Spontaneous Decisions | Listening Exercise

There are a number of ways to talk about the future in English. It all depends on what exactly you want to say about the future. In English, we used the simple future in the following situations: to predict a future event, to give orders, to give an invitation (in the interrogative form) as well as to express a spontaneous decision.

The simple future is formed of two parts: will + verb (without to).

In this mini-grammar lesson by Scrambled Eggs English school in Milan we will be looking at using the simple future to make decisions in the moment.

Imagine, you are at home and you hear the house phone ring:

Or, you are walking down the corridor at work and you see your colleague trip and spill coffee all over the floor:

Another scenario could be, you don’t feel very well and your partner cooks dinner for you:

Now it is time to put your new grammar knowledge to the test! Try this listening exercise – you will hear two people talking about their friend’s birthday and planning a spontaneous surprise party.

Planning A Party | Listening Exercise

Test your English listening knowledge with the following exercise!

How did you do? How many times did you hear the simple future used to make an immediate decision? Click here to try out some of our other listening exercises.

5 Adjectives to Describe Significant Moments

Do you ever try to tell a story in a different language and realize that your audience can’t appreciate the significance of the events, because you don’t have the right words to express your feelings? Get ready to learn some new words that we hope can be a huge help to you in the future!

Did something incredible amazing happen to you this summer? Do you have some important memories from your past that you can’t sufficiently describe in English? This is Scrambled Eggs’ list of the best five adjectives to describe very significant and notable moments in your life:

1. Pivotal

pivotal adjective

2. Life-changing

life-changing adjective

3. Jaw-dropping

jaw-dropping adjective

4. Unforgettable

unforgettable adjective

5. Fulfilling

fulfilling adjective

If you are confident that you have understood these words, then you are ready to try our Scrambled Eggs vocabulary test:

Choose the perfect adjective for each sentence:

  1. Finding new jobs or new hobbies can often be completely ____________________.
  2. Improving your fluency in a foreign language might be ____________________ if you’re hoping for a promotion.
  3. Often when you visit a new city you find something ____________________ that leaves you speechless.
  4. One of the most ____________________ moments of my youth was receiving an award at school to recognise all my hard work.
  5. Pretty much everyone had at least one ____________________ holiday with their family when they were young.

Which of our adjectives could you use to describe these situations:

  1. Arriving at a new office for the first time.
  2. Becoming a parent.
  3. Getting fired.
  4. Visiting a new country.
  5. Witnessing a crime.

Post your answers in the comments section below, and let us know what you think about these 5 adjectives!

Top 5 Weirdest Laws: US Edition | Grammar Exercise

Today’s mini-lesson from the Team at Scrambled Eggs English School in Milan is about how to talk about laws.

The USA is a vast and diverse country. Each state in fact has their very own local laws. It’s hardly surprisingly then that over the years strange laws have been passed. We’ve put together a list of the top 5 weirdest laws that still exist in the USA today.

Number 1: In Sant Antonio, Texas, flirting is against the law!

Number 2: If you are found stealing soap in Arizona, you must wash yourself until the bar of soap has been completely used up!

Number 3: If you have a moustache in Eureka, Nevada, you are not allowed to kiss a woman!

Number 4: In Indiana, it is illegal to attend a public event or even use public transport within 4 hours of eating onions or garlic.

Number 5: In Gainesville, Georgia (USA), you are not allowed to eat fried chicken in any way other than by hand.

These laws are definitely quite interesting and funny! But, what language can we used when we talk about the law?

When describing what we can and can’t do, we can use the verbs let and allow. What’s the difference? Well, allow is more formal than let, but aside from that they both have a similar meaning to give permission to.

Importantly, however, they are structured differently:

Check out our exercise below to practice using let and allow:

Top 5 Weirdest Laws: US Edition

Complete the sentences using either let or allow.

How did you do? If you found the exercise difficult, pop by our school. We have a great team of native English teachers that are always happy to help.

Would you like to study more English? Click here to read about the top 5 weirdest laws from the UK!