Cockroach Disaster | English Vocabulary Challenge

We all meet difficult situations here and there. Sometimes it’s work, family, friends and in this modern world, it’s often money-related as well. But difficult situations don’t need to be all bad. We can use them to practice our simple past verbs and learn new vocabulary! Take a look at this story below about a difficult situation and then try our quizzes below to test your understanding of the story and knowledge of the words! 

“Yesterday I came home to find something very unpleasant in my house. Apart from the usual mess (because I’m not a tidy person!) I came home to find tons of gigantic cockroaches crawling around my front room!

I don’t know how they arrived, because I certainly didn’t let them in! But when I looked through the door, I saw maybe 10 or 20 of them all crawling around my floor, crawling under the sofa, the chairs and even the rug! Even if I’m a messy person, this was a new level of disgusting. They were huge and some were the size of my little finger!

So, I quickly remembered that my friend Harry, a couple of weeks ago, had had a similar problem with cockroaches. Luckily for him, he’s very rich, and he bought lots of supplies to get rid of the pests. He told me last week that he sprayed his whole house with pest spray and finally got rid of the cockroaches. So I took my mobile and phoned him straight away.

I asked Harry if I could borrow his pest supplies, because now I had the same problem, but to my surprise, Harry said no! He said he didn’t want to lend me his supplies because they cost a lot of money and maybe he would need them for the future. I was furious! I am not a rich person and I can’t afford pest supplies like Harry. He will always be able to afford more supplies, so I thought it was very insensitive. It seemed the pest supplies meant more to him than our friendship.

So in the end, I lost a good friend. But it’s not all bad, I made lots of new friends soon after… 10 or 20 of them in fact!”

Cockroach Disaster | Definitions Quiz

Match the word to the correct definition

Cockroach Disaster | True or False

Decide if the statement is true or false

A Great Party | English Grammar Exercise (Simple Past Verbs)

Everyone loves a good party! At Scrambled Eggs we certainly do. Before the pandemic hit we hosted Language Exchanges that were always a good chance for people to meet up, have some drinks and a good time speaking languages! We hope to start those again as soon as possible of course.

For those of us a little older, our partying days are often good memories in the past. So here below is one of my favourite memories of good party I went to while at university. Use it to help you learn to put verbs into the past tense!

Enjoy the party!

A Great Party | Fill in the Gaps

Fill in the gaps using the simple past of the (verbs).

Travelling | English Grammar Exercise (Simple Past Verbs and Comparatives)

We at Scrambled Eggs love to travel. Our teachers come from the USA and the UK and we live in Italy. In our spare time (when it will be possible again) we love to travel in Italy and abroad. It is always fantastic to see different places and meet the local people, try the local food, and enjoy finding out about new places. A quick look at Instagram will tell you that we are not the only ones!

But one side of travel that people do not often talk about is the journey itself! Is it better to take the train or the bus? Did you pack your suitcase well? How did you buy your tickets? This is just as important because without the journey we would not be able to visit these fantastic places.

So, we kindly invite you to try our quiz below to think about travelling and test your use of past verbs and comparatives… Enjoy!

Travelling | Simple Past and Comparatives Quiz

Choose the correct words to fill the gaps.