Friday, 26 May 2017

Phrasal Verbs Doubts: Phrasalstein

Are you afraid of phrasal verbs or do you dare to face them up? Try this Cambridge University Press app to solve your doubts, Phrasalstein. You can use the language English or Spanish at the right top of the page.

For example you know the meaning of go and the preposition off separatedly but what is the meaning of the verb go off? here you can see the meaning from the context:
'The bomb wet off at noon'

'Exploit' is not the only meaning, whe some food is in bad condition, when you split up with some friend....

At the beginning you can choose to have a look on the phrasal verbs meaning or to start with the exercises, each definition is shown with some kind of funny sketches in which Dr Phrasalstein appears with some witches, monsters...

This app is terrific!

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Preparing your Select Exam: Essays

You have worked a lot all year round but now it is time to make the last effort.

It could be useful to have a watch on essay models to recognize your own mistakes, 
so click the image.

Thanks to Aaron Vincent.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Amy Tan, writer: Where does creativity hide?

Remember to select English subtitles if you need, this way you won't miss anything.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Big City Small World

Big City Small World is an audio soap opera. Soap opera is a term used to describe a fictional radio or television programme that often follows the lives of a group of people. 
The storyline for the soap often spans several episodes and each show ends with a promise that the storyline will be continued in the next episode.

The characters are purely fictional. However, you will be able to interact directly with the characters through the Learn English website. Each of the characters has a profile page and you will be able to leave messages for them. Behind each character is a real person, who will respond to you.

For each episode there will be some comprehension questions, vocabulary and grammar exercises, and of course a complete transcript of the episode.

Via Learning English at British Council

Monday, 8 May 2017

Johnny Grammar's Word Challenge

We have a new section on the right column about apps to learn English with your tablet or other mobile devices and I'd like to present you Johnny Grammar's Word Challenge this time.
Beat the clock and answer as many spelling, vocabulary and grammar questions as you can in this 60-second quiz! Earn Grammar Guru, Word Wizard and Supreme Speller badges by completing all levels. Beat your score to earn the ultimate Johnny’s Gold badge!
Johnny Grammar’s Word Challenge is a quiz for English learners to test common vocabulary, spelling and grammar that appears in everyday English.
The game features:
  • 3 quiz categories – Words, Grammar, Spelling
  • 3 levels - Easy, Medium, Hard
  • 10 common topics to practise vocabulary – Food & Restaurants, Travel, Small Talk, Hobbies etc.
  • 12 grammar topics – Prepositions, Irregular verbs, Conjunctions etc. 
  • Earn badges as you play and share with others
  • Compete with other players on a global leaderboard
  • Share your badges with other players on a leaderboard
  • Read the feedback on wrong answers to learn how to improve

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Managing stress. Brainsmart

Remember to include my code (begonals) and so let me know how you did.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Thursday, 4 May 2017

English Monster

"English Monster" is a funny app for Spanish learners of English to correct their most common mistakes.
And how does Cambridge know which mistakes learners make? The answer is their “Cambridge English Corpus” a database where they compile all mistakes from their official exams.
English Monster consists on a series of exercises in which two monsters will show you two possible answers about:
  • Spelling
  • False Friends
  • Writing correctly
  • Verb tenses


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