This section is a basic guide to the grammar and usage of English. It is assumed you are NOT A BEGINNER. The areas covered are meant for the PRE-INTERMEDIATE level learner and upwards. The grammar "rules" explained here are the rules of standard English. Click on a link in the panel at the bottom to open the corresponding page in a new window.


An English-Spanish dictionary is provided on every single page for ease of use. Just click on the tab that appears in the bottom right-hand corner to use. All you have to do once the dictionary is open is double-click on any word that appears on the page OR type in the word. If you want to listen to how the word is pronounced just click on the speaker icon. Don't forget to turn up your speaker volume and MAKE SURE that JAVASCRIPT is ENABLED.

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Today's Phrasal Verb

Break down
Dejar de trabajar, estropearse, averiarse

Our car broke down while we were driving to the beach.

Today's Idiom

Head in the clouds
Used to describe someone who is neither practical nor realistic

“He’s not right for this position, he has his head in the clouds.”