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10 Words You Need to Stop Misspelling - The Oatmeal

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The Oatmeal is very cool.


These are really words we need to stop misspelling.


Take a look!


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Lucky Louie: Why? | Amara

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Lucky Louie: Why?| Amara...


I would have gone crazy at 5 am...


Watch the video. I've subtitled it for you.



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Channing Tatum Stripped ... For His... | Amara

Channing Tatum Stripped ... For His... | Amara | Learning English Matters | Scoop.it

Channing Tatum Stripped ... For His Sister

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Man cons religious institutes with fake donation fees - ANSA English - ANSA.it

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Man cons religious institutes with fake donation fees, Trickster pocketed up to 700 euros per day, , English News, Ansa...


Here is where I teach you a few appropriate words:


Douchebag >The term generally refers to a male with a certain combination of obnoxious characteristics related to attitude, social ineptitude, public behavior, or outward presentation.


Scum of the earth>a dishonest, unkind, or unpleasant person


Jerk >a stupid person or a person who is not well-liked or who treats other people badly


All three describe this con artist who stole from people.


He is a person who tricks other people in order to get their money.



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Expressing what you are thinking

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The Teaching Thief - Metacognition Stems..


I found this post on Pinterest and thought I'd share it with you.


Here is a list that you could use:


  • I am  thinking that...
  • I am thinking of/about...
  • I was tinking that...
  • I wonder if/what when/where/how...
  • I am wondering...(idem above)
  • I noticed that...
  • It reminds me of...
  • It made me think that....
  • I figure that...

Remember that 'wonder ' has nothing to do with Wonderwoman:-)


When you think about something with curiosity and you want to ask about it, you can say:


  • I wonder if he is coming .
  • I am wondering where he is.

italian learners, the translation is 'mi domando...'


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ADELE - Skyfall

 Skyfall is the official theme song to the James Bond film of the same name.


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  • to burst > to break open in a sudden and violent way
  • to drown > to die by being under water too long
  • to face > to deal with in a direct way
  • to crumble > to break into small peices
  • to stand tall > to be proud and courageous






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What conditional is it?

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Can you indentify what conditional this is?


Here are a few examples. 


  • If I am not in italy, I will come to the party.
  • If i get there on time, I will speak to him about the issue.
  • When I finish my work, I will have lunch.


Are these examples of first, second or third conditional?



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Cristina Faita's comment, November 12, 2012 1:50 PM
It's the first conditional!
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Tough times don’t last, but tough people do.

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Tough /ˈtʌf/ is an adjective.


Tough can mean difficult to do or to deal with. it can also describe a person who is physically or emotionally strong. 


There are a few expression connected to this word that I thinka re interesting.


  • Hang tough! > don't give up!
  • He's as tough as nails. > he is strict and emotionally strong.
  • she's a tough nut to crack.> it's hard to convince her. 
  • She's a tough cookie. > she is very resilient.



Who is the toughest cookie you know?


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Grey's Anatomy Season 9 Episode 2 -... | Amara

Grey's Anatomy Season 9 Episode 2 -... | Amara | Learning English Matters | Scoop.it
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I've subtitled the scene for you. I hope you like it. Sandra Oh did a wonderful job.


Thumbs up to her!


In this scene, Cristina  tells the story of her experience in the woods after the  plane crash. 


She uses two expressions often:

  • keep + -ing which means to continue doing something. We use this expression when we want to show that an action is repetitive. 
  • remember + -ing whic means to recall doing something so it's  the memory of a past action.

Here are some examples:

  • He keeps calling me but I don't want to speak to him.
  • Keep studying because it's important.
  • I remember eating at my Grandmother's on Sundays as a child.
  • I remember paying that phone bill online last month.



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Night owls vs. morning people: Who's smarter?

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Recent evidence shows that people who thrive at night have higher IQs.
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Express English: Dancing

Every week we ask you a different question. Hear what people in London say, then join the conversation! Have you ever had dancing lessons? When do you dance?...
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Unbelievable Facts: Left Brain & Right Brain Conflict,Must Try.

Unbelievable Facts: Left Brain & Right Brain Conflict,Must Try. | Learning English Matters | Scoop.it

'The brain is divided into two halves (hemispheres).
Usually, the left half of the brain controls the right side of the body.
The right half of the brain controls the left side of the body.
your right brain tries to say the color and your left brain insist to say the word, thus, causes you to slow down the process.'


http://unbfacts.blogspot.com/2012/07/left-brain-right-brain-conflictmust-try.html#ixzz2BVcBjVof

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Benny & Joon - Trailer

Movie trailer for "Benny & Joon" - (1993)...



