5 Things To Do In Summer When The Weather Is Bad

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One thing that we can all agree on is that summer is great when the weather is sunny! But what happens on the days when it’s cloudy, or when it starts to rain? For anyone who wants to stay busy, this can be the perfect opportunity to spend some time practicing English, to maintain their language level during the summer.

Do you need some help thinking of ways to stay occupied? The Scrambled Eggs team has some tips:

  • Watch a TED Talk

If you have to stay indoors because it’s raining, why not profit from the time by watching a speech in English? You will practice your listening skills, and if you make a note of words you don’t understand (don’t forget to use the subtitles to help you!) you can also increase your vocabulary. Additionally, TED Talks are always informative and engaging, so you can also learn about something really interesting at the same time!

You can find many interesting talks here: https://www.ted.com/talks

And here’s one recommended by Scrambled Eggs!

TED talk in English
  • Read a book.

Many students seem to be intimidated by English books, as they can be too hard. However, the secret is to A) find a book that was written for a slightly younger audience than you, or B) find a book that you’re extremely motivated to read. Our top tip is to have a pencil and highlighter near you while you read, so you can quickly make a note of words you’re not sure about, and then search for them with a dictionary or on your phone.

Here are some ideas from Scrambled Eggs, for students with a higher level of English:

Read English books
  • Plan a trip abroad.

There is no better way to improve your English than by using it while travelling abroad. It might seem a bit extravagant to plan another holiday during summer, but it will be autumn soon… and that’s the perfect time to visit a new country!

Our tops tips include London, Amsterdam and New York:

Travel abroad
  • Do some small English exercises

It might sound a bit boring, but if the weather is horrible for only a short amount of time, maybe it’s the best way to stay busy for 5 minutes? A small exercise every so often is a great way to maintain your level of English, and perhaps learn some new vocabulary too! If you’re about to go shopping, search for a vocabulary exercise. If you’re going to go to a party when the sun returns, google a small exercise about talking in the Future. Everything helps!

Here are some Scrambled Eggs suggestions:

English exercise
  • Learn some English expressions to talk about the weather!

It’s much easier to talk about the weather in English if you know the best expressions, so check out this list about hot weather:

How many expressions do you know about the rain? Is it drizzling, or raining cats and dogs?

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Prepositions of Time | Esercizio Inglese

Prepositions are always a bit of a struggle when learning a language, especially since they tend to differ from one language to another.

How are your prepositions in English? Today’s blog takes on the infamous prepositions of time, which can be split into 3 simple all-encompassing prepositions: in, on and at. Is this topic completely new to you? Have no fear! Scrambled Eggs English School in Milan has a team of Native English Speakers to accommodate your every need.

So, which preposition is used for which time?

We use in for non-specific times such as months, years, decades and long periods of time. For example “in January,” “in 2009” and “in the future.”

We use on for specific days and dates, such as days of the week, days of the year and dates. For example “on Monday,” “on January 21st” and “on New Year’s Eve.”

Finally, we use at for the time, holidays and festivals as well as specific timeframes. For example “at 7:00 p.m.,” “at Christmas” and “at sunrise.”

For more information, have a look at the below graphic about this very topic:

Have you got it? Do you think you’re ready to put your knowledge to the test? Well, you’re in luck; we’ve prepared an exercise just for you!

Prepositions of Time

Type the correct preposition in the gap.

How did you find it? If it was too difficult, then feel free to try it again! Otherwise, have a look at some of our other English quizzes and start improving your English now!

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ESL Business English | Esercizio Ascolto Inglese

It’s time for another mini-grammar lesson! Once again, the Team at Scrambled Eggs School in Milan have created some great exercises to help you practice and improve your Business English skills. Today’s topic is going to.

Have you ever wondered how to talk about the different tasks that you do at work as well as explain upcoming projects? Our Team of experienced, Native English Teachers are here to help and make sure that you are ready for every situation!

To talk about intentions, plans decided before the moment of speaking that will happen in the future, as well as predictions we use going to.

Structure: verb to be + going to + infinitive.

Examples:

  • Are you meeting the client today? No, I am going to meet them next Monday at 13:00. = The meeting has already been planned and will take place next week.
  • Next week is going to be a very busy week in the office because our new product launches. = They think next will be busy because I know that the company’s new product will launch.

Now, it is time to put your English listening skills to the test! This listening is most suitable for B1 learners. Listen to the following audio about three different work-related stories and try to extract some information. If you would like to do some pre-listening exercises click here.

After you have listened to the audio once, twice or as many times as you need, test your English listening knowledge with the following exercise!

Next week at work

After listening to the audio above, read the following text and fill in the blanks with the correct answers.

How did you do? Did you find it a bit challenging? Feel free to try again! If you ready to move on and learn some more English, then click here to access some of our other quizzes and articles.