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Hi guys! Here is the

Hi guys! Here is the question. How to translate correctly a phrase: "Earlier this year, the most unqualified Senator in Wisconsin history, went on a field trip to Afganistan and Pakistan with several other Republican senators." "Earlier this year" is this about last year or about a current year but earlier moment of speaking? THANKS!

Hello!Good question, thank

Hello!Good question, thank you! The word "Earlier" in this case indicates the beginning of "This year".

Just a note of

Just a note of clarification: You would not use this introductory phrase if the speaker was making this statement in January or early February. In that case, the introductory phrase would most likely be, " Earlier this month," or " Early last month," respectively.

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Dear moderator, I need your

Dear moderator,
I need your help.
I am studying a new English grammar theme: "used to". Would you help me to practice?
I have already written some sentences (examples on that topic). Please, check them and show me my grammar mistakes.

@ I used to visit my friends after work.
@ You didn't used to brush you teeth in the evenings.
@ Did you used to answer teacher's questions?

> I am used to listening to the music everywhere.
> You are not used to sleeping long.
> Is he used to wathing TV?

+ I can't get used to working at Sundays.
+ You will get used to speaking English right
+ Will he get used to cooking his favourite dish?

Thank you for your support and help. I am waiting for your answers.
Best wishes,

Dear Vitaliy: You picked a

Dear Vitaliy:

You picked a great topic and a difficult one for most instructors to explain. Try the following website and let me know how you did.


Here's an article by Kieth Taylor which may help you.

Here's a way to introduce the structure "used to" to your ESL students.

1 Find or draw on the board a picture of someone who looks like they could have just won some money. A photo from a magazine of someone driving an expensive car, or sitting in a luxurious room, for example, would work well. Give the person a name, and set the scene for your students of someone who has just won the lottery, or elicit it from them ("Why is Jane driving an expensive car?"; "How did she afford her expensive clothes?" etc.)

2 Ask students about Jane's life after winning the lottery. Depending on the imagination of your students, you might have to prompt them a little ("Where does she live?"; "Does she have a job?"; "Is she happy?"; "Where does she go on holiday?" etc.) Then ask students to describe how Jane's life was different before winning the lottery ("Where did she live?"; "Was she happy?"; "What was her job?") After you have built up some facts about Jane's life before and after her lottery win, put your picture to one side and tell them to remember Jane because you will be returning to her later in the class.

3 Next, as a group, brainstorm important inventions in history. Take one suggestion (it doesn't matter which one, as this is just an example to model the exercise which will follow). Elicit what life was like before this invention, and how life changed with the invention. For example: "The internet. Before the internet, most people wrote letters, but now most people send emails."

4 Now put students into pairs and have them think of three more important inventions, what life was like before the invention and how life has changed with it. When they have done this, have each pair share one of their ideas with the class, but this time introduce "used to" by rephrasing their ideas as they give feedback. For example:

Student: "The aeroplane. Before the aeroplane, people travelled long distances by ship. Now they fly."

Teacher: "Good! So, people used to travel long distances by ship, but now they fly."

5 After the first round of feedback, students will be starting to catch on, so now do a second round, asking students to use the new structure with their second invention. They will probably still need some prompting, but by the third round of feedback, using their third invention, they should be producing "used to" without too much help.

6 Use one or two of the students' ideas to highlight the written form of the structure on the board. Don't forget the question and negative forms!

7 Now it's time to go back to your picture of Jane. Ask the students if they remember Jane and why she is driving her expensive car. Then ask them once again to tell you about her life before and after winning the lottery, this time using "used to". ("She used to live in a small flat, but now she has a mansion"; "She used to work, but now she doesn't"). Be sure to give students plenty of practice with the question and negative forms as well. You could have one student ask another a question about Jane's old life, and ask some questions yourself that require a negative response.

8 For further controlled communicative practice of "used to", you could devise a questionnaire about students' childhood for students to use in pairs. This could contain some prompts, such as "go to school"; "live". One student in each pair must then form a question ("Where did you use to live?") and the other must answer ("I used to live in Paris").

And there you have it, an easy way to introduce "used to" to your ESL students.

