This blog can be used in class or as a self-study text book. It is intended to take learners from a very basic level of vocabulary to a level where they can use around 2,000 words and phrases.
The vocabulary has been chosen for its usefulness in everyday situations. And I focus not just on single words, but on useful phrases and collocations.
For example, difficult teaching points such as the difference between do and make, are dealt with through collocation (we do our homework, but we make mistakes).
This blog is organized around everyday topics, but also has units devoted to core verbs such as get and bring/take, as well as units concerned with ways of learning vocabulary.
When the learners have worked through a group of units, it is a good idea to repeat some of the work and to extend on the meaning and use of key words and phrases by extra discussion with someone.
And find other examples of the key items in other texts and situations. This can be done at intervals of one to three months after first working on a unit. This is important!
Let’s get started!
have / had / had ♡
① What can you have?
You can have…
- a party
- a lesson
- a cup of coffee
- a shower
② Other things you can have
◉ dinner, breakfast, a meal, something to eat
◉ a meeting, a competition, a game of football
◉ an exam, homework, an appointment (with the dentist)
◉ a drink, a sandwich, an ice-cream, some cheese
◉ a bath, a swim, a sauna
③ Expressions with have
◉ Is that your camera? Can I have a look? (= look at it)
◉ Is that your bicycle? Can I have a go? (= ride it)
◉ Can I have a word with you? (= speak to you)
◉ We always have a good time in our English lessons, right?
(= fun, we enjoy them)
◉ I’m going to have my hair cut.
◉ I want to learn to ski but I don’t have the time.
Have + got ☆
have + got (speaking / informal) = have (writing / formal)
◉ I’ve got 3 sisters. Have you got any brothers and sisters?
◉ My house is big. It’s got 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.
◉ We’ve got 10 minutes before the train goes.
◉ Have you got a pen?
◉ I’ve got a problem. Can I have a word with you?
◉ I’ve got a cold (a headache).
(In a shop)
A: Do you sell postcards?
B: Yes, but we haven’t got any at the moment.
have to… ☆
We use have to when the situation means you must do something.
◉ The museum’s not free. You have to pay € 10 to go in.
◉ All students have to do the exam.
◉ I haven’t got a car, so I have to walk to school every day.
◉ Fill the gaps in the sentences. Use words from these…
【 party, dinner, meeting, coffee, shower, fruit, swim, appointment, cards, exam, toast 】
1. I always have ____ and ____ for breakfast.
2. I have an ____ with the dentist at 3 o’clock.
3. Do you want to have a game of ____?
4. He’s having a ____ on Saturday. Are you going?
5. Do you want to have a ____ ? The bathroom’s just here.
6. I have an ____ tomorrow, so I have to study tonight.
7. We must have a ____ to talk about these problems.
8. I’m going to the cafeteria to have a ____. Do you want to come?
9. The hotel has a swimming pool, so we can have a ____ every day.
10. We can have ____ before the film, or we can eat after it.
◉ Answer the questions about yourself.
1. Have you got any brothers or sisters?
2. What time do you have lunch on Sundays?
3. What do you have for breakfast?
4. How many pens have you got with you now?
5. Do you always have a party on your birthday?
6. What do you usually have when you go to a restaurant?
《 Possible answers 》
1. I’ve got one brother and two sisters.
2. I have it at 12:30.
3. I have a sandwich and a cup of tea.
4. I’ve got two.
5. Yes, I always have a party.
6. I usually have pasta or fish.
◉ Match the sentences from 1 〜5 with the words from A〜E.
1. You have it in a restaurant.
2. People often have one on their birthday.
3. Do you want to have a ____ of tennis?
4. You have it at school or university.
5. If you don’t like coffee, you can have ____.
◉ What do you say?
1. (Someone is thirsty) Why don’t you have ____?
2. (Someone is going away) Bye! Have a ____!
3. (Someone sneezes and has a red nose) Oh! Have you got a ____?
4. (Someone has a new camera) Is that new? Can I have ____?
《 Possible answers 》
1. a drink / some water / a cup of tea
2. good time / good journey
4. a look
How was it?
Easy or difficult?
Hope you enjoyed it!
See you next time😀