Make and Learn English

The first of a new series. ‘MAKE and LEARN ENGLISH’

In this video lesson you will learn how to make a fun festive cover for a bottle of wine.

A truly multi-sensory learning experience.

While you watch, listen and make you will absorb new vocabulary, learn how to use common verbs and how to follow instructions in English.

Follow the link below to my channel for the video lesson complete with full transcript and Italian translation.

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Make a Festive Bottle Cover

Listening. A day in Ho Chi Minh City

A day in Ho Chi Minh City

Listen and watch this one minute video.

Then try to answer the questions.

The answers will be published tomorrow in a new post.,

I am going into a Shopping Centre in Ho Ch Minh City.

There are lots of shops.

Toy shops. Cake shops. Chocolate shops.

I go down the escalator to the ground floor where I see people enjoying a coffee in the coffee bars or eating a meal in the restaurants.

Now I’m outside.

I buy a coconut juice from this lady.

It is very noisy,

The roads are crowded with motorbikes and scooters.

I walk down to the docks where it is much quieter and enjoy a coffee in the Terminal Coffee Bar watching the ferries departing for the islands.

Now test your listening and understanding.,

Questions:

1. Which city am I visiting?

2. How do I get to the ground floor?

3. Why is it noisy outside?

4. What drinks do I have?

5. Where is the ‘Terminal Coffee Bar’?

6. Are the roads busy or quiet?

Say NO!

This Summer Say NO to exercises. To worksheets. To lessons.

Help your Children to TALK English.

To USE English. Have FUN.

Use toys and puppets .

Play games.

Do anything that encourages them ( and you) to talk English.

Watch my programmes then USE the English.

http:tinyurl.com/jumblefunenglish (free) gratis. See the link below.

Above all, have FUN.

English is not just for school. Use it everyday.

At home.

Together..

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Saying ‘I Like’

There are many times when we want or need to say ‘I like’.

I like your new hat.

I like your new car.

I like your new hair-do.

But ‘ I like’ can be BORING!

Let’s fine better phrases . Better ways of saying ‘I like’

That colour really suits you.

Your ear rings are really trendy

Cool shoes!

That hair-style suits your face.

That hat looks great on you.

You look cute with short hair.

Your shoes match your outfit perfectly.

Where did you find such trendy earrings?

Your outfit was a great choice.

Those sunglasses really suit you.

Using ‘some’ ‘a few’ ‘a lot’

We use ‘some/few/a lot when describing a quantity we can’t count like flowers in a meadow of clouds in the sky. We also use them when we don’t need to be accurate, for example “I made some cakes.”

They are useful when making a comparison for example:

She had a few colds last winter but this winter she had a lot.

‘A lot’ can be shortened to ‘lots of’

Watch the video lesson here’s: LINK TO LESSON

Here are some more examples:

I’ve been to the theatre a few times this year.

A few of the girls had long hair.

Last year I had a few grey hairs. Now I have a lot.

We only had a few figs on the tree last year but this year we have lots (a lot).

I would like some cherries.

Would you like some wine?

Some of the women wore hats.

I saw lots of poppies in the meadow.

Would you like some bread?

WEATHER IDIOMS

We English must appear to speak in riddles! It’s because we use so many idioms especially weather idioms.

Watch the lesson first and then look at the explanations below.

LINK TO LESSON ON WEATHER IDIOMS

I’m Under the weather: means that I’m not feeling very good. Very well.

I’m snowed under: I’m snowed under with work. I’ve got lots and lots of work to do.

Wall to wall sunshine: A beautiful sunny day with hardly any clouds in the sky.

The heavens opened: It suddenly started to rain very heavily

It’s raining cars and dogs: It’s raining heavily.

Every cloud has a silver lining: something good always comes as a result of something bad. Eg. I missed my bus but I saw an old friend.

I’m as right as rain. I’m feeling great.

I’m on cloud nine: I’m really happy.

Now the same passage WITHOUT the idioms:

I’ve been very busy this week and a bit poorly. Not very well.

Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day and so I decided to take the day off and go for a walk.

So I packed my picnic and off I went.

I’d just sat down when it started to rain very heavily and I got very wet (drenched).

But, while I was sheltering from the rain I made a new friend.

Now I’m feeling fine and very happy.

It’s not much fun written like this !

That’s why we use idioms. It’s for effect.