A, An, or Nothing Quiz

A, An, or NothingLearning when and how to use articles can be confusing for ESL students, particularly when it comes to those dreaded “H” and “U” words…an hour, a horse, a house, an umbrella, a unicorn, etc.

Sometimes we use a, sometimes we use an, but other times we use nothing at all…oy vey!

To practice those tricky little articles, take this QUIZ to help you perfect these small, yet important grammatical rules.

Using Reflexive Pronouns

Reflexive pronouns (myself, yourself, ourselves) are used when the subject and object are the same and when you want to emphasize the subject.  For instance, instead of saying “I hurt me,” you would use the reflexive and say “I hurt myself” because the subject and object are the same.  In order to give extra emphasis to who is doing what, you might say “I’ll do it myself” rather than just saying “I’ll do it” because you want to point out that you are the one doing it all by yourself.





Pronunciation Podcasts

blabIf you want to practice your English pronunciation skills, you need to listen to words and sounds closely so that you can understand those little differences between similarly sounding words.  You can do this by listening to the radio, speaking with native speakers, or listening to pronunciation tapes.

Here you will find links to several pronunciation lessons that you can listen to and read along with in order to properly pronounce your English words.

Lesson 1: www.blabbinit.com/content/podcast-3-pronunciation-1-button-bottom-launch-lunch-bought-live-leave-sleep-slip

Lesson 2: www.blabbinit.com/content/podcast-5-pronunciation-2-stuff-staff-hair-her-cut-caught

Lesson 3: www.blabbinit.com/content/podcast-9-pronunciation-boss-bus-truck-track-cold-called

Lesson 4: www.blabbinit.com/content/podcast-20-pronunciation-cold-called-word-world-got-gut

Simple Present Tense

present-tense1The simple present tense form of a verb is used to express habits; repeated actions; general facts; and scheduled events that will happen soon.   A simple present verb will either not change (I sing); will have an “s” added (she plays); or have an “es” added (he catches).  This all depends on the subject form and what letters the verb ends with.