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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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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Learn English with movies!

One of the best ways to improve your understanding of the English language is by watching movies. Movies are not only entertaining, but can also provide you with some common colloquial phrases and expressions as well as vocabulary and grammar in context. TIPS on watching movies: – Watch the movies with English subtitles – Watch …

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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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English expressions about time

The time is here! Set your clock and get ready! Today’s post is about expressions and idioms related to TIME. The following list contains some of the most commonly used English expressions regarding the passing of time with explanations and examples to make them clearer.

AGAINST THE CLOCK– in a hurry or with very little time.
They are working against the clock to have the house ready for the guests arriving Saturday.

A DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT– something that comes too late and isn’t worthwhile economically.
Yesterday we bought a used car after searching for weeks. Then today my uncle said we could have had his, but that it needs repairs. A day late and a dollar short!

AT THE ELEVENTH HOUR– something that happens at the last minute, almost at the end.
The opposing team scored a goal at the eleventh hour and won the game!

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER– it is better to do or have something late than not at all.
We wanted to give her the birthday present at her party but it wasn’t delivered until 3 days later. Well, better late than never!

DONKEY’S YEARS– for a very long time.
He’s been living in Spain for donkey’s years! It must be 30 years now!

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