Flaw, defect, default, fault

Flaw, defect, default, fault

Vocabulary

What do these words have in common? Well, they can all be translated by "défaut" in French. flaw = a mistake/fault in something, that makes is...

Horoscope

Horoscope

Vocabulary

Occasionally the horoscope is mentioned during the lessons, and I always get stuck when I have to name the astrological signs in English (mind...

WordReference.com

WordReference.com

External links

My favourite language website is www.wordreference.com . This website provides an online dictionary, and also language forums. On these forums...

Ski holiday

Ski holiday

Vocabulary

For those lucky enough to have gone skiing these last few weeks, here is some useful vocabulary: ski resort = station de ski slope = piste ski...

verb + "-ing" or + "to infinitive"

verb + "-ing" or + "to infinitive"

Grammar

This is always a tricky subject. Yesterday evening we had to"decide" if it was "I like going" or "I like to go". Now in fact, this is one of...

you (thou)

you (thou)

Culture

Pe rsonally I really like the fact that in English there is no difference between "tu" and "vous". Here in France it's always complicated to...

the Cotswolds

the Cotswolds

Culture

Sometimes students ask me where to go for a holiday in England. Well, my favourite region is the Cotswolds. You will find beautiful villages,...

make or do?

make or do?

Vocabulary

The French verb "faire" can be translated by "to make" or "to do"! And it is not easy to know which one to choose! 1) to do (when you talk about...

personal / personnel

personal / personnel

Vocabulary

The French adjective "personnel" can be translated by "personal" and "personnel". personal: (Fr: personnel /individuel /particulier...) the personal...

un stage

un stage

Vocabulary

The word "stage" is often used in France, and there is no exact translation for this word in English. You can identify two meanings: 1) un stage...

Pronunciation of "i"

Pronunciation of "i"

Pronunciation

It's not easy to find a rule that will help English language learners to know how to pronounce the letter "i". We will talk here about the letter...

Zéro

Zéro

Vocabulary

Now it would have been easy if in English you could just translate it by zero. Well, you can, but not always. 1) You say "zero": for the number:...

Pronunciation of "gh"

Pronunciation of "gh"

Pronunciation

The "gh" at the end of a word is rarely pronounced, in fact they are silent letters. Some examples of words where you don't pronounce them :...

How do you say 2010?

How do you say 2010?

Culture

How do you say 2010? It's a good question. Up to 1999, we would say the year by saying the 4 numbers two by two.So 1999 is: nineteen ninety-nine.And...

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2010

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2010

Culture

We Wish You a Merry Christmas We wish you a Merry Christmas; We wish you a Merry Christmas; We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year....

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