Uses of “like”

“Like” has several meanings. 1. preposition (similar to) He looks like my brother. That sounds like Mozart. 2. verb (to enjoy or prefer) Do you like tea or coffee? I like water. 3. a combining form (similarly) I want to discuss it with like-minded people. 4. a pausing device that […] Read more »

Passive Voice

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 in India. […] 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 »

Noun Lessons

nouns and noun phrases and proper names and place names We write proper names with a capital letter like this: “Mark”. Not like this: “mark”. Place names are proper names so we write place names with a capital letter like this: “America” . Not like this: “america”. Look at this […] Read more »


A noun is a thing. There are different types of nouns: Abstract Noun beauty love thought opportunity place mathematics knowledge Concrete Noun concrete stone water cheese grass mother road car Plural Noun fingers toes ears children people apples drinks houses cars Singular Noun finger toe ear child person apple drink […] Read more »

Western Transvaal Conversation – Lesson Ideas

Discussions related to this conversation. Try to answer the questions below verbally in pairs or groups but first listen to the conversation at this link to get yourself in the mood. If anybody in the room has a net connection assign that person to finding the answers to the questions […] Read more »

Present Tense

There are two present tenses. They are present simple tense and present continuous tense. Present simple tense looks like this: Do you speak English? Yes, I do. Howabout you? Do you speak it? No, I don’t. Well, I speak a little. Present continuous tense looks like this: Are you speaking […] Read more »