I Tuoi Figli Parlano Inglese?

 

When I speak to Italian parents, they often express a deep frustration with their kid’s conversation skills. We all know that Italian school focuses on grammar a lot. Most kids know English grammar better than my family back home in Canada. Unfortunately, if you place them before someone who asks them to chat, they may freeze up and not say a word.

Why is that? How can we get them talking & interacting so they can learn a language in a natural way? Not only study grammar and memorize vocabulary lists but understand speech, feel relaxed when faced with figurative speech and master fluency before they reach university.

Here is our solution for Young Learners in Italy.

They need to use the language in conversation. Enjoy the way in which they learn. Speak it as much as possible.

That’s the secret…Confidence in Communication…EASI can help!

Do you need to get out of your English comfort zone?

Lem…xo!
p.s. this post and doodle animation was created by Crissy Faita, our resident language coach.

Put Your Lips Together and Blow

Lauren Bacall was an american star of the silver screen. She was known for her husky voice and sexy eyes. She was born in the Bronx and worked as an actress and model.

This clip is entitled Whistle on Youtube. Her co-star is very sexy, don’t you think?

What can we learn from this clip?

  • Change your mind (to modify your opinion or decision)
  • Whistle (to put your lips together and blow to make a sound)
  • You know how to whistle, don’t you Steve? (Tag question form used to mean’Right?’)

What is a tag question?

  1. a tag question turns an affirmative  form into a question form.
  2. it is used to find agreement or disagreement on a topic.
  3. tag question are made with a contracted auxiliary and a subject pronoun.
  4. If the main clause is positive , the tag is negative & vice versa
  5. If the main clause has an auxiliary, then you keep using that in the tag inverting to positive or negative whatever the case may be.
  6. one exception is related to  ‘I am’ which becomes ‘Aren’t I’

What are some examples in context?

  • I am beautiful, aren’t I?
  • He has been to the USA, hasn’t he?
  • We ate too much on vacation, didn’t we?
  • They won’t be coming to the party, will they?
  • You would tell her, wouldn’t you?

 

Lem..xo!

p.s. this post was created by Crissy who wanted to say so long to Lauren Bacall who passed away on August 12th 2014.

Mork Calling Orson

This post is dedicated to Robin Williams.

What expressions can we learn from this Mork & Mindy clip?

  • Talk about your bad connections here! (used informally and ironically to emphasize a statement.
  • Pull yourself together. (figurative expression when people have to regain composure)
  • You are feeling like you are being ripped off. (phrasal verb that indicates cheating or deception)
  • Money talks! (figurative expression indicating that money gives power and influence to get what you want in life)

So long Robin Williams…we thank you  for all the laughs, tears and moments of genius you gave us.

LEM..xo!

p.s. this post was created by Crissy who felt she had to pay homage to one of the most versatile actors of our time.

I grabbed my car keys.

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Here is an excerpt from Chapter 2 of Paper Towns by John Green, author of the award winning book ‘Looking for Alaska’.

‘ Margo grabbed hold of my shirt, whispered “Back in a minute” in my ear and then climbed out the window.

As soon as she left, I grabbed my car keys from my desk. The keys are mine; the car, tragically, is not.’

In both instances, the verb grab means to take something with your hands suddenly and roughly.

 

Grab a drink with an old friend some time soon….one of life’s best moments!

Lem..so!

 

There is no harm in asking, is there?

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I have been reading Paper Towns by John Green and I came across the expression ‘There is no harm in + gerund’.

In the book, it was used when the main character Quentin is discussing his aversion to prom with his mom.

His mom says; ” Well, there is no harm in going with a friend. I am sure you could ask Cassie Hiney.”

There is no harm in studying a little English over the summer break, right?

Lem..xo!

A Storm Is Brewing

A STORM IS BREWING!

 

 

LEM…xo!

p.s. this pic was taken by Crissy from her garden on a stormy day in Numana Marche!

Jamie Oliver’s Simple Mojito Recipe

 

Are you ready to get into the summer vaycay (i.e. vacation) mode with Jamie-s mojito video? It is so simple that I am sure you will never choose store-bought again… You will love it. One thing, use brown sugar if you can!

What are the ingredients?

  • 1 lime, cut in quarters
  • 7-8 mint leaves
  • 1 dessert spoon of sugar
  • 15ml of white rum
  • a splash of soda water
  • Crushed ice

What expressions can we learn from the video?

  • Roll it to loosen the oils. (to emanate)
  • Slice the lime. (to cut with a sharp knife)
  • Spank your mint. (figurative, to hit with your hand )
  • Squash the leaves. (to press into a flatter state)
  • Garnish with some mint leaves. (to put something on food as a decoration)

 

LEM…xo!

p.s. this post was inspired by the lazy days of summer…