Today let’s look at a trend that’s becoming popular all over the world- Dynamic Desk Organizers!
We all need to keep our desk tidy. But do you ever get tired of the same old pencil case or organizer?
tidy (adj.): things are neat, not messy
dynamic (adj.): energetic, changing, different from normal
inspiration (noun): something that gives you ideas
Do It Yourself (DIY) (noun/adj.): something you can make yourself
organizer (U.S. English)
organiser (U.K. English)
How about these ideas for some inspiration?
1. Pitta Bread Pencil Case (from cargocollective.com)
2. Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Lego Pen Pot (from estefimachado.com.br)
Cardboard Animals for Your Desk (from yankodesign.com)
What do you think of these dynamic desk organizers? Do you have any good ideas for making interesting desk organizers at home? Please leave a comment!
In today’s lesson we will study the present simple and the present progressive tenses. These are very simple. But many students make a mistake and use the wrong one! So we will make sure you know which one to use.
1. The Present Simple
- A fact.
“I work for a bank.”
“She is a student.”
“France is in Europe.”
“The dog is on the sofa.”
- A sequence of events in the present.
“I go to work at 8 o’clock, have lunch at 1 o’clock and go home at 5 o’clock.”
“She makes dinner for her kids and then washes the dinner.”
“The sun goes down and it gets dark.”
To make the present simple:
Subject + Verb infinitive
“I play football on Saturdays.”
“We have lunch at 12:30pm.”
(For he/she/it): Subject + Verb infinitive-s/es
“He needs a new jacket.”
“She watches a movie every Friday evening.”
2. The Present Progressive
- Something happening right now.
”We are waiting for a phone call.”
“I am eating a sandwich.”
“The players are getting ready for the game.”
- A plan for the future.
“He’s going to Africa next year.”
“I’m playing football on Saturday.”
“We are leaving soon.”
To make the present progressive:
Subject + to be Verb + Verb-ing
I/You/He/She/It/We/You/They + am/are/is + eating/reading/going
“I am going to France tomorrow.”
“She’s running a marathon.”
“They are coming over later.”
Now try the quiz!
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Today we will look at some ways of using the past tense in English.
There are many ways to talk about the past in English. It can be confusing for English learners to know which form of the past tense to use.
Today we will explore two different forms of the past tense:
- the simple past
- the past progressive
1. The Simple Past
We use this to describe:
- An action or actions in the past
“I had an orange for breakfast.”
“I saw my brother at the supermarket.”
“They cleaned the cars.”
- Actions that happened in a sequence
“I watched the movie and then walked home.”
“She bought the groceries and carried them to her car.”
“You gave him the letter and then left?”
- Actions that happened in the middle of other actions
“I was relaxing on the sofa when she came home.”
“The kids were playing tennis when the rain started.”
“The burglar stole their TV while they were sleeping.”
To make the simple past, use the past tense (e.g. spoke, ate) and not the past participle (e.g. spoken, eaten).
“I watched him walk away.”
To make the negative simple past, use did not + infinitive.
“He did not study for the exam.”
“I did not know the news.”
To make the negative simple past in spoken English, you should use “didn’t”.
“We didn’t have time to visit you.”
2. The Past Progressive
Use this to describe:
- An action that was happening in the past
“I was listening to the radio.”
“She was describing her holiday.”
“We were waiting for two hours.”
- Two or more actions that were happening at the same time
“He was watching TV while she was washing the dishes.”
“The boys were waiting at the beach but the girls were waiting at the mall.”
“The students were studying but the teachers were drinking coffee and talking.”
- A past action that gets interrupted by a different action or event
“I was sleeping until the phone rang.”
“He was driving home when the car skidded.”
“She was sitting quietly when the man entered the room.”
To make the past progressive, use the past tense of “to be” and the continuous form of a verb.
Subject (I/You/He/She/It/We/You/They) + to be past form (was/were) + continuous form of verb (verb-ing)
“He was eating sushi.”
“We were playing golf.”
“I was expecting a phone call.”
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Hello English learners!
In today’s intermediate lesson, we will practice using “a/an” and “the”. We will also use the imperative of a verb.
Articles A/An and The
A/An: For unspecified things. (We don’t know which one). Use “An” for words beginning with vowel sounds (a, e, i, o, u sounds). Use “A” for words beginning with other sounds.
1. Can I have a sandwich please?
Imperative verbs are used to tell someone to do something.
The imperative form is the same as the infinitive, without “to“.
infinitive: to eat; imperative: eat
infinitive: to watch; imperative: watch
infinitive: to study; imperative: study
Now let’s practise.
