Comparatives introduce the idea of a scale: big – bigger – biggest Rules There are definite rules which govern the formation of comparatives: Comparatives are adjectives that show degrees of comparison for example: bigger, easier, more difficult. Notice that there are different types of comparatives for example: bigger = big […] Read more »

Series of Dialogues

A dialogue is a scripted conversation. Real spontaneous language is actually full of common phrases and set conversations so dialogues are useful to help you into real live language. A series of dialogs is a story that continues from one dialogue to the next. There are three levels: Lower Intermediate […] Read more »

Miyako’s Education – Part 41

[audio:miyako41.mp3] Download audio file (miyako41.mp3) at leftantler John: Hi, Yumie, have you heard the news? Yumie: The TV news? John: No, Miyako’s news! She’s going to go to Oz. She’s going to be there for a whole year. Yumie: Oh wow! When? Where? Why? How Long? How is she going […] Read more »

Learning Languages

by Mark White (2005) We learn our first language easily. As we hear sounds we connect them to things and ideas and then after we have built up a repertoire of sounds/words that we understand, we start to use them as meaningful language. The whole process is largely automatic and […] Read more »