Tuesday, 2 February 2016
Cakes are found in cake shops. How pragmatic we are in Blighty! However a person who makes cakes professionally is a pastry chef. And a pastry is not a cake! It's all those dry sweet things that we tend to call Danish pastries although they look and taste the same as French ones! And as for a croissant....well that's a croissant, of course.
What's your favourite English dessert/cake/pudding?
Tuesday, 19 January 2016
teasmaid, although it should be spelt teasmade, came up today while we were talking about household appliances. And I was wondering whether they are still made today. So I checked it out and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gk9MWD_hyys
Monday, 11 January 2016
By adding -y to some nouns you can create an adjective e.g
salt - salty
pepper - peppery
spice - spicy
garlic - garlicky
Although cheesy means 'like cheese in taste, smell, or consistency' it can also mean cheap and of low quality!
Check out http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=cheesy for a more detailed definition.
What's your favourite cheese? How would you describe it?
Sunday, 15 November 2015
Today I learnt a new word - bore-out which appears to have similar symptoms to a burn-out but for different reasons. You might be interested to read more about it here http://www.bigapple1.info/file/Diagnose%20Boreout.pdf
New words creep into the English language constantly and you can keep up with the latest ones in this blog http://dictionaryblog.cambridge.org/category/new-words/
Sunday, 18 October 2015
Today we focused on the word 'a training' which in fact does not exist in English in this form. None of the ' a + gerund' forms exist; much to the despair of my French speaking students who were convinced it was an English term. So just to set the record straight:
'a training' is a training course
'a jogging' is a tracksuit
'a parking' is a car park or a parking place
'a smoking' is a dinner jacket or tuxedo
Can you add any more?
Sunday, 11 October 2015
Here is the feedback from today's session. There were an number of points about the use of tenses; past, present and future.
One hot tip to take away from today is that you shouldn't use 'will' for talking about future plans.
Use the 'going to' form instead. Many songs use the shortened form 'gonna'; heavily influenced by our friends across the big pond - the dear Americans.
What are your plans for this week?