answers here:
And as for the extra challenge….
Continue reading “Learning English through play”
HRU? What do you think our renewed website and blog? Judging by your hits on the site it must be pretty cool, eh?
Well, FYI, pretty cool new things are going on at Euroschool! Everybody is B2W and I promise you will soon know about them but, meanwhile, let’s take a look at some internet abbreviations, shall we? 🙂 Continue reading “Internet slang”