"Going to" Vs. "Will"

Did you enjoy the BBC's Grammar Challenge last week? Well, you have a new one now. Click here if you want to read their explanation about the difference between GOING TO and WILL.

Click here if you want to listen to the whole programme, and here if you want to do the quizzes they have prepared for you.

Summary: "GOING TO is used to talk about plans that we've decided to do, whereas WILL is used to talk about decisions which we make at the moment of speaking."

WILL is used in other situations too. Would you like to know when? Then come to class next week! See you there...


Talking about the Future: "Going to" and "Present Continuous"

Today we looked at these two forms to talk about the future. Do you remember the basic ideas?

Present Continuous:
- fixed plans and arrangements (on a diary, on your calendar...)

Going to:
- plans that we intend to do / that we decide to do.
- or predictions based on evidence.

For further explanation, please click here to listen to a really nice BBC programme.

1. In the first part of the programme, they explain these general rules.
2. In the second part, they practise them with a foreign student: the teacher tries to arrange an English class with her. Click here to see her diary.

Finally, click here if you want to have a look at a written explanation.

Did you like it? There are more programmes here.


NEW LINKS: Listen, watch videos and practice your pronunciation!

Hello again! Check out these new links:

Click here for some lovely fairy tales: you read the subtitles, listen to the story and you can also watch the pictures!

And don't miss this blog with videos specially designed to learn English.

Practice your pronunciation with games here.

And finally, I know you'll love this: the phonetic alphabet! Go, look at the symbols and listen to the sounds.


Practice your English at home

Why don´t you try to do some of the exercises found in these links? Good luck!

Revision time! Click here for some interesting exercises.

Exercises, activities, exams and more links here.

And of course: one of the most complete sites on the net: the BBC worldservice to learn English.

And why not try some of these interactive grammar exercises? Or these.

Explanations and exercises divided into skills (Speaking, Writing, Vocabulary...)

Grammar for beginners in www.learn-english-online.org.

Listening links

Listening exercises for all levels.

Interactive fairy tales from all over the world. Choose a story and listen to it while you read the subtitles, karaoke-like.

Modern English for every day situations and at normal conversational speeds. American accents.

Several listening activities for students of English.

A fill-in-the-gaps exercise on Harry Potter’s trailer!

Other movies and video clips

Songs with gaps to fill while you listen.