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Mission possible: Must, Might, Could

adrenaline junkieWe use the modal verbs: Must, Might and Could when we want to express a possibility. So, imagine that Pepé de Ronda is an adrenaline junkie who is very keen on rock climbing and we want to know where he is.

So we ask: Where is Pepé de Ronda?

  1. He MUST be rock climbing ( I am 100% sure)
  2. He MIGHT be white water rafting. ( I am 75% sure)
  3. He COULD be in the pub with Janette. ( 50% It’s a possible option)

Grammar Tip!  Please remember, if you use a modal verb, you have to use the bare infinitive in the following verbMODAL VERB+ BARE INFINITIVE (B.INF:without TO ) MUST BE, MIGHT BE, COULD BE

Modal Verbs – What are you saying?

WHAT ARE YOU SAYING?

What are you saying? Seriously, I don’t understand you. Is it a question, a request, a suggestion, an obligation, an invitation, some advice, a complaint……..?????!!!!! Oh no, I have a headache! Help me, help me: where are the aspirin?

I DON’T UNDERSTAND MODAL VERBS

The English language is often very difficult to understand and sometimes seems to be completely illogical. Well don’t worry, as the British Government said after World War 2: ‘Keep Calm and Carry On.’

THE BASICS
What are Modal Verbs?
Modal Verbs are auxiliary verbs that modify another verb in order to change the meaning of the expression: (i.e. what is being said)
Examples of Modal Verbs include:

  • Can, Could, Must, May, Might, Should, Shouldn’t, Ought To, Would

When do you use them?
To express the following language functions:

  1. Requests, Permission, Offers and Invitations
  2. Advice and Recommendations, Suggestions and Prohibition
  3. Obligations, Duties, Necessities and Ability
  4. The likelihood: Certainty, Possibility
  5. A complaint

General Rules:

  1. They do not have infinitives
  2. They don’t take s, ing or ed suffixes
  3. They are followed by the bare infinitive. The infinitive without To, for example: walk, eat, drink. Not: To walk, To eat, To drink
  4. They come before the subject in questions

EXAMPLES OF LANGUAGE FUNCTIONS
Look, learn and use:

  1. Requests, Permission, Offers and Invitations. Click here:modals_LF_orpi
  2.  Advice and Recommendations, Suggestions and Prohibition.Click here:modals_LF_arsp
  3. Obligations, Duties, Necessities and Ability. Click here:modals_LF_odna
  4. The likelihood: Certainty, Possibility. Click here:modals_LF_cpl

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!

Chill-out or cultural getaway?

Are you suffering from the blues? Do you fancy a getaway to a chilled-out, unspoilt tropical island?  Or, are you more culture vulture than beach bum?

Adventure holiday

Having a ball, having a blast!

I personally have mixed feelings about this.  On the one hand, I´m really keen on sunbathing at the beach with a mojito in one hand and a trashy novel in the other hand.  However, on the other hand, I´m nuts about learning about the history, traditions and culture of a new city.  In fact, if I had more time and money, I would definitely take more city breaks.  However, truth be told adventure holidays are my real cup of tea.  I love danger, risk and a challenge.  Indeed, the last time I went scuba diving I was scared stiff but I loved every second.  Bring on the adventure, let the good times roll!

Of course, it’s possible that your idea of having fun is completely different to mine.  So, if you could go on any type of holiday, what would it be?

Breaking News-Inglés Málaga Client: High School Teacher Patri Falgueras gets a job in the USA

To stand out from the crowd is the strapline of my business and it means to be noticeably different from ordinary people.  And, without a shadow of a doubt,  Inglés Málaga clients, old and new have always stood out from the crowd.  You are all uniquely brilliant and I am always, always inspired and motivated.  This week I am bowing down to the courage, determination and success of Patri Falgueras and her family.

Patri Falguera was born and bred in Málaga.  She is passionate, generous, funny and intelligent. She has a heart of gold, she is inventive, creative and considerate. She thinks spiderman would win a fight against batman, (yeah, that´s seriously not correct, Batman would easily win!) She is a people person and a music lover. She has a positive outlook on life and a can-do attitude. She became a State High School music teacher because she thinks that education is the key to make the world a better place.  The county of Andalusia has been very lucky that Patri decided to become a teacher.

Patri applied to the Visitors Teachers Programme in the USA, Canada and England, a government managed exchange programme for high-quality teachers to work abroad and share best practice, and after months and months of filling in paperwork, writing emails and letters in English and preparing for job interviews in English, both face-to-face and on skype, she has been successful.  Having helped Patri with her English communication skills to support her application, I know firsthand how competitive the programme is and how difficult it is to be successful.  It is truly GREAT news, and an achievement that definitely deserves a party, or perhaps even a new Spanish National Holiday.

So, unfortunately, this summer Málaga is losing Patri, and Colorado, USA is gaining a gifted teacher and her wonderful family.

Consequently, this week I bow down to Patri and her brave children and husband, and I only hope that others feel as inspired by her story as I do. This weekend, please raise a glass for Patri and wish her well as she packs her suitcases in order to start a new chapter in her life.

Finally, if you are a teacher and fancy a change, then why not apply? You have nothing to lose and so much to gain; diversity is the spice of life!

The influence of newspaper headlines

A lot of people say that it doesn´t matter what newspaper you read: the news is the news.  I would say: wake up and smell the coffee!

So, with this in mind, take a look at these newspaper headlines  from British newspapers.

Verano ofertas: Inglés Málaga Intensivos


What do Inglés Málaga clients say about us? Well, read a few testimonials and you´ll get a good idea.

For more information, email Janette

Bonfires, good luck and Mr San Juan

In Spain, the summer officially starts with the night of Mr San Juan.  Historically speaking, I have no idea about the origins of this festival or if it means anything significant.  What I do know, however, is that it´s a great event to spend the night on the beach, let your hair down and go swimming under the moon and  stars.

EOI English B2 Exam Success: Congratulations Isabel and Fran!

I started the week with a massive smile on my face, but I have ended the working week feeling like a kid in toy shop.

Forget calm and congratulate Isabel and Fran on passing their B2 EOI English exams.

I am chuffed to bits for you!

So, what do Inglés Málaga clients say about us? Well, read a few testimonials and you´ll get a good idea.

For more information about English courses, email Janette

What should I drink when it´s boiling hot?

What, something alcohol-free!  Indisputably, that´s not a serious suggestion, is it?

Ok, some friends sent me an SMS with the following suggestions:

  1. A Jamie Oliver Cosmopolitan
  2. A James Bond Vesper
  3. A white wine spritzer
  4. A fuzzy or pierced navel

Remember that I´m hopeless in the kitchen so which of the above do you think is, by far, the easiest to make?