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ESL Writing: informal letter in english

How to write an informal letter in anglish

Today I will give some tips and tricks  about  informal letters. How to write an informal ? What phrases to use? How to start letter? How to end letter? If you don't now this post is for you. I  thinck it will behelpful for esl studens level B1 or B2.

Start informal letter in english
The most common salutation in an informal letter is “Dear….” Note that it is followed by a comma.

  • Dear Mickel,
  • Hey!

ESL useful phrases: Opinion

Giving your opinion

I think that . . .
I don't think that . . .
In my opinion . . .
In my view . . .
In my reckoning . . .
I strongly believe in . . .
I definitely think that . . .
Well, if you ask me . . .
Well, I think . . .
I'd say...
Personally, I think...
What I reckon is...
If you ask me...
The way I see it...
As far as I'm concerned...
If you don't mind me saying...
I'm utterly convinced that...
In my humble opinion...

English Gramma: English tenses

Vocabulary: Profession in English

Law officer, lawyer, policeman, teacher, professor, pupil, doctor, woman staffers, nurse, writer, secretary, artist...

Vocabulary: Weather in English

Hot, warm, cold, sunny, cloudy, overcast, rain, snow, fog, wind, thunder storm, frost, freeze, dew.

Vocabulary: Animal in English

Bear, camel, cat, chelonian, deer, dog, elephant, giraffe, lion, tiger, horse, kangaroo, orangutang, pig, rhinoceros, ship, snake, squirrel.

Vocabulary: Office in English

Vocabulary: Vehicles in English



A pat on the back is only a few centimeters from a kick in the pants.

Don't be irreplaceable, if you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted.

The more crap you put up with, the more crap you are going to get.

ESL Business english: Talking about your work

Usefull phrases in English about your job:
I work in ... (use for plase,city,country, department, field, industry)
  • I work in a school.
  • I work in a office.
  • I work in Russia.
  • I work in education.
  • I work in retail industry
I work at (use for more specific place)
I work with ...

Vocabulary: Shop in English

Types of shops in English

department store – a shop that sells many different items in different departments. Harrods is probably the world's best known department store.
department store
department store

supermarket – a large shop that sells mostly food and household items.

grocer (UK) / grocery store (US) – a shop that sells food.

grocery stores

My Travel Guides in English: Saint Peterburg's Udelnaya flea market ( swap meet)

The flea market near undegraund station Udelnaya  is amazing place. This is e very unique market. A flea market or swap meet is a type of bazaar that rents space to people who want to sell or barter merchandise ranging from low quality items to bargain priced items of the highest quality or used goods. Only here you can find unique souvenirs and unusual gifts from Russia and the USSR.
Antique-lovers will be  excited  with this vast, informal flea market. Best visited at the weekend. Work hours: Sat, Sun and holidays 11.00-16.00 .

If you are interested this place I can do a tour.

How to get Udelnaya flea market?

Exit the metro station to the right and cross the train tracks.

View flea market in a larger map

You can find many vintage things. There are a lot of military uniforms, vintage toys. ou can see and buy here are very rare things and objects. 

If you are going to fly in space, you have to buy a helmet.:)

Vocabulary: Petrol engine in English

Petrol engine

Vocabularu: petrol engine

Useful idioms in English: Give up

Give up - quit; stop doing something.

Don't ever give up.
Don't ever give up.
never ever give up

Don't ever give up.

Useful idioms in English: Split the check

Split the check - each person pays the same amount at a restaurant.

Let's split the check

Let's split the check. It's $30.

Useful idioms:Make up my mind, Cheers, Stay up, Oversleep, About to do something, On my way, That’s it, It’s about tome, Can I take a rain check

Make up my mind-decide

-Make up your mind, before someone does it for you!

-Which one would you like?
-I can’t make up my mind

-Are you going to buy the blue car or the green car.
-I don’t know. I haven’t made up my mind yet.

He’s finally made up his mind. He’s going to study business.

Cheers!-Sometimes we say this before drinking alcohol to offer good wishes. When we say this, we lift our glasses and touch them together.

-Cheers! To a long happy life.
-Cheers. To your health!

