The past simple in English takes two forms:  regular and irregular
Regular verbs take -ed endings:   play-played, show-showed, live-lived
Irregular verbs take different endings, here are some common ones: give gave, take took, be was
1. played
2. visited
3. did
4. did, buy
5. were

Friendship Phrasal Verbs Lesson

Meet Amy.  Amy is shy and lonely.  

Here you can find a fun and original lesson for learning and teaching phrasal verbs for friendships.

Please click below to get started and see what happens to Amy!

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Phrasal Verb Answers!


1. F

come across= to find

While hiking in the mountains, we came across a small restaurant, and decided to have lunch.




2.  E

bring up= to raise ( a child)

I was brought up by my sisters, because my parents died when I was young. 


3. B

look after= take care of

The neighbors are looking after the cat while they´re away on holiday. 


4. A

come up to= approach

Madrid is full of people coming up to you on the street to ask for donations to charity.  


5. C

keep up= go at the same speed/maintain

Because my brother kept his grades up, he is allowed to play his video games on school nights. 


6. D

take away= remove

If you take away his pessimism, he isn´t so bad a friend. 


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Make or Do?
Which activities use ´make´? ´do´?

1. ______ the laundry
2. _______ a phone call
3. ______ work
4. _______ an assumption
5. _______ the dishes

See below for answers!



1. do the laundry  

I do the laundry on my days off.  

(we use the present simple ´do´ for routines.)



2. make a phone call

I used to make phone calls from our home phone.  

´used to´ describes something that was a habit in the past

descarga-6 work

I´m sorry, I can´t  join you for dinner.  I´ve got too much work to do.  

 We do work at our job or for school or in the house, but if you make work for somebody, you create work for them.

e.g. My co-worker is always making work for me; he never does what he should.


4.  make an assumption

I quickly realized I had made a false assumption when I saw he was telling the truth. 

The past perfect is used (had+past participle) with the past simple to describe a sequence of events in the past.

descarga-7 the dishes

As a child, I hated doing the dishes!

Who doesn´t hate doing the dishes? **But if you make dishes, you are creating them ( from ceramics, glass etc.)



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Hello English learners!  Today we are learning 3 EASY ways to write the FCE essay.  There is only ONE simple formula- if you follow it, you can answer ANY essay question for the FCE!!!

Looking to pass the FCE?  Learn these easy ways to write the FCE essay.  Just choose one formula, and use it for  ANY essay question!

Here is part one to writing the FCE essay:


Laughter Therapy Workshop at The Language Corner La Elipa!

Hello everyone! I would like to cordially invite you to our laughter therapy workshop Saturday, November 12th from 10:30 to 13:30 at The Language Corner in La Elipa. For students 18 to 30 years old, this is a fantastic opportunity hosted by Comunidad de Madrid. The cost is only 14 euros for three hours of laughter and English! We will explore all the various benefits of laughter. Please reserve your place now!  Please find the website for the Comunidad de Madrid below for more details for this workshop and other events as well!



Laughter is the best medicine”

Find out if this age-old adage is true by joining us on 12th November in The Language Corner, La Elipa for Laughter Therapy. For only 14€ (10€ with Carné Joven)

In the Laughter Therapy workshop participants can learn to enjoy the present and connect with their inner child by being spontaneous and creative. Using both body language and English, the aim is to have some genuine laughs which will benefit us physically, psychologically, emotionally, and socially.

Date: Saturday 12th November

Time: 10:30 – 13:30

Place: The Language Corner, C/ Gerardo Cordón, 51



WHEN I first came to Madrid, I spoke little Castellano. Very little. Sure, I had picked up some vocabulary here and there- mostly via pop culture. You know, the hasta la vistas and so forth. Having lived in California, I was bound to hear some south-of-the-border chatter. It´s impossible not to. For those of you learning a second language: I hear your moans, I feel your pains, I can taste your anxiety! For those of you who have so much to say, and not the words to say it. For those of you brave enough to submit yourself to the utter embarrassment that comes with not only learning a second language, but actually using it. This is for you. You are not alone.
It was  Christmas, 2015. I was in the fancy supermarket (it´s Christmas, after all)  doing some last-minute food shopping. Like you do here in Spain, I wanted to order some ham from the deli counter. The woman, of whom I had the deepest sympathies for, looked rather disheveled. The remnants of a busy day were surrounding her. Bacon trimmings, plastic wrap gone awry, russian salad drops, squished pickled onions, chorizo chaos, and of course…ham. It being Christmas, I went for the bad boy- the top shelf. After about 30 seconds of fumbling my way through the numbers, I pointed to the serrano I wanted and smiled, portraying what I´m sure was a rather grotesque display of delight and need. I was just trying to communicate. A look of understanding flickered through her eyes, and we were on our way. Success! Oh the thrills of communicating! It can be so exhilarating-not having made a fool of yourself AND getting what you want. Glorious.
But wait. Now she is holding out a slice over the counter. What am I supposed to do with this? I did what I thought was best, and I snatched it up and gobbled it down- showing my approval in a series of over-the-top facial expressions that could (and maybe should) have been taken for something rather serious. I thanked her immensely for this display of comraderie, practically bowing at the counter. I felt so special. Well done me. That glorious feeling lasted only but a minute, for her thunderous look soon clouded over my picnic of pride and ham. She was not happy with me. But why? Confused and slightly wounded, I Charlie-Browned out of there, ham in hand.
I asked my Spanish friend later what I had done wrong. Apparently the sample was not a sample at all, but for me to check the thickness of the slice.
Why would such a minor incident have had so much of an effect on me? Because it happens all the time. The highs and lows of learning a language are extreme. From exhilaration (giving correct directions to a stranger on the streetcorner) to sheer embarrassment. The other day on the train a man asked:
¨Eres Español?¨
¨Sí! Un poco.¨
Oh dear, I´ve done it again…

While the extents and extremes of embarrassment are cultural- they are still universal. No matter how intense. We all feel a bit stupid when learning a new language. But fear not!

We can do this…together. Ham and all.

Uncomfortable? No worries. As English teachers here at The Language Corner, we know all about the difficulties of learning a second language (we´ve done it ourselves!) Studies show that confidence can greatly affect your progress in language-learning. We strive to lower the affective filter*, allowing you to fully capitalize on your potential. Exam preparation, entertaining classes for children, adult conversation classes- whatever you are looking for- our staff are native and knowledgeable. We love to tell a joke and explain why it´s funny. In such a big city like Madrid, @TheLangCorner is your place for a little TLC.

* The Affective Filter is the term Stephen Krashen has used to refer to the complex of negative emotional and motivational factors that may interfere with the reception and processing of comprehensible input. Such factors include: anxiety, self-consciousness, boredom, annoyance, alienation, and so forth.