The Alphabet | Animals | Appearances | Colours | Computers
Days and Dates | Families | Greetings
Nationalities and countries | Numbers | Seasons | Shapes | Time
The weather | The UK | (Business English Basics)
Buildings | Clothes | Eating | Education
Elections| Entertainment | Food
Human Body | Jobs and Work | Life and Death | Money
Offices | Rooms in a house
Shopping | Sport | Transport
English through pictures
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armchair | backbone | bedspring
bittersweet | blackmail | bolthole
brainstorm | breadbin | butterfly
cardboard | carpet | chairman | Christmas tree
copyright | earring
fingerprint | firework | freehold | friendship | frostbite
grasshopper | gridlock | gunpowder
haircut | headdress | headphones | heartbreak
lipstick | livestock | loanshark | loophole
manhandle | master copy | milestone | pigtail | pillowcase | ponytail | receivership
scarecrow | sinkhole | skyscraper
soapbox | stepladder
teamwork | timesheet | timetable | tiptoe | toothpaste
wallpaper | waterfall | whitewash | workmanship | workout
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To help you build up your vocabulary I have organised these pages using a thematic approach, this should enable learners to understand the relationship between various words. If you are a beginner I advise you to learn the basic words at the beginning and only move on if or when they have fully understood these words, intermediate and advanced learners should also study the build-up words and dialogues at the end of each section.
Whenever possible each group of new words is introduced using pictures. To see the words associated with the picture place your mouse cursor over the picture. Try it now!
The words associated with the picture are shown, with their plural form in brackets - (s) on the end of the word means add an 's' to form the plural. Say the word out loud and try to remember it.
Once you are confident with your understanding of the vocabulary
check out the games and tests for that section.
Often nouns describe a group of nouns. We call these collective nouns.
When we introduce nouns that fall into this category there will be a button called "Collective Noun" at the end of such a group, click on the button and a window pops up showing the collective noun for that group of nouns. Say the word out loud and click on OK to close the dialog box. Try it now!
You can listen to the pronunciation of each word. Just double click on the text and you can choose to hear the American or British pronunciation. A list of all the words is also included in the useful vocabulary sections on our pronunciation pages, click on the symbol at the bottom of each Useful Vocabulary section.
The main irregular verb for each section is covered in more depth. For example under the 'Eating' theme the main verb is 'eat'. This verb is then shown in all its tenses using a timeline and associated verbs are shown under the verbs about eating section.
When applicable I have included a section on British culture. This section is suitable only for advanced learners and may discuss anything from etiquette to the history of the subject in question.
Irregular Verb - To build
Irregular Verb - To wear
Irregular Verb - To eat
Irregular Verb - To teach
Irregular Verb - To lead
Irregular Verb - To sing
Irregular Verb - To grow
Irregular Verb - To break
Irregular Verb - To build
Irregular Verb - To die
Irregular Verb - To spend
Irregular Verb - To make
Irregular Verb - To buy
Irregular Verb - To win
Irregular Verb - To drive