Posts Tagged ‘English language’

Conjugate verbs in the present simple tense (AUXILIARIES)

1 November 2017

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Conjugation of English verbs


Auxiliary verbs

Affirmative, negative and interrogative forms

affirmative form

to be (ser o estar)

I am.yo soy

You are

She is

We/ you / they are

negative form

can (poder)

I cannot

You cannot.tú no puedes

She cannot

We/ you / they cannot

interrogative form

can (poder)

Can I?

Can you?

Can she?.¿puede ella?

Can we / you / they?




Skeleton of verbs (enunciado o presentación de verbos)

can could – (poder)

must “had to” (deber)

to be was / were been (ser o estar)

to have had had (tener o haber)

to do did done(aux* o hacer)


Auxiliary verbs:

A/ primary auxiliaries:

to be; to have; to do

B/ modal auxiliaries:

can, could, may, might, must, will, would, shall, should


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How to become an excellent English speaker

29 September 2017

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

(José Mourinho)


.watch youtube videos

.listen to BBC podcasts (almost every day)

.read novels and short stories

.overuse dictionaries

.have a look at lots of newspapers (the Independent, the Daily Mail)

.get involved in social links (facebook, twitter, imgur)

.enjoy songs & lyrics

.stay in the UK for long periods of time

.be a kind of radio listener of euronews (*smartphone user)


i ´ ve got a crush on language mannerisms

25 May 2017

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i ´  ve got a crush on language mannerisms like these:

What are … Proverbs, Sayings, Aphorisms, Idioms, Puns, etc.


Here is a list of definitions (with examples), which helps to understand the difference between these terms.

It is common to find different words existing in English to represent similar ideas. It is an frequent characteristic of a language with a long history. There are a number of specific types of saying, of which proverb is probably the best known. However, the distinction between them is often pretty vague.

Adage.- An aphorism that has that has gained credit through long use.

Example: Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

Aphorism.-A tersely, memorable phrased statement of a truth or opinion; an adage.

[from Greek aphorismos, from aphorizein, to delimit, define. Apo- (1. Away from; off; Separate. 2. Without 3. Related to) + Horizein (limit, boundary)]

Example: He’s a fool who cannot conceal his wisdom.

Cliché.- An overly commonplace, banal or trite saying, expression or idea. Sometimes the terms stereotype or platitude are used as a synonym.

Clichés can be defined as preconceived twists, hackneyed and worn out by too frequent use of images, modes of expression, speech and thought patterns. These are often used thoughtlessly and without individual conviction.

Example: All Americans are very open.

Epigram.- A concise, clever, often paradoxical statement, thought or observation; sometimes expressed as a short, witty poem.

Example: The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.

Epithet.- A descriptive term (= word or phrase) used to characterize a person or thing, that has become popular is commonly understood.

Example: The Great Emancipator — as a term for Abraham Lincoln. (…)


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I love so much these issues that I have posted this latest as a duplicate in this blog dated on the 22nd November 2016 under the title “Proverbs, sayings, idioms, adages”


6 ways to improve communication in an interview (English)

10 May 2017

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  1. Use functional language, that is, say things such as “I don´t think so”, “yes, please”, “if so, let me know”
  2. Make sure of knowledge of basics: the time, the alphabet, formulaic language-say thanks, respond to thanks, introduce someone, spell words-, say numbers
  3. Be good at grammar, namely verbal tenses, conjugations, elements in a phrase, connectors, etcétera
  4. Learn, save and master plenty of vocabulary (words, expressions, verbs, adverbs, pronouns, varied adjectives, demonstratives)
  5. Be curious about idioms, false friends, acronyms, Latin abbreviations, mottoes, Slang expressions and Cockney
  6. Manage an acceptable standard pronunciation

Eugenio Fouz.- 100517



How to say and write the date in English language

1 April 2017

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Conjugador reverso de verbos en inglés

8 March 2017

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Una website de conjugador de verbos en inglés. Muestra de conjugación del verbo TO MAKE MADE MADE (hacer, fabricar)

Muestra del verbo to make: 


I make
you make
he/she/it makes
we make
you make
they make

I made
you made
he/she/it made
we made
you made
they made


to make


let’s make




In English, the conjugated forms are the same for the following persons: you, we and they.


