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Why is it called like this?… the term “perfect“ comes from Latin and meaning “finished, completed“ it may explain its relation between something achieved or done with something influencing the present tense, and that’s how it’s made: combining the present grammatical tense (has/have) and the perfect grammatical aspect (past participle). Here’s a visual graphic and a great video explaining its use…hoping it helps all those who suffer confusions with this tense!!

present perfect formation

If I were you or If I was you?

Which one is correct – if I were you or if I was you?

The word were in the phrase if I were you is special form. It is known as the subjunctive mood (from the grammatical point of view).

Today you also find the phrase if I was you. Here Simple Past form of be is used. But there are people who say that this phrase is incorrect and would never use it (mainly Americans). Others say that this phrase can be used.

  • If I were you I would phone him. → subjunctive mood
  • If I was you I would phone him. → Simple Past.

The following song by the group Beirut uses the second form, which would be considered incorrected by Americans. Let’s just think of poetic license. Check out the lyrics by clicking on the following link:

And now, enjoy the music video …



The Do’s, the Don’t’s and the Oh God Please Don’t’s of Eating Sushi

Many people love sushi; but, are we eating it the same way as the Japanese? Should I eat the ginger with sushi and mix the wasabi with soya sauce? How about ketchup, can I use ketchup?


Well the purpose of the pink ginger is actually for ‘washing’ your mouth between different kinds of sushi so you can taste the different flavour of fish!


This website has a simple guide (with pictures) to show you the Do’s, the Don’t’s and the Oh God Please Don’t’s of Eating Sushi. Here’s the Link.




Differences between Many / Much

Diferencias entre “Many” y “Much”
Many” se usa con sustantivos plurales y “Much” se usa con sustantivos singulares y colectivos.
Para más información: podéis ver este vídeo de Let’s Talk Institute.
Puedes practicar lo aprendido con estos ejercicios.
Ver el infográfico completo.

Differences between “Many” & “Much”
We can use “Many” with plural nouns, and “Much” with singular and colective nouns.
For more information you could watch this Let’s Talk Institute video.
You could practice what you’ve learned with this exercises.

See full infographic.


Chinglish or “Why Chinese people cannot pronounce well English”


¿Por qué a los Chinos les cuesta tanto hablar bien Inglés?
Al igual que los hispanohablantes, a menudo tienen una pronunciación “spanglish“Descúbrelo en este vídeo cuáles son los puntos débiles de los Chinos al hablar Inglés.
Si hablas Chino, o tienes algún amigo que hable Chino y quiera mejorar su Inglés, enséñale nuestra aplicación para aprender Inglés

Why it’s so hard for Chinese people to speak good English?
The same happens with spanish speakers, that sometimes have an “spanglish” pronunciation. Discover in this video which are the weak spots of Chinese people when talking in English.
If you speak Chinese, or have some friends that need to improve their English, check out our app for Learning English

Formas para mantenerte motivado mientras aprendes un idioma


Formas para mantenerte motivado mientras aprendes un idioma


Ramses Oudt nos cuenta en este pequeño vídeo como mantenerte motivado mientras estás aprendiendo un idioma extranjero. Ya sea a través de la televisión, libros, películas, música o cualquiera de tus aficiones.
Y vosotros, ¿cuáles son vuestras formas para manteneros motivados estudiando un idioma extranjero?

Ways to stay motivated while learning a foreign language


Ramses Oudt tells us in this short video how could we stay motivated while learning a foreign language. Whether you watch television, books, films, music, or any of your hobbies.
And you, what are your ways to keep you motivated while studying a foreign language?

Happy Birthday, David Gilmour!

Hoy, es el cumpleaños de David Gilmour, vocalista, compositor y guitarrista del grupo de rock británico Pink Floyd,

Today, it’s David Gilmour’s birthday, vocalist, songwriter and guitarist of The british rock group Pink Floyd.

Did you know… the name for every Chinese relative?

¿Sabías qué… en Chino hay un nombre para cada pariente en nuestra familia? Dependiendo si pertenece a la parte de la madre o del padre, si son mayores o menores que tú, o si son hombres o mujeres, cada miembro de la familia tiene un nombre distinto en Chino.

En esta píldora de vídeo de menos de 5 minutos, “Off the Great Wall” nos muestran el “complicado árbol genealógico chino”


Fuente: Off The Great Wall

Did you know… that in Chinese there’s a name for every relative of the family? Depending on wheter’s is from the mother’s side or the father’s side, if they’re older or younger than you, or if they’re male or female, each relative has a different name in Chinese.
In this video pill in lese than 5 minutes, “Off the Great Wall” shows us “The Complicated Chinese Family Tree”


Source: Off The Great Wall

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