Grammar

Let’s work on vowels.

Some English learners have trouble with vowels. It’s usually because English vowels can sound very different than the vowels in other languages, and also because English speakers prounounce their 5 vowels many different ways. Many students know that pronunciation is different in each English-speaking country, and sometimes the vowel sounds change even within a country!…

Expressions

Back that cat up.

If you turn your back on someone or something, it means you’re don’t care what happens to them anymore and won’t help them no matter what. Your cat may turn its back on you, but don’t worry. We’ll be back.

Grammar

Articles about Articles.

During this coming week, I’ll talk about situations in English when you don’t use an article (“a” or “an”). “Cats are good companions”. “Running is good exercise”. “Learning English is hard”. General descriptions and statements of opinion don’t take an article. “I’ll make dinner”. “It’s time for breakfast”. When you talk about meals. “Dinner was…

Grammar

Knowing and visiting.

A teacher who lives in Uruguay knows me very well. I call him my Uncle Jon and the guy who lives with me says he’s his brother. I’ve known him a long time. He’s coming to visit me. If you want to go to see a person or a place, in English you will usually…

About Flash

Getting to know me.

Have we met? What do you know about cats? Will you visit me soon? Do you know the guy who lives with me. I can get to know you better between my naps….. For Spanish-speaking English students, the word “conocer” is often translated as “to know”. While that’s a correct translation, English speakers don’t use…

The assistant grammar cat. A beautiful ginger girl.
Assistant Grammar Cat

Standing in and out.

I did stand up to Flash the other day. Remember that I stand in for him any time he takes a day off and sleeps. Those posts stand out because they don’t happen that often. I think Flash is lazy sometimes, that’s why I have to stand in so our students don’t get stood up…