Asking for Directions in a Street Asking about the Location of a Building Asking about the Location of a Shop Asking Somebody’s Name Asking Someone for Coffee Complimenting Somebody Finding out Somebody’s Name Giving Somebody a Compliment Inviting Somebody for Coffee Making a Compliment Meeting a Stranger Meeting an Acquaintance […] Read more »

Passive Voice

at SideShowMom Which one is passive and which one is active? Click the green words to link to audio! I speak English. English is spoken in Australia. I understand Japanese. Japanese is not widely understood outside Japan. My aunt raised me. I was raised in France. Many languages are spoken […] Read more »


The definite article in English is “the” The indefinite article is “a” or “an”. Before a vowel (a,e,i,o,u) we use “an” eg “an elephant”. Before a consonant (b,c,d,f,g,h,j,k,l,m,n,p,q,r,s,t,v,w,x,y,z) we use “a” eg “a dog” We use “a” to show any one (no specific one) He went to a restaurant. He […] Read more »


Listen to these three different accents Liverpool: “Let me tell you!” London: “I will put it this way!” Virginia: “That is the way I see it.” Comparatives and Superlatives Lesson Which one is the most difficult (for you) (to understand)? Why is that? (How come?) What factors contributed to it […] Read more »

Miyako’s Education – Part 38

[audio:miyako38.mp3] Download audio file (miyako38.mp3) at beija-flor Miyako: Ooh, that last one was a bit hot. John: Try this one, but be careful. It’s even hotter. Miyako: Phew! It’s as hot as anything! It’s burning my mouth. John: Here, have some beer. Miyako: That makes it worse. John: Don’t think […] Read more »