Hooray, ‘Conversational 2013’ has started

First Conversation of 2013

2013 New Year Resolutions


A New Year’s resolution is a commitment to improve yourself  in the coming year. Have you thought about your new year’s resolutions yet? It isn’t too late, here is a quick worksheet that will get you practicing your English and get you thinking.

Enjoy. 🙂

English Village Conversation Clubs

I haven’t posted about any of my adult groups for so long, but I am glad to say that they are still very much active. 🙂

The intimate conversation clubs in Barcola, Prebeneg and in Trieste city centre are going beautifully, our recent conversation topics include James Bondhurricane Sandy, house chores, newly coined words, the Euro crisis, and even adult only airplanes.

With the festive season upon us, you can imagine what the next topics will be about.:-)

English at Pipolo Café


Thanks, Caterina. 🙂

Tea and Texting

On Saturday morning a delightful teenager and I were sitting in a café, laughing out loud, while keeping our  heads firmly buried in our smart phones.  The other customers may not have been very impressed, but unbeknownst to them we were in a middle of an English conversation.

With the aid of WhatsApp we had turned our phones into ‘mobile learning devices’, and it was great fun. 🙂

My name is Bond, James Bond

This week’s adult conversation groups revolved around a wisecracking, gun-toting, Martini-drinking, rule-breaking, brash brainy Brit, named James Bond.

We started by reading an adjective loaded text about the master spy, and then, after checking our understanding, we delved into discussion about both James Bond and our personal cinematic preferences.

It was a week of really good conversation, the only was Martini, shaken not stirred. 🙂

More Comparative Adjectives


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Comparative Adjectives

1. Jeremy is 10 years old. Julie is 8 years old.

Jeremy is (old) _______________Julie

2. Triglav is 2,864 metres high. Snežnik is 1,796 metres high.

Triglav is (high) _______________ Snežnik..


3. An ocean is (large) _________________ a sea.

4. A Rolls Royce costs a lot of money.A Twingo costs less money.

A Rolls Royce is (expensive) _______________ a Twingo.

5. William’s exam results were okay. Fred’s results were very poor. Fred’s results were (bad) _______________ William’s.

6. This exercise is not difficult.

It’s (easy) ___________________ I expected.

7. The weather is not good today. Unfortunately, it’s raining.

I hope the weather will be (good) _______________ at the weekend.

8. People are not friendly in big cities.

They are usually (friendly) __________________ in small towns.

9. The sun is (big) ________________ the moon.

10. People say that some languages are (difficult) _______________ to learn _______________ English.

Comparative Adjectives .doc


New York, New York.

With the Obama and Romney battle on my mind, the topic for this week’s Barcola Conversation Club was the U.S.A.  We started with ‘The Oregon Trail’ reading, checked for understanding and went straight into a U.S.A. themed discussion. There were quite a few of us who had already travelled to the States, therefore the conversations were nicely detailed.

After a time the conversation topic was changed to city living. Again people had much to say as they debated about where the best place to live was. Some were ‘country bumpkins’ and preferred life in a small village, while others were true ‘urbanities’ and loved the idea of living in a metropolis.

Which type are you? 🙂

The Oregon Trail – Past Simple


The article with past simple exercises .doc

The answers .doc