Monthly Archives: September 2010

English Verb Forms
The following chart shows the positive, negative and question forms of the main tenses in English with a brief description of each tense’s usage. Please note that for a better understanding of the tense forms you should follow the links to pages focusing on the specific tense. This chart is principally for comparison purposes. You may also find the visual guide to tenses useful for help in understanding tense usage.

TENSE Simple Past


She went to Paris last week.
They didn’t (did not) drive to work.
Where did she get that hat?


Actions happening at a defined moment in the past. More
TENSE Simple Future


I’ll (will) meet you at the airport tomorrow.
He won’t (will not) be able to come.
Will they visit us soon?


Decisions made at the moment about the future, future predictions, future promises More
TENSE Present Continuous


He’s (is) working at the moment.
They aren’t (are not) coming this evening.
What are you doing?


Actions happening at the present moment. Near future intention and scheduling. More
TENSE Past Continuous


I was watching TV when you called.
He wasn’t (was not) working when she arrived.
What were you doing when I called?


Interrupted past action, action happening at a specific moment in time in the past. More
TENSE Future Continuous


I’ll (will) be cooking dinner when you arrive.
They won’t (will not) be living in Paris this time next year.
What will you be doing next week at this time?


Future action at a specific moment in the future.

TENSE Future with Going to

He’s (is) going to fly to Boston next week.
They’re (are) not going to invite the Browns.
Where are you going to stay?


Future intent or planned action More
TENSE Present Perfect


I’ve (have) seen Mick three times this week.
She hasn’t (has not) been to New York.
How long have you worked at Smith’s?


1)To express an action that was begun in the past and continues into the present. 2) To express an action that happened in the UNspecified past. 3) To express a recent action that has a present effect. More
TENSE Past Perfect


I’d (had) already eaten before they came.
She hadn’t (had not) been to Rome before that trip.
Had you ever seen such a crazy lady before that?


To express an action that happens before another action in the past. More
TENSE Future Perfect


We’ll (will) have lived here for twenty years by 2005.
She won’t (will not) have finished her homework by the time we arrive.
How long will you have lived in France by the end of next year?


To express what will have happened or how long something will have happened up to a certain point in the future. More
TENSE Present Perfect Continuous


She’s (has) been waiting for over three hours.
They haven’t (have not) been studying for long.
How long have you been working on that problem?


To express the duration of a continuous activity begun in the past and continuing into the present. More
TENSE Past Perfect Continuous


She’d (had) been waiting for three hours when he finally arrived.
I hadn’t (had not) been sleeping for long when I heard the doorbell ring.
How long had you been playing tennis when she arrived?


To express the duration of a continuous activity begun before another activity in the past. More
TENSE Future Perfect Continuous


He’ll (will) have been sleeping for a few hours by the time we arrive.
She won’t (will not) have been working for long by 5 o’clock.
How long will you have been driving by 6 o’clock?


To express the duration of an activity up to a point of time in the future


Naruto…Legend of the Stone of Gelel

A interesting start..then the video starts again with a very simple cartoon introduction and moves along in a fascinating story.

The English is clear and you can follow the story.

The drawings and the characters are marvellous.

It is a very clever, mature cartoon with a great story.

Naruto..the legend of the Stone of gelel

Kekkaishi Cartoon Episode 14

Episode 15 was a wonderful Story.. I hope you were able to watch it all.

It was a story of two brothers with Powers…there is jealousy between the two brothers..

Here is Episode 14:

When you speak speak as to someone you love

A few years back, I watched a presentation by Tony Kahn, a legend in public radio, and an all around interesting guy. He gave us a lot of advice that day, but there were two things that stood out. One was that he greeted us by putting in his iPod earbuds. He said, “Isn’t that the universal greeting of all podcasters?” We laughed more than we expected.

The second, and this was the best piece of advice was about how he got his unique radio presence out of his voice. Tony said this, and I paraphrase:

When I speak, I speak as if I’m talking to someone I love very dearly, and I am telling them something of great importance. I want them to hear it from me, be it good or bad. And when you hear me, that’s what you hear: me telling someone I love something very important.

You have no idea how often I use that advice. In podcasts, in radio interviews, and most especially on stage and in front of the camera, I do my best when I remember Tony’s advice.

When you present to your audience, never say “you guys.” When you see your audience and if you know some of them, call them out by name. Point to them. Show people that you see them.

When you present to your unseen audience, remember that they’re listening to you quite often in a solo act. There is no “all of you.” There’s you and her. There’s you and me. There’s the two of us there.

It makes a universe of difference.



Anime Cartoon 15 in English

Anime cartoon    Kekkaishi Episode 15 English Dub

You can see this cartoon.

Watch it and see if you can understand some of the English.

It is better to watch with subtitles, but I am finding it difficult to find videos or movies with English subtitles to share with the class.

This is what a cartoon is..a story or film with drawings.


