Lesson 71

English Course Online 71

Today’s Focus:

  • Vocabulary related to Communications
  • Grammar point: Present perfect and Present perfect continuous.

1/ Sentence Practice

I have been studying languages for some time and I’ve been trying to compare different grammar systems.

So far I’ve done English, French, and Spanish.

I’ve been awarded a scholarship to study modern languages at university.

I’ve just received confirmation of my place there.

What! When did you organise all that?

When do you think you are going to start?

I will tell you more when I have finished packing.

You are packing to go to university and you really leaving as quickly as that?

No, I’m packing for the weekend away in the country. I do not start the university course until October.

I’ve been wondering what to take with me but I just can’t decide.

What are you going to study exactly?

Modern Languages but I am not sure what modules exactly.

I won’t take the final decision until I’ve been thinking about it for at least a couple of days.

It is quite an upheaval.

Since I decided to quit my job and go back to University, I have been at a loose end

I’ve tried putting my feet up but I just end up worrying about nothing.

I thought that once I’ve recharged my batteries I could start my new academic career.

Instead, I’ve been watching the television all day and every day, I turned into a couch potato

I have too much time on my hands and I don’t know what to do with it.

Even though I have the web page the majority of the work is automated.

It ticks along by itself.

At least you are going to do something that you have thought about.

Everything I’ve done recently has been on a whim, I never seem to plan ahead anymore.

I’ve even been thinking about going to a spa and really letting my hair down.

Unfortunately, I’m not exactly the life and soul of the party, and it would not be fair t0 the others.

I need to do something new they say that a change is as good as a rest.

Studying is nothing like working but they say that variety is the spice of life.

I have set my heart on a walking holiday in the Pyrenees.

Where about in the Pyrenees? On the French side or the Spanish side? Nearer to the Atlantic or the Mediterranean?

Neither nor, I am going to Andorra to walk up the Coma Pedrosa which is nearly 3000 meters high.

Oh yes, that is a principality, a tiny place. I think it is the fourth smallest country in Europe.

I went there on a skiing holiday a few years ago and I saw a brochure for summer walking holidays.

It is quite cheap, the only problem being is that you cannot fly there.

You have to fly to Toulouse or Barcelona and then get a coach. It is about three hours from the airport.

It will be worth the effort I am sure.


2/ Vocabulary Practice


  • I say that I agree with you not that
  • You deny it not
  • He disagrees not
  • Thinking
  • We believe not
  • We consider not
  • I doubt not
  • to expect
  • to imagine
  • to know
  • to mean
  • to realise
  • to suppose
  • to suspect
  • to understand
  • Existence
  • to exist
  • emotions
  • to adore
  • to appeal
  • to appreciate
  • to desire
  • to despise
  • to detest
  • to dislike
  • to envy
  • to fear
  • to feel
  • to forgive
  • to hate
  • to like
  • to love
  • to mind
  • to need
  • pity
  • to prefer
  • to satisfy
  • to trust
  • to want
  • to wish
  • perception
  • to appear
  • to hear
  • to look
  • to notice
  • to recognise
  • to resemble
  • to taste
  • Possession and relationships between things
  • to belong
  • to concern
  • to consist
  • to contain
  • to cost
  • to depend
  • to include
  • to involve
  • to lack
  • to measure
  • to owe
  • to own
  • possesses
  • to suit
  • to weigh
  • to be at a loose end
  • putting my feet up
  • I’ve recharged my batteries
  • to turn into a couch potato
  • too much time on my hands
  • on a whim
  • the life and soul of the party
  • a change is as good as a rest
  • variety is the spice of life
  • I have set my heart on


3/ Grammar Practice

4/ Practice Quiz

Complete the quizzes below.

  1. Today’s comprehension interactive video: 
  2. Today’s sentences drag and drop: 
  3. Today’s grammar fill in the right words: 





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