Welcome to MiProfe’s mini-classes.

This page contains pre-intermediate and intermediate topics. For  basics, go here instead.
Please feel free to explore the menu for more detail.

Some of the online mini-lessons here include:

‘can’ & ‘be able to’

Do you know when to say ‘…able to…’ instead of ‘can’ or ‘could’?
Study this new mini-class for some useful information and examples.
Avoid mistakes and polish your English. (Intermediate+)

‘to be’ – and the various meanings of ‘quedar’ (Sp.)

There are various ways in English to express the idea of the Spanish verbs ‘quedar’ and ‘quedarse’.  A common mistake made by students who have not studied a well-designed general English course is to always say ‘to stay’. Click here to see some examples of how to communicate correctly.

‘near’ & ‘close to’ vs. ‘to close’  & ‘closed’ etc.

Click for more information about ‘near’ as a preposition, and its synonym ‘close to’, a prepositional phrase. Then, we have the regular verbs ‘to close and ‘to open’, as well as ‘to be closed’ / ‘to be open’ which are the irregular but widely-known verb ‘to be’ with the adjectives ‘closed’ and ‘open’, Pronunciation is important here too, so don’t forget to practise with a native speaker, language tutor or teacher.

do’ and ‘make

Click for some general rules about word partnerships with the verbs ‘to do’ and ‘to make’.  Remember, there are exceptions to the general rules, so try to memorise them.

False Friends – ‘actually

Learn (or remind yourself) about the differences between some English words and their Spanish ‘falsos amigos’.  Perhaps the term “estranged cousins” is more accurate!

Bonfire Night (Guy Fawkes Night)

A popular British event, celebrated on 5th November and sometimes the nearest weekend to the actual night of the fifth.  Fireworks, a bonfire and hot food.

Click the above title  for more information.


 Phrasal verbs






Practise phrasal verbs regularly — like any other new vocabulary. See this article for some examples with ‘take’ and ‘put’. In another page, see how not to confuse ‘to look for’ with ‘to look forward to‘. The first of the two means to search, while the latter means to feel happy or excited about something that is going to happen in the future.


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