IELTS: Introduction to complex sentences

23rd November 2020

Let’s kick off with an old friend: Peter from England.

Peter

Age 24 // MA in Business Studies Born in Surrey, close to London Unemployed // Single //

Enjoys pubs, tennis and movies Wants to run his own company

From that information, build a complex sentence – basically combine two, three or more facts and connect them with relative pronouns and discourse markers:

Peter, who has a MA in Business studies, wants to run his own company.

Peter, who is from Surrey, enjoys pubs, tennis and movies.

From this point, the sky is the limit.

Despite being unemployed, Peter, who has a Master’s Degree in Business Studies, has entrepreneurial dreams of owning his own company.

Although he has an MA and is actively seeking employment Peter, who is from Surrey which is close to London, still finds time to indulge his passion for tennis, even becoming a member of an exclusive sporting clubs, whose membership fees are sky-high.

NOW …YOUR TURN

Write and then present a complex sentence about your partner. Gather some basic information, such as:

Age (if they are willing to say) // where they are from

Job or Study // Where they work or study //

What they like doing // What they dislike // Plans for the future

For Speaking Class level 2, I expect at least one relative pronoun (who, where, which, whose).

For IELTS, try for two relative pronouns, two L-FWs and at least one expression or idiom.

Vocabulary Review

You should be familiar and able to use these words at the drop of a hat:

aggressive / arrogant / calm / funny (haha) / funny (crazy) / generous / honest / humorous / kind / mean / modest / polite / prima donna / quiet / reliable / rude / selfish / serious / thoughtful / thoughtless / trustworthy /

Practice complex sentences with personality adjectives

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My Korean friend, Ms Kim

Ms Kim, who lives in Ha Noi, is kind, sweet and very thoughtful.

My great friend Ms Kim, who is so funny, by which I mean funny, haha, is very polite and modest.

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My Mexican friend, Ms Anna

Ms Anna, who is from Mexico, is so thoughtful and generous. However, she is a prima donna, always taking selfies.

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My Kenyan friend, Ms Ellie

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My Russian friend, Mrs Gala

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Expressions:

In my opinion // I feel that … // She seems … // I get the impression that she …

For IELTS students –

Tell me about your hometown

Tell me about a famous holiday destination in your country.

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Use as many L-FWs and idioms as you can.

astronomical or sky high // ubiquitous // hawker // naive // bizarre // predictable // stroll // absent-minded // bazaar // mouth-watering // breathe-taking // spectacular // unique // visually stunning // quite // safe // vibrant // boring // peaceful // bustling // gritty

Idioms

it’s raining cats and dogs

it costs an arm and a leg

piece of cake

I’m burning the candle at both ends

once in a blue moon

pass with flying colours

turn over a new leaf

Extra idioms for Top Cats

Another string to (your) bow – a new skill or learning experience

bear with me – please wait a very short time (usually spoken as opposed to written)

bit of a sore point – something that makes you sad or angry

down in the dumps – depressed, unhappy, feeling gloomy

hit the ground running – to start something immediately and with all your energy

like a madhouse – a place or area that is crazy, too noisy, too busy etc

run of the mill – ordinary, typical, normal, usual, boring

up in arms – to be very angry about something, to protest strongly

you take your life in your hands – doing something that is extremely dangerous

Beginners’ English: Sentence building and irregular verbs.

27th May 2020

Grammer: irregular verbs

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Regular verbs add -ed or -d if the verb end in an -e

I walk to work // Yesterday, I walked to work

I arrive at 7.15 // I arrived at 8.00 (just add -d)

Irregular verbs

see // saw

eat // ate

leave // left

meet // met

sleep //slept

go //went

We usually say ‘go to’ or ‘went to’ however:

home, shopping, fishing, out – do NOT say ‘to’

we went shopping and then we went home.

On Sunday, I went fishing and my friend went to out to eat.

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Practice: write sentences in the past tense.

Example: I meet a friend for coffee = I met a friend for coffee.

I go fishing yesterday.

I see a good film.

My planes leaves at 9.00

I eat Mexican food.

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new vocabulary

chain store– company with many stores / branches. They look the same and sell the same things, for example Highlands, Wal-Mart, Vinmart, Burger King.

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Type / kind

what type of dogs do you like ? I like terriers and beagles

What kind of dogs do you like ?

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Conversation practice

What type of music do you like ?

What kind of music do you like ?

As each other about: food / holidays / books / films / shops

Building longer, more complex sentences

I like tea. I like coffee

like tea and I like coffee I like tea and coffee.

Adverbs – add information about verbs and adjectives

really / very / extremely much / quite (medium – so so)

I quite like tea but I like coffee very much.

I quite like Vietnamese tea but I really like Kenyan coffee.

Change ‘but’ for …

however / on the other hand / although

I like tea however I don’t like coffee.

Add a reason (why ? Because …)

I like tea however I don’t like coffee because I think it tastes bitter although it is very popular in Sai Gon.

What do you think this lady likes ?

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Practice pronunciation:

Piece / once / because 

Use a dictionary with pronunciation to help you with these words.