Stay up – stay awake late than one’s usual bedtime

-When my husband works late, I stay up until he gets home.

Oversleep – make up later than planned

-Wake up! We overslept!

-I’m behind schedule this morning because I overslept.

-I use three alarm clocks so that I never oversleep.

About to do something – going to do something very soon

-We are about to start.

On my way

-I Don't Know Where I am Going But I am on My Way

-Did you call the police?
-Yes? They’re on their way. They will be here very soon.

-We need some milk.
-Okey, I’ll ask Dad to bay some on his way home.

That’s it-nothing more

-Are there  any more cookies?
-No. That’s it.

-You’re going to Europe? To France? Spain?
-Just to Italy. That’s it.

It’s about tome-it is overdue? But it is finally happening

-The package arrived.
-It’s about time! I’ve been waiting for week.

-Sam is getting married.
-Great. It’s about time. He’s 46 years old.

Can I take a rain check? – Can we change the plan to another time in the future?

-I have to cancel our plans for lunch today. Can I take a rain check?
-Sure. How about tomorrow?

Use article tips for Russian student

Useful phrase: I'm not following you, get cut off, the second to last, comes in

 I'm not following you -Say this if you don't understand instructions directions or an explanation.

- To save the document? click on copy then open a new file and click
- I'm not following you. Click on what?

Get cut off -lose the connection during a telephone call

The second to last - the thing before the last thing

-Which is your house?
-The second to last house on the street.

Comes in - is available in

-This phone  comes is blue, whire or black

Links: Top 100 Language Blogs

Tips: 70 ways to improve your English skills

  1. Start your own English language blog. Even for people who don't have to write in English, writing can be a great way of properly learning the kind of vocabulary you need to describe your own life and interests, and of thinking about how to stop making grammar mistakes. The problem most people have is that they don't know what to write about. One traditional way to make sure you write every day in English is to write an English diary (journal), and a more up to date way of doing this is to write a blog. Popular topics include your language learning experience, your experience studying abroad, your local area, your language, or translations of your local news into English.
  2. Write a news diary. Another daily writing task that can work for people who would be bored by writing about their own routines in a diary is to write about the news that you read and listen to everyday. If you include your predictions for how you think the story will develop (e.g. "I think Hillary will become president"), this can give you a good reason to read old entries another time, at which time you can also correct and mistakes you have made and generally improve what you have written.
  3. Sign up for a regular English tip. Some websites offer a weekly or even daily short English lesson sent to your email account. If your mobile phone has an e-mail address, it is also possible to have the tips sent to your phone to read on the way to work or school. Please note, however, that such services are not usually graded very well to the levels of different students, and they should be used as a little added extra or revision in your English studies rather than as a replacement for something you or your teacher have chosen more carefully as what you need to learn.
  4. Listen to MP3s. Although buying music on the internet is becoming more popular in many countries, not so many people know that you can download speech radio such as audio books (an actor reading out a novel) and speech radio. Not only is this better practice for your English than listening to English music, from sources like Scientific American, BBC and Australia's ABC Radio it is also free.
  5. Listen to English music. Even listening to music while doing something else can help a little for things like getting used to the natural rhythm and tone of English speech, although the more time and attention you give to a song the more you will learn from listening to it again in the future.
  6. Read the lyrics to a song. Although just listening to a song in English can be a good way of really learning the words of the chorus in an easily memorable way, if you want to really get something out of listening to English music you will need to take some time to read the lyrics of the song with a dictionary. If the lyrics are not given in the CD booklet, you may be able to find them on the internet, but please note that some lyrics sites deliberately put a few errors into their lyrics for copyright reasons. Once you have read and understood the lyrics,  if you then listen and read at the same time, this can be a good way of understanding how sounds change in fast, natural, informal speech.

