Many of my students get "wait" and "expect" confused. Here's a simple explanation:
Wait is used to talk about letting time pass.
I've been waiting for you for hours.
I don't have time to read this book now - I'll have to wait for the holidays.
Expect is used to talk about things you believe are going to happen.
I've been expecting you (= I knew you were coming)
I expect I'll get a promotion next year.
She's expecting a baby.
Now over to you:
What are you expecting to happen this weekend?
Is there someone you know who you always have to wait for?
Do you work with British colleagues? Or perhaps you've spent some time in the UK. Well, this might be useful. It's written as a joke, but in my opinion, it's only half-joking...
I'm going to admit that I'm really not a fan of Donald Trump. So I had a little chuckle today when I read that the White House asked for a loan of a Van Gogh painting from the Guggenheim Museum, but the museum turned them down and offered this gold toilet instead. (I'm sure Donald Trump already has a gold toilet actually.)
Here's a short article from the Guardian newspaper that you can read about it. Apparently this was a real toilet that visitors could use during the exhibition - I guess most people don't have a gold toilet at home.
chuckle - a little laugh
a loan - something you borrow (often money)
to turn sb / sth down - to refuse somebody or something
Do you want to improve your English in 2018? Well choose one of these resolutions:
I promise you, if you choose even only one of these resolutions, your English will be so much better at the end of 2018.
a blast from the past - something very nostalgic
A very Happy New Year to all my students and blog readers! I wish you lots of health and happiness for 2018!
Every year in Britain, all the big retailers release a schmaltzy Christmas advert, designed to make you laugh or cry. Here are two of this year's offerings, both from big department stores:
retailers - companies that sell directly to consumers (shops)
schmaltzy - very sentimental
If you’re applying for a job in English, you need to make sure your cover letter is great. But writing well in English is very different from writing in French. Read my LinkedIn article for lots of tips to help you: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/french-speakers-7-tips-effective-cover-letter-english-catherine-aygen
Do you have a good work-life balance? Here's a very interesting talk from an excellent speaker (who is also the author of "Fat, Forty and Fired", which sounds quite interesting. You can read more about him here.)
To get the most out of this talk, I recommend downloading the worksheet here and checking some difficult vocabulary before you start.
French women have the reputation of being very stylish and slim. It's true, I rarely see really overweight people in France, and sometimes when I go back home to the UK I am shocked by how many people overweight people I see.
I have such a problem in French with masculine and feminine nouns. I never know if something is le or la so I just choose one (50% chance of getting it correct, right?) Now my children are older, they always correct me when I get it wrong, usually while I'm trying to talk to someone in my best French.
My blog has changed! If you're looking for my English-practice exercises, they're all still here, just look in the archives.
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