National No Make Up Day


What make up vocabulary can we learn ?

  • a blush brush is used to apply blush which makes your cheeks more intense.
  • eye shadow is used to color your eye lids
  • an eyebrow pencil is used to shape your eyebrows which are the hairs above your eyelids
  • an eyelash curler helps curl your lashes
  • an eyeliner is a pencil that is used to contour your eyes
  • lipstick is used to give color to your lips
  • liquid foundation is applied to your face to cover any imperfections
  • mascara is applied to your eye lashes to darken or lengthen them
  • powder is used to remove any shiny areas on your face.

Can you answer these questions ?

  • When did you start applying make up?
  • Who taught you how to apply eyeliner?
  • Have you ever used an eyelash curler?
  • Have you got a favorite lipstick shade?
  • What is your favorite make up brand?
  • Describe a person you know that wears too much make up?


p.s. Crissy wrote this post and she often does not wear make up.


Can you say these 5 times fast?

Here are 3 Easter Tongue Twisters.

Can you say them 5 times fast?

I had trouble with the last one. What about you?

Happy Easter Everyone…eat lots of chocolate and enjoy Spring.

p.s. This video was created by Crissy who is terrible at tongue twisters…Watch the video!

Egg-cellent Idioms

Easter is just around the corner so why not learn 4 egg-cellent idioms.

How should you use the video?

  • Watch the video.
  • Jot down the idioms.
  • Write a personalized sentence related to that idiom.
  • Record yourself reading out that sentence.
  • Listen to yourself.
  • Record yourself saying the idiom but this time by heart…without reading it.
  • Eat a chocolate Easter egg because you deserve it.

How can you practice them in conversation?

Answer these questions in writing and then out load.

  1. What makes a good listener? How can one become a good listener? Do you have a friend who is all ears ?
  2. Give examples of moments when people have  put all their eggs in one basket?
  3. Give adjectives to describe the expressions ‘I am walking on egg shells‘? What kind of person makes you feel that way?
  4. Where does the idiom ‘to pull a rabbit out of a hat’ come from?


Happy Easter Everyone…from all of us at LEM

p.s. this post was created by Crissy…who will eat as many Lindor Balls & Noccior as possible  on Easter!

It’s a Matter of Petrol



Where is the mistake in this sentence?

If you spot it, share the answer with us please.

My Way

What this song is about:

This song is told from the point of view of an old man who is reflecting on his life. He speaks generally of the experiences he has had and how he has approached them; in his own way.  The message is that it is important to live your life for yourself, do what you feel is right and not live for others or by other people’s expectations.

The singer accepts that his life has not been perfect but at least it has been through his own decisions. He has been true to himself and he is sure that this is how to get the most out of life. The music is melancholic in parts which depict the reflective tone of the singer. There are also parts of the song where the music crescendos to parallel the pride in the singer’s words regarding his approach to his life.

Why I like this song:

I was having a discussion with a student recently about standing up for what you believe in and not living by other people’s standards and this song immediately came to mind. I have always loved My Way because of the strength and self-belief it preaches. In fact, I truly wish to live up to the ideals spoken about and would love to have this song play at my funeral (which hopefully is a long, long time away).

Useful vocabulary we can learn from this post:

  • Point of view: A particular attitude or way of considering a matter
  • Reflect on: To remember or think about someone or something
  • Get the most out of: To extract the maximum output of someone or something
  • Depict: To portray, represent or show
  • Crescendos: A progressive increase in intensity or loudness
  • Standing up for: To take the side or defend someone or something
  • Came to mind: [A thought or idea] to enter into your consciousness or to be remembered

LEM… xo
Ps. This post was created by Marco, an Aussie from the canals of Venice.

“Happy” by Pharrell

What this song is about:

Happy is about (you guessed it) being happy. The singer says he is on such a high that he could float into space. He has and air about him that is carefree. He then invites us to join in with him by clapping along if we are also very happy. The song also tells us not to let anything negative interfere with our positivity. The singer is so certain of his happiness that he claims nothing can bring him down.

The music itself gives off a positive vibe which accentuates the message of the song. It is difficult not to get swept up in the cheerfulness it conveys. Everything about this song all points to one things: happiness!

Why I like this song:

I like this song because it is very simple. Its only purpose is to make people feel good and it does it very well. It makes smile, want to dance and succeeds in making me happy.  It reminds me that life doesn’t always need to be so complicated. It also reminds me of the importance of being happy and not getting caught up on the negatives.

Useful vocabulary we can learn from this post:

  • To be on a high: to be feeling very good
  • To have an air about: to display an aura
  • Bring sb down: to make someone less happy
  • Vibe: energy
  • Accentuates: amplifies
  • Get swept up in: to become involved in
  • Get caught up: to become stuck

What do you do when you are happy?

Tell LEM… xo

Ps. This post was created by Marco, an Aussie from the canals of Venice.

Like vs As

We generally use LIKE and AS to make comparisons.


Like means “same form, appearance, kind, character” and is followed by a noun or noun phrase. The verb is often static, such as be, seems, looks, acts.

  • The structure of the sentence is usually: VERB + LIKE + NOUN / PRONOUN.

– He speaks like a native speaker.
– She looks like a supermodel.

  • It is also used before a Gerund (NON-FINITE CLAUSE)

– Talking with him is like talking to myself.


As means “in the manner” and is usually followed by a clause (subj + verb).

  •  The structure of the sentence is usually: AS + SUBJECT + VERB.

– Nobody sings as she does.
– We behave as though we were two comedians.
– He acts more as a brother would (act).

  • Another use of AS is to say what the role/function of a person/thing is.

– He started work as a carpenter.
– She used the tapestry as a decoration in her living room.

  • It can also be used to compare 2 elements: AS + MODIFIER + AS

– He is as smart as a fox

LIKE instead of  AS

  •  Similar meanings: It is common in American English to use LIKE instead of AS. However, it is generally considered informal to use it in this way.

– We play football like champions do.

  • Different meanings: Be careful, in similar sentences that use LIKE and AS, the meanings of each sentence are very different.

– As your boss, I must warn you to be careful. (I am your boss.)
– Like your boss, I must warn you to be careful. (I am not your boss, but he/she and I have similar attitudes.)

What comparisons could you use to describe yourself?

  • Do you look like a super model or speak English like a native speaker?
  • Are you as smart as a fox, as tall as a giraffe or as wise as an owl?

Tell LEM…xo!

p.s. This post was created by Sarah La Pietra… a very wise EASI trainer.