When you wish for something in English, you can say “I wish I had a new car !” You can also say “If only I had a new car !”. The expression “I wish …” has other uses also.


Different uses of the expression "I wish ..."

Different uses of the expression “I wish …”

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Traditionally called “Pancake day”, Shrove Tuesday (from the verb “shrive” meaning “confess”) is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.

On that day, it was customary for people to consume richer, fattier food, before the 40 days of restrictions and fasting associated with Lent.

So in honour of Shrove Tuesday, here is a simple recipe for pancakes.

Makes 8 pancakes


125g flour

¼ teaspoon of salt

300ml milk or water

1 egg (beaten)

A little melted butter

Vegetable oil (for the pan)


1 Sieve the flour and salt into a bowl and make a well in the center

2 Add the egg and milk and whisk vigorously to make a smooth batter.

3 Add the melted butter.

3 Heat a little oil in a small frying pan.

4 Spoon in 2 tablespoons of mixture and swirl to cover the base of the pan.

5 Cook for a few seconds, flip over and cook the second side.

6 Repeat to make 8 pancakes in total.


You can double the quantities to make more pancakes.  They taste wonderful with sugar and a little lemon juice.  How do you eat your pancakes?





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Here is a learning tip from our team of experts:

Why don’t you play scrabble?

It’s a fun way to revise your vocabulary and challenge yourself.  There are many free apps for different platforms you can download such as Scrabble free, Scrabble, Wordsmith free, Wordfeud free, for example*.

Load them on your mobile device and next time you find yourself waiting around at the dentist’s, you can kill time by working on your English.

*We have not tried any of these apps and cannot be held responsible for their performance.

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Each year, on the 14th of February, people send cards, flowers, or gifts to their special person. That day, St Valentine’s day, is named for a Christian martyr. St Valentine was captured and tortured by the Romans on the 14th of February 273 AD and this date was adopted as his name day. In the Middle Ages, the day started representing romantic love although many people believe that the Pagan fertility festivals had a large influence on this.

Traditionally, people bought gifts or revealed their love with hand written notes until the Nineteenth Century. Commercial cards became popular and widely available. Sending cards is still part of the tradition today. The cards usually have some sort of message, poem, or code. Sending a card allows people the opportunity and courage to show their true feelings to the person they love.

Popular gifts include boxes of chocolates, flowers, jewelry, perfume or more personal presents. Sometimes, people prefer to go out for a meal, go to the cinema or spend the evening together instead of exchanging gifts.

And you? How do you spend Valentine’s Day?

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