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Issue #083 -- Week 06/12/15-12/12/15
December 15, 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!

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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:

Archive of all the back issues

Pronunciation Lessons

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Writing Lessons

Grammar Lessons

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Grammar ~ Expressing Addition

Please find this topic outlined on the Expressing Addition page. This is not about your standard math addition - none of that here. This will teach you how to add a topic to your conversation and another person to your subject. I hope you find it useful in your English practice.

Writing ~ Adjectives as Modifiers

As we mentioned in our last lesson, writers also need to pay strict attention to their adjectives in a sentence and we touched on the order of adjectives, to start with. Today I prepared a lesson about the modifying aspect of adjectives, giving you hints about how to use this effectively for writing purposes. Find it on the Adjectives as Modifiers page. I suggest you should study this topic even if you're not planning to become a writer, but you are merely going to take a test with a writing component.

Game of the Week ~ Paint by Idioms

Since I still haven't heard from any of you about this topic so far, I think it's better to continue with our Weekly Game section, since some people subscribe to the e-zine especially for this. In parallel, I shall deal with my idea of using English for work in its own space on the website and those interested will communicate with me from there.

This brings us to the game I prepared for you today: Paint by Idioms , which is a vocabulary game for beginners up to advanced students.

You will need to pick out the correct meaning of the idiom given, from a choice of four possible answers.

Once you chose your character to paint, you will start the game, as follows:

When you've guessed a few of them right, a friendly buddy will appear, to encourage you to carry on - it's the celebration of success that kids love so much when they are working hard and show some results for their efforts.

I chose a harder level when my Encouragement Worm patted me on the shoulder. What you need to observe here is that I no longer got a model sentence at the end of the 4 choices, from which I could deduct the meaning of the idiom.

And so it goes, but what happens when you get it wrong?

You get an 'Oops! and the correct meaning and usage of the respective idiom. This is useful, as you do wish to learn while playing. You carry on, with your 'Oops!-es' showing in the score box on each page.

And on you go with more expressions, until you come to think that perhaps this game does not end...

Ah, but it does! Eventually... And you don't just get a congratulating message - you also get a prize!

You get to print your character, for you to colour it in your own time. Not bad, eh? Here's mine, for fun:

At this point, I hope I can encourage you to set some time aside and play the game for yourself, or invite your kids to share the fun with you. Enjoy learning some new vocabulary!

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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