The Activities categorised as English in Use look at the way we use English in everyday life. The Activities cover the actual use of English and examine grammar, punctuation, and functionality of the language. For any student studying English as a second language or English as a foreign language, English in Use Activities are particularly useful for improving speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills. These Activities will help you to develop your confidence in using different types of text such as fiction, newspapers and magazines, as well as learning to speak and write about things such as the weather and travel, as well as preparing you for typical situations such as ordering in a restaurant or buying a train ticket.
Did you know that there are over 600,000 words in English? That's a lot of words, and far more than any human being could ever manage to learn. Even Shakespeare only used around 55,000 different words in all of his works. Mind you, he did actually invent quite a few of them. To get a good mastery of English, you do need to expand your vocabulary as much as possible. The more words you know, the better your English will be. The Activities here will help you to quickly develop your vocabulary.
It's not easy to teaching speaking skills remotely through a website, however good the site is. To really practice your speaking skills, you need someone to speak to who can correct your mistakes as you go. The Activities here will go some way to helping you to improve your speaking skills by helping you to mirror the speech you hear in the lesson. In this way, you can notice how your speech differs from that in the Activities and, by recording your own speech, you can adjust your pronunciation to more accurately match that in the Activities.
How to talk about the weather in English using a video lecture and some self-test questions to help you learn. This lesson also looks at some English idioms related to weather and will help with your listening skills and your pronunciation. If you want to learn how to talk about the weather in English, you need to do this lesson.
The weather in Britain is so changeable 1 that you can never know what it's going to do. | Frank McKinney Hubbard said: Don't knock the weather. If it didn't change once in a while, nine out of ten people couldn't start a conversation . | Complete this famous quote from Oscar Wilde. | Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative . | Item: Match | raining cats and dogs: raining heavily | come rain or shine: whatever the weather | under the weather: feeling unwell | put the wind up: worry a lot | weather the storm: survive difficulties | right as rain: feeling well | When the weather is very wet, we say that it's lovely weather for ducks. | Here is a typical sentence heard in the UK during summer. | I promise that come rain or shine we are going to have a barbecue today. | This old adage about the weather: Red sky at night, shepherds delight. Red sky in the morning, sailor's warning | A barometer is an ingenious instrument which indicates what kind of weather we are having. | It had been raining cats and dogs and I got soaked through . After a while I began feeling under the weather so I went to bed to weather the storm . My illness really put the wind up me but after a few hot toddies I saw that my fears had been a storm in a teacup and I was soon feeling right as rain again.
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