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I want to speak about 2 here.
Italki is an excellent site which offers paid lessons by professional teachers, speaking practice with a native English speaker (not usually an English teacher) and language exchange.
Italki uses Skype and has a large community of over a million users and over a thousand teachers.
Italki’s been around for a long time, and we definitely recommend giving it a try.
Verbling uses a system called ‘chat-roulette’, you are randomly connected to someone who is a native speaker of the language you would like to practice.
After 5 minutes, you are encouraged to change languages so that your speaking partner has the chance to practise the language that they want to learn – speed dating in another language!
At the moment, Verbling offers free practice of 11 different languages.
You sign up to Verbling on the home page via Facebook, Google+ or your email address.
Verbling also offers paid group and private classes for learners of English and Spanish. If you are an English teacher, you can also earn money on Verbling by teaching private and/or group lessons.
I interviewed Alex from Verbling on our Mansion Interviews podcast click here to listen to the interview.
Please let us know your opinion on all of these language services if you try them. We’d be interested to know if you try (or have already tried) the paid option and what the experience was like.
Do you like the idea of paying for online English lessons? Have you done this before?
Please send us an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a voice message with your comments at inglespodcast.com
Grammar: Prepositions at the end of questions
In conversations, it’s quite common to ask a short question that has a preposition at the end. For example, (Reza, ask me what I’m doing)
A: What are you doing?
B: I’m thinking.
A: What about?
A: Are you going out tonight?
B: It depends.
A: What on?
A: What’s the matter?
B: I’m angry.
A: What about?
A: Are you going on holiday?
B: No, I’m afraid.
A: What of?
A: Can you give me a hand?
B: No, I’m busy.
A: What with?
A: Are you ready to leave?
B: No, I’m waiting.
A: What for?
A: Can I turn the radio off?
B: No, I’m listening.
A: What to?
A: You seem very quiet today. Are you ok?
B: No, I’m worried.
A: What about?
Vocabulary: Phrasal verbs
Phrasal verbs are more informal and are often used in spoken English. The full verb is more commonly used in formal language and in formal written English.
Guess the full verb!
Phrasal Verb: She GOT OVER her illness Full Verb: She RECOVERED FROM her illness
Phrasal Verb: The police LOOKED INTO it Full Verb: The police INVESTIGATED it
Phrasal Verb: He GAVE me the money BACK Full Verb: He RETURNED the money (to me)
Phrasal Verb: They TALKED it OVER Full Verb: They DISCUSSED it
Phrasal Verb: The dog WENT FOR him Full Verb: The dog ATTACKED him
Phrasal Verb: It suddenly DAWNED ON her Full Verb: She suddenly REALISED (the penny dropped!)
Phrasal Verb: I FEEL FOR you Full Verb: I SYMPATHISED with you
Phrasal Verb: She hadn’t BARGAINED FOR this Full Verb: She hadn’t EXPECTED this (or prepared for this)
Phrasal Verb: He went round to her house Full Verb: He VISITED her house (to pop in / to pop round)
Craig and Reza’s Weekly wind-ups ( to wind up = annoy, irritate, bother: fastidiar, disgustar, molestar)
Reza’s wind up – Bus drivers who don’t let people on the bus! (to have a go at = to critize)
Craig’s wind up – Scatter cushions on a bed! (come again! = Please repeat that)
cushion = cojin
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