Sarcasm in Fawlty Towers

Anna LargeEnglish, Lessons2 Comments

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

IELTS Speaking exam: holiday

Anna LargeEnglish, Lessons9 Comments

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

Sustaining a longer conversation in English

Anna LargeEnglish, LessonsLeave a Comment

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

Never Ignore a Tilde

David KingEnglish1 Comment

N.B. Ã/ã (a–tilde) is a letter used in some languages, generally considered a variant of the letter. I thought it would be a nice gesture to wish a Spanish colleague ‘Happy New Year’ in Spanish via WhatsApp. A simple enough task you would have thought, but I hadn’t bargained on the tilde, that squiggly line which sometimes appears above the … Read More