Conditionals

Here is some information to help you review conditional sentences.

Si prefieres estudiar este tema en castellano (os entiendo, es chungo…) echa un vistazo a: http://aprendeinglessila.com/2013/03/condicionales/

PRACTICE!

Let’s start with two easy activities. Kahoots! Remember: I can see the results to these.
1. First conditional (If + present simple + will)
2. Second conditional (If + past simple + would)
3. Mixed first and second conditionals

Now, here are some activities that are a bit more difficult.
Interactive activities: Click here. Make sure to practice “type I” and “type II”.

 

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Music to Practice your English

I have always felt that music is one of the best ways to work on your pronunciation. However, you must be careful about what music you use to practice your language skills! Personally, I think that there are certain genres (categories, types) that are better than others if you’re looking to improve your English. For example, it’s a lot easier to understand a classic rock song than a screamcore song! I think that country and classic rock are the best types of music to use if you want to study. Why? Both genres are usually quite easy to understand. Heavy metal, rap, hip hop, and modern pop can be quite difficult to understand.

How can you practice your English by listening to music? First, find a song you like that you think you might understand. Search for the song on YouTube, Spotify, or any other streaming service. Then, search for “Lyrics + song title” on your favorite search engine. Ojo: si hablas español, recuerda que “la letra de una canción” es “lyrics” en inglés.

What are my suggestions? Here are a few thoughts:

There are a lot of websites that offer suggestions about which songs to use in order to practice your English skills. Here are two that I think are great:

Finally, as I was about to post this article on Twitter, I saw this article from The Guardian come across my feed: “Saved by song: can singing improve your language skills?” I totally agree with the author. I learned the infamous Spanish “rr” through singing along with my favorite songs!

Do you have a favorite song in English? What is it? Does it help you practice a specific grammar subject or does it simply help you with pronunciation? Leave us a comment sharing your favorite(s) with us!

Reviewing “There + to be” and “It”

Do you get confused when “There” or “It” are used as the subjects of a sentence? In my experience, many native Spanish speakers have a difficult time with the haber -> there + to be structure. If you do, check out this great little lesson from the British Council: It and There. They have a short, 10 question, exercise at the end of the lesson.

If you’d like to practice the impersonal it & there a bit more, the University of Victoria has two short exercises for you to try:
Exercise 1: Multiple choice
Exercise 2: Fill in the blanks

Best of luck!

Adverbs of Manner

Hello! So, you would like to learn more about adverbs of manner? Awesome! Here are two great resources for you.

The British Council has a brief explanation of the topic. The best part of this page is that they have four separate interactive exercises to help you practice! Check out http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/english-grammar/adverbials/adverbs-manner

English Club has an extensive list of the most common adverbs of manner. Make sure to pay special attention to the words that they put in bold. They are the adverbs of manner that do not end in -ly.

https://www.englishclub.com/vocabulary/adverbs-manner.htm

False Friends

Aren’t false friends wonderful? We talked about false friends very briefly in class today. However, we didn’t have nearly enough time to talk about all the false friends that exist between Spanish and English. False friends (or false cognates) are words that are similar in two different languages. Despite looking alike, they have very different meanings. Here’s another explanation of false friends from the Instituto Cervantes: http://cvc.cervantes.es/ensenanza/biblioteca_ele/diccio_ele/diccionario/falsosamigos.htm

There are loads of websites available about False Friends. However, here are a few to get you started:

http://www.spanishdict.com/topics/show/111

http://www.eloihr.net/falsefriends/index.php?page=listado

Here’s a handy printable list: http://www.englishcom.com.mx/downloads/FalseCognatesEC.pdf

Best of luck with your study of false friends! Sometimes “Spanglish” works. However, sometimes it can get you in trouble. For this very reason, it’s important to know what false friends and how to avoid them!