January 31, 2015, Stefanie class "Tag Questions"
The title of the class was Tags questions. This part of English grammar doesn't look difficult but in fact for me it does. Knowing rules doesn't mean that we can use it naturally. It was the main purpose of the class: using tags questions in everyday conversation.
The core idea of tags questions is to make a statement often for the purpose to be sure if this statement true.
There are two different intonations:
when we don't know the answer (real question);
when we know the answer (just statement).
We need to stress the last part of sentence in the first cases and we don't in the second.
Stefanie demonstrated us some examples and we trained using this expressions a lot. Here is a good resource for practice http://www.perfectenglishgrammar.com/tagquestions.html
I remember my tag question which I asked: We are going to ask tag questions all the class, aren't we? :) And we did. Very good training class.
February 2, 2015, Michelle's class Frequency Adverbs and Expressions
Michelle focused our attention on the Grammar rules.
Here are some basic rules which we studied in the class:
frequency adverbs go after verb to be;
frequency adverbs go before other verbs;
frequency expressions always go at the end of the sentence.
The class was very useful.
February 4, 2015, Michelle's class Phrasal Verbs: Live
I split the phrasal verbs for this categories:
1.) Necessary just remember:
live it up
live up to
2.) Possible to remember using literal translation with imagination and logic:
live off and live on
3.) We can translate it literally:
This famous quote would help us to remember phrasal verb “love it up”
"Nothing lasts forever, so live it up, drink it down, laugh it off, avoid the bullshit, take chances & never have regrets, because at one point everything you did was exactly what you wanted."-Marilyn Monroe
Taking into consideration that studying all phrasal verbs during one hour's class is a tough task, we discussed the proposal of studying one, two or three phrasal verbs.
Thanks for the class, Michelle and ... let's follow this advice.