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Last week I left you by saying, “let’s see what we can focus on next week”. Well, it’s now ‘next week’ and the answer was staring me in the face; it was ‘let’s’.

If you ask a lot of people what the apostrophe stands for in ‘let’s’, they usually say ‘us’. I bought this, because having […]

By |July 16th, 2019|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments

It’s getting hot in here…

“It’s hot in here.” Hi everyone! At the end of last week’s blog I asked you to think about what ‘it’s hot in here’ could mean. Well… It could mean, ‘please open the window’, or ‘turn down the heating’, or ‘this place is really rocking!’, or ‘Thank goodness!’ You probably thought of a few others. […]

By |July 1st, 2019|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments

Good, eh?

“Are you the fish?”

“No. I’m the chicken.”

Good, eh? People have suggested various contexts for this, the most obvious being in a restaurant where the waiter comes to the table carrying a tray of dinners and wants to know who to despatch them to. Other suggestions have been characters at a fancy dress party or spies […]

By |June 18th, 2019|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments

When is now?

Last week we mentioned the possible ambiguity of the question: “Are you doing anything tonight?” This can, of course, mean different things depending on the context. This is tricky enough, but if you don’t have an –ing form in your first language, like for example German, French, Arabic, Russian, Turkish and Japanese to name just […]

By |June 10th, 2019|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments


Welcome back to the ETC Blog. Many followers of the blog noted that last week we were particularly ‘blogless’. Was it because of the bank holiday? they asked. Well actually, it was due to/because of/as a result of a slight technical hitch, which has now been sorted. (Sorted is an anagram for Dorset, by the […]

By |June 3rd, 2019|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments


Welcome back to the ETC blog. For any students and teachers reading this, you are probably familiar with the IELTS exam. If you’re not familiar with it, then check out this website.
In the speaking part of the exam you may be asked to talk about a place you once visited. If this happens, don’t […]

By |May 20th, 2019|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments

Making sense.

VISUAL: I’ll shed some light on the situation, my minds gone blank, the future looks rosy.

AUDITORY: That rings a bell, that strikes a chord, for whom the bell tolls, I’m all ears.

KINAESTHETIC: I’m falling to pieces, a pain in the neck, I’m under pressure, I’ve fallen in love.

OLFACTORY/GUSTATORY: I smell a rat, it’s a bit […]

By |May 13th, 2019|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments

Fun fact…

Welcome to May, the only month named after a modal auxiliary! (See blogs 8, 9, and 10, November 2017! Yes, we’ve been going that long!) Anyway, last week I promised you some sensory idioms to identify, so here they are. So, as before you have, five V, five A, and five K. However, this week […]

By |May 7th, 2019|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments

Visual, Auditory, Kinaesthetic.

Hope you had some fun separating the senses in last week’s task. J Let’s run through them:

VISUAL: I can picture that clearly, look at it this way, I take a dim view of that, what are you focusing on,

we see things the same way.

AUDITORY: I hear what you’re saying, it’s all Greek to me, I’ve […]

By |May 2nd, 2019|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments


Welcome back to the multi-sensory ETC blog. I hope you had a pleasant Easter Break and enjoyed the poem. Last week I mentioned how the senses are often represented in everyday English expressions. This week I’d like to set you a task which is related to this. Can you separate the following fifteen expressions into […]

By |April 24th, 2019|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments