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Hola, Buenas. Quería saber si el trabajo que hice para un oral de inglés esta bien. El trabajo consistía en decir 3 adj que te defines y 3 que no y por qué. Dejo aqui el trabajo: I´m hard working because I do the homework in my house before do another thing, I help my mum in the house and I also clean my bedroom. I´m dedicated because I like to leave things well done and whenever I want to do something I finish it. And I´m Polite because I don´t said bad words and I behave myself. I´m not talkative because I don’t like to speak very much. I´m not selfish because I usually lend my things if anybody need them. And I´m not optimistic because I always see the bad side to the good things. Gracias y contestarme lo antes posible. Un saludo 19. November 2017

Muy bien! Te pongo unas correciones (y sugerencias/mejoras – entre parentesis):
I´m hard working because I do the homework in my house before doING another thing (anything else), I help my mum in the house and I also clean my bedroom. I´m dedicated because I like to leave things well done and whenever I want to do something I finish it. And I´m Polite because I don´t said SAY bad words and I behave myself. I´m not talkative because I don\’t like to speak (talking) very much. I´m not selfish because I usually lend my things if anybody needS them. And I´m not optimistic because I always see the bad side to good things.

Un par de cosas:

  • Si hay una preposición (exceptuando ‘to’) seguida por un verbo, ese ultimo usará ‘…ing’. Por eso ‘…before doING….’. También se dice por ejemplo ‘Without knowing…’ o ‘I’m thinking of goING to the cinema.’
  • En lugar de ‘otra cosa’ u ‘ otra persona’ u ‘otro sitio’ decimos ‘something/anything else’, ‘somebody/anybody else’…etc.
  • Después de ‘like’ se suele usar ‘ing’. ‘I don’t like talking very much.’
  • Mas información:

Gerunds and Infinitives (-ing o to-), con Ejercicio


You_You _ Hi, Tina! What’s the matter with your foot : How did it happen? Tina : I fell on the ice while I was ice-skating.con base en este ejemplo Jack play football kick the goalpost break leg from nikolas 15. November 2017

You: Hi Jack! What’s the matter with your leg?

Jack: I broke it! (I would say; ‘I’ve broken it’*)

You: How  did it happen?

Jack: I kicked the goalpost while I was playing football.

* You example is US English. They don’t often use the Present Perfect (have + past participle), but in British English this is a perfect example of when to use it: ‘I’ve broken my leg’ because it is still broken (it’s not a past situation). For more information, read this….

Present Perfect vs Past Simple: What’s the difference?

 


Cordial saludo teacher, me llamo Cesar de Colombia, me gustaria saber si es posible utilizar el verb TAKE en ves de HAVE como tomar o que opinion me das de ese tema 9. November 2017

Hola Cesar –

Buena pregunta, y (afortunadamente) con una respuesta sencilla. TAKE para TOMAR se usa en los EEUU. Siendo britanico, uso HAVE. De todos modos se te va a entender uses lo que uses. El Inglés Americano se conoce en el Reino Unido por los series y peliculas. En EEUU el Inglés Britanico es muy popular y bien recibido, así que – según tu preferencia. (De la misma manera estoy acostumbrado a tratar de ‘tú’ por vivir en España. Me parece que en Colombia se usa más ‘usted’. Es parecido)


como puedo aprender fácil la pronunciación o como puedo identificar en una conversación bien las palabras 8. November 2017

Es una pregunta muy difícil de contestar con algo concreto. Simplemente hay que practicar, y es un proceso que requiere tiempo y paciencia. Intenta escuchar algo de Inglés cada día – mejor 5 minutos con mucha atención que tener la radio o tele encendido sin prestar atención.

Para entender como los sonidos se juntan en Inglés, mira los siguientes ejercicios:

Pronunciation: Joining Words

How to Pronounce the Schwa

 


hang out meaning 26. October 2017

To ‘hang out with’ somebody means to spend time with them, in a social sense.

‘Who does he hang out with?’ = Who does he spend time with, who are his group of friends?
‘He’s hanging out with the wrong people’ = He keeps bad company.


