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Idiom of the day – They’re a match made in heaven

The English idiom ‘a match made in heaven’ is used to describe a couple who seem absolutely perfect together. They are so suitable for each other that it seems as though their relationship was preordained (arranged in advance) ‘in heaven’.

Olivia: Did you hear that Gerry and Eve have got engaged?

Greta: Yes! Isn’t it cute? I’m so happy for them. They’re so well suited.

Olivia: Yes, they’re such a perfect couple – and on Valentine’s Day too!

Greta: Aah. They’re a match made in heaven, I’d say.

Idiom of the day – Better late than never

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We use the English idiom ‘better late than never’ to show that we are relieved that somebody or something is coming, while at the same time expressing annoyance that they or it will be late.

[On the phone:]

Peter: Will you be able to bring my laptop back tonight? I really need it to finish my assignment.

Greta: Sure. I’ll be round at about ten. Will that be alright?

Peter: I’ll probably be asleep by then, Greta!

Greta: Sorry! I won’t be there till at least ten, because I’m working at the club till nine thirty.

Peter: OK. Don’t worry. Better late than never.

Idiom of the day – It’s the best thing since sliced bread

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We use the English idiom ‘It’s the best thing since sliced bread’ to describe something that we think is fantastic or wonderful.

Peter: Can you show me your new phone?

Greta: Here it is.

Peter: Oh, it’s a new iPhone X. These are really amazing. Look at that screen!

Greta: I know. It can do everything – and more! It’s the best thing since sliced bread.

The only question is – what was the best thing before sliced bread was invented?

Elementary English Course - Unit 4 - Family

FREE Podcast: Unit 4 of our Free Elementary English Course is Now Online!

Learn about family vocabulary, question forms, pronouns, and much more!

I talk about the latest unit to be added to our free Elementary English CourseUnit 4.0 – Family. Click below to go there now:

Unit 4.0 Family

The lesson topics are:

4.0 Family (Introduction)
4.1 Wh- Questions
4.2 Yes / No Questions
4.3 Pronouns
4.4 Describing People
4.5 Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous
4.6 Auxiliary Verbs
4.7 Punctuation Marks

Whether you are a teacher or learner of English, I hope you will find this wealth of easy-to-read material helpful and a great reference source.

There are also plenty of exercises to get you thinking – along with a complete answer pack, so you can check your answers.

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FREE BOOK! Elliot & Gina - Spencer's Air Adventure

ELT Books for Young Learners of English

You won’t want to miss this exclusive FREE children’s book for ELT students!

In the latest podcast I have the great pleasure of chatting with Zuzana Miyahara Kratka, who is founder & publisher of the Elliot’n’Gina books. With popular titles such as Tidy Space Pirates and Spencer’s Air Adventure, the Elliot’n’Gina series is aimed at young learners of English as a Second or Foreign language. Each book comes complete with its own set of activities, plus answer key (see below)!

Zuzana Miyahara Kratka

Zuzana Miyahara Kratka

We have a very special exclusive here on PurlandTraining.com – you can download the PDF version of Spencer’s Air Adventure absolutely free – along with 4 pages of language activities based on the vocabulary in the book and the answer key! With text by Deborah Lee and Patrick Wallace and wonderful colourful illustrations by Samuel James, this full colour 32-page book is a fantastic read, with a wacky story and endearing characters. Click below to download the FREE material now:

Elliot & Gina – Spencer’s Air Adventure (PDF – 5MB )

FREE BOOK! Elliot & Gina - Spencer's Air Adventure

 

Elliot & Gina – Spencer’s Air Adventure – Learning Material (PDF – 3 MB)

Elliot & Gina, Spencer's Air Adventure Activities

 

Elliot & Gina – Spencer’s Air Adventure – Answer Key (PDF – 3MB)

Elliot & Gina, Spencer's Air Adventure Act Answer Key 20170307

 

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FREE BOOK! Elliot & Gina - Spencer's Air Adventure

FREE BOOK! Elliot & Gina – Spencer’s Air Adventure

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Podcast featuring Moz the Monster!

Brand New Podcast – Free Teaching Material Featuring Moz the Monster!

It’s time for a video lesson with the eagerly-anticipated new advert from John Lewis!

Join me as I introduce some free teaching materials based on the new John Lewis Christmas advert featuring Moz the Monster. Click below to access the discussion questions and comprehension questions:

http://purlandtraining.com/free-lessons/free-printable-worksheets/moz-the-monster-comprehension-questions-for-english-classes/

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Moz the Monster – Comprehension Questions for English Classes

NEW! Moz the Monster – Comprehension Questions for English Classes

Check out the heart-warming video for the brand new John Lewis Christmas advert – and answer comprehension questions in your English class!

Click here!