Certain questions you can find in examinations of language

1 March 2017

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A pencil and a crossword puzzle.



Ask: pregunte

Answer: responda

Draw a house with four windows: dibuje una casa con cuatro ventanas

Make questions for these answers: haga preguntas para estas respuestas

Translate these sentences into Spanish: traduzca estas oraciones al castellano

Give the meaning of these expressions: dé el significado de estas expresiones


Choose the right option: elija la opción correcta

Circle: rodee con un círculo

Match letters with numbers: asocie letras y números

Write: escriba

Circle T for True: rodee con un círculo la T si elige verdadero

Translate into Spanish: traduzca al castellano

Pass into English: pase al inglés


Translation: traducción

Dictation: dictado

Listening: audio (ejercicio de escucha)

Reading comprehension: lectura comprensiva

Read the text: lea el texto

Answer the questions: conteste a las preguntas

Essay: redacción


Fill in the missing information: complete la información que falta

Basics: básicos (números, gramática, vocabulario)

Functional language: lenguaje funcional (lenguaje práctico)

Write cardinal numbers … in letters: escriba los números cardinales … en letra

Give your opinion about the following topic...: opine sobre el tema siguiente…


Conjugate the present perfect tense in the negative form of the verb TO KNOW: conjugue el pretérito perfecto compuesto en forma negativa del verbo TO KNOW

Make one sentence using ME: haga una oración utilizando ME

Underline the right option: subraye la opción correcta

What would you do if ..?: ¿qué haría usted si …?

Write all three forms of these verbs… : escriba las tres formas de estos verbos


[If you are reading this post and have some new types of questions asked in examinations of language, please share them. Your comments are welcome]


ESL fast, a great website for English language speakers

12 February 2017

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“La tertulia” (óleo de Ángeles Santos Torroella.

-Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid)



Sample of small talk:

Excellent website for English language speakers. It provides students

with podcasts and audio scripts. Specific for short dialogues.









etcetera (…)

How to describe an image

12 February 2017

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 Have a look at the image.

Is is a photograph? a painting? graffiti?

  1. Find out the topic: love, summer holidays, shopping, family life, school days
  2. Say exactly what you see in the picture (focus on one or two main points: the main character, a man or a girl, a landscape, a pet or a cell phone)
  3. Do not ignore the background. Show the details: colour, light, books, tools
  4. Give your personal impression. Be subjective.


To sum up:



The real thing





Use rich vocabulary (do not repeat words or expressions, if possible)

When you speak try to be clear enough to be understood by anyone

Separate words

Take care of intonation (you do not ask a question the same way you describe a picture)

Speak good English

Eugenio Fouz


“What is the best description of a kiss in literature ever?”(Nick du Plessis)

27 January 2017

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kiss might be the ideal website for reading.

There one comes across short pieces of literature.



What is the best description of a kiss in literature ever?

Nick du Plessis, Chainreader.

Written Dec 2, 2014

“I’ve been kissed by men who did a very good job. But they don’t give kissing their whole attention. They can’t. No matter how hard they try parts of their minds are on something else. Missing the last bus—or their chances of making the gal—or their own techniques in kissing—or maybe worry about jobs, or money, or will husband or papa or the neighbors catch on. Mike doesn’t have technique . . . but when Mike kisses you he isn’t doing anything else. You’re his whole universe . . . and the moment is eternal because he doesn’t have any plans and isn’t going anywhere. Just kissing you.”  

Robert A. Heinlein, from Stranger in a Strange Land

Not the greatest ever but you kind of had to be there when this book was more widely read.


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