  1. Did you watch the cartoon?
  2. Could you understand the English?
  3. Could you follow the story just watching the action?
  4. What is some of the story?
  5. What were the characters in the story?
  6. Which character did you like the best?
  7. Why did you like this character?
  8. Do you like watching cartoons and comics?

Walt Disney ..Unit 2

Unit 1 Level 2 English

The Story of Walt Disney

Walt Disney the great film maker was born in Chicago in America in 1901.

His greatest wish was to be a famous artist one day, and he did many drawings and sketches. He went to a newspaper office in the town he was living to get a job as an artist. They looked at his drawings and said, “Sorry Young Man. We are not interested in your pictures.”

His friends tried to encourage him. They said, “Don’t worry. Your work is good. We know you will be a great artist some day.”

He did not lose heart. He continued to draw many pictures. His family was poor, and he would sit on the floor in the garage, and draw in the dust. One day a mouse came and played on the floor. Walt gave him a piece of bread and everyday the mouse would come and visit him and he would feed him and play with him.

Some years later, he was still trying to get a job as an artist, and was still unsuccessful. One day he remembered the mouse that used to come out of his fathers garage and started to draw him. Day after day he experimented and drew different pictures of the mouse he had known. At last he was pleased with the mouse and called it Mickey Mouse.

Disney’s success had become as a cartoon maker. He soon drew other cartoon mouse characters like Donald Duck and made many cartoons about them. These were all short cartoons. Before the days of television, they used to be shown in cinemas all over the country as a short film before the big film. He became very popular. Soon he started to make longer films. All of them were loved by children.

Disney died in 1966, but the studios are still busy producing more and more interesting films based on his characters.

Note Taking:

Write notes about Walt Disney

  • Born:
  • Died:
  • Wish:
  • Work:
  • Cartoon Characters:
  • Became well known:
  • Successes:

A Newspaper is writing a story about Walt Disney.

They have sent you, the reporter to ask him questions and to write the story.

Here is a dialogue about Walt Disney

  • May I ask you when you were born, Mr Disney?
  • I was born in …..
  • Could you tell me about your family?
  • My family was very …..
  • What was your dream?
  • I always wanted to be a famous …….
  • What happened when you went for a job?
  • The Newspaper told me my pictures were not …….
  • What did you do?
  • I went home and drew many more pictures. I did not lose heart.
  • Where did you get the idea for the story of Mickey Mouse?
  • I used to play with a small mouse in my family’s garage and feed him bread. He was my inspiration for the cartoons.
  • What other cartoon characters did you create?
  • I also created Donald…….
  • Where were these cartoons shown?
  • They were shown in movie theatres before the main film.
  • What happened next?
  • I started drawing long cartoons and soon children loved them and I became famous.
  • Thank you Mr Disney. Your story is one of someone who never gave up his dream


  • Can you draw cartoons?
  • Have you seen a cartoon called Mickey Mouse?
  • What do you think of the Mickey Mouse cartoons?
  • What cartoons are popular today?
  • Do you like cartoons?
  • Why?

Good Friend … Unit 1

Unit 1: Good Friends




  • Talk about friends
  • Talk about likes and dislikes
  • Use direct speech…He says,
  • Use indirect speech…She says that…
  • Write and email

What words describe people?

Kind honest brave beautiful loyal happy wise strong handsome rich smart funny gentle true faithful generous clever

This is Me… This is what my friend should be

Which of these people would you like to be friends with?

John is 17 years old. He likes football. He also likes reading, especially stories about people from other countries. He does not like singing or computers. He thinks Rock Music is terrible
Ann is 16 years old. She loves dancing, computers and rock music. She hates hiking and classical music. She does not like to read. She likes dogs and has a poodle
Steve is 16 years old and loves swimming and surfing. His other hobbies are reading and singing. He plays the guitar and sings. He does not like hiking and he does not like loud music. He also thinks football is boring.
Peter is 17 years old. He loves to sing and dance. He loves loud music and computer games. He thinks classical music is boring and terrible and likes reading comics and magazines
Sarah is 17 years old. Her interests are reading stories and books about people and their adventures. She likes to play the piano and listen to classical music. She paints and draws and is very good at Art.
Joe is a 16 year old boy who really likes computers. He spends a lot of time making programs and playing computer games. He surfs the net a lot and downloads music and movies. He does not like football or hiking or any sport. He likes to watch TV.

Make a list of their likes and dislikes

Name John Steve Peter Ann Sarah Joe You

Useful expressions

He/She likes….             He/She enjoys……….             He/She/doesn’t like…..

He/She is fond of…..     He/She   thinks that……..      He/She Hates…….

I’m sure that……            I think that………….            Perhaps……

Write a story about yourself.

How old are you?

What do you like doing?

What interests and hobbies do you enjoy?

What do you hate doing?

Which of the people above would you like to be friends with?

Why do you like them?

Which one would you not like to be friends with?

Why do you not like them?