When to Use Gerunds and Infinitives

Gerund ( verb+ ing) 1.  We use the gerund after prepositions ( this includes phrasal verbs and different expressions) Prepositions: I drank a cup of tea before leaving. After having a shower I waited for the show to start.Phrasal verbs: I’m keen on swimming in...

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False Friends

English, as we saw last week, is difficult! So many confusing words, so many strange pronunciations! The good news, though, is that the English language has lots of similarities with Spanish. In fact, some words are identical in spelling and meaning (but not...

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British Stereotypes- Fact or Fiction?

Half the fun of learning a new language is understanding the culture of the country that speaks it. While TV programmes like Dr. Who and Downton Abbey, or musicians like The Who and The Beatles have presented a certain image of the UK, how many of those typical...

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Small Talk: The Weather

Most of us find it difficult to start small talk, especially in a foreign language. But fear not! Here at the Freeway Academy Blog we will give you some advice and examples of how to start a conversation in English about the weather. Imagine that you are in an...

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Three Common Mistakes when Speaking English

Learning any new language is difficult. It doesn’t matter if you’re completely new to it or well on you are way to speaking like a native- there are always some things that cause confusion. Many mistakes occur because we are simply translating structures from our own...

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