Wednesday, August 10, 2016

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Idioms to do with the Arts



Here's another entry in our series on idioms. This time we're looking at idioms to do with the arts. What better way to colour your sentences and show your abilities with the English language than by peppering your speech with these tasteful gems? These can really work wonders on people and might just make the difference between making a lasting impression as someone who can express themselves wonderfully well.

Artsy-fartsy: pretentiously or affectedly artistic
Our younger brother isn’t really into ballet; he thinks it’s a bit artsy-fartsy.

No oil painting: not physically attractive
She has a wonderful mind, but she’s no oil painting.

A blank canvas: something or someone that can be filled with new things
I want to get away from here and find a blank canvas.

Tar (a group of people or a person) with the same brush: believe wrongly that someone or something has the same negative qualities of another which is similar
You can’t tar all Scots with the same brush. He’s just a drunk!

(Have) got something down to a fine art: mastered to a high degree
Usain Bolt’s got running down to a fine art.

Poetic Justice: ironic or fitting punishment
It is poetic justice that the economic crisis is affecting the bankers who are blamed for causing it in the first place.

Poetry in motion: something that is very elegant or beautiful, especially in art or dancing
The young girl was like poetry in motion when she took to the floor.

Stage whisper: A whisper that is meant to be heard
 She told him in a stage whisper, "I am fed up with your behavior"

State of the art: The most developed in technology

Our new convertible is totally state of the art.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

How to form questions in English.

Question Form

What is this? What is that? Do you know? Have you found out yet?

The formation of questions in English is a source of much confusion for many learners. Why do we sometimes use do and sometimes not? We're going to break down how we form questions and fix  some common mistakes that seem to plague so many of our sentences.

1 Questions using be, have, auxiliary verbs, and modal verbs.

Questions whose main verb is be do not use do, but do require inversion. What is inversion? Inversion is when you swap the order of words.
Ex. You are a doctor. (statement)   Are you a doctor? (question)
The same thing goes for have ONLY when have is an auxiliary verb.
Ex. You have finished your chores. (statement)      Have you finished your chores? (question)

Inversion also happens with modal verbs
Ex. He could run for office. (statement)    Could he run for office?
*Sentences which use have as a main verb or any other main verb need do which brings us to our next rule.


2 Questions using main verbs

For questions using main verbs we have to insert do.
Do you know how to get to the station?
*Don't forget we ONLY conjugate the auxiliary verb
Does he come here often?


3 Subject/Object questions

When we have a question word that asks about the subject of the answer we do not usually use do.
Ex. Who runs this place?      Who and he are the same person (Subject question—Do not use do)
        -He runs this place.
Where do you live?                  Where and I are not the same (Object question—use do)
I live in Edinburgh.


4 Do for emphasis

Sometimes we can insert do into subject questions when we want to emphasize or are clarifying a piece of information
Ex. If I didn't leave the light on, and you didn't leave the light on, then who did leave the light on?

I do love this town (emphasized)

Sunday, June 5, 2016

New Slang Words added to the Dictionary


The English language is ever evolving and changing and new words are constantly being added to the dictionary. Here I have listed some new slang words that are becoming common. Have fun with these and see if you can use them in a sentence. Send me your sentences and I will correct a few and put them on the blog!


awesomesauce, adj: (US informal) extremely good; excellent

bestie: Informal. a person’s best friend.

binge watch : watch multiple episodes one after the other often by digital streaming or DVDs.

brain fart, n: (informal) a temporary mental lapse or failure to reason correctly

for realsies : 
This is usually used when you are surprised to learn something. Or it can be used to add how serious you are being about something.

fur baby, n: a person’s dog, cat or other furry pet

Grexit, n: the potential withdrawal of Greece from the eurozone.

lifehack: a tip, trick, or efficient method for doing or managing a day-to-day task or activity

smartwatch: a computing device that resembles a wristwatch and is attached to a band worn around the wrist.
vape : Inhaling and exhaling the vapor produced by an e-cigarette.

Woot : an exclamation of joy or excitement

English Words

Check out this great radio show on public radio http://www.waywordradio.org/

This is an entertaining show which is sure to challenge your vocabulary use.  You will learn word formation, idioms, historical facts and other advanced uses of the English language. This is also a great way to improve your listening and comprehension skills. This is a radio show aimed at native speakers so you will find it very advanced but try it out and see how you do!



