Do you like going to the swimming pool? Do you like diving off the high diving board? Here's Mr Bean and his rather hilarious trip to the local pool.
Download the worksheet to see some useful grammar and vocabulary in context.
An easy grammar question: If we are talking about what is happening now, which tense do we use?
Present continuous of course. be + Ving
Advanced challenge: Try to watch the Mr Bean video and explain what is happening, before you try the worksheet.
Chunks are everywhere. And they are very useful for you when you're learning English. What are they?
It's Friday and it's been pouring with rain here, so we need a cheerful song like this to enjoy.
You can download the worksheet with the lyrics and a little bit of vocabulary. Nothing difficult, let your brain unwind for the weekend.
Listen to comedian* Michael McIntyre go around the world in different accents. And here's a little listening worksheet to go with it. Have fun!
* for French speakers: Comedian is a false friend. The French word comédien translates in English as an actor. The English word comedian is a comique or humoriste in French, we only use this word for someone who is funny. So a comedy is a funny play or show.
By the way is a phrase we use a lot. A lot. And you'll often see it written as btw.
What does it mean? It's for changing to another subject (usually a less important, or smaller topic.) For example:
I can't believe the elections are so soon, it's so important to vote. By the way, I'm going to the shop if you want anything.
Or for adding more information:
I saw John the other day. And by the way, he has lost loads of weight.
You know when you are talking to a friend and you keep remembering different things you want to say or talk about? You can use by the way to introduce every new topic you think of.
By the way, if you want to use by the way, first listen out for it next time you're speaking English to someone. Then you just have to try and you put it into your English conversation. Eventually you'll be using by the way just like English-speakers.
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