Spelling bee..

What is it ? A spelling bee is a competition in which contestants are asked to spell a broad selection of words, usually with a varying degree of difficulty. E niente di certo in Inglese NON possiamo certo dire “si legge come si scrive’. Nel post di ieri presentavo alcuni diversi modi in cui si pronuncia la combinazione “OUGH”. Per non parlare poi delle letter mute…e lo dico sempre sempre sempre.. la L di TALK NON si pronuncia; che dire poi della K di KNOW?


Pronunciation Frustration ?

E niente va cosi in Inglese :

CouGH > F sound

EnouGH > F sound

TouGH > F sound

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BouGH > W sound

ThouGH > Loooong O sound

ThrouGH > OOH sound


On Top Of

Bottom line we are always on top of the situation !! E quanto ci piace l ‘inglese ????

on top of something

in control of a situation and aware of changes:

The stock market has been unpredictable, and you really have to stay on top of things.

On top of is also used to mean in addition to, esp. something unpleasant:

We missed the bus, and on top of that it started raining.

TISHS : Things Italians Should Not Say


Verbo Intransitivo :

Sembra simpatico   → he seems o appears (to be) nice
Sembrava più giovane  → he seemed o looked younger
Sembra una ragazzina → she looks like a young girl
Sembra una strega → she looks like a witch
Sembra suo padre →  he looks like his father
Sembra caffè → it tastes like coffee
al tocco sembrava seta → it felt like silk
sembra odore di bruciato→  it smells as if something is burning
Impersonal Verb :
Sembra che  → it seems that
Mi sembra che… (ho l’impressione) → it seems to me that, it looks to me as though (penso) I think (that) , I have a feeling that
Non è facile come sembra  → it’s not as easy as it seems
Ti sembra giusto? → do you think it’s fair?
Le sembra di sapere tutto  → she thinks she knows everything
Fai come ti sembra→ do as you please o as you see fit
Sembrava una buona idea → It seemed like a good idea

TISNS : Things Italians Should Not Say

W : I put it on the library shelf   R : I put it on the BOOKCASE shelf

Library in inglese vuol dire ” biblioteca”. ” Libreria” si dice “book store/shop”. La libreria intesa come mobile di case si chiama “bookcase” !!


Happy Caturday

And study English even if it’s Caturday and even if it’s Christmas !

Phrasal Verbs…Travelling

Exactly what we need … for our fantastic long weekend in….stay tuned to find out