Learn English Grammar: Present Perfect

This post looks at the present perfect and when to use it. We ask the questions:

How do we form the present perfect?

The present perfect is the verb ‘have’

and the past participle, for example:


Subject       has/have     past participle

I                       have               worked

You                 have                worked

He/she/it         has                  worked

We/they          have                worked


Some examples of regular verbs:

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Tips for learning online

Welcome to this blog post which looks at tips for learning online. (Words with an * are explained at the end of the post under ‘Vocabulary Check’)

  1. Little and often.

It is better to study* for 10 minutes a day, every day than to study for 70 minutes one day a week.  Studying once a week will help a little but studying everyday will help you remember much more.  We can forget up to 80 % of new words only 24 hours after learning them! 

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What is the BBC?

BBC photo 


The BBC is the British Broadcasting Company.   The BBC is ‘public service’ television and radio network.   If you have a television in the UK and watch televisions programmes you must buy a television licence.  The money from the licence pays for BBC programmes on television and radio.  Most of the money for the BBC comes from UK households.  There are no commercial advertisements* on BBC channels. 

When did the BBC start?

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Learn English vocabulary: Spring is in the air!

What does spring mean to you?                                                                IMG_1405


Spring is in the air! But what does that mean?



In the UK spring starts in March and continues through April and May. 

There is an expression that says

‘March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb’.

 (words with * are explained at the end)

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Learn English grammar: The past simple


This article looks at the past simple. We use the past simple to talk about actions that have finished.

What does the past simple look like?
When do we use the past simple?


When I was twelve my family moved to a new house.

 This sentence contains two past simple tense verbs.

 Was – the past of the verb ‘to be’. This is an irregular verb. It does not follow rules.

Moved – the past of the verb ‘to move’. This is a regular verb. It follows the same rules as other regular verbs.

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Learn English vocabulary: Spring idioms

Spring Idioms

Have you got a ‘spring’ in your step? Then ‘spring’ into action and learn about spring idioms!

FullSizeRender Here are some idioms and expressions using the word ‘spring’.

 Idioms are common expressions in everyday English.  However it is usually difficult to understand the meaning of the idiom from the words.  For example: ‘To push the boat out’ actually means ‘to spend a lot of money usually to celebrate something.’  The spring idioms below all contain the word spring.  Some are connected to the season and some to the verb ‘to spring’.


Idioms are not used in formal writing but are often found in literature or in everyday speech.  You do not need to use them but it is a good idea to understand the most common idioms. Continue reading Learn English vocabulary: Spring idioms

Hello and welcome to my blog.

Hello and welcome

My name is Lisa.  I am a teacher of English as a foreign language.   Originally from London, I now  live in the beautiful English county of Gloucestershire.  I have a degree in English and trained as a teacher of English as a foreign language. I did my teacher training in London over twenty years ago. Welcome to my blog for learners of English.

After my training, I moved to Germany, I lived there for some years teaching English grammar, conversation and English for business.  I worked with students from many different countries with different language needs. Teaching English as a foreign language is my dream job because it gives me the chance to meet so many interesting people. I have taught students from different countries and from different continents.  I enjoy learning about different cultures and the differences and similarities between languages. 

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My Blog

I hope that this blog will help you learn English. I want to write about English grammar, idioms, phrasal verbs as well as about British life. My plan is also to write about famous British people. My idea is to help learners understand a little more about the culture and learn vocabulary at the same time. I also hope to write about functional English such as asking for information, saying sorry, offering advice and much, much more.

The internet is a fantastic way to learn a language. There is so much information available to students. There are thousands of opportunities to read English, listen to English, watch English and even speak English. I hope my blog will help you to improve your language skills.  My advice: read as much as you can, listen as much as you can and speak as much as you can. My own motto for learning a language is ‘little and often’. Practise everyday, even if only for a few minutes. You will see the results. Good luck!