Me puedes dar clases de ingles en linea? 20. October 2017

Hola …. siento decir que no. Tengo mis clases ‘normales’ y no doy por Skype, por lo menos en los proximos años. Sí tuve una propuesta de clase gratis por Skype cada mes a un subscriptor, pero no tuvo mucho éxito (falta de interes).


i need some sentences with present continuous and adverbs of frequency for my english exam. from federica piccolo 22. September 2017

I’m not 100% sure that  this is what you mean. If not, send me another question with an example:

Generally adverbs of frequency (usually, sometimes, never, often, always, hardly ever….) are used with the Present Simple, because they are  talking about things that happen generally. The Present Continuous is used for things that are happening now or in the near future, so it’s not so common to connect the Present Continuous with adverbs of frequency.

There is one situation where you do:

“He’s always talking about football”

You could easily say ‘He always talks about football.’ but using the Present Continuous you emphasise it – He never stops talking about football! This way of using the Present Continuous is almost always with ‘always’.

“They’re always talking at work”

“I’m always fishing during the summer.”

“We’re always looking for a good time.”

 


present perfect simple and progressive 6. September 2017


Good afternoon ! I would like to know the meaning of the following sentence: there’s vast amounts of hanging around ( from the sentence : you can never guarantee waves at a certain time on a certain day, and there’s vast amounts of hanging around). Also, I don’t understand why They used ‘There’s’ rather than ‘There are’ as they are talking about ‘amounts’ in plural. Thanks ! 6. September 2017

It looks like this comes from an article about surfing. Let’s see:

  • Hang around with someone (always social sense) = Spend time with (your friends, the bad boys of the neighbourhood…)
  • Hang around = Not do anything (Stop hanging around the house. Get out and do something!)

In this sentence ‘hanging around’ is an activity, and used as a noun, in the same way as ‘I like swimming’. So basically the sentence means ‘There are very long periods when you don’t do anything.’

What you say about ‘There is/are’ is right. ‘There’s vast amounts….’ is grammatically incorrect, but it is also very common in everyday spoken English. Your attitude to this may depend on whether you need to pass exams, or whether you are simply learning English to travel/live abroad.

It’s a perfect example of the difference between what you learn


Good afternoon! Could you please tell me when we must use the prepositions in/on/at before the word Street? (In the street, on the street… etc) Thank you! 27. August 2017

This is a difference between US and UK English. I didn’t know this, and I had to check this with somebody:

In the UK, you use ‘in the street’. You say ‘I live in Durham Road.’ You generally use ‘on the street’ to refer to somebody who doesn’t have any house or job. ‘His wife left him, he couldn’t pay his debts, and now he’s living on the street.’

In the USA, you say ‘in the street’ to refer to where the cars drive. The shops, the pavement, etc. are ‘on the street’.  So you say ‘I live on Durham Road.’


Hi Jonathan! why is it that after the adjective ‘nice’ comes sometimes an -ing form ( it has been nice seeing you) and sometimes followed by an infinitive with ‘to’ as in : nice to meet you. Thanks a lot 27. August 2017

As a general rule:

It’s nice to do something = you’re thinking of doing it

It’s nice doing something = you’ve already done it

This is very flexible, and is much more a general idea than a fixed rule. In everyday Engllish it’s more common to hear/use the first, although in most situations you could use either without any problems. Let me give you an example of the difference of tone:

  1. You meet somebody for the first time
  2. You say ‘It’s nice to meet you’
  3. You talk for a few minutes.
  4. You end the conversation. ‘It’s nice meeting you’, you say.


Good evening!! Could you tell me when we should use the prepositions both ‘of’ and ‘to’ after the word ‘way’ as I have seen both of them many times after that word . Thanks! 26. August 2017

There’s no real difference, really.

It would perhaps be more common to use ‘There’s no way of knowing if there’s life on other planets’ when you’re talking about a general situation, ‘The best way to cook rice is to measure the water’ when you’re going to cook rice – in other words for a specific situation.

Having said that, it really isn’t important. You can use both.


Good evening! I would like to know when to use the words holiday/s as apart from the verb to go on holiday, I never know whether to add the ‘s’ or not. Thank you! 23. August 2017

Really, there’s no difference. There’s no way that anyone can tell you ‘That’s incorrect!’ if you say ‘my holiday’s / holidays are next week HOWEVER I’m going to tell you how I use it (and then it’s your decision):

Go on holiday/Take a holiday/Have a holiday/Our holiday was great = When you spent two weeks in a luxury resort in the Seychelles / in a campsite in Ireland.