Idioms: 20 the most popular idioms in english

Idioms, can you guess their meanings? (meaning and answers below)
  1. A penny for your thoughts
  2. Add insult to injury
  3. A hot potato
  4. Once in a blue moon
  5. Caught between two stools
  6. See eye to eye
  7. Hear it on the grapevine
  8. Miss the boat
  9. Kill two birds with one stone
  10. On the ball
  11. Cut corners
  12. To hear something straight from the horse's mouth
  13. Costs an arm and a leg
  14. The last straw
  15. Take what someone says with a pinch of salt
  16. Sit on the fence
  17. The best of both worlds
  18. Put wool over other people's eyes
  19. Feeling a bit under the weather
  20. Speak of the devil!

Useful phrase: 100 British English Slang Words and Phrases

100  British English Slang Words and Phrases

1. Tosser – Idiot
2. Cock-up – Screw up
3. Bloody – Damn
4. Give You A Bell – Call you
5. Blimey! – My Goodness
6. Wanker – Idiot
7. Gutted – Devastated

Quotes in english: Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein
Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.

Exercise: Improve your skills using articles

 I have a problem with the articles. I forget to use them. I can not hear them.  I think up a drill. I take an radio recording of radio or audio book. I listen to it several times. But the goal is not to understand. The goal  to head and recognize all of the used articles. I began to head the use the articles.

:) Russian Girl (I've got vodka in my blood)

I am in a rush,
I just have to pack my bag with cash, that flush,
and it's certain to get back to my country,
didn't know that it's forbidden, I'm sorry...

I am just a simple Russian girl,
I've got vodka in my blood,
So I dance with brown bears,
And my soul is torn apart...

Now you know -
It is common to forget about the law,
When especially you love - it's like a tank,
it can drive you mad so you can rob a bank

Let me go,
I won't ever try to do this anymore,
If you let - I'll kiss you in your chicks three times,
This is a tradition, don't you be surprised!

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Video: Learn english online with radio and podcast

English Listening Online Links

Useful phrases in english: get a move on, held up, upside down/ right side up, stuck in traffic

Get a move on - go faster

-The movie is going to start soon. Let's get a move on or we'll be late.

-We have to get a move on if we want to finish by Wednesday.

Tied up - busy doing something that you can't stop

-I'm tied up now, but I'll be free in an hour.

Held up - delayed

-Sorry. I was help up a meeting.

-I was held up at the airport for two hours!

-I got home at 10 o'clock last night/ I was held up at the office doing paperwork.

Upside down/ right side up -whit the top at the bottom/ with the top pat at the top

-If you are reading this your pizza is upside down.

-Look! That picture is upside down. You hung it the wrong way.

-There's a cake in this box. Please make sure the box is right side up.

Stuck in traffic - in a traffic jam

-You aren't stuck in traffic. You are traffic.
-Sorry I'm late. I was stuck in traffic for an hour.
-There's no point in driving downtown during rush hour. You'll be stuck in traffic.

City & Guilds and ESOL levels A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2 

City & Guilds and CEFR english levels

Levels for International ESOL and SESOL, as mapped to the Common European Framework of Reference

 CEFR LevelCEFR titlesCity & Guilds titles 
 A1 Breakthrough Preliminary
 A2 Waystage Access
 B1 Threshold Achiever
 B2 Vantage Communicator
 C1 Effective operational proficiency Expert
 C2 Mastery Mastery

Grammar: Conditions in English

Grammar: Conditions in english

  • unless
Unless you help me, won’finish on time 
  • provided/providing
I’ll water the plants provided I have time this afternoon
  • as/so long as

Grammar: English Grammar in Use, 3rd Edition

English Grammar in Use 3rd Book)

Useful phrases in english: keep going, drop by, in charge of

Keep going - continue

-If you’re going through hell, keep going.

ESL Gramma: Lesson With The Word "GET"

Movies: The Addams Family

In 1964, the ABC-TV network created The Addams Family television series based on Addams's cartoon characters. The series was shot in black-and-white and aired for two seasons in 64 half-hour episodes (September 18, 1964 – September 2, 1966). During the original television run of The Addams Family television series, The New Yorker editor William Shawn refused to publish any Addams Family cartoons, though he continued to publish other Charles Addams cartoons. Shawn regarded his magazine as targeting a more refined readership, and did not want it associated with characters who could be seen on television by just anybody. After Shawn's 1987 retirement, the characters were welcomed back to The New Yorker.

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