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March 03, 2015

Eight ways to learn English Grammar!

Group of business people standing in huddle, smilingHow useful is grammar for learning a language? And what can you do to improve your knowledge of it?

Grammar alone isn’t going to help you speak a language. However, learning some basic patterns can be useful. For example, if you know the negative past tense is formed with didn’t + a verb, you can produce hundreds of useful sentences: I didn’t go, she didn’t see it, we didn’t do it…” So, what can you do to improve your knowledge of grammar? There are two things: firstly, you need to learn how to form sentences; secondly, you need to know how to use the structures. Here are 8 things you can do to achieve those two objectives:
Forming basic structures

1 Verb tenses
When it comes to studying grammar, the best thing you can do is to focus on verb tenses as this will help you communicate in English. Firstly, you need to find out how the tenses are formed. In order to do this, simply get hold of a grammar book, choose a tense and read about it. Then, do some basic exercises online or in an exercise book to practice forming the structure.

February 26, 2015

Chocolate art

Why not read about chocolate when it becomes a work of art!
Listen to the text below in HotEnglish Magazine.

February 22, 2015

Meet Vivian Westwood

You can listen to this interview with Vivian Westwood in the London Eye. Born in 1941, she is an English fashion designer and businesswoman, largely responsible for bringing modern punk and new wave fashions into the mainstream.

February 21, 2015

LA and Hollywood

Elena presented LA and Hollywood. Would you like to visit it some day?

English Pancakes


After watching the pancake race on Wednesday, you may want to cook English pancakes as they do on Shrove Tuesday:

February 20, 2015

New Orleans


These are you classmates' presentations in class. Aren't they wonderful?

and Manuel's:

February 18, 2015

A final feast before Lent

Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the day many Christians around the world begin a traditional fast before Easter, this year for 46 days. Custom also has it that the days and weeks before Lent be given up to revelry and indulgence -- the great Carnival on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Mardi Gras in New Orleans, the famous masked balls of Venice and costume parties and parades elsewhere.
In Britain the last day before Lent is celebrated by boisterous crowds dressed in costumes, who race down streets flipping pancakes. Selah Hennessy has more.


Watch and listen to the news clip and then complete these sentences with the missing words.

1. Lent is a time for ___________ things.
2. Shrove Tuesdays is the day for cleaning out the ____________.
3. Pancake races appeal to people’s ____________ nature!
4. Everyone’s got ‘a _______________ tooth’!
5. People in Britain have been celebrating Pancake Day for ______________ years.
6. The tradition started in _____________ when a woman ran to church holding a
7. Donald O’Kelly is planning to give up ______________ for Lent.
8. Pancake day is a time to __________________.

February 15, 2015

Valentine's Day and its interesting history

After binging on chocolotes yesterday, you may find that St. Valentine lost his life to save lovers from the tyranny of the King interesting.

Bring'em Home

Pete's appearance on the Johnny Cash TV Show (1970)


February 14, 2015


Why not practice these questions again at home? You may record yourself as well!

1.   How do you get to work?
2.   How long does it take?
3.   What do you think is the best way to get around your city?
4.   Do you think women are better than men with young children or do you think that’s just a stereotype?
5.   Do women talk as much as men?
6.   Do you think men and women talk about different things?
7.   Is there anything you’ve tried to learn but you failed?
8.   Have you stopped trying?
9.   Is there anything that people do with their phones that really annoys you?

February 12, 2015


I thought it might be a good idea to get some more practice with modals at Grammar Aquarium:
It's also nice to remember the difference between "know" and "meet"

February 11, 2015

The London Underline Proposal

Could the answer to London’s congestion be a network of subterranean cycleways? Dubbed the London Underline, the project would turn London’s abandoned tube tunnels into living streets beneath the city.

February 10, 2015

The Costa del concrete

The Mediterranean coastline then and now – in pictures. This is a link Marcos suggested to see how the Spanish coast has changed with time. Don't miss the comments at the end of this The Guardian article.
Click on the images to see how the Mediterranean and Spain’s northern coastlines have been redeveloped, using archive pictures and the same locations photographed by Pedro Armestre for Greenpeace


This is an example of a nice composition about friendship.

February 09, 2015

Gold rush

Dear NI1 groups, 

This is a video from American Hisotry Channel. It is related to chapter number 4 from American Cities. Try to answer these questions:
  • How was success considered differently in California from New England in the East?
  • What were the consequences of gold rush?

Lure: attract
Scramble: (with for) to rush, or struggle with others, to get. The boys scrambled for the ball.
Impoverish: to make poor. The long war severely impoverished the country.
Breakthrough: a sudden solution of a problem leading to further advances, especially in science. 

The discovery of the structure of DNA was a major scientific breakthrough.

February 08, 2015

American Cities Listening


This is a nice listening from about different American Cities. Listen to it and answer the online questions: