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ENGLISH TENSES – 12 TENSE REVIEW

Sometimes learning a language can be overwhelming. A visual overview of the language can be very helpful at understanding the context of the different tenses you have learnt in class or at the academy. Take a look at our guide below or speak to one of our native english teachers who would be delighted to provide further guidance.

Here at The Language Corner academy, both in La Elipa and in Pueblo Nuevo (La Almudena metro) we love to use a variety of resources to bring languages to life, but sometimes a simple table can help! We have collected our three favourite online tables to explain the tricky grammar!

An Overview – Table 1
This table unfortunately uses the verb ´to eat´ and some of the conjugations are irregular so take care when trying to follow a pattern, another table below might be better. This table does however present the SVO form.

An Overview – Table 2
This table is a bit clearer to read, but note that done is also irregular and the endings are not in line with the usual form but I love the colours! It reminds me of our colourful language academy, as the walls are painted a very similar colour at La Elipa!

An Overview – Table 3
This table is great for knowing how to form these tenses as it gives us a useful how to guide on how to create the tenses yourself.

If you are not sure WHEN to use which tense, take a look at this guide below;

PRESENT SIMPLE

  • Daily routine
  • Behaviour that happens again and again or is repeated
  • Facts

PRESENT CONTINUOUS

·         To describe something happening RIGHT NOW. 

PAST SIMPLE

·         Something which has finished and terminated

PAST CONTINUOUS

·         Something which was occuring in the past and still happening at the moment in the story

FUTURE SIMPLE

·         Something which will happen in future

FUTURE CONTINUOUS

·         For something which will be happening in the future and will be occuring at the time in the story

PRESENT PERFECT

·         Something which you were doing in the past and have finished right now in this present moment.

·         Something which has consequences on the present situation

PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS

·         Something which you were doing in the past and are still doing it today

PAST PERFECT

·         When you have two past situations and you want to refer to the situation which happened earlier

PAST PERFECT CONTINUOUS

·         Something you had been doing continuously in the past, but has finished

FUTURE PERFECT

·         Something which you would have done in future

FUTURE PERFECT CONTINUOUS

·         Something which you would be doing in the future

If you have some more questions on this quick guide, leave us a comment below and one of our native english teachers will be able to help. Do you have a visual aid you use for grammar? Share it with us!

ingles en Ciudad Lineal has never been so easy 😉

Halloween in Madrid

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The 31st of October is Halloween. Although often thought of as an, “American Holiday”, this festival has taken over Madrid and many parts of the world. One need not be interested in learning English in Madrid, or in the Anglo-Saxon culture, to enjoy this fun-filled holiday.
Many Spaniards, and expats alike, take to the streets of Madrid and the clubs of Madrid dressed in costumes that frighten. Jessica, an American Teacher from The Language Corner Gandhi (a Language Academy near La Almudena, metro line 2) stated she is surprised at how many English students in San Blas dress for terror at Halloween. She said, “In the USA it is typical to see many different kinds of costumes. Halloween is really a time to get creative, when teaching English Lessons in Madrid. I talk to my students about different costume choices: movie themes, super heroes, sports stars, famous people, etc. Scary costumes are just another genre of the many costumes people wear”.

Dan, an English Teacher at The Language Corner La Elipa  spoke of the increase he sees in children dressed in costumes walking around the English Academy located in the Ciudad Lineal neighbourhood. It is true, each year Halloween becomes more and more common.
Though Spain has taken on the costume ritual, Trick-or-Treating is not so popular. If learning English, it is interesting to understand the meaning of “Trick-or-Treating”. Trick means doing something mischievous and Treat means receiving candy. As an English language learner, don’t get confused. The person in costume says “Trick-or-Treat” and the person answering the door chooses rather or not to give candy.

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TLC Gandhi’s (near Metro Gracia Noblejas in Ciudad Lineal) Lyndsey, one of the English Language teachers from Scotland, shares an interesting fact. “In Scotland country we celebrate Halloween rather differently; children must earn their candy as opposed to merely receiving it without merit”. Children earn candy by singing songs or reciting poetry.

