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What is it with the homeless?

How would you define a homeless person - someone who is going through hard times or a downright loser who is too lazy to do anything about his/her calamity?

Watch this video and then answer the question!

Adverb collocation II

When you find two things that are similar, so similar that you're not sure if you are seeing a clone or a carbon copy, do you say that they are:

- really similar?

- totally similar?

- strikingly similar?

- extremely similar?

If you chose the third alternative, congratulations! The similarity is so impressive, it gets your immediate attention, it strikes you, right?

So, it is strikingly similar!

Check this example:

"The proximate causes of these busts have been varied, but follow a strikingly similar path".

The King has gone

Unbelievable news, I could not help but remember the life of one of the greatest performers of all time (to some, like myself, the GREATEST):

Embedded video from CNN Video


How often do English speakers use the expression so-so?

According to many language specialists (and native speakers in general) It usually means when things are not quite good, not quite bad.

But if someone asks you: "hey, how are you doing?", how would you respond?

And if someone asks "How's the food?", what do you say?

So-so is an expression that is normally used when you don't want to give an opinion , when you prefer not to commit yourself or to offend the other person. It is also very useful if you want to avoid confrontation or "sit on the fence"

What do you think? How do you feel about this? So-so?

A good day

To inspire and to renew hope in life and all that is beautiful!

Would you work for free$

British Airways has asked its 40,000 staff to work for one month without pay so they can help the airline stay on its feet.

This was a request from the chief executive of the airline, who promised to also work for nothing in the month of July.

Talk about leading by example!

Salaries, up, up and away!

words, words, words ... one million of them

The British journal The Times published an article reporting that a group of American linguists have now calculated the number of English words at the 1,000,0000 and counting!

Did you know that for every French word there 10 words in English?

Did you also know that new words in English are born at the rate of 98 words a day?

Did you know that it is possible to make an educated guess as to which word(s) are going to be more or less used in the future?

These are all very interesting questions but the big one is and should be:


Many people actually do and see this mark as a confirmation of English as a GLOBAL language.

More vocabulary for the enthusiastic English learners and more sales for dictionary and resource publishers.

Chemistry explained

Chemistry is all about attraction, reaction, separation and explosion. See for yourself!

Understanding Adverb collocations

Have you ever felt deeply ashamed of something? It was so shameful that you didn't know where to hide your face, the feeling of messing up reaching deep down in your guts (intestines)?

Have you ever sorely missed a loved one? You missed them so much that it felt as if your heart was hurting, hurting so much that it got sore.

Do you see the connection? Apparently there is some connection between the way we feel and the adverb we use to express this feeling.

Here are some more examples:

- Has someone ever been deliberately rude to you?

- When was the last time you made yourself perfectly clear? So clear that there was no doubt what your view was.

If- conditions

Discussing the ifs of life is always a sure bet for conversation. Who can't complete a sentence that begins with:

If I was the boss, I ....

The sentence brings up another point: what is correct - if I was or if I were? Now, even in most situations, both "was" and "were" can be used in the conditional clause.

Another thing that is useful to discuss is the use of "ever". Look at the sentence:

If ever I've got too much work to do,....

What is the purpose of "ever"? Just to give emphasis, usually. But we can interpret it as -

If ever = If by any chance = If it so happens that. But could it be also interpreted as "whenever"?

What about you? How would you complete the sentence?

If ever I have too much work to do, I ....