Rob and Stephen take a look at ‘play’, ‘live’ and ‘mind’ and how they can be used in different ways.

Watch the video. Then go to Task and do the activities.

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Intermediate: B1

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Hi Daniel,

Both 'specially' and 'especially' mean 'especialmente' in Spanish; the problem is that Spanish has only one word where English has two. Therefore, thinking in terms of 'especialmente' is not going to help you.

'especially' is much more common than 'specially', so if you're in doubt, I'd recommend using 'especially'. One instance where only 'specially' is used is before a past participle with the meaning 'for this particular purpose', e.g. 'This desk is specially designed for left-handed writers'.

I hope this helps.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello teachers!!!
I can't do sentence N°3 in task 1
I tryed all posible answers, but none is OK.
I supouse that it's correct " I love a play by Shakespeare, specially his tragedies", doesn't it?

Thanks

Hello Daniel,

If you click the button marked 'Finish' you'll be able to see the correct answers. I think it might be helpful also for you to look up (using the Cambridge Dictionaries Online tool on the right of the page) the difference between 'specially' and 'especially'...

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

hello teachers,
I just want to know if i say "where did you learn playing the guitar like that. instead of where did you learn to play the guitar like that?" which one is correct.And also i want to know the meaning of mind in sentence no-5 and 6 of task 3.

Trying task 2, when "live" rhymes with give (verb) or five (adj)?

Is there any explanations about the sound of words in this site? same writing, different sound?

Thanks!

Hello Mayela,

The best resources for practicing your pronunciation on LearnEnglish are the dictionary entries, where you can hear words' general pronunciation, and the podcasts and videos such as Word on the Street, where you can hear them in context.

For example, if you look up 'live' in the Cambridge Dictionaries Online search box (on the right), just after the word live, you'll see small red and blue speaker icons, which you can click on to hear typical British and American English pronunciations of the word. Then you must scroll down the page quite a way to the second entry for live (adjective form), where you can see another pair of speaker icons to listen to, as the pronunciation is different.

I hope this helps.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

hi guys, i have only a small problem in this clip ..at e.g. 3.34 until e.g. 3.39, i can't understand very well what rgb said.

i hope someone can help me.

thank you so much.

regards

Hello rosario70,

Rob says: "If something's catchy -  a name or a song - it catches you, it gets hold of your attention, like a song with a really catchy tune."

Please remember that the language focus sections of each episode are designed to explain certain language points. It's not necessary to understand every word that you hear; only to understand the key points being made.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello...thanks to word on the street team for the english course...I really love it

I want to ask something, can I change play the piano with play a piano?..thanks before

Hello niken.rizky,

When we want to say that a person knows how to play an instrument, we use 'the' before the instrument, not 'a':

He plays the guitar.

He plays the flute.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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