Are you living in Madrid and want to improve your English skills? Why not try the Scottish way of Trick-or-Treating. It is called “Guising” (from the English word disguising). Make sure the song or poem you memorize is in English! The Language Corner and all of the native teachers would love to welcome you into this English school located 20 minutes from Sol. The academy has English classes for children and adults. You will improve your English, but also learn all about Anglo cultures around the world with a diverse Native staff in Madrid.

The Sights and Sounds of Avenida del Marqués de Corbera

At The Language Corner we feel very lucky to have our English school so close to such a vibrant and fascinating road as Avenida del Marqués de Corbera. It plays a very important role in the life of the La Elipa community and our native English teachers always comment on how much activity there is up and down the length of the road.La Elipa Metro

As well as being the main road through La Elipa the Avenida del Marqués de Corbera hosts some of the most popular social events. If you are from the Ciudad Lineal area you surely must have attended at least one of the Fiesta de Septiembre, Mercadillo Popular de la Artesanía, Carrera Popular, Fiesta de la Bicicleta and Cabalgatas de los Reyes!

Avenida del Marqués de Corbera was recently featured prominently on the RTVE program Comando Actualidad. It starred amongst other people the famous local band Burning, who themselves reference La Elipa and Avenida del Marqués de Corbera in many of their tunes. Also featured were the Asociación de Vecinos La Nueva Elipa, who we support in their important work in the local area.Dragon La Elipa

Other highlights of Avenida del Marqués de Corbera include the incredibly well-known Dragón of La Elipa and the fantastically friendly bar La Fornia, where you can often find The Language Corner teachers enjoying the great food and ambience. The road is a short distance from other important local sites such as the Cementerio de La Almudena, Fuente del Berro park, the TV tower El Pirulí and the adjoining padel courts.

So as you can see Avenida del Marqués de Corbera is much more than just a road, it’s an authentic piece of Madrid history!

Meet Sarah!

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAName: Sarah

Where are you from? I’m originally from the North of England but I grew up in Scotland

How long have you been working at the Language Corner? About a year and a half. Before that I taught English in various companies around Madrid

What do you like most about teaching? It’s lovely to meet lots of different people from La Elipa and see the students improve

What hobbies or talents do you have? I like reading, watching films and photography

What kind of music do you like? I like pretty much all kinds of music, except for reggaeton!

What is your favourite movie? It’s difficult to say as I love all types of cinema, so I’m glad there are several cinemas that show films in English in Madrid

What book are you reading right now? Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Where is your favourite place in Madrid? El Retiro on a sunny day!

Tell me something interesting about yourself: I can do traditional Scottish dancing

Top tip for learning English: Make sure you practice listening to English as much as you can. There’s no better way to improve your listening than by listening!

28th of March Saturday Workshops

The Language Corner La Elipa, calle Gerardo Cordón, 51 will have three English workshops on Saturday March 28th.

Each workshop is unique and is an opportunity to practice English in a fun way. The workshops are led by an experienced Native English teacher.

The workshops will by dynamic and entertaining. Forget translation and fill in the blank, leave the text-book at home. These workshops include movement, theater, laughter, creativity, poetry, games, and much more!

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10:00-11:15, 6-10 años
11:30-12:45, 11-14años
13:00-14:15, adultos
Each workshop costs 8€

This is an opportunity to practice English using methods that help you think in English, create in English, and speak in English. The Language Corner wants you to enjoy improving your English. We hope to see you on the 28th!

enjoy

 

Colour Idioms Quiz

Here at The Language Corner Madrid we are always looking to improve your English in many different ways. As well as our conversation or Cambridge exam classes with native teachers we want to provide you with extra help. This comes in the form of our Blog posts that give you advice and information on how to improve specific areas of English such as listening, reading or pronunciation skills.

Today we have one of our favourite topics… Idioms!Colour_Idioms_inglés_clases_Madrid

Can you work out which of the 2 options make these English idioms about colours correct? Answers will be coming soon so keep visiting the page to see if you are right!

