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100 Common Uncommon Words grew out of my love of words. Words after all represent ideas. So it’s important for us to use exactly the right word at the right time.

This book is best used with highly competent speakers of English as many of the terms in the book are commonly misspelled or misused even by native speakers. If you’re teaching upper intermediate to advanced students this might be the book for you.

The words here are grouped in 10 categories:

- an introductory group,

- uncommon opposites,

- words that sound the same,

- formal words,

- commonly misused words,

- words of love,

- French words used in English,

- commonly misspelled words,

- words with mythic origins,

  1. -and some fun, seemingly nonsensical words.

Each page has two word images, descriptions and examples of the words with short explanations. Each page also includes alternate ways to say the same things. Some words might be a little tough and there might be more common and more natural alternatives to those words. Therefore, wherever possible, I’ve tried to include as many of those alternates to make the book more accessible to more students. Each page also includes elicitation examples for getting students to make up their own sentences.

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Each group of 10 words is also followed by an activity page with review questions, fill-in-the-blanks or word-find activities in order to help students review those particular terms and practice them.

At the end of the book you’ll find all of the images on their own without words next to them which you can print out as flashcards to help students review and memorize. You’ll also find a handy answer guide so that you don’t have to go through and answer all the questions on your own.

To me the strength of the book is not just the fact that there are a lot of pretty illustrations. (Though I do hope you like them since they might help some people remember the words more easily.) The strength of the of this book is in your teaching.

You can present your students with a lot of interesting terms and a lot of interesting pictures but how you practice those terms and images is really what’s going to help them learn. If the word is difficult or overly complicated or overly formal it’s up to you to introduce easier alternatives to that word which helps students express the same idea. And that’s a major driving force behind this book.

Some terms used here might be helpful for students taking specialized tests but might be unnatural in regular conversation. That’s one reason why I have included alternatives to those words.

So please feel free to download a free sample chapter of the words above and if you like what you see please support all our educational and design efforts by picking up a copy of the book!

Conversation: for competent beginners.

This is a collection of 26 of the best lesson handouts I’ve ever made. Each sheet or lesson focusses on conversation through the use of clear, easy-to-drill examples, natural dialogue and techniques like asking follow up questions and adding extra information in the easiest ways possible.

The worksheets and activities in this book have been used with students who already have some familiarity with English and its patterns and are ready to have short conversations.

Pages are designed for easy printing with loads of great examples, replacement drills, and conversations for students to practice, along with, of course, lots of amazing images!

You and your students are going to love it!

Conversation for beginners
else ESL worksheet
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weather worksheet

What’s included in the book?

Greetings - starting a conversation, introducing yourself and asking questions.
Jobs - talking about what you do and adding more information.
Coworkers - describing people’s personalities, from coworkers to family members.
Yesterday - talking about the past and adding extra information.

Have you ever been to_? - where you were born, where you grew up and saying more!

Weather - describing the weather in different places and different times of year.

Sports - talking about the past and using do, go, play to describe activities.

Last - When did you ___ last? Describing past experience.
Family - brothers and sisters, yes no questions, relationships.

Neighborhood - Places to live, locations.

How long - does it take? travel and transportation.

Future - going to, probably going to, might, probably not going to, not going to.

Invitations - do you want to, let’s.

Time - future times, going to, and clock time.

Likes - sports, movies, games, regular free time activities.

Pets - yes / no questions - preferences, comparisons.

Favorites - movies, actors, sports, food using because.

Feelings - feeling sick and describing it.

Last Summer - how many times, how long

Else - daily chores and activities, else, also.

What / Where / When - Wh questions and conversation.

How often - once a week, twice, every day, never

Free time - movies, novels, the internet, sports.

Tomorrow - conversation flow and follow up questions.

Last weekend - past events, using and omitting to.

Saying goodbye - ending a conversation, saying goodbye, adding more.

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Zombies: The Stinking Dead
This zombie kids’ book has been a long time in the making and it’s finally here. This is the story of Giler and Saru, a cat and monkey team and their unlikely run-in with some zombies.

One Halloween night while reading spooky stories, Giler and Saru hear a strange noise. Saru is sure it must be zombies, but Giler’s never even heard of them before. He gets a crash course in what zombies are and how to be prepared in case they attack.

Best read in a funny voice this e-book is filled with loads of gross, stinky monsters and two good friends willing to do anything to make it to the dawn.

This is my first foray into the world of children’s literature and perfect for the Halloween season.

This book is appropriate for kids ages 6-8, and maybe some brave five-year-olds.

The book contains, mild, cartoonish action such as a zombie getting bopped on the head and LOTS of stinky monsters .

If you’ve been visiting my site for a while you might remember the first artwork for this book being included in a group show I took part in a couple years ago with the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators.

I held off releasing the book until now because I wanted the artwork to be as good as it could be. Now here it is ready for you and your little zombies. Woo hoo!