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Free English practice game! Prepositions (IN, AT & ON) for places

Play this online version of "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire"
I made this puzzle to test your use of prepositions for places.


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More ways to improve English listening! - Another news story with "Fill in the blanks"

Tree Free Paper (Audio)


- Listen to the audio and fill in the blanks.

Actor Woody Harrelson is _______ to raise money for Prairie Paper Ventures Inc. a private company he started 15 years back.
Prairie Paper makes its paper using a different mix of ______ from normal: 80% of the inputs come from wheat straw and the rest from ______ fibre. The paper is known as Step Forward Paper. It’s _______ on Amazon US, and at Staples, Lyreco and Basics.
In a _______ on its website, “Out of the Furnace” star Harrelson, who is holding up a box of paper, said “it’s good for the forests, it’s good for the farmers and it’s good for our _______.”
The company’s tree-free paper is produced in India – because no ecomill is _______ in North America and Europe. The ultimate goal is to “build a 100% tree-free, off-the-grid, eco-friendly, chlorine-free mill on the Prairies where millions of tonnes of ______ wheat straw is readily available,” said Christina Marshall, director of __________.
In the final section of the video, Harrelson adds: “Two boxes of this paper saves one tree, so you can make a very real ________.” On the same website, the company ______ to have saved 8,681 trees.
But the $5-million that the company is _______ to raise won’t come from a public offering. Instead the offering will be posted on the Optimize Capital Markets’ _______, specifically its institutional crowd-funding portal.

So far Prairie Papers has ______ about $10-million. Some of that capital came from the Canadian federal and Manitoba _______. In a mid-2010 release, Ottawa said that so far, “the provincial and federal governments have invested $575,000 in Prairie Pulp and Paper,” through a ______ of programs. Since then another $3.4-million has been ________.


Great work! This is hard!!!!!!! :)

p.s. check my post for Dec. 27th for the full story plus help with some of the vocabulary.
http://808english.blogspot.jp/2013/12/improve-your-vocabulary-more-advanced.html


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Tree Free Paper

Actor Woody Harrelson is planning to raise money for Prairie Paper Ventures Inc. a private company he started 15 years back.
Prairie Paper makes its paper using a different mix of material from normal: 80% of the inputs come from wheat straw and the rest from recycled fibre. The paper is known as Step Forward Paper. It’s available on Amazon US, and at Staples, Lyreco and Basics. (These are 4 American office supply stores.)
In a posting on its website, “Out of the Furnace” star Harrelson, who is holding up a box of paper, said “it’s good for the forests, it’s good for the farmers and it’s good for our future.”
The company’s tree-free paper is produced in India – because no ecomill is available in North America and Europe. The ultimate goal is to “build a 100% tree-free, off-the-grid, eco-friendly, chlorine-free mill on the Prairies where millions of tonnes of leftover wheat straw is readily available,” said Christina Marshall, director of marketing.
In the final section of the video, Harrelson adds: “Two boxes of this paper saves one tree, so you can make a very real difference.” On the same website, the company claims to have saved 8,681 trees.
But the $5-million that the company is seeking to raise won’t come from a public offering. Instead the offering will be posted on the Optimize Capital Markets’ website, specifically its institutional crowd-funding portal.
So far Prairie Papers has raised about $10-million. Some of that capital came from the Canadian federal and Manitoba governments. In a mid-2010 release, Ottawa said that so far, “the provincial and federal governments have invested $575,000 in Prairie Pulp and Paper,” through a variety of programs. Since then another $3.4-million has been provided.


Woody Harrelson is an American actor with strong opinions on environmental issues.

ecomill – A mill is a building or group of buildings equipped with machinery for processing raw materials into finished or industrial products. The prefix (beginning) eco means the following word “mill” is good for the environment. A mill that does not harm the environment.

off-the-gridGrid refers to a power grid, a network of cables and wires that send electricity across an area. Cities are divided into electrical grids. Off the grid refers to a building that has it’s own power source (solar, wind etc.) and is not connected to a public power source.

offering noun – The act of making an offer. Starting companies will often raise money to get going by having a public offering. Members of the public are offered a chance to buy shares (small parts) of the company. If the company is successful the shares increase in value.

crowd-funding - Requesting small donations for a cause via e-mail, social networks or the Web. From the article Optimize Capital Markets’ website has the ability to accept donations from the Web.