The black sheep/black horse is somebody who behaves very differently or badly, and is considered shameful by other members of their family.

If something happens out of the blue/out of the purple, it happens very suddenly or unexpectedly.

If you are greened off/browned off, you are bored or fed up.

The most important thing to remember when doing something is called the golden rule/golden law.

A person who is blue with envy/green with envy is someone who is very jealous.

To be tickled pink/licked pink, means are very happy about something.

If you paint the town gold/paint the town red, you go out and have a really good time in bars and clubs.

silver lining/silver rain refers to the good or pleasant side-effects of an unpleasant situation.

A pink elephant/white elephant, is something that is useless even though it might cost a lot of money.

Don’t forget that if you have any questions about English – grammar, pronunciation, idioms etc – then visit our forum to ask us whenever you like: http://the-language-corner.com/foro/

As well as English classes in the academies in La Elipa/El Carmen and La Almudena/García Noblejas we also provide excellent home classes and company classes throughout the community of Madrid. And… we don’t only provide English classes but also French, German and Spanish from beginner to advanced, all with native teachers.

Home Classes in English in Madrid

We offer all types of classes across Madrid to cover every need, both in our academies and at your house. Home classes in English in Madrid are one of the most in-demand classes we offer, so it is our pleasure to provide high quality home classes, all with native teachers.

We have two schools in the areas of La Elipa and La Almudena (Pueblo Nuevo) in the East of Madrid, but if for personal reasons you cant attend our conversation or Cambridge (FCE, CAE) exam preparation classes then home classes will suit you better. And that’s just our English classes! We also offer French, German and Spanish classes at home throughout the community of Madrid.

If you are looking to improve your level of English or another language we can offer you a team of native teachers who will perfect your conversation, grammar or presentations. Whether you are preparing for a Cambridge (First, Advanced) exam, looking to improve you position at work or complete your CV our home classes in English in Madrid will give you the push you need to achieve it.

In addition the people who have chosen the Language Corner to receive home classes in English in Madrid have given us great feedback about the quality of their classes. Many have then chosen to attend classes in our Madrid academies near to the Metro stations of El Carmen and García Noblejas.

Win 2 Nights in a Luxury Moroccan Hotel

The Mr Ben photo competition is officially open! Get your Mr Ben (0.50€) in one of our schools and post the most original photo with the hashtag ‪#‎Languagecornermadrid‬

Make sure your post is public!Mr Ben inglés Madrid clases conversación

First Prize: TWO nights stay, for TWO people in a luxery hotel in Morocco. Includes one dinner for TWO people.

Second Prize: One 1 hour private English Class

Third Prize: TWO Hot English Magazines

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Free English With Native Teachers!

We are hosting an evening of free English activities in Ascao (Pueblo Nuevo) with our native teachers in the bar “La Esquina de los More”, Calle Ascao 31.bar_inglés_gratis_nativo_madrid

This is a great opportunity for you to practice your English conversation and get to know our native teachers. It will take place in a lovely cosy bar in Ascao, in the middle of our two schools in La Elipa and García Noblejas in the east of Madrid.

There will be fun activities and a special offer of 2 for 1 on drinks. Come and practice English conversation in a fun and relaxed atmosphere!

When: 13th March, 20.30h
Where: Calle Ascao 31, Madrid
Cost: Free!

Free Career Workshop

Do you want to have a perfect CV in English? Do you find interviews in English difficult? The Language Corner offers a professionally prepared 1.5 hour workshop that will give you the edge over rival candidates.Taller_gratis_nativo_ingles_madrid

Native CV

Mistakes on your CV could cost you the job you’ve been looking for. Our course gives you the key to writing your CV in a more native style, and offers a CV checking service.

Native Interview

A native teacher with a Human Resources background takes you through the most typical interview questions in English, before moving on to more specialised interview techniques used by many companies, such as Behavioural Interviews.

Thursday 26th March

Calle Gandhi 19, Madrid

Metro: La Almudena or García Noblejas