Updates 2021

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9 June 2021

Hi, not a new update as such, but a little explanation as to why these are not so frequent. First, I'm not only very busy with English lessons, but also I'm still in the process of writing new conversation material and beginning the process of updating many of the quizzes that go with the conversations. So what I'll be doing in the future is that, if and when I have time, I'll post new material on this site; it won't be on a fixed day of the week, but basically, when it's done.

Miserable student quote: 'It's weird, but I've noticed that the older you get, the earlier everything seems late.'

19 May 2021

A new entry in misunderstandings, and a nice modern mistake: pandemia, along with some more detailed explanations of that virus that should not be named. But I've named it anyway.

Miserable student quote: 'Being told I'm ageing gracefully is saying in a nice way that I'm slowly looking older. And worse.'

28 April 2021

Another updated entry from the TEE book, and this week we have been trying to make the confusion around the word 'occasion' a bit clearer. Or maybe we've made it even more confusing. So in misunderstandings, we try to explain why 'I have no occasion to do something' is not considered the best way to express yourself if you have no time to do something...

Miserable student quote: 'Oh my goodness! The water's been cut off! How am I supposed to make coffee now?'

21 April 2021

This week, and probably on a regular basis, I'll be posting updated entries from the TEE book, and this week we have in Confusing words the difference between talk about and speak about. Basically, with informal spoken English, none really...

Miserable student quote: 'A man walked into a bar. It hurt.'

17 March 2021

In Not4GrammarBores, a grammar term that for some reason has been left out for a long time but is quite important: inversion. In addition, the blog on music streaming now includes a vocabulary list.

Miserable student quote: 'I'm not very empathetic, but I know friends who are so I can only imagine how they must feel.'

10 March 2021

No new material as such, but I've been trying to make the website more mobile phone friendly because, well, it wasn't. This will take a number of weeks, but the worst affected pages have been sorted out so this website should mostly be readable on your smartphones. So for all you people writing to me saying you can fix the job for me as you are all working for/as specialist experts who do this sort of thing, well, you can stop now.

Miserable student quote: 'Two conspiracy theorists walked into a bar. ...or did they?'

17 February 2021

Some additional material added to our perfect tenses feature, and the fact that the past perfect is used in third and mixed conditionals.

Miserable student quote: 'I booked a table for Valentine's Day. But it wasn't a good night - my girlfriend doesn't play snooker.'

3 February 2021

Finally, some more material to add to the website. This time, it's another blogspot text (without a vocabulary list, I'm afraid - it's simply for you to read the text and practice your English), and attempts to answer the questions as to why, like the Earth and climate change, the rock and pop scene is dying unless we do something about it - and streaming is very much to blame, but it's not 100 per cent because of Spotify...

Miserable student quote: 'What does ignorance and apathy mean to me? I don't know and I don't care.'

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