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Cork English College Blog. Cork Folk Festival kicks off next Wednesday 30th September and carries on until Sunday 4th October.

Cork English College Blog

The lively festival sees a host of traditional acts in all different shapes and sizes taking centre stage in venues across the city and county. With over 200 national and international acts filling up Cork venues with their fantastic trad music, the Cork Folk Festival is definitely not to be missed. If you want to experience real Irish history and culture through music then this is the festival for you. Acts not to be missed this year include Jimmy McCarthy, Peadar O Riada, Paddy Glackin & Donal Lunny, Paddy Keenan. Cork Midsummer Festival 2015. The currently ongoing Cork Midsummer Festival is a favourable opportunity to enjoy many kinds of art.

Cork Midsummer Festival 2015

It is held annually in Cork’s heart of the city. The event shows many talented national and international artists and is suitable for audiences of all ages. Its programme provides wonderful opportunities for significant public participation and engagement. It also helps emerging artists to develop. There are many art forms to be found such as street performers, visual artists, musicians, plays and much more. The Cork Midsummer Festival is definitely worth a visit for everyone interested in very unique art forms. You can book either online at, on the phone at 021 4215159 or at the Festival Box Office which is in the Triskel Arts Centre in Cork.

The Festival Box Office is open from the 5th to 21st June Monday through Sunday at 11am to 6pm. Although there are also a few free events that can just be attended without signing up. Cork English College Blog. As a CEC student you have free access to the Grammar App from Guided E-Learning.

Cork English College Blog

This App is an in-depth grammar reference that also lets you practise using the language with interactive sentence building, activities and exercises. If you are trying to improve your English, this App lets you target the specific grammar areas that are difficult for you. You can focus on what you are studying in class, or review language you have already learned. Preparing for a Cambridge or IELTS exam? Use the App to get quick access to hundreds of exercises that will help you improve more quickly. You can use the App on the bus, or while standing in a queue! See the links below for more information. Skills: Reading – developing your English reading skills.

Magnificent Modals Part 3: Talking about certainty and possibility… Six of one and half a dozen of the other – numbers in English. In this blog, we’re looking at the number system in English, and also some expressions and idioms using numbers.

Six of one and half a dozen of the other – numbers in English

In English, we have two types of numbers. These are cardinal numbers (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 etc.), which we use to count and say how many of something there are; and ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th etc.), which tell the position of something in a list, which we use for things we think of as fitting into a sequence. Let’s look at cardinal numbers first. Happy Christmas from us all at CEC! Image courtesy of Justin Brown Welcome to the last blog of 2013.

Happy Christmas from us all at CEC!

We would like to wish everybody a very happy Christmas holiday. Magnificent Modals! Part 1: What are modal verbs? Tips on modals of obligation. Image courtesy of Sabine Sauermaul Some of the questions we’re going to explore this week include:

Magnificent Modals! Part 1: What are modal verbs? Tips on modals of obligation

How much? Quantifiers in English – how to say the quantity or amount. LOTS OF snow Quantifiers in English Last time, we looked at how to use articles with nouns.

How much? Quantifiers in English – how to say the quantity or amount

This week, we’re looking at quantifiers. These are another way to modify nouns, but quantifiers give information about the quantity, or number, of something: how much or how many. Of course, the easiest quantifiers are just the numbers! This shows us that, like articles, deciding which quantifier to use depends on the type of noun. Remember that the right quantifier depends on the noun. Three flowers (with a butterfly) With UNCOUNTABE nouns (e.g. happiness), we can use a good/great deal of happiness, a bit of happiness, an amount of happiness, (a) little happiness, not much happiness, and no happiness. Articles, Quantifiers and Determiners in English. Part One: Articles. THOSE people were looking at AN elephant in THE zoo.

Articles, Quantifiers and Determiners in English. Part One: Articles

Articles, Quantifiers and Determiners in English Part One: Articles Many learners of English have difficulties with articles because the system of defining nouns can vary widely between different languages, and the system in English is both very simple (we only have 3 articles) and very complex (we use them in sometimes quite complicated ways). It is generally accepted that there are three basic articles in English: a/anthezero article Articles work in a similar way to adjectives and modify nouns. “She says” or “She’s saying”? When to use Present Simple or Present Continuous. Do you ever get frustrated not knowing which tense to use?

“She says” or “She’s saying”? When to use Present Simple or Present Continuous

This week we’re going to look at the differences between the present simple (I walk, you walk, she walks etc) and the present continuous (I’m walking, you’re walking, she’s walking etc). There is only one now – why can’t we just have one present tense? So what’s the difference? We have two present tenses in English because the relationship between time (“real” present, “real” past, or “real” future) and the verb forms (tenses) we use is not direct. The English speaker uses the verb to talk about what happens or is happening –and by choosing one or the other ALSO shows how s/he sees that event. Complete OR ongoing;repeated OR one-off;a state OR an action. These distinctions can be difficult when you are learning English, and many people continue making mistakes even when they have reached a high level. However, remembering these 3 main differences will help you to choose the correct present tense in English. Phrasal Verbs: Terrifying or Terrific?

Phrasal verbs scare many English learners, but they are a really important part of mastering the vocabulary and grammar of the language.

Phrasal Verbs: Terrifying or Terrific?

In this post, you will find some useful resources to help you learn and practise them. Getting to know your multi-word verbs: A phrasal verb, or multi-word verb, is formed by a verb + an adverb or preposition (or both!). The adverb or preposition is called a particle. Each one can have several meanings and some of these meanings are not immediately clear. To turn downA. In each case, the phrasal verb turn down has a different meaning, and you can see that in some cases it is very difficult to guess the meaning of this verb from the context.

Another thing that makes these verbs challenging, is that you have to learn whether they are separable or inseparable, and when. Can you turn the music down a bit? The object the music separates the verb turn and the particle down. Some phrasal verbs are inseparable: The good weather seemed to be coming back at last.