Listing points: First of all; In the first place; Firstly; First and foremost; To start with; To begin with; Secondly; Thirdly; Finally; Last but not least; Lastly;   Listing advantages and disadvantages: One of the main advantages of; One advantage of; Another advantage of; One benefit of; A disadvantage of; The downside of; One drawback is that; The pros and cons of;   Adding more points: In addition; What is more…

  What time is it? / What’s the time? Could you tell me the time please? – more polite   Say the minutes first and then the hour. (Minutes + PAST/ TO+Hour) For minutes 1-30 we use PAST after the minutes. For minutes 31-59 we use TO after the minutes.   5:00 It’s five o’clock. 5:05 It’s five past five. 5:10 It’s ten past five. 5:15 It’s a quarter past five.…

A Romanian is not “surprised”… his “face has fallen off” (i-a picat fața). A Romanian didn’t just “do so much with so little”…he “made a whip out of shit” (face din rahat bici). A Romanian won’t “lose temper”…his “mustard will jump off” (îi sare muștarul). A Romanian hasn’t just “screwed up”…he “threw his boogers in the beans” (a dat cu mucii-n fasole). A Romanian won’t “try to fool you”…he’ll “throw vapours…

How is the weather? It’s windy. It’s freezing. What is it like outside? It doesn’t look very nice outside today. What is the temperature? It’s 20 degrees Celsius. How is the day? It is a lovely day. What is the weather going to be like? The weather forecast says it will be warm at the weekend. It is freezing outside! (it is very cold) It is a bit chilly. Wrap up…

TOO- shows that something is more than enough, more than necessary or more than wanted. too+ adjective e.g.: This book it’s too difficult for him to read.   too+ adverb e.g.: He reads too quickly for me to understand.   too much+ uncountable noun e.g.: I ate too much chocolate. Now I really have to go on a diet.   too many+ countable noun e.g.: He bought too many candies. He…

Do and make are 2 verbs that are easily confused by English students. Let’s learn together about the difference between them and when we should use them!   Do We use “do” when somebody performs an action, an activity or a task: do the washing; do a crossword; do the ironing; do the washing up; do the laundry; do the dishes; do the shopping; Exception: to make the bed; e.g.: I…

1) a waste of time meaning: not likely to have a satisfactory result; e.g.: Talking to him is a complete waste of time.   2) time flies meaning: time passes very quickly; e.g.: Time flies when I am with you.   3) once upon a time meaning: -used to describe something that happened in the past; -it is also used to begin children’s stories; e.g.: Once upon a time there was…

Here are some English proverbs translated into Romanian. I hope you will find them useful. Every cloud has a silver lining = Tot răul spre bine The early bird catches the worm = Cine se scoală de dimineaţă departe ajunge Easier said than done = Uşor de zis, greu de făcut It is easier to forgive than to forget = A ierta e uşor, a uita e greu It is easy…

Mistakes are often made by using the wrong preposition after certain words. Here are a few examples: We say to accuse of, not for. Don’t say: They accused the woman for cheating. Say: They accused the woman of cheating.   We say to travel by train, plane, bus, etc. not with the train, etc. Don’t say: She travelled with the plane yesterday. Say: She travelled by plane yesterday. Observation: travelled is…

The English language includes some confusing words that are often misused. To clarify this I’ll give you some examples: – accept: I accept the consequences of my actions. – except: I like all the shirts in this shop except the blue one. – affect: Your negative thoughts will affect your state of mind. – effect: His words had a great effect on her. – all ready: The children were all ready…