5 Quick Tips To Make the Most of Your English Classes

5 Quick Tips to Make the Most of Your English Classes

In today’s blog post we are going to look at some ways that we can really make the most of our English classes. Unfortunately 1 or 2 hours of English class a week is not enough to fully learn a language. However, there are plenty of things that you can do to really maximize your learning in class!

1. Set Yourself Realistic Goals

This is an important one as having something to work towards can really motivate you. That said, it  is very easy to lose focus and drop English completely when you don’t hit your targets. This is why you should ensure that your targets are manageable.

There are plenty of things that you can work towards, for example: “I would like to have a full conversation with somebody in English” or “I would like to be able to watch a film from start to finish in English” or even something simple like “I would like to make an effort to speak English every day.”

2. Watch English Series and Films in Their Original Language

This is an easy one to do as, most likely, you will have access to Netflix or another streaming service. If this is not the case Youtube is another great resource for this.

My recommendation would be to start with something with short episodes like Friends or The Simpsons. If you find that you are really struggling to follow along, try putting on subtitles (in English!). Once you find that you can comfortably sit through an entire episode, move onto something with longer episodes.

… And finally once you can handle that, feel free to jump into some films!

3. Embrace Your Mistakes

One key thing you need to learn a new language is patience and the ability to learn to love your mistakes. This can be quite difficult as it is very easy to feel embarrassed and demoralized whenever you make an error. However, it is important to realize that these mistakes are a necessary part of the process.

Essentially making mistakes is a good thing because they provide you with the opportunity to learn.

Clases de Inglés en Sevilla

Oferta

4. Regularly Review Vocabulary

Simply Put, you need to make an effort to review whatever vocabulary you have learnt in class each week.

There are plenty of things you can do for this: stick post its with the new vocabulary around the house or get a friend/family member to quiz you. Perhaps the best thing you can do is make an effort to actually use and incorporate these words into your daily life.

5. Listen, Listen, Listen!

This is another easy one as chances are you already probably listen to a fair amount of English music. With bands like The Beatles, Queen and The Police, there are no shortage of bands that you can listen to. To take it a step further you can also download the Lyrics Training app. This app allows you to fill in the lyrics of popular songs providing you with a fun way to learn new vocabulary.

Another thing you can do is listen to podcasts. At Teachify we actually create our own weekly podcasts which review the recent vocabulary and subjects we have studied in class. There are also plenty of great free podcasts which you can listen as well, such as bbc 6 minute English and British Council’s Learn English podcast.

 I hope that you found these tips helpful, if you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below!

How To Use The Third Conditional

How To Use The Third Conditional

Hi Guys!

Today I thought that we would have a look at the third conditional, this is something that a lot of non native speakers really struggle with and therefore neglect, which is a shame as it can make a big difference to how colloquial you sound as an English speaker.

To put it simply, we use the third conditional to talk about something that could have happened in the past that in the end didn’t happen.

Reserva Tu Clase Ahora!

cursos de inglés en sevilla

So How Do We Use It?

 

(if + past perfect, would/could + have + past participle.) 

It is often used to express regret about the past. Eg If Amy had studied harder, she would have passed the exam. So in this example, Amy could have passed her exam, however due to the fact that she did not study, this is no longer a possibility.

Alternatively we can also use negatives to talk about things that did happen in the past (if + past perfect, wouldn’t/couldn’t + have + past participle.) eg If we had cleaned that room, it wouldn’t have been messy. So in this sentence the room was messy because it hadn’t been cleaned.

Some other examples:

        If we hadn’t gone the party, we wouldn’t have met them.

        If he hadn’t taken the job, he would have gone travelling.

        If It hadn’t rained yesterday, I would have gone to the park.

        If the dog had bitten me, I would have gone to the doctors.

        If I had started singing earlier, I could have become famous.

        If I hadn’t found a new job, I would still be living in London.

        If that hadn’t been a funny joke, I wouldn’t have laughed.

