Sunday, 25 May 2014

Similar words!!! Don't get confused!

Like / As / Unlike / Such as

- it is followed by a noun or a pronoun
- it is used to compare things
- it means ' similar to '
She is like her mother.
You speak like a native speaker.
Ann looks like a princess.

- it is used to refer to something or someone's appearance or function

Before she became a waitress she worked as a cleaning lady.

- in the same way 

I always drink strong black coffee as they do in my country.

- to refer to the degree of something 

Your son will soon be as tall as his father.

- as  a conjunction ( to connect two clauses )

As they were leaving, Mary called.

Like and As 

 they can both be used to show how things are similar

He runs like a panther.
He runs as a panther does.

- not alike, dissimilar, not equal

For twins, the girls are very unlike.
I am unlike my sister in many ways.

- not typical or characteristic for someone or something

It is unlike her to be late.

- when using to contrast somebody or something with another person or thing

Unlike the old generation of computers, the next generation of computers will be more efficient.

Such as
- to introduce an example or series of examples
- it means ' for example ', ' of a kind ' 

Animals such as elephants and lions...

Such as and Like
- they can both be used to introduce examples
- in formal academic writing ' such as ' is better than ' like '


Tuesday, 20 May 2014

How do you feel? Phrasal verbs/phrases

Pharrell Williams- "Happy"

In dealing with an emotional state- like happiness is- in his song "Happy", the US singer Pharrell Williams makes use of many phrases, which can help you to learn or otherwise to describe your feelings

Hence our decision to focus our attention on phrasal verbs and phrases that lift our spirits for good!

Please answer the following questions:

1) List five things (food, activities, films, etc.) that usually lift your spirits.

2) Have you ever felt like hitting the floor? If so, when?  

3) What would you suggest to one of your friends if he/she is in low spirits?

1.     Match the phrases with their meanings

a)      To clap along
b)      To take a break
c)      To seem crazy
d)      By the way
e)      Hold it back
f)       To warn sb
g)      Waste sb’s time

1.      Incidentally, notabene, just to add, marginally;
2.      To stop what you’re doing for a while;
3.      To clap your hands with everybody;
4.      To stop something, to delay;
5.      To say that something might be dangerous;
6.      To spend time doing stupid, unnecessary things;
7.      To look really strange;


Monday, 19 May 2014


Both tenses are used to express that an action began in the past and is still going on or has just finished. In many cases, both forms are correct, but there is often a difference in meaning:

We use the Present Perfect Simple mainly to express that an action is completed or to emphasise the result. 

We use the Present Perfect Progressive to emphasise the duration or continuous course of an action.

Result or duration?

Do you want to express what has happened so far or how long an action has been going on yet?
Present Perfect SimplePresent Perfect Progressive
Result (what / how much / how often)
I have written 5 letters. 
I have read  10 books. 
Duration (how long)
I have been writing for an hour
I have been reading for days 


Saturday, 17 May 2014

Unit 3-School Rocks


Watch this video  about a very talented child (it is a segment from a beautiful movie called August Rush). Then answer the questions below:


1) Is this the correct way to play a guitar?
2)  How does he feel when playing it?
3) What do you think about this little boy?

If you haven't watched the movie yet, I highly recommend you do as it is really fantastic!

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Unit 2- Sightseeing

Look at this list of places and suggestions for places to visit in London

Now is your turn to write about Buenos Aires or your local town (remember to suggest what to visit, how to travel, where to eat and any other aspect you consider worth mentioning)