Did you know there are 6 different ways to pronounce the word ending  -ough?!

/aʊ/  bough, plough (se pronuncia como el ‘ow’ en cow) 

/oʊ/  although, dough (se pronuncia como el ‘o’ en go)

/uː/   through (se pronuncia como el ‘oo’ en too)

/ɒf/   cough, trough (se pronuncia como off)

/ʌf/    rough, enough (se pronuncia como el ‘uff’ en puff)

/ə/     thorough, borough (se pronuncia como el ‘e’ en water)

Can you say this sentence?

A rough ploughman walked through the streets of Scarborough although he had a terrible cough and should have stayed at home.

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A summer barbecue

There are just a couple of weeks left of August so why not have a summer barbecue? The USA and Australia are well-known for their love of the bbq with grilled meats, coleslaw, meat and vegetables on skewers, salads, burgers and sausages.

bbq – barbecue* = barbacoa

Let’s have a barbecue this weekend!

I’m going to barbecue some chicken.

*barbecue can be a verb meaning to cook on an outside grill, a noun to mean the grill itself and a noun to mean the event of gathering to cook on a barbecue. It can also be used as an adjective – barbecued. 

grilled meats = carne a la parrilla/ a la barbacoa

Let´s grill this steak on the barbecue! Barbecued steak is delicious!

coleslaw = ensalada de col

I need carrots, cabbage, mayonnaise and vinegar to make some coleslaw.

skewers = brochetas

I love vegetable and prawn skewers. 

You can learn more about cooking in Module 5, Unit 7 on this app!






It’s a scorcher!

In English it’s very common to talk about the weather as it’s so unpredictable! Do you know these expressions to talk about the heat? Can you think of any more?

To say that the weather is hot we can use:

It’s a scorcher – Hace un calor abrumador

38°C – it’s a scorcher today!

It’s sweltering – Hace un calor sofocante

Let´s go to the pool to cool down – it’s sweltering!

It’s boiling – Está hirviendo

It’s boiling – I need a cold drink!

It’s so hot you could fry an egg…. – Hace tanto calor que podrías freír un huevo (en la acera)

It’s so hot today you could fry an egg on the pavement!

To say that we feel hot we can use:

It’s like an oven in here – Está cómo un horno aquí dentro

Put the air conditioning on – it’s like an oven in here!

I’m roasting! – Me estoy asando

I can’t stand this heat, I’m roasting!

I’m melting! – Me derrito de calor

It’s so hot today – I’m melting!

To learn more expressions to talk about the weather listen to the podcast Talking about the weather on this app!



Prepositions of time

Do you know when we use IN, ON or AT to talk about time?

We use IN with: years, decades, months, seasons, centuries, parts of the day (except night) and periods of time (dentro de)

I was born in 1975.

My birthday is in March.

I love going skiing in the winter.

I´ll be ready in ten minutes!

 We use ON with: days of the week, dates and special days

I´m going on holiday on Saturday.

My son was born on 10th February, 2010.

Do you usually visit family on Christmas Eve?

 We use AT with: times of day, mealtimes, holiday periods and night, the moment and the weekend

I start work at 8am.

Call me at lunchtime – I´m busy now.

What are you doing at the weekend?

I always visit my family at Christmas and at Easter.

You can practise prepositions of time in Module 1 Unit 4B on this app!