Sunday, February 28, 2010

"It just... happened"

CLARA PARDINI - a conversation student at PLS - talks about how she became confident in the use of Everyday English. Check out her story and find out more about Classroom and Online Conversation Courses at PLS

Thursday, February 25, 2010

More to see on the home page

This is just to let you know we added some new links and resources on the home page of PLS English Users.

From the top all the way down, the additions are as follows:

A Search Box: to look for content within the blog

Main Sections (Buttons): To simplify looking for Posts on SKILLS, POP CULTURE and RESOURCES

Recent Posts: So you can quickly scan the latest information on the blog

Useful Links

Videos: A constantly changing selection of Movie Trailers, Music Videos and our own videos.

News: A constantly changing selection of news items about technology, sports, entertainment, travel, fashion and cuisine

Topics: A topic by topic list of posts

Suscription to RSS

Blog Archive

Monday, February 22, 2010

Coming home in style... sort of


Dear English Users,

My vacation has come to an end. Today, I'm coming home to my favorite roadside stop on the web.

And you'll never believe it! The boss was really cool and sent the company jet to get me. But that's the good news.

The bad news is the pilot drank the water over here. He got really sick. Now, he'll have to stay a few days to recover.

So guess who has to fly himself home? But I look at it this way. If I can teach future perfect continuous (passive) to false beginners, I can fly a LearJet.

Just in case, wish me luck.

Warm Regards,


sort of: an idiomatic expression at the end of statement indicating uncertainty
host: the person who conducts an activity or show
to come to an end: to finish
you'll never believe it: you will be surprised
to be cool: to have an attitude and style that people really like
to get me (someone): to transport me (someone)
over here: in this place
get sick: to become ill
recover: to return to good health
future perfect continuous: a difficult verb tense
just in case: in the unlikely event that something happens...
luck: good fortune

Friday, February 19, 2010

Bigger, Better, the Best: REVIEW of Comparatives and Superlatives

When we describe something or someone we use adjectives.

Bill is tall.
Tom is short.

But when we need to compare, we use comparatives and superlatives.

Bill is taller than Tom.
Tom is shorter than Bill.
Who is the tallest man?
Who is the shortest man?

So here is how to do it...

CASE 1: One Syllable adjectives (big, tall, green) / Two Syllable adjectives ending in Y

<> Comparatives (+ er)

(big) New York is bigger than Denver.
(tall) Arthur is taller than Jack.
(green) The grass is greener than the grapes.
(pretty) Do you think Susan is prettier than Mary? (change the "y" for an "i)

<> Superlatives (+ est)

(big) Shanghai is the biggest city in the world.
(tall) Bill is the tallest kid in his class.
(grass) That is the greenest grass I’ve ever seen.
(pretty) Jane thinks she’s the prettiest girl in school. (change the "y" for an "i)

CASE 2: Adjectives with Two or More Syllables

<> Comparatives (more +)

(interesting) This book is more interesting than the previous one I read.
(complete) Tom’s plan is more complete than Michael’s plan.

<> Superlatives (the most +)

(interesting) Dr. Smith wrote the most interesting book on this topic.
(complete) Ellen has the most complete plan.

CASE 3: Irregular Adjectives (good, bad, far)

Good – Better – The Best
Bad – Worse – The Worst
Far – Farther/Further – The Farthest/The Furthest

<> Comparative

(good) This coffee is better than the other one.
(bad) The situation is worse today than yesterday.
(far) We need to travel farther before we find a roadside stop.

<> Superlative

(good) That is the best coffee in the world.
(bad) We considered the worst possible scenario.
(far) This is the farthest I have ever travelled.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

TERMINATOR Tells the truth about "T" SOUNDS

One of Hollywood's best known "talking machines" is our guest host. He talks about the many different SOUNDS of the "T" in the English language.

Learn what most courses never teach you how Americans really reduce "T" sounds in words like "water".

Monday, February 1, 2010


Our regular host Paul will be out a few weeks, but will be replaced by TERMINATOR for a lesson about T SOUNDS in the English Language.

Sorry, we couldn't get anyone else.