Keith Taylor is the founder of eslbase.com, with current TEFL jobs and a directory of TEFL courses worldwide, as well as resources, information and advice for TEFL teachers. He also maintains the eslbase language exchange, an easy way to practise English or any language online.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Keith_Taylor

Good Luck,


Hello! I see, here is a new

I see, here is a new moderator from the United States of America! It is wonderful!:)) Let me introduce myself. My name is Vitaliy. I am 18. (You can read my last messages here and to know more about me) I like English and I like this site.
Let me know your name, please. And tell me about your interests, please.)))
I am waiting for your answer.

Hello Vitaliy: You have such

Hello Vitaliy:

You have such an interesting name. My name is Daniel. Most folks call me Dan. My Mother calls me Danny. I have recently retired from my first career and am now a TEFL instructor. Please visit my website at to find out more about me. I look forward to hearing from you. Your written English is excellent.

Best Regards,


Hello, Dan! (may I call you

Hello, Dan! (may I call you so?)
Thank you for your answer. It was interesting to know more about you. I want you to tell me your website adress, please. I will visit it as soon as possible. )))

Write soon.

Dear Vitaliy: You certainly

Dear Vitaliy:

You certainly may call me Dan. My old wesite is "khaochai.com." I am in the process of making a new one. It's "esl-probono.org." I still have a lot of work to do on it and not much free time to do so.

I have decided to try to find pro bono sponsors in various non-English speaking countries. What I offer is free instruction in American English in exchange for transportation to the sponsoring country, lodging and other essentials. I will agree to assignments up to 3 months in duration. Doesn't it sound exciting?

Keep in touch.


PS. You can call me anything you want,... but don't call me late for supper! An old American expression (from the west)

Hello! It is a good idea!. I

It is a good idea!. I wish you good luck in it!
So I have another questions for you. I have never been in the USA. But I am going to visit it as soon as I can. Could you tell me, how much does it cost to live in the USA? How much does it cost to rent an apartment or house? What salary is there?

Thanks for you help.

Hello Vitaliy: That's a

Hello Vitaliy:

That's a difficult question to answer. Where do you want to live? Do you prefer to live in a city, a small town, the suburbs or the country? If you rent an apartment and have your own car, you will need an income of $2000.00 to $2500.00 a month. Salaries vary also. You need to tell me what your profession is.

Regards, Dan

Good morning, day or

Good morning, day or evening!
I wanted to ask.What is correct?Everything is ok or all is ok?And what can I say better?

Hello Egorec: Americans

Hello Egorec:
Americans normally say, "good morning, good afternoon, and good evening" when greeting someone. The expression "good night" is used as a parting expression. The expression, "good day" is seldom heard. It is an Australian and British expression.
"Everything's OK" is most common.

Your question is in the wrong tense (past tense). You should say, "I want to ask (you)."

I want to ask you. Which is correct, "Everything is ok" or "All is ok?" Which one is better?

Best Regards,


Dear moderator, You know we

Dear moderator,
You know we have been communicating for many weeks. But I don't know your name. It is very difficult. Could you tell me your name, please?

Hi Vitaliy, I'm back! I was

Hi Vitaliy,
I'm back! I was sick so wasn't able to reply your message. How are you? My name's Gloria, i think tomeng told you that already. By the way, the spelling of sinserely is wrong, should be sincerely. Till then!

Hello, Gloria! Everything is

Hello, Gloria! Everything is fine!:)

Hello! How are you? What

Hello! How are you? What keeps you busy now?

Sorry she is sick.She will

Sorry she is sick.She will reply you later.Her name is Gloria.

What's the function of

What's the function of "enable rich-text" feature? I have to enable it every time I make a message. Without enabling it the letters in my messege arrange in columns. It's killing me here!
To native speakers:
Where can I see the list of native speakers in this page? Could you plz correct my messeges if I'll make any mistakes, especially prepositions.

Hi! I think the first part

Hi! I think the first part of your question has been answered by tomeng. So for the second part, I, the moderator, am the native speaker, one and only :-) There is no list of native speakers here. So if you have any questions about English, I am willing to answer your questions, much more on correcting your English mistakes, like messages instead of your spelling messeges. Have a nice day!!

The option "enable

The option "enable rich-text" is обогащённый текст текстовая информация, сохранённая в формате, доступном для её чтения и интерпретации множественными приложениями.You can use filtered HTML(for advanced user) or just full html to rich your text by special html tags.But pay no attention, just post comment and preview before.

