Monthly Archives: April, 2013

My FCE Exam Schedule, Ouch!

Today I’ve got an e-mail from someone of the staff from the institute I’m studying on. The e-mail had two attachments. One of them was about the rules for 2013 FCE exam, and the other was the “Confirmation of Entry and Timetable” for the exam day. They’re official documents from the University of Cambridge (they’re PDFs to be honest, but they have the Cambridge logo!).

I have to admit it kinda shook me off! I mean, I’ve already knew about the length of the exam, but to have it timetabled on a piece of paper was something more… scary, maybe? My exam starts at 8.30 in the morning and it going to finish at 2.48 in the afternoon. Wow… It’s going to be a long day…

Anyway, I know this post is pretty random, but I think that this kind of moments are the bits and pieces that in the end, makes the whole picture look complete. It adds to the overall experience if you will.

So, let’s keep going on!

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Phrasal Verb of the Day – Set off

What do you think set off means? To turn off something? To end something? Well, what it really means is to leave. It’s usually used when you talk about traveling.

Here’s an example:

  • “We’d better set off early tomorrow. We have a long journey.”
  • “We’d better leave early tomorrow. We have a long journey.”

Another one:

  • “Richard will set off at nine o’clock. That means he will be here at 10.30″

Hope it helps!

Phrasal Verb of the Day – Give back

I will try to post a “Daily Phrasal Verb” kind of thing. Today’s give back.

Pretty obvious, isn’t it? It means to return something.

E.g.:

  • Why don’t you give back something to society? Do volunteer job at your local school!
  • You have to give back the CD you borrowed from her.

Phrasal Verbs with ‘Bring’

Bring

Bring up = Raise

  • Bringing up children is not an easy job. = Raising children is not an easy job.

Bring round = Make someone conscious (medical)

  • It took the doctors an hour to bring her round again. = It  took the doctors an hour to make her conscious again.

Bring about = Cause 

  • Most of the damage of the farm was brought about by the tornado. = Most of the damage of the farm was caused by the tornado.

Bring up = Mention

  • I hope he doesn’t bring up the embarrassing problem with the car again. = I hope he doesn’t mention the problem with the car again.

Bring in = Introduce

  • The council has brought in  a new system for parking spaces in the city. = The council has introduced a new system for parking spaces in the city.

Bring back = Remember

  • Visiting Italy again brought back lots of sad memories. = Visiting Italy again made me remember lots of sad memories.

Bring down = Reduce

  • The dealers have to bring down the price of their cars. They’re too expensive. = The dealers have to reduce down the price of their cars. They’re too expensive.

Shall we start the class?

A quick entry just to have something on the front page, hehe. Don’t worry, you’ll see quite a bunch of posts very soon. Grammar errors might be made, you’re warned…

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