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Re-starting the CLASSLESS XP Points competition

by Michał Bocian -

Hello Students

I'm writing in connection with the CLASSLESS XP points that you have been collecting for your activity on the platform. I've decided to restart the counter in September (as of today) to motivate you to compete a bit with each other. The cut off date for me counting the points is 31 August 2024.

Most of you do not know each other, but I also teach in a few companies when competition between colleagues could improve your motivation to do things here.

The winner of the previous season is Justyna, so congrats to her as she worked really hard and has won by miles reaching LEVEL 14 - 46K points. Ola S and Lila came 2nd and 3rd with 32K and 31K points respectively. Congrats to you girls as well.

Help (TV Series)

by Michał Bocian -

Hi Students

I've noticed that a great TV series that I've been a fan for almost 20 years is available on YouTube. The series concerns a psychotherapist and therapy sessions with a variety of patients all of whom are played by one actor, the great, Paul Whitehouse.

I love it for the sheer brilliance of it. The acting is spectacular, and the whole thing, which sadly spans over 6 episdoes of a single season, is very well written. It's very original and I cannot somehow smile to see a few similarities connecting the work of that particular psychotherapist with his patients.

Oxford Dictionary of Collocations [Download]

by Michał Bocian -

Hi Students

Those of you who have been having lessons with me for a while, especially those of you who are intermediate or advanced students, know that I pay a lot of attention to teaching collocations. I also learn them a lot while doing my Swedish learning stuff.

collocation is a combination of words that appear together relatively often in a particular language. Actually, this may sound like an idiom or a phrasal verb. This is not necessarily true. Idioms and phrasal verbs are collocations, but not all collocations are idioms or phrasal verbs.

Collocations are important because they make your language sound natural. If you master collocations, your English will be more idiomatic, that is, more similar to the way it is spoken by native speakers.

I'd like to share with you a dictionary that I have been using for the last 10 years or so, and that has greatly broadened my collocation awareness both in speaking and writing.

Attached you will find an old version of the Oxford Collocations Dictionary in an archive. Just download it and unpack it on your drive. When you've done it click the exe file in the folder to run it.

Have fun

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