2019 is here!
And what better way to celebrate than by looking back on 2018 and checking out the 10 best Clark and Miller lessons?
Top lesson #1
We all get it.
That horrible feeling when you sit in front of your laptop to do some serious studying.
You open it, turn it on, open up your internet browser.
Then … nothing!
You don’t know where to go to get some serious English learning done (apart from Clark and Miller, of course).
It happens a lot, right?
Well, don’t worry! Here are seven great English learning websites to get you started.
Top lesson #2
Yes, yes, I know — phrasal verbs can be a serious pain in the neck.
I mean, how can adding “up” (which means “in the direction of the sky”) to “give” mean “quit”?
It makes no sense!
Whoever invented them should be taken to Florida and forced to watch Mickey Mouse dance for eight hours a day — or some other sort of terrible punishment.
But there’s good news: in some phrasal verbs, the prepositions actually mean something.
Once you’ve learned these prepositions and what they mean, you’ll be able to add hundreds of phrasal verbs to your vocabulary — and guess the meaning of some phrasal verbs without a dictionary.
Top lesson #3
“What on earth is a binomial?” you may or not be saying now.
Binomials are very common in English.
They’re also quite easy to remember, they help you sound more natural and they can help you express yourself more smoothly.
You probably already know a few binomials: “black and white,” “rock n’ roll,” “salt and pepper.”
So dive into this fun, rhythmic side of English and learn the most commonly used binomials.
Top lesson #4
Sure — we can all count to 10, 100, even a thousand or a million.
But wait a second — can you really? What about 1,008? 112,074,666?
And can you say temperatures, times, prices, numbers as slang, 24-hour time, decimals, ordinal numbers, fractions, dimensions, speeds and years correctly?
This lesson covers (just about) everything you’ll need to talk about numbers in English.
Top lesson #5
We’re all complex, interesting, emotionally diverse creatures.
And this is reflected in how we express ourselves with nothing more than the power of the face!
Facial expressions are an essential part of living together and describing how people react.
Here are some of the most common facial expressions in English — as well as some useful advanced ones.
Oh, and 27 pictures of me and my face doing different things.
Top lesson #6
You’re at a foreign friend’s house. You’re helping out with the dinner, and you need to ask your friend where this is:
And you realise you don’t know what on earth this is in English.
Then you need to find this:
And you don’t know that, either.
And then you realise you don’t know half the kitchen vocabulary in English.
How did it come to this?
Top lesson #7
If I asked you the question, “What does ‘will’ mean?” what would your answer be?
Most people, including people from the UK, would probably say something like, “We use ‘will’ when we want to talk about the future.”
It’s true we use “will” for predictions. Sometimes.
But most of the time, “will” doesn’t really represent the future.
In this lesson, find out how we use “will” for all sorts of different things, from habits to calculations.
You’ll love it.
Top lesson #8
A clock is a circle.
And a box is a cube.
OK. That’s all easy.
But what about a ball?
Or your mouse pad?
Or a candle?
Shapes are another example of everyday vocabulary that a lot of English coursebooks don’t cover.
This lesson covers most shapes and how to use them as nouns and adjectives.
It also shows you how you can describe complex objects.
Top lesson #9
This is another thing that everyone thinks they can do — but often can’t.
It’s surprising how weirdly complicated it is just to say an email address or a website address.
Sure, you can say your email address in a way that YOU can understand, but can you say it to someone on the phone and be sure that the other person has written EVERY LETTER AND SYMBOL correctly?
Getting the right vocabulary is one thing.
But there are some useful strategies for making sure that you’re giving someone your company website address and not a link to the International Sandwich Fans website.
Although, that actually might be worth a visit, come to think of it.
Top lesson #10
So what’s wrong with these conversations?
“Hey, Riza. Here’s your coffee.”
“If you like, I can look after the kids for you this weekend, Riza.”
“Hey, look! I’ve just saved you from falling into the shark tank!”
Yep — Riza says the same thing again and again and again.
Don’t be like Riza!
OK. There we have it — the best of 2018.
Before we dive deep into this lovely, fresh new year, can you answer these questions?
Can you …
- Name three facial expressions in English?
- Say these numbers: £28.99; 188,198,023; 4 ½ km
- Say your email address in English?
- Guess the meaning of a new phrasal verb — without looking it up in the dictionary?
- Name the kitchen item you use to move soup from the pot to the bowls?
- Name the shape of a candle? A ball?
- Say thank you in three different ways?
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