Homophones – Vocabulary & Pronunciation 11

Homophones – Vocabulary & Pronunciation
Homophones – Vocabulary & Pronunciation English is renowned for its logic or, as some would say, severe lack of it! This is mostly due to English being a melting pot of other languages, which, I believe, makes it such a rich language. Once you have mastered the rather misleading English spelling, you then discover that ...

Idioms of Comparison 11

Idioms of Comparison
  Various grammatical constructions are used in English to compare things. as … as is used to compare things which have similar or identical qualities. There are many idiomatic phrases in English which use this construction, for example, as drunk as a lord (very drunk). These expressions are used to make the language more vivid. ...

E-mail Openings – Prepositions 3

E-mail Openings – Prepositions
You should clearly state your reason for writing at the beginning of an e-mail.Most readers scan e-mails to find out how the information contained affects them and to see whether they need to take any action. Using a clear first sentence will help communicate to your reader exactly why you are writing. Here is a ...

Trends 3

Trends
In business, as in life, things change. You need to be able to talk about movement, things that go up and down, for example, interest rates, prices and profits. This worksheet will test you on your knowledge of some of the verbs you need to describe trends. Trends Worksheet

Money

Money
All I ask is the chance to prove that money can’t make me happy. Spike Millagan   Here are a few worksheets to test your knowledge of English financial vocabulary: Money Words #1 Money Words #2 Money Words #3  

Idioms 2

Idioms are phrases whose meaning cannot be understood from the individual words they are made up of. They can cause much confusion for non native speakers of English (or any language), as it is not always apparent that the words constitute a phrase. For example, It’s not my cup of tea. If you don’t know ...

The Hamburger Model 3

The Hamburger Model
How should I structure my e-mails? The Hamburger Model To illustrate how e-mails are structured, I would like to draw an analogy between hamburgers and e-mails. I know it sounds weird, but bear with me. Firstly, let’s look at what a burger consists of. Of course the main ingredient, or body, is the patty – ...

Make & Do

What is the rule for using make & do? Generally speaking we use make if the action is creative, e.g. for products & results. Products are made by a company, made in a country, and are made of a material. Do is used for actions, process and activities. The action needn’t be stated. E.g. They ...

UK vs. US 2

UK vs. US
Many people believe the British and the Americans speak the same language. Think again! “England and America are two countries separated by a common language.” George Bernard Shaw “We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language.” Oscar Wilde UK vs. US Worksheet 1 UK vs. US Worksheet 2

By vs. Until

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” Douglas Adams I have seen so many misunderstandings caused by this one… Both until and by indicate ‘not later than’. Until tells us how long a situation continues. If something happens until a particular time, it stops at that time. I am staying in London until ...