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Cinema Vocabulary

Here is some vocabulary to describe different types of film and some people connected with the cinema. Practice these and other Phrases with your online English Teacher at skypeclass.com Types of film, using the word ‘film’: A horror film: A film that scares you A science fiction film (a sci-fi film): A film set in the future, or an imaginary world and time An action … Read more

laughing vocabulary

Podcast – Laughing could kill you

BBC 6 minute English – Laughing could kill you Podcast download Transcript download Book your next skype English Class In a competition for control between laughter and breathing and speaking, laughter always wins, says a neuroscientist. Neil and Tim discuss the dangers of laughter and teach you some related words. This week’s question: How many times a day does the average … Read more

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Podcast – 6 minute English

Do you need to upgrade your phone? Transcript Download Download MP3 recording Book your next Skype English Class Many people are holding onto their old phones longer – instead of rushing out to buy the latest model of phone. What are the advantages or disadvantages of getting the latest model? Rob and Catherine talk about smartphones and teach you new … Read more

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Grammar – Imperatives

Take a Free English Level Test  with us Grammar Imperatives are verbs used to give orders, commands, warning or instructions, and (if you use “please”) to make a request. It is one of the three moods of an English verb (indicative, imperative and subjunctive). For example: Give me that tape, please ‘Don’t forget to make a wish!’ ‘Don’t say it out loud!’ These are … Read more

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Podcast – The rise of Drones

Drones have become commonplace in the skies above our heads. In certain cases they have been dangerous, but there are many new uses for them that are bringing us benefits too. From delivering parcels to saving lives, drones are taking off. Join our discussion about them and learn some new vocabulary in 6 Minute English. Download the MP3 Download the … Read more

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Today’s Phrasal Verbs

Mor Phrasal Verbs connected with the letter S As you know, native speakers of English tend to use a lot of phrasal verbs (sometimes called prepositional, multi-word verb, verbs) in everyday spoken English. In fact, this is quite frustrating for students who often have learned one-word verbs during their English studies and then are confronted with an English speaking world … Read more

Environmental vocabulary

Environmental Vocabulary

Practice environment vocabulary with Philip your skypeclass Teacher. Words connected with ‘environment’: Watch a Video documentary  about Recycling the environment the natural world, including the air, water and land in or on which people, animals and plants live We need to do more to protect the environment from pollution. environmental relating to the natural world and the effect humans have on it … Read more

Environmental vocabulary

Relationship Vocabulary

Here is some vocabulary to describe some of the different stages of a relationship. Practice your love vocabulary with Philip your Skype Class Teacher. MP3 Download about marriage and relationships from the BBC. Visit us on YouTube Chat up – starting a relationship  to chat (somebody) up to talk to somebody in the hope of starting a romantic or sexual relationship to flirt … Read more

Valentines Day

Valentines Day

Valentines Day – Read the story Listen to Audio It’s that time of the year when couples show their love for each other by sending cards, flowers and chocolates. But Valentine’s Day is not only about public displays of affection: in recent years it has also become big business. In the UK alone, more than 20 million pounds is spent on flowers, … Read more

Dental Vocabulary

Visit us on YouTube Here is some vocabulary related to dentistry and teeth. Watch this old dental advertising video. Practice your dental vocabulary with Philip your skypeclass Teacher People who work in dentistry a dentist a person whose job is treating and looking after people’s teeth a receptionist a person who books appointments, greets patients and looks after the paper … Read more

Environmental vocabulary

Describing Temperament

Visit us on YouTube Describing Temperament – When Tim says ‘I’m all calm and controlled on the surface’ he’s describing his temperament. Temperament is the part of your character that affects your feelings and moods and the way you behave. Read this BBC article about how temperament differs around the world. Practice the following vocabulary with your Skype Class Teacher … Read more

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Suffixes: -ment, -ance, -ence

English Suffixes Take an English Level Test Words like excitement, performance and difference have suffixes that turn verbs and adjectives into nouns. Listen to Finn and Catherine talk about the suffixes -ment, -ence and -ance in this 6 Minute Vocabulary. Nouns ending in –ment: enjoyment the process of enjoying something (feeling pleasure in something) replacement someone or something that replaces … Read more

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Idioms with ‘no’:

Idioms use language metaphorically rather than literally. When Tim told Khalid there was ‘no point crying over spilt milk‘ he was making a joke because he was using the idiom metaphorically and literally. Usually we only use idioms metaphorically. This idiom  means ‘don’t get upset about something in the past that you can’t change’. The literal meaning is ‘don’t cry when you spill some milk’. Idioms … Read more

Complaining in English

Complaining in English Listen to BBC Podcast Dan and Alice talk about complaining in English, and how British people may be getting better at it. This week’s question: According to the Wall Street Journal, what was the cause of most airline complaints in the US in 2010? Was it: a) Delayed or cancelled flights b) Rude staff c) Lost luggage … Read more