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Saturday, 29 September 2012

The past simple, present perfect simple and continuous

Make or do (Fluency MC, rap)

Friday, 21 September 2012

Writing an informal letter

Writing informal letters

Opening greetings: Hi Jill, Hello,
Closing greetings: all the best, best wishes,love, hugs and kisses xx

Opening lines: how are you?, How's everything in/at... How's things/it going.. I'm sorry I haven't been in touch/written for ages/so long/a while.

Closing lines: Will write again soon. hope to hear from you soon. Take care of/look after yourself. Make sure you write soon. Well, I've got to go now. Send my love to... Say hello to...for me.

Responding to previous letter/email
Saying thank you:Thank you/thanks (so much) for your letter/email/message.
It was great/really nice to hear from you.
 good news:  (it was)great to read about...(I was) glad to hear about...That's great news about your...
Bad news: I'm extremely/really sorry to hear/read/find out about... It's very sad to hear...

introducing points: By the way, Did you hear about... Another thing, Have you seen... I wanted to ask you if/whether... I was wondering if... Can you let me know if...

1. Write 120-150 words in an appropriate style
Your Scottish friend, Maggie, has sent you an email asking you to help her organise
a special surprise birthday party for her brother Rupert. Read Maggie’s email
and the notes you have made. Then write an email to Maggie using all your notes.

We must make sure that Rupert doesn't know we are planning this surprise.
I'm not sure how many people to invite but our house is definitely too small.
Do you think we should book the Royal hotel for the evening and have the
party there? You know that Rupert is very keen on music so we could hire
a live band.

I've also been wondering what we could all buy as a present. What do you think?
Could you come the day before the party to help with preparations.
There's a lot to plan so I'd really like your help.
Can you suggest something else that will really make the party special?

All for now,
best wishes,


Your notes:
Paragraph 1 - Royal Hotel sounds OK but very expensive
Paragraph 2 - Rupert really enjoys fishing
Paragraph 3 - Sorry, busy that day.
Paragraph 3 - Something else - Yes, how about ....

Other ways of saying common words

A funny way to learn English (for adults)

*WARNING: Some of the language used may not be suitable for younger learners.



Saturday, 18 August 2012

Spanish Robin Hood?

~Read the text and then use the words below to fill the gaps.

A mayor in a small Spanish town has become a hero (1) ____ helping steal food from supermarkets to give to the poor. The modern-(2) ____  Robin Hood is Juan Manuel Sanchez Gordillo, 59, the elected leader of the southern town of Marinaleda in Andalusia. Mayor Gordillo has (3) ____ from prosecution under Andalusian law and so can break the law without being arrested. He has so far (4) ____ several raids on supermarkets to hand out the stolen food to poor families. Unfortunately, those helping him are not immune from prosecution and seven have been arrested for (5) ____. Gordillo has been mayor for 30 years and his recent exploits have seen his popularity skyrocket, with crowds gathering to see his food (6) ____.
Many Spaniards are (7) ____ severe economic conditions. A quarter of Spain's workforce is jobless and austerity measures mean many now live (8) ____ poverty. Things are even worse in Andalusia where unemployment is over 30 per cent. Mr Gordillo defended his role in stealing food for the (9) ____ well-off. He said: "There are people who don't have enough to eat. In the 21st century, this is an (10) ____ disgrace." Spain's conservative government has criticised Gordillo, accusing him of (11) ____ part in publicity stunts to boost his own popularity. The mayor retaliated by saying he would happily accept being arrested. He is currently (12) ____ a three-week anti-austerity protest march to Spain's capital Madrid.
Put the correct words from the table below in the above article.

True or False?
a.The people in a small town are angry their mayor is stealing food.T / F
b.The mayor cannot be arrested for stealing the food.T / F
c.The mayor only organizes the stealing but does not actually steal it.T / F
d.The mayor said prices have skyrocketed for 30 years.T / F
e.Around 25% of Spain's workforce is unemployed.T / F
f.Unemployment in the mayor's region is double the national average.T / F
g.The mayor said he understood his actions were a disgrace.
T / F
h.The mayor is now on a three-week protest walk to Madrid.T / F


7.povertyg.hit back

Source: Breaking news English.

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