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Welcome to today’s intermediate lesson! This is a reading lesson. Please read the text. At the end of the lesson there is a quiz, so you can check your understanding. Enjoy!
Here is the text:
The Day of Seven Billion
Have you heard of “The Day of Seven Billion”? This was the day that the world’s population reached seven billion. Seven billion people! That’s incredible. Seven billion is seven thousand million. Or 7,000,000,000. What an incredible number of humans.
The Day of Seven Billion was October 31st, 2011. Of course, it’s impossible to count every human in the world. But that was the symbolic day that was chosen by the United Nations.
Where do all the people live?
Here are the population totals of each continent:
Africa: 1,020,000,000 (one billion, twenty million)
Asia: 3,880,000,000 (three billion, eight hundred and eighty million)
Australasia: 33,000,000 (thirty-three million)
Europe: 731,000,000 (seven hundred and thirty-one million)
North America: 535,000,000 (five hundred and thirty-five million)
South America: 386,000,000 (three hundred and eighty-six million)
The population of the world is growing quickly. It reached six billion in 1999, and is expected to reach eight billion in 2027. Why is it going up so quickly? Some of the reasons include better healthcare and nutrition. People have better medicine and food, so they can live much longer.
Having so many people is a big challenge. Many problems like pollution, overcrowding, food shortages and deforestation are caused by a growing population. We will have to work hard to avoid these problems.
On the other hand, a huge population of people can have benefits. Since there are so many humans, we are able to invent new technology and develop our culture very quickly. Also, there is so much diversity in the world, like different races of people and different languages.
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Do you like Coca-Cola?
How often do you drink Coke?
Coca-Cola was first made by John Pemberton in 1886. At the time it was sold as a type of medicine. Since that time, Coke has been the most famous soft drink in the world. For over a hundred years, billions of people have enjoyed the taste.
Why is Coca-Cola So Delicious?
What makes Coca-Cola so delicious? Why do people like it so much? What is the secret ingredient of Coke?
(Secret ingredient: Something in food or drink which makes you want more.)
A photo from a 1979 newspaper shows a person holding a book. In the book you can see the recipe for Merchandise 7X.
What is the Recipe for Coca-Cola?
(Recipe: A list of ingredients in a food or drink. Also, the method for making it.)
- Fluid of coca
- Citric acid (3 ounces)
- Caffeine (10 ounces)
- Water (2.5 gallons)
- Lime juice (2 pints)
- Vanilla (1 ounce)
- Caramel (1.5 ounces)
- Alcohol (8 ounces)
- Orange oil (20 drops)
- Lemon oil (30 drops)
- Nutmeg oil (10 drops)
- Coriander (5 drops)
- Neroli (10 drops)
- Cinnamon (10 drops)
Of course, it would be almost impossible to make Coke yourself. To get the quantities right would be very hard, and how would you know the method for making the drink?
(Quantities: How much of each ingredient in a recipe.)
Alcohol in Coke
So, it seems that there is alcohol in Coca-Cola! It is only a tiny amount. And maybe the recipe has changed. Maybe there isn’t any alcohol in it these days. What do you think? How does it make you feel?
Hello intermediate level English learners! We have a very useful lesson for you today. We will be learning English noun plurals. Noun plurals in English can be a little difficult as there are many irregular forms. But don’t worry! In this lesson you will learn the rules for plurals, and the most common exceptions. Enjoy the lesson!
What Are Plurals?
Regular Plural Nouns
Irregular Plural Nouns
There are many irregular plural nouns in English. Here are some of the more common ones:
Singular / Plural
mouse / mice
tooth / teeth
man / men
woman / women
child / children
goose / geese
octopus / octopi
Nouns with Identical Singular and Plural Forms
Some words in English are the same in both singular and plural forms.
- one species
- five species
Words with Only Plural Forms
Some English words only have a plural form.
Compound Noun Plurals
For compound noun plurals, we add -s to the first noun.
- a father-in-law
- some fathers-in-law
- one runner-up
- four runners-up
Now let’s practice. Click Start!
Today we will practise writing in cursive handwriting. If you are learning English then it is really helpful to be able to write in cursive. But cursive handwriting takes practice.
So below you will find some free printable cursive handwriting practise worksheets.
You can print the PDF below and then practice writing the seven different sentences.
If you missed the lessons where we learnt how to write in cursive writing, you can find them here:
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Today we will learn how to mind map. Mind maps are a great way to learn a language. And they are so easy and fun to make! Please watch the video below!
Here is the finished mind map:
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