People are awesome

31 10 2010

Just take a look…

Earn, make or win money?

30 10 2010

Have you ever had troubles with these three verbs? In Spanish we only have one verb to express this idea, but in English there are three… so, how do you know which one you have to use? If you click on the next link and pay attention, you’ll never doubt again. Press the play button in the following page.

Phrasal verbs ‘put’ part 3

30 10 2010

Let’s continue with more expressions with the verb ‘to put’ combined with particles. Here are some more of the most common ones:

‘to put on’ a piece of clothing means to place it over a part of the body to wear it.

  • It’s cold in here. I’m going to put a sweater on.
  • Before going out, he put his boots, coat and hat on.

‘to put on’ the light means to turn it on.

  • It’s dark in here. Can you put the light on, please?
  • I didn’t put the light on because I didn’t want to disturb you.

‘to put on’ weight means to gain a few kilos.

  • I must go on a diet, I’ve put five kilos on since the holidays.
  • He was looking a little fatter. I think he has put some weight on.

‘to put out’ a light means to turn it off.

  • We don’t need the light now. Could you put it out?
  • We put out the light and sat in the dark.

‘to put out’ something burning means to extinguish it.

  • You can’t smoke in here. Please put that cigarette out.
  • It took only a few minutes for the fire-fighters to put the fire out.

‘to put out’ somebody means to cause them extra trouble.

  • Please don’t go to any trouble. I don’t want to put you out.
  • I’d be happy to do it. You’re not putting me out at all.

‘to put over’ an idea or opinion means to express it.

  • He expresses himself very well and puts his ideas over very clearly.
  • I don’t think I put my point of view over very well.

‘to put someone through’ something means you make them do something unpleasant or to suffer it.

  • I’m sorry, we have to do it. But believe me, I really don’t want to put you through it.
  • We can’t put him through the ordeal of more surgery. He isn’t strong enough.

‘to put someone through’ on the phone means to connect the caller to another person.

  • Please hold the line, I’m putting you through.
  • Good morning. Could you put me through to Mr Davies, please?

‘to put something together’ means to assemble it.

  • This modern flat pack furniture is very easy to put together.
  • We’ve put together an excellent team to work on this project.


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27 10 2010

I have found another advanced reading comprehension to continue practising your reading skills.  This time you will have to do it online!

Having Well- and Badly-Behaved Children

26 10 2010

This episode is dedicated to my neighbor’s screaming children. Learn how to describe the little monsters in this episode.

To go to the podcast, just click on the picture below:


Having Well- and Badly-Behaved Children



24 10 2010

When I found this on the Net, I realized I had to share it with you. You must know a little bit about the beautiful city I come from, and apart from that, it is good listening practice. I hope you´ll enjoy it!!!

Phrasal verbs ‘put’ part 2

23 10 2010

Let’s continue with more expression with the verb ‘to put’ combined with particles. Here are some more of the most common expressions:

‘to put forward’ an idea or opinion means to suggest something for discussion.

  • A few suggestions have been put forward for consideration.
  • Jan put forward a few ideas for raising money for the charity.

‘to put forward’ a person or a name means to suggest someone for a job or position.

  • He put his name forward as a candidate for election.
  • I’ve put Peter’s name forward for the post in accounts.

‘to put in’ means to install new equipment or a new system.

  • We have put in a more powerful engine in the new version.
  • We’ve just had a new bathroom put in.

‘to put in’ money means to invest.

  • I’ve put a lot of money in this project. I hope to make a good profit.
  • I’ve put all my money in government bonds.

‘to put in for’ means to request a transfer or to apply for a job.

  • I hope I get the job in Toronto. I’ve put in for a transfer there.
  • She’s put in for the job in the Export department but I don’t think she’s qualified for it.

‘to put into’ If you put time, money or energy into something, it means that you invest a lot in it.

  • I’m not happy with the result even though I’ve put a lot of time into it.
  • She put a lot of effort into getting it right.

‘to put off’ an event means to postpone it to a later time.

  • Tomorrow will be too late. Don’t put it off.
  • She’s put the wedding off until her father has recovered from his illness.

‘to put someone off’ means to stop them doing something by disturbing them.

  • I wish he would let me work quietly. His talking puts me off my work.
  • All the people watching put him off his game. He didn’t play very well at all.

‘to put someone off’ another person means to make them dislike someone.

  • His arrogant attitude puts people off him very quickly.
  • The stories I heard about him really put me off him.

‘to put off’ the light means to switch it off.

  • I couldn’t sleep. I finally put the light off at two in the morning.
  • Can you put the light off, please? It’ll be easier to see the screen.

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