Take or Have holidays/My holidays = When your boss gives you some time off work.

Remember 2 more things:

  • A bank holiday (always Monday) or a public holiday is when shops and offices close nationwide.
  • I’m talking about British English. ‘Holidays’ in US English usually refers to the period from Thanksgiving to New Year. I think ‘vacation’ is more common than ‘vacations’, but I’m not 100% sure.

 


Hola, tengo una duda sobre los object pronouns, si yo por ejemplo hablo de un amigo que vive con su familia, yo digo (He lives with his mom, dad and brother) luego para yo decir por ejemplo que a nosotros nos gusta la musica, yo puedo decir us like music en vez de we like music, o el objetc pronoun no puede ir al principio de la frase? 20. August 2017

Mi respuesta depende de tu nivel. Al menos que seas de nivel avanzado o proficiency, mi respuesta es NO. El sujeto antes del objeto:

  • The dog (sujeto) bit me (objeto) = I (sujeto) was bitten by the dog (objeto).

Sí puedes empezar una frase con ‘What…’ Esto es basicamente una técnica para formar una frase según tu pregunta – empezando con el objecto (aunque lo tendrás que concretar más tarde de todas formas):

  • What I like about going to the cinema is eating popcorn OR Eating popcorn is what I like about going to the cinema.

Sin embargo, esto lo puedes ‘desaprender’ en niveles más altos. Sin embargo, sigue siendo muy literario, casi arcaico, y nada común en discurso moderno:

  • (La Biblia: Revelaciones 3:21) “To him (objeto) that overcometh will I (sujeto) grant to sit with me in my throne”
  • I know little, but that (sujeto) I (objeto) know well!

O sea, se puede ver, pero no lo uses (Yo no lo hago, y soy nativo).


Hola, hace tiempo encontré tu pagina ,muy interesante por cierto, me ayudo mucho .Estoy ahora queriendo preparar un proyecto para mejorar la expresión y comunicación oral en mis estudiantes pero usando los blogs ,me gustaria que en tu experiencia de enseñanaza que ideas me puedes alcanzar o derrepente programas que me ayuden a fortalecer estas habilidades en las cuales puedan ellos interactuar . Anticipadamente muchas gracias 17. August 2017

Hola! Encantado de recibir tu mensaje…

Me parece muy interesante el proyecto que tienes en mente. Te explico un poquito lo que hago yo, para que veas si/como puede ser relevante para tus clases:

Soy profesor privado. Tengo un maximo de 6 estudiantes por grupo, e intento maximizar eltiempo que ellos pasen hablando. En un grupo de 30 o incluso 10 o 12 estudiantes eso es mucho mas dificil.

No se si tu idea es que los estudiantes crean un blog o si quieres que hablen sobre ellos. La verdad es que mis estudiantes no usan los ordenadores en clase, entonces no te puedo decir una experiencia directa, pero si que todo se puede usar para practicar la conversacion – la preparacion del proyecto sr puede debatir en Ingles, usando frases de sugerencia (shall we….? Why don’t we…?) Se podria formar grupos para buscar blogs en Ingles de diferentes temas (musica, deporte….) y luego hacer una presentacion (y cada estudiante tiene que hacerles una pregunta).

Seria muy interesante que cada grupo pudiera contactar con un grupo de nativos (no se que edad tienen – obviamente hay que supervisarlo). Por ejemplo, si es de futbol, podian ponerse en contacto con un grupo de fans de Chelsea, por ejemplo. Habria que pensar bien como organizarlo, pero bien hecho, funcionaria muy bien.

No sé si te he podido ayudar. Como he dicho, eso cae fuera de mi campo habitual, pero da mucho en que pensar. Me encantaria saber como ha ido una vez finalizado.

Sigamos en contacto!


ola quisiera que me ayuden a completar las siguientes oraciones I was tired. I for a week 17. August 2017

No has puesto el hueco, pero estoy bastante seguro que aquí:

I was tired. I ________ for a week.

Supongo que la palabra que falta es ‘slept’ (Estaba cansado. Dormí durante una semana) pero depende que parte de gramatica estas aprendiendo. Por ejemplo, podia ser ‘could have slept’ (podia haber dormido) o ‘hadn’t slept’ (no habia dormido) u otra cosa. Eso no lo puedo saber.


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