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basic vocabulary: fruit and vegetables

American English. Note that in British English we say ‘aubergine’ and ‘courgette’ for ‘eggplant’ and ‘zucchini’

Eggplant (aubergine)
Indian jujube
Texas Persimmons
Zucchini (courgette)

Vocabulaire: like, likes, liked

Do I like trains?
I like trains.
Do I like ham?
I don’t like ham
Do you like school?
You like school

Do you like peanuts?
You don’t like peanuts
Do we like chesse
We like cheese.
Do we like asparagus?
We don’t like asparagus.

Do they like tomatoes?
They like tomatoes
Do they like spinach?
They don’t like spinach.
Does he like you?
He likes you .
Does he like your brother?
he doesn’t like your brother.
Does she like kids?
She likes kids.
Does she like football?
she doesn’t like football.
Does it like sugar?
It likes sugar.
Does it like cheese?
It doesn’t like cheese.
Did I like the new album?
I liked the new album.
Did I like the musical?
I didn’t like musical.
Did you like the English class?
I liked English class.
Did you like the movie?
You didn’t like the movie.
Did we like our vacation?
We liked our vacation.
Did we like the old teacher?
We didn’t like old teacher
Did they like me?
They liked me.
Did they like the restaurant?
They didn’t like the restaurant.
Did he like the speech?
He liked the speech.

Did he like working at night?
He didn’t like working at night.
Did she like me?
she liked me.
Did she likethe game?
She didn’t like game.

Did it like the biscuits?
It liked the biscuits.
Did it like the gravy?
It didn’t like the gravy.

informatique: Learning English IT vocabulary

Many of you ask me to help you with professional vocabulary, and a popular topic is computing and IT (information technology).

You might know a few basic words already, like computer, software, hardware, hard disk. You can use the words you know to build up a big vocabulary. Mind-mapping is very useful for this.it_mindmap

Use a dictionary or the internet to add words that are relevant to you. My mind map is a very basic one, using just the words that you already know. But there’s no reason why you can’t extend the mind map with some very technical words – for example in Excel, you could add spreadsheet, calculate, pie-chart, graphs, etc. A programmer would need to add the languages used like cobol, pascal, C++, java.

Do your own research on the net to find the vocab you need. I can’t be a specialist in every subject, so I’m the best person to ask if you want to know about micro-biology or robotics…

Have a look at this article on mindmapping professional English:

Leave or go?

Pouvez vous m expliquez dans quel cas on utilise to go ou to leave pour dire en français partir?

To go = aller/partir
to go out = sortir
To leave = quitter/partir/laisser

Tout dépend le contexte: il est donc préférable de regarder plusieurs exemples:

Il est parti en ville : He has gone to town (ll y est toujours)
Il est parti il y a une heure : 1. He left an hour ago (il a quitté ce lieu)
2. He went an hour ago (il est allé il y a une heure)
A quelle heure part votre train? : What time does your train leave?
A quelle heure sors-tu ce soir? : What time are you going out tonight?
He il est allé en ville : il has been to town (est de retour) – ‘been’ ici est le participe passé du ‘go’

Quel mot choisissez-vous?

Where are you _______ ?

What time does the bus ________ ?

Where is John? He has ___________ for lunch.

No, I'm not watching TV tonight, I'm __________ with my friends.

The old tenants ________ the house last week.

Comment faire des mind-maps

In the video, I am making a mind map around the theme of “I am”.

Here are some of the vocabulary items that you could include in your “I am” mind map:

  • name : Hello, I’m Jacques
  • nationality: I’m Moroccan
  • age: I’m 50 years old
  • status: I’m married/single/divorced
  • profession: I’m a bank manager
  • Interests: I’m interested in opera, photography
  • Physical description: I’m tall with green eyes
  • Feelings: I’m happy/sad, hungry/thirsty hot/cold
  • Present activity: I’m reading a book. I’m working on an important project.

Use a blank sheet of paper and some coloured pencils to make your own “I am” mind map.

Lisez davantage sur le mindmapping sur mon site en anglais, jonathansenglish.com

Here is my “I am” mind map:

And another I made on the subject of wine (a French favourite!)

This is a summary of my book on learning French: