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Phrasal Verbs: Pull

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Language Functions: Must, Don’t have to

Language Functions Prohibition ObligationIf you want to check out more language pins to review the basics or learn something new, then why not check out the Inglés Málaga pin it board?

Language Functions: Modal Verb Should

Language Functions ShouldIf you want to check out more language pins to review the basics or learn something new, then why not check out the Inglés Málaga pin it board?

Modal Mania: Janette requires some advice: You ought to.

Purchase SuggestionsIn my book, gift giving is a pleasure but thinking of an appropriate gift, locating it and then ensuring you are permitted to use plastic to pay for it can sometimes be a pain in the neck.

My mother is only interested in 3 things in life: Bach, hats, and church bells. Stereotypically speaking, women like to have a big wardrobe for all their clothes but my mother needs to have a whole room to store all her hats. In her free time she runs from one village church to another yanking bell ropes and our family home shakes as Bach’s B minor mass blares out most evenings irritating the deer and foxes.

With this in mind, I need your help. What ought I to buy her, the woolly bear hat, the church bell or the wig? Let me know, when you have a moment.

Formal expressions and phrases

It is widely accepted that using formal expressions and phrases, in both written and oral contexts, is a little more difficult than using informal expressions and phrases.  Wouldn´t you agree? However, as the well-known saying goes: ”Practice makes perfect!” So, with this in mind, why not try a few exercises from the Flo-Joe website.

Education: What is it?

Education: what is it?

Well, it´s a word which uses all of the 5 English vowels. And, phonetically speaking,  it looks like this: /ɛdjʊˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/. In addition, it´s a word that politicians repeat to infinity and beyond during an election campaign.  Finally, it´s something that affects all of us.

OK Janette, but what does it mean?

Well, I have my opinions, but I think this guy has something more interesting to say than me.  If you check out this video, you will improve your English listening and comprehension skills, learn new vocabulary, and you will definitely think. Perfect; bring on the brain shake!

The must link-in websites

English Link InThere is a lot of information on the Internet that you can use to improve your English and get yourself linked-in.

Why not check out the sites that Janette and Inglés Málaga recommend? The Inglés Málaga Link In section gives you direct links to external sites which will help you improve your English level.  To help you on your way, here are a selection of online resources you might find useful:

  1. Downloads: Provides general information for grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  2. Topic of the Month: Provides ideas for writing and speaking on specific topics.
  3. Link In: Provides links to external support.
  4. Written Work: EOI suggested Levels: A2, B1, B2
  5. Written Work: The British Council
  6. Cambridge Write and Improve

Happy surfing!

 

Making and dealing with complaints

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Customer Service

 Role One: You are a customer.

Last week you bought a DVD player on sale. When you tried to set it up at home, you discovered that it did not work. Today you take it back to the shop and explain the situation to the manager.

Invent the details of the situation and decide what course of action you will take (you would like to get a refund). Try to come to an agreement.

Role Two: You are the manager of an electrical equipment store.

A customer has come in to complain about a product that does not work. Your shop has a no-refund policy for things bought during the sales.

Listen to the customer, explain your shop’s sales policy and offer alternative solutions. Try to come to an agreement.

The must-follow offical English exam sites:

Cambridge EOI Ingles ExamenesThe following websites will help you prepare for official Cambridge Exams.

  1. Cambridge Exams B1, B2, C1, C2: Subscribe for weekly updates and quick language testing exercises.
  2. Cambridge CAE: C1: CAE Online Resource Directory:CAE Online Resource Directory
  3. Cambridge Internet TV
  4. La Junta Andalucia: EOI Exams

Improve your English level with the must-do sign up websites

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  1. All About .com English as a Second Language: To sign up for daily emails on grammar and vocabulary tips, click here:ESL Daily Email
  2. All About .com English as a Second Language: To sign up for a weekly email on a variety of topics, click here: ESL Weekly Email Please note: the place to subscribe is in the top, left hand corner of the webpage.
  3. Splendid Speaking: This resource is great for Intermediate –  Advanced learners. Sign up for weekly challenges.
  4. The Conversation: For advanced learners this website is brilliant to improve your vocabulary and review grammatical structure in context.

For more support, please view the Link In section of the Inglés Málaga site.