        If the Tv hadn’t been broken they wouldn’t have been bored.

        If Sam had gotten up early, he wouldn’t have been late for class.

 

So go ahead and give using the third conditional a go. If you have any questions please leave a comment below!

 If you missed our last blog post on how to use ‘about to’ you can find it here.

How to use ‘About To’

How To Use 'About To'

Hey Guys!

In this post we are going to have a look at how to correctly use about to which is particularly useful when we are talking about the near future or telling stories which occurred in the past. 

 The most simple way to use the phrase about to is when we are going to do something or something is going to happen in the very near future eg the ceremony is about to begin.

 

 

Putting It Into Practice

Alternatively we can also use about to in the past tense, often this is used to talk about something you were going to do however another event prevented you from doing so. Eg “I was about to have dinner when the phone rang.”

Some other examples:

– I woke up just as my alarm was about to go off.

– I was just about to get dressed when someone knocked on the door.

– The united kingdom is about to leave the EU… maybe

 

I hope that you found this explanation helpful as about to is a very useful phrase in the English language. As always if you have any douts or queries, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!

When to use Such vs So

When to use Such vs So

In today’s post we are going to look at when to use Such vs So. This can be quite a tricky one for EFL learners as although these two words are used in similar contexts, usually used to mean very,  there are some slight differences in the way that we use them.

The main thing that we need to bear in mind is that such is a determiner and so is an adverb. Therefore when we use so in a sentence we need to use the formula So + Adjective eg That car is so fast.

When we are using such in a sentence we need to follow the formula Such + Adjective + Noun eg That is such a fast car.

Some more examples:

  • You are so beautiful/ You are such a beautiful person.
  • He’s so intelligent/ He’s such an intelligent child.
  • They’re so scared/They’re such scared people.
  • That’s beach is so nice/That’s such a nice beach.
  • That pizza is so burnt/ That’s such a burnt pizza.
  • That cat is so cute/ That is such a cute cat.
  • That building is so tall/ That’s such a tall building.

I hope this post has helped clear up any doubts you may have about using such and so. If you have any further questions please leave a comment below!

Tecno Revolución CaixaForum inglés con Teachify

Teachify Sevilla

By Jack Perez-Haydock

Inglés en CaixaForum

On Friday we had our first Teachify event at the Caixa Forum! We met with several of our students from companies like  Endesa, Tekpymes, Skylife engineering along with all of us Teachifyers: Mickey, Jonathan, Jack and Lewis, for a free English guided tour around the Forum, courtesy of Teachify. The tour was as interactive as it was interesting and provided our students with a great opportunity to practice their English, network and even learn some new vocabulary! So here’s how it went:

“One of the best learning experiences I have ever had. I would recommend this to anyone in Seville “

We all met at 5pm outside the Caixa Forum and after some introductions we headed down to the Forum. Our bubbly guide, Maribel, introduced herself and each gave us an audio device along with a rather snazzy pair of headphones.

With this device we would be able to hear Maribel clearly while she gave the tour in English. Hats off to you Maribel! You were fantastic! 

Clases de inglés negocios Sevilla

Another highlight was the music maker, a machine that created music by putting blocks onto a screen in the middle. Each of these blocks had different instrumental sounds on, rotating the cubes would change the sound of the instrument. Unfortunately, despite spending a good 10-15 minutes with the machine we weren’t able to make any hits!

 

Pincha abajo

After the tour we had a meet and greet with everybody which gave everyone the chance to let their hair down after a long week of work… it was Friday after all! The drinks continued on into the evening with people slowly one by one peeling off heading onto their onwards plans.

Cursos de inglés Sevilla

So all in all, our first event at the Caixa Forum was a great success, here’s hoping to many more! A special thanks to our wonderful guide Maribel for running the tour in English along with everybody else at La Caixa Forum. Another special thanks to Teachifyer Johnathan for organizing the whole thing!

Spread the word Teachifyers!

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn