Monthly Archives: November 2013

Tennis Lesson on Superlatives

Collage photo of top ranked women players (Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Li Na and Agnieszka Radwanska)

2013 top ranked women’s tennis players © Neale Cousland /

As promised, I’m back with your next tennis lesson :)

In case you missed it, yesterday, we reviewed comparative adjectives:

Rafael Nadal is a better tennis player than Novak Djokovic. Or is Novak better? We can debate that all day but one thing is for sure:

Compared to Novak and Rafael, I am the worst player. Oh well, compared to them I’m the best English speaker! ;)

So, you may have guessed that today’s lesson is on the superlative. This time we’ll look at some top-ranked women’s tennis players. Continue reading

Tennis Lesson on Comparative Adjectives


A recent exhibition tennis match on a barge in front of a glacier in Patagonia between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic was so cool I’ve decided to give a tennis lesson… a grammar lesson comparing tennis champions, that is!

Today I’ll compare men’s tennis rivals Rafa and Nole, who are currently ranked #1 and #2 in the world (as of December 2013). I’ll look at some of the top women’s players tomorrow.

First an overview of comparisons and then a short quiz (it’s painless, I promise).

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Lady Gaga criticizes Glamour for making her too beautiful on its magazine cover


NOTEHover your mouse over the blue words to see the definitions of these words.

Lady Gaga was recently chosen as one of Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year for 2013 and her photo was featured on the magazine’s December 2013 cover above. Instead of wearing one of her outlandish costumes she was dressed more conservatively and looked more like a fashion model.

Perhaps she looks a bit too glamorous and beautiful? Continue reading

TED Tuesdays: Cameron Russell says Looks Aren’t Everything


Check out the recent TED Tuesdays talk lesson featuring Cameron Russell, an American fashion model who has worked for famous designers and brands like Victoria’s Secret, Chanel, Benetton, Marc Jacobs and many more.

Practice your listening comprehension and join in this important discussion to practice your writing skills. Click here for the lesson.


Back to Sckool


Oh no they did not….. Oops! I hope someone didn’t get fired.

It seems Miss Spell (ha ha, get it?) was at work again… this time road workers misspelled a word in front of an elementary school in Scotland. Sadly, the word they misspelled was “school” painting the pavement with the word “sckool” instead.

Check out the video below to practice your listening comprehension and then get some helpful spelling tips in today’s lesson. Continue reading

Window of Opportunity


What would you do?

Question: It’s another beautiful day in South Africa’s Kruger National Park and you’re hanging out with a herd of your family and best friends. Suddenly you’re about to become lunch for two hungry cheetahs. What do you do?

Answer: Take the first window of opportunity of course!

This video is simply amazing and it’s the coolest visual example I’ve ever seen for explaining the expression, “window of opportunity.” Click below to see the video and learn more about this English expression. Continue reading

Hey! 1 Word 50 Shades of Meaning


In English, how you say things can be as important as what you say.

Pronunciation is not just about how we say the individual sounds in words. When we speak the pitch (highness and lowness) and intonation (changes in pitch) of our voices also help us express a wide variety of emotions and allows us to perform different actions (e.g, make offers, get attention, ask for things politely). Stress, volume, rhythm and other factors also help us to convey meaning when we speak.

This is true even when a speaker is saying just one word. Take the word “hey.” Continue reading