I’d like to say how satisfying it is for me (as your teacher) to see you using the phrases you have picked from my posts! As I have mentioned before, this is the best way for you to learn, by noticing interesting language as it is used, noting it down exactly as you see or hear it and then trying to use it. Well done and thank-you! Just one small thing though, I just noticed that in your blog entry dated Monday, 22nd September you used one of my phrases wrongly - can you find the mistake? Here is what you wrote:
“First thing you should know is how to move your hands and head at the same time.”
Trying to find your own mistakes is one of the best ways that you can improve your English. You are much more likely to improve by doing this yourself than if a teacher corrects your errors for you. Sometimes of course you will need some help though!! So that’s why I asked you to correct your own mistakes. You did very well, well done but there are a couple of things you need to look into. Here are the answers anyway so you can check your own answers (and everyone else)
1) Anyway, once I tried to take some belly dance classes…
2) which is a very demanding task
3) at the time
4) The first thing you should know is
5) thanks for telling me how you and Mark
Now,Ana Paula (and everyone else), can you tell me why in 1) above you should use the past form “tried” and not the present perfect form “have tried” ?
Also check your use of the present perfect form in this sentence from your last post – check it, change it and tell me why:
However, I´ve found the idea very interesting and I´d love to participate of a film session followed by a round-table meeting :-).
Ok, if that wasn’t enough, listen to Stayin Alive and pick out some more useful phrases from there and use them in your next post!
The sentence you asked me about in your most recent post “we live at a small and cosy white house which has a lovely garden in front of it” gets your idea across perfectly well so don’t worry about that. However there is a small preposition problem – can you find it?
By the way, the flowers look absolutely beautiful, thank-you for sharing them! Your Mum really does have green fingers! Please congratulate her from me. To answer your question about siblings, I have an elder brother. He lives in Oxford with his wife Mel and son Edward George. Here’s a picture:
By the way, I am on holiday for the next 10 days! Yippeeeee! We are planning on going to the south coast. This means that possibly I won’t be doing the show this Saturday… let’s see, you’ll have to tune in to find out!
YPW from Sweden – glad you liked the HW!
Hey Vladimir & Naheed– looks like that monster came up quicker than you thought! I knew you’d eat your hat when you heard who the man was! Ha ha! The teacher tricks his students once again! ;)
Welcome Sunny from China – I hope you find this blog as much fun as I do!
Toni from Barcelona – thank-you for your kind words!
Daria – excellently precise HW – I’m very impressed!
Mauricio – Come on, it can’t be that bad where you live. Go and have a better look!
Robert from Poland – why don’t you get some ear plugs for your dogs!
Nurzhan – try the tasks I set for Ana Paula… then read the complete works of Shakespeare and put a book report about it on my desk by Monday!
Maione – isn’t Aya Sophia amazing! (and WA!) there is a problem with this sentence: “In spite of my efforts,a bit tongue in cheek if I can understand her feelings.”
Adriana – thanks for the tip about Tribo de Jah. I am a big reggae fan actually and I’m sure it will be pearl – listen out for that!!!
Marianna – my mask never drops from my face. Everyday is carnival day for me– the trick is just to know who you are yourself and to stay true. Now you have captured my imagination and I’m intrigued…
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