Click here to practise your present progressive and picture description skills.
How would you describe the picture below? Click on the photo for some useful tips.
What about this one? Look at the picture carefully and then do the activities below.
Look like + (a) noun
Look as if + sentence
- Talk about your impressions.
Study the examples and then do the exercise below:
I'm sure it's a dog- It must be a dog
I'm sure it isn't a dog- It can't be a dog
Perhaps it is a dog- It could/might be a dog
- You have to draw a picture. Listen to the recording and draw the picture described.
- Identify the fathers and mothers with their sons and daughters.
- Past Simple
- To Be (affirmative)
- To Be (negative)
- Regular verbs
- More exercises (1,2,3,4,5,6)
- Lists or irregular verbs with audio
- Revise irregular verbs with this game
- Past Tense listening practice
English Irregular verbs
- Listening Activities
- More Listening Comprehension exercises
- General Listening Quizzes
- The Weather ( activities taken from Cristina's blog: Weather Forecast and song)
- The Trial
- As British as Fish 'n chips
- Vegetarian Diets
- Crime and Punishment
- Death Row Inmate
- Crime Statistics
- Airport Delays
- Female DJ
- Giving your opinion: For and Against
- Formal Letters
- Business Letters and Emails
- Letter examples (1,2,3)
A winter pleasure I absolutely love is reading a good story on a cold stormy night, specially those with a touch of mystery; what's more, if they are somewhat gothic and scary, much better.
You may like Edward and all those gentle 'Twilight' vampires, but there is something about Count Dracula, with his sinister elegance, that you should not miss; something worth experiencing form the safety of your sofa, so far away from Transilvania. After all, he has first attracted and then scared the hell out of hundreds of people throughout the years; there really must be something worth discovering about him.
To start with, you can click here and read an extract from Bram Stoker's 'Dracula', but you'll have to do some work choosing the right tenses for the narration.
After doing the exercise, you may feel more curious about the count's story.
A completely different option for a stormy night reading could be 'Tales of the Unexpected', a collection of short stories by Roald Dahl.
This is a terrific book, with some of the author's best stories, all of which are suprising, clever, twisted and, of course, completely unexpected. Dahl has an incredible ablility to make the macabre laughable and the stories never fail to shock and amuse the reader.
If you click here, you'll find an extract from 'Lamb to the Slaughter', one of the stories from the collection, and you can practise the use of narrative tenses with it.
Oh, I forgot, we'd like to win a good lottery prize just for once!
It'd be nice if you wrote your own Chistmas greetings and sent them as comments. You just have to click on the comment icon below. Come on, Xmas is coming again; it's time to celebrate!
If you need some ideas, you can find them here.
There are three ways to pronounce the final -ed of regular verbs in the simple past tense. This pronunciation is determined by the final sound* of the verb in the infinitive: Is it a voiced consonant, an unvoiced consonant, or a vowel sound?
- For verbs ending in d and t the final -ed is pronounced /Id/ as in the final two letters of the word did. Note that here the -e is not silent and this final -ed sound adds another syllable to the end of the verb.
- After unvoiced sounds such as/ p, k, f, s, , ,θ/ the final -ed is pronounced like /t/ as in the word cat. Note that the -e remains silent.
- After voiced consonants such as /b, , g, v, z, , , m, n, ŋ, l, r/ the final -ed sound is pronounced like /d/ as in good. Note that the -e remains silent. The final -ed is also pronounced like the d in good after all vowel sounds (the -e remains silent too).
Click here to see some examples and listen to the past tense verbs.
Now you are ready to do these listening activities (1, 2, 3).
*If you need to revise the phonemic symbols in English, click here.
You can do some more practice with this game. Have a go! It's fun!
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Thanks, Chiew for your nice games!