Food Idioms & Proverbs

Let’s face it! We all LOVE food! And when we’re not eating, we like talking about food. In the English language there are thousands of expressions with food. Today we’re going to learn a few of the most common proverbs and idioms related to things that we eat and drink. A proverb is a simple, …

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20 Common mistakes in English

Learning English can be difficult and making mistakes is a normal part of the learning process. Remember, all students make mistakes. The reason for making a mistake is usually one of the following: because you haven’t learned the grammar rule, due to lack of practice or because you are trying to translate directly from your …

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What’s the difference between Adjectives & Adverbs?

ADJECTIVES describe people, things or animals. The house is BIG. My grandfather is OLD. We have a NICE, NEW, RED car. ADVERBS describe HOW an action is done. He read the book QUICKLY. She plays the violin BEAUTIFULLY. She drives SLOWLY and CAREFULLY. In many cases, adverbs are formed by adding -LY to the adjective: …

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Tips on learning English during the quarantine

Millions of people around the world are confined to their homes in an attempt to decrease the spreading of the Coronavirus. This gives us all many hours to spend on learning new things.  And it’s a great time for improving our English level!  Here is a list of tips on how to do this:

  1. TIME: Whether you use our website www.curso-ingles.com or our APP, the important thing is to dedicate at least 30-40 minutes a day.  If you dedicate even more time, that’s fantastic! Try to do it the same time every day. Having a routine will make it easier to stick to. You can start with our elementary level and work through our whole course in order or if you have a good English level already you can skip around to different units. Do our exercises at the end of each unit. They are self-correcting so you can see your results immediately and check your progress.  

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English Abbreviations and Acronyms

The English language is filled with abbreviations and acronyms used in order to save time and space.  Nowadays they are even more popular with the use of mobile phones and tablets. An abbreviation is a shortened word that sometimes ends with a period.  For example hr. is the abbreviation of hour. An acronym is the …

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Is learning English easy or difficult?

Many people believe that English is a difficult language to learn but is it really? When you compare English with some of the other most spoken languages in the world we can see that there are difficult things about the English language but there are also some very simple aspects.

What makes English difficult to learn?

Spelling: The spelling of English words is particularly difficult because the English alphabet has only 26 letters yet there are 44 sounds. For this reason English has phonemes which are 2 or 3 letters working together to represent a sound. For example, in the word “light” the letters “ght” together make a sound.

Pronunciation: Learning the pronunciation can be quite challenging for new learners. English is not a phonetic language like Spanish. In Spanish you pronounce a word the way it is spelled. In English, we often pronounce a word differently than it is spelled.  For example: THROUGH and THREW are pronounced the same, while DOUGH and TOUGH have very different pronunciations. The only way to master the pronunciation is through practice, lots of listening and trying to imitate the native speakers´ way of speaking.

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Where does Halloween come from?

Every year on October 31st children (and some adults) dress up in costumes to celebrate Halloween.

Houses are decorated with Jack-o-Lanterns, artificial spiders and cobwebs, pretend witches and ghosts and other frightening objects that symbolize this special day.

On the evening of Halloween, in North America and many other countries around the world, groups of children can be seen walking the streets wearing costumes and visiting their neighbors’houses to receive candy.

Typical festive Halloween activities include Trick-or-Treating (going house to house to receive sweets or food), attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted houses, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.

But where does Halloween come from?

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Main differences in vocabulary between British and American English

This list highlights some of the main differences in vocabulary between British and American English. Depending on the region of the U.K. and the United States, speakers may choose certain terms. British English American English Spanish Autumn Fall, autumn Otoño Bill Check, bill Cuenta, factura Biscuit Cookie Galleta Bonnet (car) Hood Capó Boot (car) Trunk …

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