Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Monday, October 23, 2017

Buying vs Renting


Here are two videos you can watch to better your understanding.




Term vs Whole Life Insurance



In most situations, buying term life insurance is the better choice.  Whole life insurance "invests" your money, but insurance is not an investment - it's simply insurance.  You only earn, on average, 1-3% when you buy whole insurance.  Whole life insurance also has a much higher monthly cost.  Many financial advisors recommend that you purchase term insurance and invest the difference ways that will earn you a higher interest rate.

The video below is helpful for a better understanding.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Monday, October 16, 2017

Volunteer!


Volunteering is a fantastic way to improve your English and have experience to put on an American resume.  Here is a short list of local opportunities:

Cleveland Metroparks

Southwest General Hospital

Berea Animal Rescue

Cleveland Animal Protective League

Strongsville Emergency Food Bank

Cleveland Playhouse Square (theater district)

St. Malachi Catholic Church (serve meals)

You can also volunteer with children at schools.  Contact your local school district for more information.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

TRI-C Comparative Adjectives


You can practice the spelling of common adjectives on Quizlet.

https://quizlet.com/_3dki0b

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Tri-C Irregular Verbs Practice


You will need to know all of the irregular verbs from Chapters 8 & 9 for the test on Wednesday.  I have created a Quizlet for you to practice.  There are six activities you can do to practice your verbs.

Monday, March 20, 2017

10-Year Composition




You will be writing a 10-year composition which will require you to look at your life 10 years ago, where it currently is, and where you imagine it will be in 10 years.  

For this unit, we will:
  • listen to a song by Five for Fighting called "100 Years"
  • read and write a memory poem
  • review past, present, and future verb tenses
  • plan future goals
  • and, write a 3-paragraph essay.

Below are some past, present, and future verbs which 

will be useful for your essay.

Describing Past Action

There are many was to describe past action in English.
1.  The simple past tense is used to describe an action, state, or event that was completed at some time in the past.
  • I ate an apple yesterday.
  • He arrived at midnight.
3.  The past progressive tense is used to describe action that was happening before a particular point in the past and was still in progress.  It may or may not have continued.
  • I was still living in China 10 years ago.
  • At the time I was teaching in California.
4.  The past perfect progressive tense is used to describe action that started in the past and continued up until another time in the past.
  • I had already been teaching for 10 years at that time.
  • In 2010, I had only been studying English for two years and I had no idea I would eventually move to Ohio.
5.  Used To and Would can be used to describe past tense.
  • I used to live in Albania.
  • In my 20s, I would often go to bars on the weekends.

Describing Present Action

The simple present tense in English is used to describe an action that is regular, true or normal.
We use the present tense:
1. For repeated or regular actions in the present time period.
  • take the train to the office.
  • The train to Berlin leaves every hour.
  • John sleeps eight hours every night during the week.
2. For facts.
  • The President of The USA lives in The White House.
  • A dog has four legs.
  • We come from Switzerland.
3. For habits.
  • get up early every day.
  • Carol brushes her teeth twice a day.
  • They travel to their country house every weekend.
4. For things that are always / generally true.
  • It rains a lot in winter.
  • The Queen of England lives in Buckingham Palace.
  • They speak English at work.
5.  The present perfect is used to talk about completed events and actions which occurred during a time in the past which is not finished.
  • I have had four cups of coffee today.
  • I have live in the U.S.A for 10 years.

Describing Future Action

1.  The future progressive is used to describe action that be be happening at some point in the future.
  • Ten years from now I will be retired and living in Hawaii.
  • Ten years from now I will probably still be living and working in Ohio.

  • By 2027, I will have been retired for five years and likely be traveling the country in an RV.
  • I expect I will be a grandmother by 2027 and will be spending my free time with my grandchildren.
  • I hope to be working as a professor when I'm 50 years old.




Monday, March 6, 2017

Those Little Words...A, An, and The

Table of Articles


NUMBERINDEFINITEDEFINITE
Singulara / anthe
Pluralnothingthe
Non-Countnothingthe

Quick Hints

  • a before consonants (a book)
    an before vowels or consonants with a vowel sound (an exam, an honest mistake) 

  • Temporary illnesses: (I have a headache, a cold, a fever, a backache)

  • "The" with superlative forms (He is the smartest kid I have seen.)

Singular count nouns:

  • indefinite: use 'a'
  • definite: use "the"

  • My daughter wants to buy a dog this weekend. (Indefinite-Could be any dog)
    The dog in the backyard is very cute.(Definite-The one in the backyard) 

    He requested a puppy for his birthday.
    He wanted the puppy he played with at the pet shop.
    She ordered a hamburger without onions.
    Did you drink the coke I just ordered? 

    Plural count nouns:

    Use "the" or Nothing, never 'a'. 
    Come and look at the children. (definite)
    Children are always curious. (indefinite)
    She loves flowers. (indefinite)
    The flowers in her garden are beautiful. (definite)
    Do you like reading grammar rules?
    Do you like reading the grammar rules on this page? 