Monday, November 3, 2014

Upcoming IELTS test dates UK

Upcoming IELTS test dates UK

Academic

February 12th

·         Nottingham
·         London
·         Aberystwyth

February  14th

·         London
·         Nottingham
·         Bristol
·         York
·         Leicester
·         Birmingham
·         Coventry
·         Cambridge
·         Colchester
·         Edinburgh
·         Brighton
·         Sunderland
·         Newcastle

February 28th

  •          London (General Training also)
  •          Nottingham (General Training also)
  •          Bristol
  •          Leicester
  •          Birmingham (General Training also)
  •          Coventry (General Training also)
  •          Cambridge
  •          Bangor
  •          Bedford
  •          Burton-Upon-Trent
  •          Chelmsford
  •          Norwich
  •          Portsmouth
  •          Petersborough
  •       Sheffield

  • Bath
  • Reading
  • Guildford
  • Rugby
  • Newcastle (General Training only)

March 12th

  •       London
  •       Nottingham
  •       Aberystwyth
  •       Cambridge
  •        Newcastle
  •        Leeds


 March 14th

  •          London (General Training also)
  •          Nottingham (General Training also)
  •          Leicester
  •          York
  •          Birmingham (General Training also)
  •          Coventry (General Training also)
  •          Cambridge
  •          Colchester
  •          Edinburgh
  •          Brighton
  •          Sunderland
  •          Bedford
  •         Burton-Upon-Trent
  •         Norwich
  •          Portsmouth
  •          Newcastle (General Training also)
  •          Sheffield
  •          Bath
  •          Reading
  •          Guildford
  •          Rugby
  •          Leeds
  •         Wrexham
  •         Bournmouth
  •          Cardiff
  •          Plymouth
  •         Glasgow
  •          Belfast
  •         Bangor
  •         Eastbourne
  •         Southampton


March 21st

  •         London
  •         Nottingham
  •         Bristol
  •         Leicester
  •         York
  •         Birmingham
  •         Cambridge
  •         Sunderland
  •         Chelmsford
  •         Portsmouth
  •         Peterborough
  •         Bath
  •         Guildford
  •         Rugby
  •         Leeds
  •         Brighton
  •         Cardiff
  •         Plymouth
  •         Harrogate


March 28th

  •          London (General Training also)
  •          Nottingham (General Training also)
  •          Bristol
  •          York
  •         Birmingham (General Training also)
  •          Coventry (General Training also)
  •          Cambridge
  •          Colchester
  •          Edinburgh
  •         Sunderland
  •          Newcastle (General Training also)
  •          Bangor
  •          Burton-Upon-Trent
  •          Portsmouth
  •         Norwich
  •          Sheffield
  •          Bath
  •          Guildford
  •          Rugby
  •          Leeds
  •          Brighton
  •          Eastbourne
  •          Southampton
  •          Exeter
  •          Glasgow
  •          Manchester
  •          Oxford
  •          Bristol (General Training only)


April 11th

·        
  • Bangor
  • Portsmouth
  • Peterborough
  • Sheffield
  • Bath
  • Reading
  • Rugby
  • Leeds
  • Plymouth
  • Glasgow
  • Manchester
  • Oxford
  • Liverpool

April 18th

  •          London (General Training also)
  •          Nottingham
  •         Bristol
  •          Leicester
  •          York
  •          Birmingham (General Training also)
  •          Cambridge
  •          Edinburgh
  •          Sunderland
  •          Newcastle (General Training also)
  •          Burton-Upon-Trent
  •          Chelmsford
  •          Norwich
  •          Portsmouth
  •          Bath
  •          Guildford
  •          Rugby
  •          Leeds
  •          Wrexham
  •         Bournemouth
  •          Brighton
  •          Cardiff
  •          Plymouth
  •          Belfast
  •          Bangor
  •          Sheffield
  •          Eastbourne
  •     Southampton
  •     Exeter

  • Glasgow
  • Manchester
  • Liverpool
  • Aberdeen
  • Canterbury
  • Bristol (General Training only) 
April 25th

  •          London
  •          Nottingham
  •          Bristol
  •         Leicester
  •         York
  •          Birmingham
  •          Coventry
  •         Cambridge
  •          Colchester
  •          Edinburgh
  •          Brighton
  •          Sunderland
  •          Bangor
  •          Norwich
  •          Porstmouth
  •          Newcastle
  •          Peterborough
  •         Sheffield
  •          Bath
  •          Reading
  •          Guildford
  •          Rugby
  •          Leeds
  •          Cardiff
  •          Eastbourne
  •          Southampton
  •          Exeter
  •          Glasgow
  •          Manchester
  •          Oxford


April 30th

  •          London (General Training also)
  •         Aberystwyth
  •         Cambridge
  •          Newcastle
  •         Leeds
  •          Wrexham
  •          Glasgow
  •          Manchester
  •          Nottingham (General Training only)