Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Subject and Object Pronoun Quick Reference Lists

Subject pronouns


Object pronouns


Possessive adjectives


You can see examples for each on my article page for Subject, Object, and Posessive Pronouns.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Family Vocabulary in English and Spanish (vocabulario de la familia ingles y español)

Here's a quick list of vocabulary for describing family relationships. Since normally the family is taught in Basic 1, It is good to have a reference list for those learning English or Spanish

pariente: relative
parientes: relatives
familia: family
padre: father
papá: dad
madre: mother
mamá: mom, mum (British)
papas, padres: parents
hermano: brother
hermana: sister
hermanos: brothers and sisters (or just brothers)
hermanas: sisters
hijo: son
hija: daughter
hijos: children (sons and daughters or just sons)
hijas: daughters
tio: uncle
tia: aunt
tios: uncles and aunts (or just uncles)
tias: aunts
suegro: father-in-law
suegra: mother-in-law
cuñado: brother-in-law
cuñada: sister-in-law
esposo, marido: husband
esposa, mujer: wife
primo: cousin (male)
prima: cousin (female)
primo, primo hermano: first cousin (male)
primos: cousins (male and possibly female)
primas: cousins (female)
sobrino: nephew
sobrina: niece
sobrinos: nephews and possibly nieces.
sobrinas: nieces
abuelo: grandfather
abuela: grandmother
abuelos: grandparents
bisabuelo: great-grandfather
bisabuela: great-grandmother
bisabuelos: great-grandparents
tatarabuelo: great-great-grandfather
tatarabuela: great-great-grandmother
nieto: grandson
nieta: granddaughter
nietos: grandchildren (male and possibly female)
nietas: granddaughters
bisnieto: great-grandson
bisnieta: great-granddaughter
tataranieto: great-great-grandson
tataranieta: great-great-granddaughter
tío abuelo: great-uncle
tía abuela: great-aunt
padrastro: stepfather
madrastra: stepmother
hijastro: stepson
hijastra: stepdaughter
hermanastro: stepbrother
hermanastra: stepsister

Please note that in Spanish, "familia" normally refers to the immediate household of parents and children. Normally the extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. is NOT inferred at least not in Mexico. When someone not in the atomic family is at an event, he or she is also mentioned.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Colors Crossword Puzzle - Basic English


Christopher Johnson

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Moving blog to Google Blogger and Website to Google Sites

In an effort to save costs and lack of donations, I'm moving the PLS blog to Google Blogger and the PLS website to Google Sites. Although the new site is in development ( yet again!) I am hopeful that this will be the last site move for the next few years since Google doesn't charge until you get past the file storage limit and even then it is quite low compared to normal hosting costs.
Some of the features I had implemented will be disabled until I find a work-around for them. I'll be recreating quizzes and activities as the Google Sites and Blogger systems allow (most likely though some kind of javascript or google Apps implementation)

Monday, March 29, 2010

ESL Holiday Games: Christmas and Winter. Fun Games for Your Students

I mentioned this on the main blog page, but I think this should be mentioned here. These printable games are great for English class for teens and adults.

They are also fun for an individual who is learning English alone or at home with family or friends. You don't need to be a teacher to get them.

You don't even need to live in the United States to buy them. Since everything is done online, there are no shipping costs or delays to be able to enjoy these games out of the office. You can buy today and print all the copies you need to practice English right away!

Printable Games makes great games for every holiday like bingo, word search, riddles, crossword puzzles, and more fun printable activities that make great breaks from you usual English class routine. While you're at home for the Holidays, keep learning English with these fun games. Invite some friends over or practice with your roommate or family. Perhaps that will motivate them to learn English too.
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You can get just a game or two, but why not save money by getting the collection. It is so cheap when you consider how much time you save with this collection of great Christmas and winter holiday games for you to enjoy.

Here are some examples of the individual games that are available. Notice how there is plenty of vocabulary.

Christmas Anagrams
- $ 6.99
Let their imaginations run wild and the laughter begin with this challenging anagram game. Players will have to use their 'brain-power' to come up with an anagram to these Christmas items. For example, the letters in "ornaments" can be rearranged to "ant sermon." Break the group up into teams of 5 or 6 and let the hysterical mingling begin. Answer suggestions are included.

Christian Christmas Word Find
- $ 6.99
Great addition to Sunday School lesson plans at Christmas. Test player's speed in this classic word search game as they race to be the first to find the hidden Christian words and phrases. Answer key included. Start printing as soon as you order!

Christian Legend: The Twelve Days of Christmas
- $ 6.99
Christian legend has it that the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas" was really a secret code to persecuted Christians! Whether fact or fiction, if you know your Bible then you'll be able to crack the code and be the first to complete this game. What were "five golden rings" really referring to? Answer key included. Start printing as soon as you order!

Of course if you're at all like me, you'll want to be prepared for other holidays. There are even fun trivia games. So if you want to save plenty of money, get the all holiday collection which is huge!

I love the all season printable game back because it covers all the most important holidays for English speaking countries which is great for ESL classes. You get Christmas, New Year, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Saint Patrick's Day, Valentines Day, and Easter games full of great vocabulary and fun for all ages. Even business men get bored and restless around the holidays so give your ESL class fun every holiday.

One thing I forgot to mention is how much I like the game designs. They have really attractive graphics and they look so professional.
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Visible Plant Parts

  • Branch - rama

  • Bark - corteza

  • Bulb - bulbo

  • Flower - flor

  • Leaf - hoja

  • Pistil - pistilo

  • Petal - Pétalo

  • Root - raíz

  • Seed - Semilla

  • Stem - tallo

  • Sepal - sépalo

  • Style - estilo

  • stigma - estigma

  • Stamen - estambre

  • Twig - ramita

  • Thorn - espina

  • Trunk - tronco

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Learn and Master Painting Course is Great English Practice

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I recently started using the Learn and Master Painting with Gayle Levée course for learning to paint with oil paint. It is great because she takes you through all the steps for learning to paint from basic supplies, to cleaning brushes, preparing a canvas as well as important skills like painting realistically with perspective and different styles like impressionism.

I also discovered that the DVD videos that come with the course are great for people learning English to practice listening. First, the instructor has a calm relaxed voice and since she's teaching painting she is doing what she's talking about so the student can compare the words with the actions. Second, since the course is for learning to paint you get many art and painting vocabulary words to practice with that normally wouldn't come to mind. Third, the course, while not exactly cheap also includes a workbook to go with the many hours of video.
If you have English students who love art or painting or if you are learning English on your own and would like to learn to paint while improving your English skills, visit the Learn and Master Painting painting course site for more information.

Painting Learning System and Supply Kit