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slim and thin   
Hi everybody!!! I need some help. Can you clearly explain the difference between `slim` and `thin` in meaning? I appreciate your help in advance.

30 Sep 2014

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United States

As a woman, I have to agree with Zora and Cunliffe that thin is unhealthy whereas slim is healthy.

People might say he is too thin, but they would not say she is too slim.

We also say there is a slim chance of something happening, but we do not say there is a thin chance.

30 Sep 2014

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Cambridge testing program   
Hello Everybody,
I īm working at a University in Mexico and would like to have my students certificated by cambridge (PET, KET, FCE). Does anyone know how I can do that in the school. I don īt want the students to have to go to another school to take the test. 

And.... Could anyone tell me the prices of these tests?

Thanks SmileSmile

30 Sep 2014


All you can do is contact them (The examination board for Cambridge) and see if you can have the exam at your school - or what is required for them to consider your school as a suitable exam venue. Usually, they pick a place that is suitable for all students from everywhere in a certain region, so it might be hard to suggest such a change.

Cambridge exams are fairly expensive. In Europe, FCE is around 150 euros to 175 euros.

30 Sep 2014

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Project exchange   

Exchange project with any Northern school (Denmark, Norway, Finland or Sweden)

We are a secondary school located in Tarragona (100 kms South from Barcelona) and we would love to start an exchange project with any school in the Northern countries. Our students are eager to start writing and finding partners in the North , please, if you are interested write to: ymartin2010@hotmail.com . My name is Yolanda Martínez.
kind regards,

30 Sep 2014

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Dear Spanish colleagues,

I īm writing because I have a Spanish receipt for a car rental with the expression on it saying DIFFERENCIA AS / FAVOR 300 EUR, which I don īt understand.

Can anyone please explain to me what this means. For your information I rented a car in Spain and I had to pay 300 eur deposit for insurance- now they won īt pay my money back.

I thank you so much for your help and I wish you a nice day.
Regards from Slovenia.

30 Sep 2014

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Thank you so much for your answers. It seems  they are really slow and I īll have to ask my bank to interfere. This iste is really great sinece we all speak almost all the languages and can help each other. I wish somebody needed some help with Slovene. Wink

Thanx again.

30 Sep 2014

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Travelling and Transports   
Hello dear friends, these days I īm working on travelling and transport and I would like to use some video material with my students. They īve got a pre-intermediate level. Do you know any video chunks or pieces of films where we can find people at the train station, airport, bus terminus etc.
Thanks in advance.

30 Sep 2014

Russian Federation

Hello! There īs a link for the video about travelling and transport. You can use it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS0tLwBcfmg
And You know in Speak Out course of pre-Intermediate level, there is a good DVD video and a worksheet for that video. You can find it in the Internet (I have a link but I think it īs only for Russia - torrent file)or I will try to send it for you (it īs 47 MB). 

30 Sep 2014

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English for secretaries   
Does anyone have materials to share or links for Secretarial English?

30 Sep 2014



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Saudi Arabia

the different using of passive voice   
Good morning , dear members .I want to told me, what are the different uses of passive voice as informal or formal way , please. Thank for help.

29 Sep 2014

United Arab Emirates

Good morning ,
First of all, thanks for asking.
Second. (I want you to tell me).
Third. (Thanks for your help)

The passive voice, just like Arabic passive voice, is used to express actions done by others rather than the speaker either in the present, the past or even the future.


Use of Passive

Passive voice is used when the focus is on the action. It is not important or not known, however, who or what is performing the action.

Example: My bike was stolen.

In the example above, the focus is on the fact that my bike was stolen. I do not know, however, who did it.

Sometimes a statement in passive is more polite than active voice, as the following example shows:

Example: A mistake was made.

In this case, I focus on the fact that a mistake was made, but I do not blame anyone (e.g. You have made a mistake.).

Form of Passive

Subject + finite form of to be + Past Participle (3rd column of irregular verbs)

Example: A letter was written.

When rewriting active sentences in passive voice, note the following:

  • the object of the active sentence becomes the subject of the passive sentence
  • the finite form of the verb is changed (to be + past participle)
  • the subject of the active sentence becomes the object of the passive sentence (or is dropped)

Examples of Passive Level 2

Tense Subject Verb Object
Simple Present Active: Ritawritesa letter.
Passive: A letteris writtenby Rita.
Simple Past Active: Ritawrotea letter.
Passive: A letterwas writtenby Rita.
Present Perfect Active: Ritahas writtena letter.
Passive: A letterhas been writtenby Rita.
Future I Active: Ritawill writea letter.
Passive: A letterwill be writtenby Rita.
Hilfsverben Active: Ritacan writea letter.
Passive: A lettercan be writtenby Rita.

Examples of Passive Level 4

Tense Subject Verb Object
Present Progressive Active: Ritais writinga letter.
Passive: A letteris being writtenby Rita.
Past Progressive Active: Ritawas writinga letter.
Passive: A letterwas being writtenby Rita.
Past Perfect Active: Ritahad writtena letter.
Passive: A letterhad been writtenby Rita.
Future II Active: Ritawill have writtena letter.
Passive: A letterwill have been writtenby Rita.
Conditional I Active: Ritawould writea letter.
Passive: A letterwould be writtenby Rita.
Conditional II Active: Ritawould have writtena letter.
Passive: A letterwould have been writtenby Rita.

See : (http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/passive)
http://alfalah.webnode.com                    (Grammar section)

30 Sep 2014

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Project ideas for an adult course   
Hi everybody I īd like to haved some project ideas to show my students about phonetic course. This a group of 16 students. They are Spanish speakers. I was thinking of something like: "Phonetic patterns of similarities and differences in English and Spanish".During this semester we were reviewing junctures, stress patterns, intonation, and rhythym. Please let me know what do you think about my idea! Your Project ideas are welcoming! Thanks in advance.

29 Sep 2014

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Hi everyone!!

I just created a blog online for a subject in school, I did it about teaching and I would like you to visit it and comment! any  ideas and suggestions are more than welcome. 
Iīve only made about 5 posts but I need people commenting on those posts. 

I really appreciate your help, here is my blog address

29 Sep 2014

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Nursery Rhyme Street: "Humpty Dumpty Nursery Rhyme | English Nursery Rhymes Songs Collecti.   
This might be helpful:


hope this helps.

29 Sep 2014

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