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.

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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!

Teachify Teacher Chit-Chat Education

Techify Teacher Chit-Chat Education

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Here we are again, we’re back with our monthly Teachify Teacher chitchat, I’m sure you’ve been dying to watch another video after the last one, so we have delivered. 

You may notice that Mickey has had a makeover since our last chat and all of a sudden, he looks much better and sounds far better with an Australian accent. 

So what did we talk about today?

In Shannon’s first chitchat we discussed our main topic in June, that is Education. 

As part of the syllabus this month we’ve turned back time and tried to recall our memories from the good old days at primary and secondary school before focussing on university, on the job training, apprenticeships, language learning and more. 

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Keeping it short but sweet!

 

Consequently, Shannon and I tried to summarise some of the questions that arise when talking about education. 

Of course, you should be aware that we barely even scratched the surface of the topic during our chitchat as we want to keep it short but sweet.  

That way it’s not too much of a pain to watch the chitchat more than once in order to promote memorisation and acquisition of the language. 

What memories from school stand out for you?

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As always, when we have a chitchat we endeavour to clear up any doubts with the language we use and sometimes we don’t realise when we use some unusual terms and phrases. 

That’s why it’s important to review the explanations you’ll find below which will, hopefully, ensure everything is as clear as day. 

That being said, sit back, get your earphones in and concentrate on what we say…fingers crossed you’ll enjoy it, we certainly enjoyed recording the video as we always do 😊

It's okay! We know it can be difficult to understand.

Tricky Vocabulary

Crew – team, company or group

Apprenticeships – paid training programs to learn a trade

On the job training – learning new things at work

Stand out – be very noticeable

Break time – short period of time at school in which you can play

Wrestling – sport or activity in which you fight an opponent

Misunderstand – not understand properly

Detention – punishment at school where you stay after hours

Laid back – relaxed

Set you free – release someone or something

Well-funded – a lot of money provided for a purpose

Leave something behind – forget or stop doing something

Gap year – a year to travel and take time off education or work

Go backpacking – travel at length carrying only a backpack

Graduate – to finish a degree

Get something out of one’s system – free oneself of a desire

Trend – tendency

Bother – make an effort to do something

What’s the point? – what is the reason, motive or need?

 

5 quick tips to help you learn English faster

5 Quick Tips To Help You Learn English Faster!

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A lot of our students ask us what are some of the best ways to make the most of their free time in order to learn English. We always suggest that students try their best to immerse themselves in English.

Now, this can be quite difficult especially when you live in a non English speaking country like Spain.. So we thought we would compile this list of handy things you can do to help practice your English whilst you are at home.

1. Watch Tv Series/Netflix in English

For many of you this shouldn’t be too difficult. Many of our students already watch plenty of American/English Tv series, however unfortunately many of them watch these series with Spanish subtitles or even worse… Dubbed over in Spanish!

This is a great shame as watching Netflix/tv can be very helpful in learning languages especially in regards to pronunciation and listening.

 

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That said,I know watching an entire episode of ‘Peaky Blinders’ in English can seem slightly daunting. I would suggest starting with something easier with shorter episodes, for example ‘Friends’ or ‘The Simpsons,’ and for longer episodes or films (45 mins +) try having the English audio with English subtitles. This will make it much easier to follow for extended periods of time.  

If you don’t own a tv or a Netflix subscription, Youtube is also a great resource for entertaining/interesting videos.

Ensure that you are actually interested in the video you are watching, this will stop you from inadvertently ‘zoning out’ or getting distracted.

2. Listen to Podcasts

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Another thing that we suggest for students to do is to start listening to Podcasts in English as this will help improve your overall listening ability.

At Teachify we actually create our own weekly podcasts which review recent vocabulary and topics which we have studied in class.

3. Listen to English Songs

I am sure that a lot of you already listen to plenty of music in English.

My advice would be to begin to really start listening out for the lyrics and trying your best to translate them in your head.

If you are really struggling you could always get the lyrics up and read through them. This is a great one to improve your pronunciation, grammar structures and vocabulary!

4. Read in English

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Perhaps the best thing you can do to learn another language is to begin reading in that language.

Maybe start off reading children’s books (these are often very easy to understand and follow, this will teach you plenty of basic vocabulary) then maybe move onto reading the daily news in English and when you feel ready maybe try tackling some longer novels!

Once again, make sure that you are actually interested in the topic of the article/book you are reading. This will make it much easier to concentrate.

5. Learning applications

No need to devote to much time to this step, with just 5/10 minutes a day on these programs and you should see some improvement. Some other great online resources for learning English

–        Memrise

–        BBC Learning English

–        Wordable

–        Quiz your English

–        British Council.

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5 reasons why you should learn English

5 Reasons why you should learn English

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As English teachers working in Sevilla, we are often asked the question, “Why should I learn English?”

So we thought we would compile some of the best reasons to learn Engish!

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1. It Will Improve Your Career Prospects.

Let’s face it, whether you like it or not English is THE international language of business, science, aviation, computers, diplomacy, and tourism plus many other sectors.

At some of the companies we work with in Sevilla, they ONLY use English in the office which can put you at a major disadvantage if you don’t speak the language!

In addition, plenty of our private students come to us because they need help improving their English for job interviews in Spain.

It seems that in the modern world businesses are under more and more pressure to ‘internationalise’ their head offices.

This means that knowing English as a second language will give you a real step up from the competition if you are in the market for a new job.

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2. It will improve your Networking ability.

With English fast becoming the global language of the future, you’ll feel even more connected to the world around you.

By learning English you will find yourself even more connected to popular culture, trends and issues in the world around you along with the ability to better keep up with current events.

3. English will improve your educational prospects.

If you speak English you will be able to find Educational courses all over the world instead of just limiting yourself to studying in Spanish speaking countries.

This can be a major advantage as some of the most prestigious universities in the world are located in English speaking countries.

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4. English is the primary language of Media.

Have you ever wished that you could understand the lyrics to your favorite Beatles song? Or wished that you didn’t need to turn on subtitles to watch your favourite English Language Netflix Films/tv shows?

As great as series like the Simpsons are in Spanish they are infinitely superior in their native language!

5.English is the Language of the Internet

Perhaps even more importantly than being the language of the Media however, is that English is the language of the internet!

So you may  only be able to access certain sites or find certain documents online in English. So it’s fair to say that learning English will provide you with more access to knowledge around the world. 

So, if you liked these reasons, subscribe below to find out 5 more reasons why you should learn English!