Ottawa said that..... = The government of Canada said that... *Ottawa is the capital city of Canada. It is common for news stories to use the name of a country’s capital to mean the government of that country.


From UPI.com “Washington says more Iranian sanctions bad idea” – The American government thinks more sanctions for Iran is a bad idea.

On Monday I will post this story with audio and some listening practice! 

English Phrasal Verbs BREAK IN - BREAK UP (Updated for 2018 with video + interactive QUIZ!)


2 English Phrasal Verbs with BREAK



*Use this video to help your pronunciation too! During the video listen to the example sentences and then use the time after you listen to repeat the sentence for pronunciation practice. If you are in a public place, like a cafe or a park it’s okay to just repeat the sentence in your head!

Here’s why repeating practice with full sentence examples is great! Even though the focus of the video is learning a phrasal verb, you are also hearing adjectives, idioms, prepositions and more used in natural English. This is very helpful! It’s how we learn our own native languages! We hear it in natural use.


Why are phrasal verbs important?

Phrasal verbs are extremely common in casual English, learning to use phrasal verbs correctly will help you sound natural in casual conversation.

"Phrasal verbs are important because they are extremely common in informal English, and unless you are familiar with their meanings, understanding informal language will be difficult. In addition, learning to use phrasal verbs correctly will help you sound natural in casual conversation."
Jane Mairs, Director of English language Learning Publishing
The best way to learn the definitions is to listen to the phrasal verbs with sentences. I will list the verbs and then give you natural example sentences that you can use right away. 




break in = force entry to a building or car etc.

"The window is cracked! It looks like a robber tried to break in."


“You shouldn’t leave valuables in your car, someone might break in and steal them.”



valuables - noun - things that are worth a lot of money, especially small personal things
such as jewellery, cameras, etc.
“Never leave cash or other valuables lying around.”

"Somebody BROKE INTO our office last night and stole my laptop!"


*When we use the building (place) in our sentence, BREAK IN  becomes BREAK INTO.
Let’s change the grammar of our second example:

“You shouldn’t leave valuables out in the open, someone might break into your car and steal them.”


break in = interrupt 

“She wanted to BREAK IN on their conversation but didn't want to seem rude.”



seem - linking verb
seem (to somebody) (to be) something to give the impression of being or doing something
synonym appear

+ adj. You seem happy.
Do whatever seems best to you.
She didn't want to seem rude.

break in = to wear something, especially new shoes, until they become comfortable



stiff - adjective
difficult to bend/move
~ stiff cardboard
~ a stiff brush

break up = end a relationship. 
"My girlfriend and I broke up before I moved to Australia."


“I saw Harry and Brenda arguing in the park yesterday. It was serious. I think they’re gonna break up!”



 argue verb
to speak angrily to somebody because you disagree with them
My brothers are always arguing.


Break (something) up - to make people leave something or stop doing something

“I saw some kids fighting so I had to step in and break it up.” it = the fight


“I hate to break up your conversation but we have to go Mike.”


break up = start laughing (informal). 


"Everyone broke up laughing as soon as the monkey started dancing."

Short QUIZ!
Break IN or Break UP?


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Prepositions IN, AT, ON  with PLACES.
VIDEO and more at my blog! 
・Learn to use these prepositions like a native!
・Follow along on the blog at your own pace
http://808english.blogspot.com/2013/07/learn-english-prepositions-in-at-on.html


Prepositions IN, AT, ON  with TIME.
VIDEO and more at my blog!
・Learn to use these prepositions like a native!
・Follow along on the blog at your own pace
http://808english.blogspot.com/2013/07/prepositions-in-at-on-time.html

Test your thinking skills in English! Brain teaser...


Two days ago Brenda was 18. Next year, she will be 21. HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE??
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Today is January 1st. Brenda's birthday is December 31st. Yesterday she turned 19. 2 days ago was December 30th, so Brenda was still 18. January 1st is the start of the year, so this year on December 31st Brenda will turn 20 and next year she will turn 21! 

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English expressions. Get Through


English expressions. "Get Through "

One common meaning is - To complete something; To manage to finish something. 
"University was tough, but after 4 years I got through it."

"I can't wait to get through my job training and start working with computers!"


Another meaning is - To help someone manage or endure a difficult situation.

