I have some listening activities for you that show the difference between the infinitive and the -ing form.
We get a lot of sunshine here on the border with Spain. When you look at the weather forecast for France as a whole, Perpignan is often the warmest city, particularly in winter. However, there is a downside to this, the very strong winds. In the last few days, the wind has been very strong and it has been causing a lot of problems. For instance, some airplanes had problems landing at Perpignan airport and had to be diverted.
But the other evening I was very pleased that the wind was blowing so hard. There was a big forest fire just to the south of me. (It may well have been the wind that caused the fire by knocking over an electric pylon, nobody is too sure.) Luckily with the wind coming from the north, it kept the fire away from my village. Eighty fire-crew were fighting the blaze all night.
In today's exercise, we are continuing our look at Meetings.
I got a lot of very interesting replies to my question about the Internet. Most people, like me, would find it very hard to live a few weeks without it. However, it is good to see that there are still people who are not addicts .-)
I have been down with a bug for the last few days and my eyes are not good so I won't write any more today
I am always pleased to hear from you. I rarely have the time to write back but I love hearing about your lives in parts of the world that I may never visit
I have some listening exercises for you today. They are to do with the language of Meetings.
I am really busy. I have just got back from a meeting in London and I am just about to go look after my father for a few days. My meeting went really well and I got to spend an evening with my son. But I find the pace of London too fast for me these days. My favourite activity in London is now to sit on a bus and look at the world go by.
I will write more next week.
Today's lesson gives you more practice in WILL and WOULD. Hope you enjoy it.
In this morning's news, it has been reported that there is a suspected Ebola outbreak in Barcelona. Although that is not the country in which I live, it is not very far from me as the crow flies. Should I be worried about this? I am not at all sure. I remember that when I lived in Lyon there were some birds shot near there which were suspected of having the bird flu virus. Remember that? It seemed so worrying at the time but then just disappeared from the news.
I found and read a very good book about Ebola on my Kindle. I liked it so much that I put up a quick site to try and promote it. I have put details down below. I will make money if you buy the book but any money I do make I will give to charity.
This gives me a chance to bring up again the subject of Kindle books. These are available anywhere in the world and are usually cheap, if not free. Sometimes I read a review of a book in a newspaper and am reading the book a few minutes later. The selection of free books is unbelievable. If you want to improve your English, you should read Kindle books.
Some people think you have to have a Kindle to read Kindle books. This is not true. I read mine on my iPad, using the Kindle app. This is the link to Amazon US where you can find the app for your computer, tablet or phone
I am off to look at my new house. More about that soon.
My ebola site is
www.ebolaconsulting.com All commission I receive will go to charity.
Today I have some more exercises for you on Socializing. Today it is talking about Sport. I know this is a topic that people either love or hate :-)
Where I now live, football is not the most popular sport, it is rugby. In the local cafe, if there is a choice of a football match or a rugby match on the television, they will always choose the rugby match. There are no major football clubs anywhere near me. The nearest big club is Barcelona in Spain and you do see some young boys around here wearing Barcelona shirts.
At the end of last season, the Perpignan team was eliminated from the top division and I thought that the local support might fade away. None of that. The matches are still televised and just as many people gather to watch them.
But there is also another professional rugby team in Perpignan, the Catalan Dragons. They play a different form of rugby, Rugby League. This is a game which is played with 13, not 15, players and is popular in the north of England but not in the south. What is unusual is that the Dragons play in the English league as there are no other strong French clubs. A long way to travel to away matches.
In today's lesson, we have some listening concerned with Meetings.
I have been absent for a while. This is partly because I have been travelling but mainly because I have had big problems with my Internet connection. I was able to read my email through my phone but I have only been able to see the Web when I have visited friends.
It was probably a good thing as I think I have become addicted to going online. For the first few days without Internet, I was extremely upset. I think a lot of people are like that these days. Could you live without the Internet for a week?
This week's activity is about that tricky word ENOUGH. You can find it by clicking
At long last I have finished my house move. I only moved ten kilometers south but the whole thing seemed to take for ever. I moved everything by myself. At the age of 63, I found it all very tough and I hurt my back several times.
Probably the worst aspect was losing my Internet connection for a couple of weeks. I was able to tether my phone and use that a bit but it wasn't the same. My new broadband connection is terrible. In my old tiny village I could get a speed of 6 but here the speed is only 2. Very difficult to work.
But I am enjoying being in a larger village with more facilities. I am also really close to Spain now, only a five minute drive. But I am not forgetting my English roots, I am off to London for a meeting on Friday and to see my son and his partner. She is from Slovakia. The partners of my two daughters are from France and Paraguay so we are an international family :-)
Have a nice week.
Today's lesson is about the difference between WILL and WOULD in conditional sentences.
I need to do a bit of market research today. Perhaps you can help me?
A lot of people ask me about organizing some speaking practice sessions over the Internet. Normally an individual coaching session on Skype would cost at least 30 dollars an hour.
(I know some people claim to be cheaper but they are usually offering 45 minute lessons,)
I have been looking at the possibility of using something like Google Hangouts to offer free lessons but I haven't got any further.
My first problem is that I am a bit scared about doing it. Put me in front of a class of students and I love it. Attach me to a computer with a system I haven't used before and I get a bit tense. There is no doubt that as I get older I take longer to learn new techniques.
Another problem is that I don't know how well it would work technologically. I live up in the mountains and my connection is not very fast. Sometimes when I Skype my father, the connection breaks down.
A third problem is how to get people speaking. On most webinars I go to, one person speaks and the rest can only contribute by writing messages. Not ideal for a language classroom.
My final problem is that I am not sure that anybody is free at the time I would want to do them, during the week at about lunchtime London time.
I would love to hear from you if you have any experience of using Google Hangouts and you think this would be a good idea. Please don't write back if you are not interested.
Here is another listening exercise about Socialising. This one is talking about holiday plans. Or, if you are American, this is Socializing about vacation plans.
It's very dark here because there are rain clouds overhead. We have had some terrible weather in this region with rain as strong as I have ever seen.
The city of Montpellier to the north of where I live has had terrible floods. The fast trains from Perpignan cannot go north as the line is under water. But they cannot go south into Spain either because the station at Girona is underground and has been filled with water.
More locally, the road in my nearest valley is closed at the moment because of flooding. Luckily, I live high up a mountain and the water disappears quickly. However, the heavy rain dislodges rocks and boulders and they can be dangerous when they fall. One time I did a lot of damage to my car when I ran into a boulder.
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