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  • Knock it off ! > Stop it!
  • Take my cousin off my hands > Bring him with you



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If I Had A Million Dollars - MUSIC ... | Amara

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Here is another post related to Conditionals


This time we are looking at the 2nd Conitional.

It's an unreal situation in the present or future



if + past simple, would/could/might + base verb


Example:

If I had a million dollars, I'd buy you a green dress


Listen to the video and follow the lyrics.


what would you do with one million dollars?


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Did he say niggers? Funny Spelling Bee

Andrew Lay gets 'NEGUS' as his word to spell out. It seriously freaks the poor kid out...
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Toddlers & Tiaras - Karmen's Mom

Get more Toddlers & Tiarashttp://tlc.discovery.com/tv/toddlers-tiaras/toddlers-tiaras.html Fake teeth. Fake tan. Real determination. Karmen's mom is not afra...


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  • She got invoived in...
  • it escalated from there.
  • to have a tan > skin gets dark from exposure to the sun
  • there is a ton of things involved 
  • why are you being so contrary > so difficult
  • she was a little off. > She was not precise


Why do I feel like this litle girl is not happy to do this? Her mom seems more excited than she does. 


Is it only me?

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Quia - First Conditioanl Quiz

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Which is the right answer?...


If you've read the previous posts on the 1st coditional, try this quiz!


Let us know what your score is .

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SKYFALL TWO MINUTE TRAILER | Amara

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Not only do you ahve the official soundtrack but we've also created subtitles for the trailer. Enjoy Bond ...James Bond!



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  • a judgement call > a decision based on careful thought
  • you must be joking? > are you serious?
  • likely > probably

Who is yur favorite James Bond?

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First Conditional Form & Key Words

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Let me start by saying that I consider this conditional the most difficult to get right when speaking. Most people use the structure 'if + future, future" and this is a mistake. 


Why do speakers make this mistake? Well, they instinctively follow their native language patterns which are not in line with English in this case.


This is the pattern to follow for the First Conditional:


If + present simple , future will + base verb


Here are a few examples:

  • If you spend your money, you will not have any for the future.
  • If I get her answer soon, I will be able to take a decision.
  • If they don't have fun, they won't give a good review. 
When do we use the 1st Conditional?
Well, it is directly connected to a real possibility. The if clause expresses the conditon and the main clause expresses the result that is possibile/ probable. We can also use can or may instead of will.  

IF can also be replaced by when, until, unless, before, after to create a temporal clause.
  • When we have the meeting, I will tell him I am leaving.
  • Until you don't take your resonsibilities, they will not take you seriously.
  • Unless he changes his habits, he will get sicker.
  • Before they leave, we will offer them something to eat.
  • After the CEO speaks, we will break for lunch.
Any questions? Post them and we will answer.
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CONDITIONALS WEEK!

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I will be posting activities on conditionals this week so stay tuned!


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We were off the grid for 7 days.

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The picture that you see exemplifies people who choose to live off the grid. 


They are not connected to centralized sources of energy and work with solar power etc...


We use the expression Off the Grid when power, water or gas has been cut off from our residence or office. When Hurricane Sandy hit, a few of our friends from New York were off the grid for many days.


Have you ever been off the grid for more than 1 week? 


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Snow Patrol - New York | Amara

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I subtitled my favorite song on amara.


Check it out!

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Sign in to read: Maxed out: How long can you go without sleep? - health - 23 April 2010 - New Scientist

Sign in to read: Maxed out: How long can you go without sleep? - health - 23 April 2010 - New Scientist | Learning English Matters | Scoop.it


I thought I was bad...this guy beats me hands down!


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  • wide awake : with eyes that won't shut
  • raring to go : ready to start
  • slurred speech: unclear and slow speech


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It's on hand if you need it!

'To be on hand' means that someone or something is available or ready to be used.


Examples:


  • The beamer is on hand if you need it.
  • There are a few extra waiters on hand for the reception.
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What is this?

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 What do you see in the picture?


a. the pavement

b. the floor

c. the ground



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Giorgia Bianchi's comment, November 6, 2012 7:45 AM
B!
Cristina Faita's comment, November 7, 2012 2:20 PM
Yes! The pavement is what you walk on when outside. Ground is more generic. it's opposite could be IN THE AIR/SKY!