Friday, January 31, 2014

Lesson 4A: CAN - COULD - TO BE ABLE TO

In this lesson we are working with this modal form when it means ability and possibility (and it's also used for permission). Apart form the exercises on the book and workbook here you can do some more:
If you want to know what is the difference between CAN and  TO BE ABLE TO you can go to this link

Meeting People in Madrid

Some of you are interestied in practising English with foreigners. Here you are a kind of association to learn and practise languages. This is the email that have sent us. I hope you'll enjoy the meeting!
Dear friends:

In February we look forward to meeting you at our usual free international language exchange encounters every Wednesday from20:30 on and every Sunday from 19:00 on at Café Galdós (Los Madrazo 10 – metro Sevilla), which maintains its special offers for the attendees, as well as free canapés for everybodyThere you will practise languageswith people from all over the world, make new friends and have great fun. The coordinators will welcome you and introduce you to nice people in a very friendly and fun atmosphere. Awarded as Best Language Exchange of the Year by the European Vibe Magazine.

Furthermore, this month we will host two very special events: a greatInternational Night at Bernabéu Stadium on Friday 7, whose details you can find below, and a spectacular Wine & Arts Evening on Friday 21, about what we will inform you very soon.

MadridBabel

GREAT INTERNATIONAL NIGHT AT THE STADIUM (Friday, February 7th)

On Friday, February 7th, MadridBabel invites you to its GREAT INTERNATIONAL NIGHT AT THE STADIUM, which will take place from 23:00 to 3:00 at the Real Café – Gate 30 of Bernabéu Stadium (Concha Espina 1 – metro Santiago Bernabéu).

There will be our usual fun and friendly international atmosphere, this time at one of the most famous stadiums in the world!

The entrance will cost €5, which includes a welcome glass of wine.

Reservation is not needed, you can bring all your friends; it’s going to be an unforgettable evening in a very impressive venue.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Let's Talk about ...

Many students have problems with speaking skills. The only way is to practise as much as possible and you have some possibilities:
  • Have meetings with some other students and talk about a topic: choose a subject and talk about that but it's better if you have prepared the vocabulary in advance. Pay attention to the structures needed (suggestions, invitations, expressing opinion, giving advice and so on)
  • Use skype to speak to other people, not only Spanish but foreigners as well.
  • Try to find conversation groups in the place you live or start one on your own.
If you need topics to talk about you can find some on the internet:
To finish with you should use English in a natural way such as going shopping, have a drink, talk about your family, your job or use the things you are interested in (sports, reading, art, politics, etc)

Monday, January 20, 2014

That's English! Module 5 - Unit 9: Invitations

In this lesson we work with invitations. You should keep in mind suggestions in mind as well because sometimes the same expression fits both actions. Let's have a look:

  • Why don't we go to the cinema? (suggestion and/or invitation)
However, let's see all the possible forms which are used for invitations:
  • Let's ...+ INFINITIVE
  • Why don't we ...+ INFINITIVE
  • Shall we ...+ INFINITIVE
  • Would you like to ...+ INFINITIVE
  • Do you fancy ...+ ING FORM
  • Do you feel like + ING FORM
  • Are you up for ... + ING FORM
  • How about.../What about... + ING FORM
Now we should see how to accept or refuse invitations:
  • Accepting:
    • Sounds good
    • Why not
    • That's a great idea
    • I'd love to
  • Refusing:
    • I'm afraid I can't ...
    • Sorry but ...
    • Another time perhaps
Eor exercises use these links: