IELTS Relationship Vocabulary

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My name is Anna Large and I specialise in teaching Academic English. I also teach English to adults on Skype. Today I would like to work with you on the vocabulary related to relationships. This is something you will have to talk about in your IELTS Speaking exam. Let’s look at sample questions in Part 1. Here the examiner is … Read More

Sarcasm in Fawlty Towers

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Before you watch the masterpiece of the British comedy, I would like to teach you a couple of words and expressions used in it to make it easier for you to understand it and enjoy it. 6. Where can you find the Sydney Opera House? Clearly, not in England. 7. Wildebeests are African antelopes and the spelling is rather strange. … Read More

Job names in Chinese

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What you will learn today In today’s lesson, I will teach you how to talk about your dream job in Chinese. I will use a simple phrase ‘I want to be a…’/ 我想当 …/wǒ xiǎng dāng…followed by names of different occupations. This lesson is for the Elementary level because I won’t be asking you to give a reason for your ... Read More

Basic greeting phrases

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Hello, all. Below you have some greetings in Chinese. Listen to the podcast to hear how they are pronounced. If you have any questions, you are more than welcome to ask me. 你好        nǐhǎo  (Hello). 我很好 wǒ hěn hǎo  (I am good). 你好吗      nǐhǎo ma?  (How are you?) 还行吧      hái xíng ba (Still just so so).  还不错 hái bú cuò (Still … Read More

Use of Chineasy cards with children

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Amazing progress with Chinese Are your children learning a foreign language? Is it French, German or Spanish? Have they tried learning Chinese? In the video below, you will see how my children are quick to pick up Chinese words and even characters by simply doing what all children enjoy doing: by matching two cards with Chinese characters. Recently, it came … Read More

IELTS Speaking exam: holiday

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Lesson 1 I am sure you remember that the most basic words you learnt when you learnt to talk about travel were words like: ‘a flight’, ‘a nice view’, ‘a trip’, ‘a beach’, etc. These are basic words and will not score you ‘brownie points’, i.e. they will not give you the highest marks in the exam. You need to … Read More

How to talk about activities and hobbies in Chinese

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What do you like doing?你喜欢什么 What is the best way to get you started in Chinese? Some vocabulary related to things you and other people like doing. This is always a winner and I recommend you look through it. If you are familiar with pinyin, it should be easy but be careful with the tones. If you would like to … Read More

Learn vocabulary from a song

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Hi everyone,today I would like to teach you some useful vocabulary from a beautiful folk song called Zebra zebra (斑马斑马) which is super popular in China.  Basically, the Zebra in the song implies a girl who the singer wants to talk about. It is a  song with a bit of a sentimental mood and beautiful lyrics. Listen to the song first. let … Read More

Happy Lantern Festival 元宵节快乐

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Happy Lantern festival 元宵节快乐 Lantern Festival falls on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month. Mostly, it is the last day of spring festival. This is the first full moon of the new year, symbolizing unity and perfection. Lantern Festival is an important part of Spring Festival , and marks the official end of the long holiday. Generally, people … Read More

Sustaining a longer conversation in English

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Spain and its culture: sustaining a longer conversation in English when talking with a Spanish person Hello, everyone. Once my student from China said to me she didn’t know how to talk to a Spanish person for longer than 3 minutes at a party (in London) and she felt quite embarrassed about it, so she asked me to teach her a … Read More