I have a little question!:))

I have a little question!:)) As far as I know, in Britain people can get married at 16. (But in our country at 18). Is it true?:-)

Hi, yes, you're right. The

Hi, yes, you're right. The legal age for marriage here is 16, though in some part of UK, parental consent is required if the person is under 18, and in other part under 20, however there are also other parts that do not require. Though I think marrying at 16 is not wise. What do you think?

I agree with you. Marrying

I agree with you. Marrying at 16 is not wise. It is very early for teenagers. They should study at school properly, get a job....and then get marry. )) (IMHO)

Yeah, I definitely agree!

Yeah, I definitely agree! :-) Do you have any plans on when to get married? I mean at what age.

I am planing to get married

I am planing to get married at 23-26. :-)) And you? Have you already get married?:)

Well, that's good plan.

Well, that's good plan. Nope, no plan yet. Anyways, in Russia, what is the system of education? In every country, there are different systems, like in US, as I know, they enter university at the age of 18 as they have elementary, junior high school and senior high school. Here, primary education is from 5-11 years old, then 11-16 is the secondary, after that there is a 2 years pre-college preparatory, like vocational or diploma or certificate, then at 18, the bachelor degree or university. How about there?

Citizens of Russia have the

Citizens of Russia have the right to education which is guaranteed by the Constitution. The public educational system in our country incorporates pre-school, general school, specialized secondary and higher education. Pre-school consists of kindergartens and creches. Children there learn reading, writing and arithmetic. But pre-school education isn't compulsory - children can get it at home. Compulsory education is for children from 6(7) to 17 years of age. The main link in the system of education is the general school which prepares the younger generation for life and work in modern production. There are various types of schools: general secondary schools, schools specializing in a certain subject, high schools, lyceums and so on. Tuition in most of them is free of charge, but some new types of schools are fee-paying. The term of study in a general secondary school is 11 years and consists of primary, middle and upper stages. At the middle stage of a secondary school the children learn the basic laws of nature and society at the lessons of history, algebra, literature, physics and many others. After 9th form pupils have to sit for examinations. Also they have a choice between entering the 10th and 11th grades of a general secondary school and enrolling in a specialized secondary or vocational school. Persons who finish the general secondary school, receive a secondary education certificate, giving them the right to enter any higher educational establishment. Entrance examinations are held in July and August. Institutions are headed by rectors; the faculties are headed by the deans. One has to study in the institute for 5 years. Higher educational institutions train students in one or several specializations.

Wow, that was thorough :-)

Wow, that was thorough :-) I just noticed that most of your answers, I mean information, are technically written. Are they taken from articles? If they are, try to just write based on your understanding. In this case, it will help you improve your English. If they are not, then Congratulations! They are written excellently :-)

Yes, some of them are. They

Yes, some of them are. They are taken from "topics".(We learn it for developing our knowledge). Topics help us to understand different situations. So I am trying to remember all topics I need (about environment, mass media, art, holidays etc.) I promise I will write myself. ('based on my understanding")
P.S. I have had an State exam on English today. It was excelent but a little difficult! (We had listening to English speach, reading and writing an Essay and a letter.) So I am waiting for my results in a week.

Okay, no problem. I just

Okay, no problem. I just suggested that so that you will be able to develop more your skills in English. Though I can say that you can write well too.
P.S. :-P
I think you've done well in your exam, well, good luck for the results. By the way, speech should be spelled this way, not speach.

Hello! You said that you

Hello! You said that you live in the UK! But let me know where do you live(What is the name of you city/town)? And what is the weather in you town at the moment? It is very interesting to know!:)))

Hi, yeah, sure! I live in

Hi, yeah, sure!
I live in London, UK. Are you familiar of the Buckingham Palace? That is the most famous landmark nearby where I live. (It's not really nearby hehehe... will take 30 minutes drive with traffic jam! ) My city is really congested. It is spring now here so sometimes there is rain but today it's sunny, I hope it will be for the rest of the day but I am still keeping my umbrella, just want to make sure :-P
By the way, how about your city? Can you describe it to me? I've never been to Russia, so I'll be glad to know some information about your place :-)

