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Do you like travelling?

Have you ever wondered what’s the difference between ‘travel’, ‘trip’ and ‘journey’? Many of you ask me in class when to use one or the other. Let’s see if this time you don’t forget them!
'Travel' can be:
A) A verb
As a verb, travel means ‘to move or go from one place to another’ (Cambridge Dictionary)
                   I usually travel abroad when I have a couple of free days.
B) A noun
As a noun, it describes the activity of travelling and often forms part of compound nouns
 I love air travel. I think it is the safest way of travelling.
                  My wife usually brings a lot of travel documents with her in case there is a problem.
It can also refer to the journeys someone makes:
                 His travels around Asia are very famous among his readers.
'Journey' is a noun.
It refers to the distance when you go from one place to another.
                 The journey from London to New York took us six hours.
You make a journey and they can take or last a …
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Especially or specially?

Most of you ask yourselves this question: is it especially or specially?

What is the difference between them?

First of all, we need to know that they are adverbs.

The Cambridge English Dictionary states that:

Especially means 'particularly' or 'above all':

She loves flowers, especially roses.

              I am especially grateful to all my family and friends who supported me.

We use specially to talk about the specific purpose of something:

The kitchen was specially designed to make it easy for a disabled person to use.

             He has his shirts made specially for him by a tailor in London.

Especially can also be used to mean 'for a particular purpose':

             I bought these (e)specially for you.

Is it clear now? If the answer is NO, check this link.

If the answer is YES, you are ready to practise with this exercise.

Brain teasers

A good way to start training your brain again (and to practise English too) is to do brain teasers. Do you know what they are? Take a look at the videos and rack your brains.

Start anew

Welcome back! Hello 2018/2019!

After the summer break we have a whole course ahead to learn and enjoy.

I hope you are all as happy as I am to start a new adventure. Some of you will do it from scratch, others after some years learning English, and many others after some time without having used the language at all. All of you are welcome to visit this blog as much as you want. I'll provide interesting material for everybody, so... stay tuned!

The first thing I'd like you to do is think why you learn a second (or third) language. Here you have some reasons:

Still have a doubt?

I'd like you to think of your own reasons and post them below.

P.S: As I told you in class, this year we'll use Edmodo to share information about homework or provide you with extra material.