How to improve your English

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Some tips to remember grammar structures

Are you tired of making the same mistakes over and over again? Do you want to stop seeing those red marks on your test paper?
Then consider using some tricks to help you out!

What can you do if you never remember if you need or don’t need a preposition after the verb WANT?

First of all, it depends on the situation you’re in!
If you are at home, just google it!

If you google “I want to visit” (remember to use quotes!) you get 95.400.000 results!
If you google “I want visit” you just get 60.500 results (and those results come from “weird” websites, not British or American websites).

And even more importantly, when you start typing “I want” in any search engine (or in the address bar), you get suggestions from the search engine itself, and so you can see that “want” is either followed by a noun or by “TO + a verb in the base form”.

So, that means that you need the preposition TO after the verb WANT.

If you’re at school, doing a test, and can’t use the Internet, you can probably use a monolingual dictionary. Just look for WANT and read the examples.

But the best thing you can do to remember that you need the preposition TO when the verb WANT is followed by another verb, is to find a trick to help you out.

For instance, learn the famous Queen song “I want to break free”, and hum it all along:

I want to break free
I want to break free
I want to break free from your lies
You’re so self satisfied I don’t need you
I’ve got to break free
God knows, God knows I want to break free.

So, start singing and having fun, while you learn English!

And now, it’s your turn! Can you think of any song that might help you grasp a tricky grammar structure?
If you do, leave a comment below!

Some tips to organize a vocabulary notebook

Hi,

here is an example on how you could organize your vocabulary notebook, starting from the useful words and expressions we found in the article about Amsterdam.

First of all, you should decide how to sort the entries in your notebook. In my examples I have decided to organize it by grouping adjectives, nouns, verbs and useful expressions. For each noun or expression I have noted down a synonym or a definition, and an example, because it is crucial to learn new words and expressions in context.

So here goes:

ADJECTIVES

WORLD-RENOWNED

(adj.) = VERY FAMOUS IN THE WORLD

Ex. A world-renowned museum

UNFORGETTABLE

(adj.) = something you can’t easily forget

Ex. 30 unforgettable things to do in Amsterdam

ECLECTIC

(adj.) = with many different aspects

Ex. New York is an eclectic city

CRAZY

(adj.) = VIBRANT (it’s often used with nightlife) = EXCITING

Ex. If you visit Berlin, you’re going to appreciate the crazy and vibrant nightlife in the Western part of the city.

ENDLESS

(adj.)

Ex. Endless shopping

GORGEOUS

(adj.) = beautiful

Ex. Drop dead gorgeous

Ex Enjoy the gorgeous flower market in Amsterdam

BREATHTAKING

(adj.) = STUNNING (which takes your breath away)

Ex. Your hotel room offers a breathtaking view of the Alps / Dolomites.

Ex. Climb the 294 steps to the top of the tower and enjoy the breathtaking view, spanning as far as the Thyrrenian Sea to the East and the Appenines to the North

UNIQUE

(adj.) = there is no other like it

Ex. A unique view / A unique landmark

TRENDY

(adj.) = Fashionable

Ex. A trendy district / area

If you like rock and traditional Irish music, don’t miss the trendy district of Temple Bar in Dublin, where you can enjoy live music in the evening.

AWE-INSPIRING

(adj.)

An awe-inspiring monument / landmark / museum

NOUNS

ENTHUSIAST

(noun)= LOVER

Ex. Art enthusiasts will love the Van Gogh Museum

Ex. Football enthusiasts will adore the Wembley Stadium

Ex. Music enthusiasts will appreciate a visit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

Ex. Architecture enthusiasts shouldn’t miss Rotterdam, the capital of high-tech modern architecture

Ex. Food lovers will love Naples, the city where street food is the king.

FOODIE

(n.) = a person who loves good food

Ex. If you are a foodie, don’t miss the central market in Florence, and try the typical street food, “lampredotto” or tripe with a glass of red wine.

THE HEART OF

= the centre

Ex. Let’s visit the heart of the city

VERBS

TOUR

(v.) = VISIT

Ex. Tour the Uffizi Museum and enjoy its amazing collection of Renaissance paintings

EXPLORE

(v.) = DISCOVER

Ex. Explore the city on foot!

INDULGE IN….

(v.) = take pleasure in….

Ex. If you love wine, visit the Chianti area and indulge in a tasting in one of the many cellars.

STROLL THROUGH

= TAKE A STROLL THROUGH = HAVE A WALK

Ex. Take a stroll through the magnificent Boboli Gardens and admire the many statues and fountains.

USEFUL EXPRESSIONS

SHOP ‘TILL YOU DROP

= the shopping area is so interesting that you would never stop shopping

Ex. Shop ‘till you drop in Camden Town Market.

A FOODIE HEAVEN

= a paradise for people who enjoy good food

Ex. The old city centre in Naples is a foodie heaven

Ex. The street market in Siracusa is a foodie heaven.

OPEN YEAR ROUND

= open every day

“…. is sure to leave a lasting impression”

Ex. A visit to the Majdanek concentration camp is sure to leave a lasting impression

A MUST-SEE / A MUST-SEE SIGHT

= something you can’t miss

Ex. The David by Michelangelo is a must-see in Florence.

A HOTSPOT FOR ENTERTAINMENT

= the heart of entertainment and nightlife in a city

Questions you may ask a tour operator

ITCG Fermi 4 Tourism

What partnerships do you have?

Do you have any partnerships with airline companies?

Are there any limits for the luggage you can take?

Do you use scheduled or charter flights?

Can I change the departure date?  Is there a supplement to pay if I want to change the departure date?

Do they serve a meal or a snack on the plane / during the flight?

Are the flights direct flights or do I have to change planes?

Am I going to get a refund if I have an accident before the departure? (Possible answer: No, unless you take out an insurance policy against cancellations.)

How much hand luggage can I take on the plane / on board?

Are the hotels usually situated/placed/located near the city centre?

What services and facilities are provided?

Do you use any hotel chains?

What kind of criteria do you use to select a hotel?

Is breakfast…

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