"Surgery was really painful, but the doctor gave me some pain medication to help me get through it.

"This winter will be hard for my family, but together we will get through it."


"I graduated!!! I got through 4 years of school! YAY!!!"

Free English practice game! Prepositions (IN, AT & ON) with 'time'



Play this online version of "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire"
I made this puzzle to test your use of prepositions for time.

click for the game :)


Watch this video for review of prepositions for time.

Don't confuse these 2 words anymore! Most VS Almost


These 2 words are difficult for some of my students. They are easy to confuse. I made this infographic to try to make it easier to see the difference. I hope it's helpful!

Click for larger image.

Another brain teaser!


What number is missing from this series? 
(series a group or a number of related or similar things)

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The answer is 13!

1+2=3 
3+4=7 
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13+8=21

3, 7, 13, 21


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Improve English listening - News story "Fill in the blanks"

For today's blog listen to the story from the YouTube clip and fill in the missing words. You can check the blog from yesterday to see if you have the correct answers. This is helpful listening practice!

Toronto fourth most livable city in world

Three of the top 10 most livable cities in the ____ are Canadian.

Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary are third, fourth and fifth, respectively, on the list ______ annually by the Intelligence Unit of the business and political weekly magazine The Economist. That’s also where they _____ last year.

Both Toronto and Vancouver won ____ 100-point scores for stability, healthcare and education. The 100-point score for infrastructure The Economist gave Melbourne and Vienna propelled them to first and _____ place on the list.

Melbourne has been the __ city on the livability list since 2011, when it ________Vancouver. Toronto and Calgary have traditionally been in the top five as well.

The Economist bases its ratings of 140 cities on 30 ____ across five categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

Eight of the top 10 cities are in Canada and Australia, which the Intelligence Unit points out reflects them being mid-sized cities in ______ countries with relatively low population density and good healthcare and ______.

This is a hard one! Good luck to everyone :)

Full story/answers here http://808english.blogspot.jp/2013/12/want-to-improve-your-vocabulary.html

Want to improve your vocabulary? Advanced vocabulary practice from the news

Toronto fourth most livable city in world

Three of the top 10 most livable cities in the world are Canadian.

Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary are third, fourth and fifth, respectively, on the list compiled annually by the Intelligence Unit of the business and political weekly magazine The Economist. That’s also where they stood last year.

Both Toronto and Vancouver won perfect 100-point scores for stability, healthcare and education. The 100-point score for infrastructure The Economist gave Melbourne and Vienna propelled them to first and second place on the list.

Melbourne has been the top city on the livability list since 2011, when it squeezed out Vancouver. Toronto and Calgary have traditionally been in the top five as well.

The Economist bases its ratings of 140 cities on 30 factors across five categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

Eight of the top 10 cities are in Canada and Australia, which the Intelligence Unit points out reflects them being mid-sized cities in wealthier countries with relatively low population density and good healthcare and education.

livableadjective - suitable for living in; comfortable
“The old house became livable after 3 months of renovations.”

livabilitynoun - suitability for human living
“The Economist bases its livability ratings on 30 factors across five categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.”

compiledverb (past tense) - to gather together: to compile data.

respectively - adverb – in the exact order given
“Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary are third, fourth and fifth, respectively, on the list compiled annually by the Intelligence Unit of the business and political weekly magazine The Economist.”

propelled - verb (past tense) - to drive, or cause to move, forward or onward
“The 100-point score for infrastructure The Economist gave Melbourne and Vienna propelled them to first and second place.”

Tomorrow listening practice...

Fun and interesting English word origins! Hamburgers and Hot dogs

Hamburgers and Hot dogs.

A hamburger is not made with 'ham!'


The word hamburger comes from the name of a German city, Hamburg. Historians believe that around the same time sausage makers were experimenting with their meat dihes, cooks in Hamburg served up a cooked version of steak tartare (pronounced TAR-TAR). This is kind of raw ground beef or horse meat.



There are no 'dogs' in a hot dog!

The name hot dog also comes from Germany. German immigrants in the United States began selling kinds of sausages, some of themh were thin and long, like dachshunds (this is a kind of dog with short legs and a long body). Sellers with an odd sense of humor started calling these dachshund sausages. Over time, the name shortened into hot dog and the name stuck!


"A dachshund. Hey he looks like a hot dog!"

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