Lesson of the day


In these exercises, you need to take the information in the first sentence and re-write it, using the word in bold so that the second sentence has exactly the same meaning. You cannot change the word in bold in ANY way. You can use a minimum of THREE and a maximum of SIX words for each space.

  1. None of the phones were left when we got to the shop.
    the shop, all the phones had been sold.
  2. I didn’t know it was Carl until he took off his hat.
    Only                                                         his hat did I recognise Carl.
  3. Don’t waste your time asking Bryan to come with us.
    It’s                                                                                    to come with us.
  4. Perhaps John heard the story from Pippa.
    Pippa might                                                story.
  5. Until they fire me as manager here, I’ll run the company my way.
    the boss, I’ll run the company my way.
  6. The school’s management are investigating allegations of teacher brutality.
    Allegations of teacher brutality                                             the school’s management.
  7. It’s not possible that you saw Mary last night, she was with us!
    You                                                                                             last night, she was with us!
  8. The beach was fun even though it was too cold.
    too cold, the beach was fun.

Teachers matter !

It ain’t what you do. It’s the way that you do it. That’s what gets results.


1. Which of these elements are features of word stress? (Mark all that apply)

  • Grammar
  • Letters
  • Loudness
  • Length
  • Pitch
  • Number of syllables
  • Prefixes

2. Check all statements that are true:

  • There are different stress levels for “long” words: primary stress, secondary stres, tertiary stress.
  • Word stress will not influence pronunciation.
  • Suffixes do not influence the placement of word stress.
  • Every word of 2 syllables or more will have at least one syllable which is stressed.
  • Word stress placement may vary in certain cases depending on the variety of English (example: British English vs. American English, etc).


Phrasal Verbs of the day 

COLLOCATIONS. Learn phrasal verbs with nouns that go with them. È sempre piu sempilce imparare phrasal verbs  quandary vengono spiegati in un contesto. 

Ma cosa sono esattamente i Phrasal Verbs ? Verbs that consist of a verb and a particle. Particles are small words which you already know as prepositions or adverbs. Some of the most common : ABOUT (A)ROUND AT. AWAY BACK. DOWN  FOR  IN  INTO  OFF ON  OUT  OVER  THROUGH  TO  UP


Idiom of the Day ” Under the weather”

How do you feel today ? A bit under the weather …

under the weather

1. Mildly ill. “Yeah, I was under the weather last week, but I’m feeling much better now.”
2. Drunk. “Do you remember last night at the bar at all? You were really under the weather!”
3. Suffering from a hangover. “We were out celebrating Valerie’s birthday last night—that’s why we’re all under theweather today.”


E lo sapevate che la parola “shampoo” ha origini indiane?

Definition: to wash (as the hair) with soap and water or with a special preparation

The word shampoo had a markedly different meaning when it first entered the English language in the middle of the 18th century. It comes from the Hindi and Urdu cā̃po, which is the imperative of cā̃pnā (“to press, massage”), and in its earliest use retained the meaning of “massage.” The sense of shampoo meaning “to wash the hair of” did not enter common use until the middle of the 19th century.

Shampooing is an operation not known in Europe, and is peculiar to the Chinese, which I had once the curiosity to go through, and for which I paid but a trifle. 

—Charles Frederick Noble, A Voyage to the East Indies, 1765

Conquering Spooky Speaking Exam

Gli esami fanno paura. Sempre. Anche se si fosse super preparati. In particolare per chi non ama parlare in “pubblico”. E allora che si fa ? Posso solo dire cosa ho provato a fare io :

  1. intanto che si aspetta il proprio turno iniziate a parlare in inglese con gli altri canditati.. una sorta di warm up !!
  2. la grammatica e annessi lasciamola da parte;  ci accorgiamo di aver fatto un errore? Se si riesce a correggere al volo bene altrimenti .. move on and pretend it didn’t happen.  Lo sapete vero che è peggio esitare, tentennare o mmmmmm ..hummare ? Si perché l esaminatore terrà conto anche di questo nella votazione finale
  3. cito qualcuno di davvero speciale che dice ” If you want to be  interesting , be interested” ! Siate interessanti, curiosi, vivaci.

ma soprattutto BE YOURSELF !! un bel respiro, un bel sorriso e non scordiamoci mai che chi abbiamo davanti è una persona proprio come noi !!