    Non-count nouns:

    Use "the" or nothing.
    He has experience. (if indefinite or mentioned for the first time)
    He has the experience necessary for the job. (if definite or mentioned before)

    The medicine the doctor prescribed had unpleasant side effects.
    Writing in a second language is especially challenging.
    Have you studied the history of South Africa?
    History reminds us that events repeat themselves.

    Definite Article THE Rules

    Adjectives as Nouns

    When referring to a group of people by use of an adjective rather than a noun, use "the". 

    the elderlythe disabledthe unemployed
    the richthe sickthe needy
    the homelessthe youngthe restless

    Names of Countries

    Some countries are preceded by "the", usually if the name is plural, contains an adjective, or includes "of".

    The United StatesThe Soviet UnionThe Republic of Congo
    AmericaRussiaSpain
    JapanChinaMexico

    Rivers, Oceans, Seas, Groups of Mountains & Islands use "the"


    the Amazonthe Atlanticthe Mediterranean
    the Cascadesthe Hawaiian Islandsthe Bahamas

    Location versus Activity

    When referring to an activity, use nothing 
    I am going to school now.(activity-study) 
    He is always on time for class. (activity-learn)

    When referring to the location, use "the" 

    The meeting is at the school. (location-campus)
    They are remodeling the movie theater. (location-building)
    The new student had trouble finding the class. (location-classroom) 

    Unique Objects - Use THE


    the earththe human racethe world
    the moonthe sunthe universe

    Part of a larger group, Use THE

    -One of the students
    -None of the students
    -Both of the students
    -All of the students 

    To practice online:


    More rules for using articles:


    Friday, March 3, 2017

    EPHP Video on SOAP Notes


    Please watch the video on SOAP Notes and take notes on the handout I gave you in class.

    Thursday, March 2, 2017

    Offers and Requests

    Image result for offering to help
    Making Offers and Requests
    It is common that English speakers make offers in conversations in order to be polite and helpful. When they do so they use these expressions:
    Can I… ?
    Shall I… ?
    Would you like … ?
    How about …?
    English learner must be able to make offers as well as accept or reject them. The following are useful expressions to do so.
    CanIhelp you?
    Shallget you some juice?
    Would you likea glass of water ?
    How aboutsome pizza?

    Examples:
    ·         “Can I help you?”
    ·         “Shall I open the window for you?”
    ·         “Would you like another cup of coffee?”
    ·         “Would you like me to clean the board?”
    ·         “How about a juice? “
    Remember:
    ·         Shall, can and will are followed by the verb without to.
    Example:
    “Can I help you?”
    “Shall I bring you the mobile phone?
    ·         Shall is more formal than can.
    ·         Would you like… is followed either by a noun, or by the verb with to.
    Example:
    “Would you like some tea ?”
    “Would you like to drink some coffee?
     Responding to offers
    AcceptingDeclining
    Yes please. I’d like to.
    That would be very kind of you.
    Yes please, that would be lovely.
    Yes please, I’d love to.
    If you wouldn’t mind.
    If you could.
    Thank you, that would be great.
    It’s OK, I can do it myself.
    Don’t worry, I’ll do it.
    No, thanks
    No, thank you
    Examples:
    ·         “Can I help you?”
    No thanks, I’m just having a look.” (With a shop assistant.)
    ·         “Can I help you?”
    “Do you know where the post office is.”
    ·         “Shall I help you with your maths problem?”
    “Yes, please. That would be very nice of you.”
    ·         “Would you like a cup of tea?”
    No thanks.” Or, “No thank you.”
    ·         “Would you like another piece of cake?”
    Yes please, that would be nice .”
    Yes please, I’d love one.”
    ·         “Would you like me to do the the ironing for you?”
    If you wouldn’t mind.”
    If you could.”
    ·         “I’ll do the washing, if you like.”
    It’s OK, I can do it.”
    Don’t worry, I’ll do it.
    Thank you, that would be great.”



    Thursday, February 9, 2017

    Say vs Tell




    Say and tell mean the same thing but are used in different constructions.
    Remember:
    • We say something
    • We say something to someone
    • We say to someone something
    • We tell someone something
    Preposition to is never used after tell.
    Examples:
    • Mother said: “I am very happy.”
    • Mother said (that) she was very happy.
    • Mother said to me, “I am very happy.”
    • Mother told me (that) she was happy.
    Commands and advice:
    Tell someone (not) to do something
    Examples:
    • The teacher told us to stand up.
    • She told me not to worry about the time.
    Remember the following phrases with say and tell:


    so you say
    it goes without saying
    tell a story/stories
    tell a joke/jokes
    tell a lie/lies
    tell the truth
    tell the future (= to know what the future will bring)
    tell the time (= know how to read a clock)
    tell apart (=to be able to see the difference between two things/people)

    You can read more rules and take several quizzes here:

     https://languageavenue.com/learn-english/intermediate-english/intermediate-vocabulary/item/say-and-tell-intermediate#quizzes

    Can you find the mistakes?
    1.  Bob said me that he was hungry.
    2. Ann told that she had enjoyed the party.
    3. My girlfriend told to me that she wanted to get married.
    4. I told Sam don't pull the cat's tail.