PRESENT PERFECT OR PAST SIMPLE? — July 18, 2017

PRESENT PERFECT OR PAST SIMPLE?

It’s a pain in the neck, yep! We all know about it.

However, we all need to use the present perfect correctly. But how? Well, there are some rules and you must abide by them.

The thing, though, gets funny when you see that native speakers break the rules that you held as sacred. Can they do that? The answer is “yes, they can, and they do break them.”

A. Let’s start with standard British English. In fact, the present perfect can be used with superlative adjectives, such as: the worst, the most boring, the kindest, etc., which in all likelihood you already know about (e.g. That is the nicest compliment I have ever received.)

In American English, strangely enough, the superlatives can often be used with the past simple too. (e.g. That is the worst book I ever read.).

B. In addition, in American English, the adverbs still, yet, already, ever can often be used with the past simple. (e.g. He didn’t buy a new car yet.; I already told him not to call me after 10 p.m.)

Remember though, while the American versions are considered absolutely correct in spoken English, when it comes to English exams, the British English rules are the ones which will help you score high.

So, stick to the standard English rules if you really want to get a high mark.

By Arben (English Teacher)

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How to learn and retain new vocabulary — July 14, 2017

How to learn and retain new vocabulary

Is your difficulty learning new vocabulary? Do you find it difficult to remember and use new words you learn during your English lessons?

Whatever is your age or level, here is a simple and effective tool and yet too often overlooked by most….it’s the vocabulary notebook! No, not your grammar notebook, no not your notebook where you take notes of what is covered during your lesson.

It’s a special kind of notebook. It’s basically a phone book, whether paper or electronic it’s up to you, where you record the new words you come across during your lesson. But be careful…don’t simply translate the new word into your native language.

Take a step further. For example make good use of a monolingual dictionary (some are even free to download via app stores.) Firstly, try to understand what part of speech is the new word. Is it a noun, verb, adjective, adverb, preposition and do on? Once you’ve done that, think of a synonym or write the synonym provided by the monolingual dictionary.

Secondly, think of objects and prepositions that can collocate, go with, that new word. Let’s make an example, you come across this sentence: she’s always whining about the weather. First you look up the word whine and you find out it’s a verb which means to complain. Then you find out that one preposition it collocates with is about. Now you are ready to record this word to your vocabulary notebook.

Last but not least, carry this notebook with you and review the words as often as possible.

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By Brian Lewis (English Teacher)

Fai un tuffo nel mare delle lingue! — July 12, 2017

Fai un tuffo nel mare delle lingue!

tuffo nel mare

Proponiamo diverse formule per trascorrere l’estate a Roma studiando le lingue!

  • WELCOME PACK! Per chi ancora non ci conosce, un pacchetto di benvenuto dal contenuto pregiato e vantaggioso. Costituito da:
    • 15 lezioni individuali
    • 3 brunch con conversazione in lingua inglese
    • un test di competenze scritto e orale
    • un workshop a tema
  • CORSO INTENSIVO DI INGLESECorso adatto a persone di tutte le età che vogliano sviluppare e rafforzare le proprie competenze linguistiche.

    Durante il corso si lavorerà su tutte gli aspetti della lingua: grammar, vocabulary, listening and compre-hension, speaking attraverso materiale autentico ed il prezioso incoraggiamento dei nostri insegnanti madrelingua.

    Obiettivo del corso è potenziare le capacità di comunicare ed interagire in Inglese in un periodo molto concentrato: 2-3 o 4 ore quotidiane per 2-3 o 4 settimane a seconda delle tue esigenze e possibilità.


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