Gramática: Maria from Barcelona asks us to talk about the difference between present simple and present continuous
1. The present continuous (present progressive) can be used to talk about things that are happening now:
“Craig and Reza are talking into a microphone.” (now).
2. The present continuous can also be used to talk about the future:
“Tomorrow I’m visiting my friend Pedro.” (a planned intention)
“I’m going to see my family this weekend.” – “I’m travelling to Madrid next week.” – “Reza is having soup for his dinner tonight.”
3. “Reza’s mum is always shouting at him for being messy.” ( something that annoys you, and happens often)
Pronunciación: /a/ cat – /u/ cut
hat / hut (cabaño, refugio)
cap / cup
sack (saco, despedir) / suck (chupar)
(¡OJO! There are regional variations in English pronunciation)
Reza’s Hot Tip: Learn words in groups / word families / aprende el vocabulario en grupos
SPORT: competitor – player – half-time – kickoff
FOOD: rice – sandwich – bread – soup
Vocabulario: Expressions with Make and Do
do good / do harm
do well / badly
do (s.o.) a favour
do exercise (at the gym) / do an (English) exercise – Reza does exercise in the mornings.
make a change /changes / make a complaint / make a decision / make progress / make an effort / make an excuse
make love / war / peace
make a mistake / make a noise / make a phone call / make a suggestion / make an offer
Phrasal verb: take on
to take someone on – engañar – The electrician took Reza on. He charged him double.
to take on new staff – emplear – The British Council are taking on new staff.
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