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Issue #078 -- Week 01/11/15-07/11/15
November 10, 2015

Greetings and General Information

A warm welcome to our new subscribers! I wish you will find My English Club fun and instructive and I look forward to welcome you as a new valued member soon. Read, learn and communicate around the world!

Please feel free to contribute to these pages when you have a minute. They are meant to be a platform for exchanging ideas, stories and opinions - an ideal medium for practicing your English, which should be used to the full. Together, let's bring it alive, let's make it the welcoming community you wished for, when you joined. Use the Comments facility at the end of every page and start making friends worldwide.

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Until I'll have the time to write my e-books from these courses, you can enjoy our past lessons for free, as follows:

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Weekly Games

Grammar ~ Expressing Hope

For today, again, I added another concept to our list, that is 'hope' and the expressions we need to use in English to express our hopes and wishes correctly. You can find this lesson on the Expressing Hope page. I hope you find it useful in your English practice.

Writing ~ Proper Names in Writing

We have been speaking about powerful words in our last lesson. One way of making your words more direct and unequivocal is by using proper names in your writing, by actually naming the people, things and places you are talking about.

You can find out why this is important on the Proper Names page. This is only the beginning of our topic about selecting the best words for our writing pieces. Keep visiting these pages, for more insight and exercises.

I hope you'll find them useful.

Game of the Week ~ The Slang Game

I found last week's attempt to explain a game directly onto the website a bit of a mistake, due to the size and the lack of clarity of the pictures attached. It was particularly wrong for our viewers using their mobile devices. Thus, I suggest let's revert to our original format of demonstrating a game over here, in the body of our e-zine.

However, I must admit that I think this section of the e-zine is becoming a bit too repetitive, according with what there is out there on the www. If you find a more interesting game you would like to share with the rest of us, please send me the link and I'll prepare a newsletter on it.

Today we are going to look at The Slang Game .

It's all acceptable vocabulary - nothing too indecent. All you need to do is to choose the correct literal translation for the slang idiom presented as part of a set of 10 questions.

On each page you will have the idiom at the top and four choices to select from for your response:

Your answer is timed! The 25 little circles above the four answers are counting down your 25 seconds for thinking. However, if you're struggling, you may ask for a hint.

If you get it in time, you will get a confirmation message and an explanation with it:

If you take too long, you'll be timed out, but you will receive the correct answer, so you can learn a lot from playing the game.

And so it goes until you cover all 10 questions. At that point, you get a great send-off with a slang congratulations expression, your score and the option to play again:

Here's where I'll also encourage you to play The Slang Game again. Enjoy!

This is it for now, my friends!

I hope you find this information useful and not too confusing. Even though you're at the stage of building on it, have patience at this point in your learning and you'll be able to reap the fruit of your work later on, whichever aspect of our lessons you are concentrating on.

Please feel free to comment and suggest your ideas by replying to this email - I look forward to hearing from you. If you wish to chat either with me or with other members worldwide, go to My English Club .

All the best from me until next time,

Lucia da Vinci

Founder of My English Club

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