I live in a small town

I live in a small town Kolpashevo. (Tomsk region, 319km from Tomsk). The population of my town is about 30.000 people. Kolpashevo is situated on the river Ob. It is a wonderful, quite town. There are no big buildings. The most highest building has 6 floors. But I am going to continue my education in Tomsk. Tomsk is a university city. The population of Tomsk is about 500.000 people. Tomsk is situated on the river Tom. Now I will tell you about the centre of Tomsk. The centre of Tomsk is Lenin Street. It is an old street. It is not a straight street but a very busy one. If you go up Lenin Street from Lenin Square you will see the Tomsk theatre and the City Soviet on the right hand side and a building of the Concert Hall on the left. Going up along the street you will see many shops, restaurants, cafes, the Gorky cinema, the Central Post Office. In the long run you will see Tomsk State University and the Politechnical University. Lenin Street brings you to Lagerny Garden with a great monument to those who were killed during the Great Patriotic War. Standing on the high bank of the river you will be impressed with the beauty of Siberian nature.:)) If you want to know anything else about Tomsk or Russia you can ask me!!!))))
P.S. Is there any mistakes in my text?)))

Wow! That was a very

Wow! That was a very detailed description. I think I won't get lost if I will go there :-P Thank you so much for the information, it seemed a very quite place. It's good for a vacation and for meditation.
By the way, here are the corrections:
the most highest building - the highest building
Lagerny Garden with a great monument to those who were killed during the Great Patriotic War - Lagerny Garden with a great monument in memory of the people who were killed during the Great Patriotic War
Standing on the high bank of the river you will be impressed with the beauty of Siberian nature - Standing on the high bank of the river, you will be impressed with the beauty of Siberian nature (punctuation mark is very important)

You've down very well!

:) Thank you!

:) Thank you!

What is the difference

What is the difference between thinking of you and thinking about you?
Thanks in advance.

Prepositions "of" and

Prepositions "of" and "about" in the word "thinking" have almost same meaning, though they differ a little:
thinking of you - "you" refers to a person
thinking about you - "you" refers to the person's condition or activities, like "your condition"

Hello. Let me introduce

Hello. Let me introduce myself. My name is Vitaliy. I am 18 years old. I fond of learning foreign languages. I have been studying English since 5th grade. (also I have been studying German for 2 years already). I want to improve knowledge of English. I can read and translate English well, but I have not much practice in speaking. I'll be glad to communicate with native speaker. It would be great to know my mistakes in grammar and speak English right. I will be glad if you will check my mistakes if it is possible. I am waiting for your answer.

Hi Vitaliy, Nice to meet

Hi Vitaliy,

Nice to meet you. I want to congratulate you for writing good English, there were only minor mistakes. Keep on practicing, it's the only way to the perfection. You can count on me on checking your sentences. I will be expecting for your next message. Have a nice day!
*I fond = I'm fond
*also I have been studying German for 2 years already = also I have been studying German for 2 years
*I want to improve knowledge of English = I want to improve my knowledge in English

Thank you for your help and

Thank you for your help and support. I'm very glad to get communication with you! I hope I will speak English better thanks to your help. May I ask you some questions? Do you speak only English? Do you live in Russia or in your native country? I hope you have a nice day too! And I am waiting for your next message.!

You're welcome :-) For your

You're welcome :-) For your questions: I speak English only and I live in UK.
Just keep on practicing. I edited your topic and posted a message there, I hope you would be able to share your thoughts too. Good day!

Thanks a lot. :-) Exuse me,

Thanks a lot. :-) Exuse me, but I want to ask you some questions again.:-) How is correct?: 1) "I agree with you" or "I agree on you''?. 2) "important for you" or "important to you"? Have a nice day!)

Prepositions often give us

Prepositions often give us confusion but usually they may be interchanged with a little different in the meaning and sometimes both can be used depending on the context.:
1. Agree with- when you accept the person's point view because both are the same - yours and theirs
2. Agree to - agree to do something
3. Important to (someone) - it just means that that person values that quality or aspect.
4. Important for (someone or something) - it can mean that whatever is important can progress someone's cause in some way.
hope this could help you :-)

:) I will remember it!:)

:) I will remember it!:) Thank you!

you're welcome!!

you're welcome!!

Hello! Tell me, please, are

Tell me, please, are there Americans or Britishers (native speakers) in Tomsk, who can learn to English in dialog form (personal contacts)? My be you can help me?
Thank you

Здравствуйте, я

Здравствуйте, я узнал специально для вас, что в Томске есть центр иностранных языков English House, где проводятся уроки английского языка в том числе и с носителем.На счет личного контакта- это уже другое дело.Попробуйте найти среди студентов.
С уважением, куратор проекта Tomeng.

thank you very much!!!!!!!!!

thank you very much!!!!!!!!!


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