New Starters! August 15

Welcome to the five new starters at Lexis Byron Bay this week: Yoshi, Vanessa, Priscilla, Ethan and Othman.

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Yoshi is from Japan and is one of six in his family, including his mother and father, two sisters and one brother. He likes to ride his motorbike and enjoys drinking a beer with his awesome friends. After finishing High School earlier this year, he then worked in a restaurant before travelling to Australia. He chose to come here for the great weather, beautiful beaches and hopes to work on a farm. In the future, he would like to live and work  in London.

Vanessa is from Switzerland and is one of four in her family with her parents and an older brother. She enjoys swimming, reading, hanging out with friends, snowboarding and travelling. She worked as a Front Office Manager in a hotel before following her dream to travel to Australia. She is studying English at Lexis to improve her travelling experience while in Australia! In the future she hopes to move to Sweden to live and work.

Priscilla is from Switzerland and lives with her family of five including her mother, father and two younger sisters. She likes travelling, cooking, gymnastics and going to the beach, and works with young children in a kindergarten. She decided to study English here so that she can meet her relatives in Australia. She would also like to learn to surf in Byron Bay! She hopes to  do two more years of study when she returns to Switzerland, before settling down and starting a family.

Ethan is from Korea and lives with his family in Seoul. He likes to go to the beach and swim, and would like to learn how to surf during his time here in Byron Bay. He studied English in High School and hopes to continue improving on what he has learnt. When he was a child, Ethan visited Australia for one month and felt it was a very good country. He now returns to learn English and chose Byron Bay for the variety of foreigners who live and travel through this area.

Othman is from Saudi Arabia. He enjoys football, tennis and PS4, as well as going to the beach with his family. He came to Australia to learn English, which he needs in order to study at university. He chose to spend his time with Lexis in Byron Bay because he is the only  student from Saudi Arabia here, so he will be able to totally immerse himself in the English language.

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Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Bye bye Josie

Today everyone is sad to say goodbye to the upper intermediate teacher Josie as she is leaving Australia…don’t worry though, it’s not forever, she is lucky enough to be taking a holiday for two and a half months! Her first stop is Hawaii, then Canada and after that a tour of Europe! She’ll be back refreshed in time for the rush of summer when our CAE and FCE Cambridge classes start up again on the 5th of September. If you want to catch her before she jets off then head to the Railway bar this evening at 6pm where some of the students are going to have a few beers and celebrate the start of the long weekend! And if you don’t know already, there’s a Brazilian party at the Buddha Bar later on this evening so don’t forget your dancing shoes!

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Lexis Next Top Model

On Thursday we had a photographer at Lexis and a lucky ten students had a taste of what it would be like to be a model for an hour! The photographer needed some classroom situation photos so the students had to pretend they were in class asking questions, doing activities or just having a great time! (as they always do in class of course!) We haven’t seen the photos yet but everyone who participated is looking forward to seeing whether they are ready for a new career…as a model! We’ve been told that the photos will be sent to Lexis soon so watch this space to see who has it in them to become…The Lexis Next Top Model!

Graduation! March 24

We have 5 students graduating from Lexis Byron Bay this week – RonnyIara, Rebecca Laura and Sarah.

Ronny is from Switzerland and graduates from Claudia’s Intermediate class. Claudia says it has been a real pleasure to have Ronny in her class and that he has been an active, conscientious student. Ronny has worked hard and improved his English in his time here at Lexis. All the best for the future, Ronny!

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Iara is from Brazil and graduates from the Pre-Intermediate class. Her teacher Anji says she is an amazing student and has really enjoyed having her in her class. Iara’s hard work and dedication during her time at Lexis has paid off, as her English has improved drastically. Iara now feels confident to travel independently and talk with others. Well done Iara!

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Sarah, Laura and Rebecca all come from Switzerland. Laura has been at Lexis for only three weeks while Sarah has been here for five weeks and Rebecca 12. All three students were praised by their teachers for their hard work and all graduated with an A. We will miss them at Lexis but this isn’t the end of their Australian journey as they are all now embarking on exciting travel plans. Happy holidays to you all!

 

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

 

Jobs Jobs Jobs! Byron Bay, December 2

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KITCHEN HAND
For a cafe in Brunswick Heads is seeking a part time/full time experienced kitchen hand to start ASAP. Must have knife skills & prepping experience http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/kitchen-hand/experienced-kitchen-hand-wanted-brunswick-heads/1063169346

CLEANERS
Great Cleaners urgently needed to commence work on Saturday 5th December. Own car and willing to work weekends a must (Saturdays mostly) http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/housekeeping/great-cleaners-urgently-needed-byron-bay/1096781567

LINE COOK
New Byron Bay cafe seeks line cook with strong prep experience and a passion for freshly produced, locally sourced food. Join a small passionate team http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/chefs-cooks/line-cook-cafe/1096770042

PREP KITCHEN COOK
Growing restaurant business seeks an experienced cook or chef to produce food in large batches from our purpose built prep kitchen http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/chefs-cooks/prep-kitchen-cook/1089390271

SENIOR RESTAURANT SUPERVISOR
A full time Senior Restaurant Supervisor position is available for the right candidate, so come and join our management team at Fishheads Byron Bay http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/management/senior-restaurant-supervisor-fishheads-byron-bay/1059228417

FACE TO FACE CANVASSER WANTED
***Our recruitment is ongoing*** We are currently looking for a face to face fundraiser to join our growing team in the Byron shire area http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/sales-marketing/face-to-face-canvasser-wanted-/1096754764

EXPERIENCED COOK
BayGer, Byron Bay. We are looking for a dynamic person to join our team. Must have experience! Please email resume http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/chefs-cooks/bayger-byron-bay-experienced-cook/1093388803

BABYSITTER
For 4 month old baby
Note: Please only apply for this IF you have first aid certificate, working with children or police checks, extensive experience with babies under 1 http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/live-out-nannies/casual-babysitting-for-4-month-old-baby/1096743715

WWOOFING
Byron organic farm. 6 k to surf & fun . Accommodation & food in return for 5 hrs work a day . (3 hrs morning then surf then 2 hrs in afternoon) http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/farming-veterinary/byron-wwoof/1096736655

BEAUTY/MASSAGE THERAPIST – BYRON BAY
Buddha Gardens Day Spa has been established for over 10 years and has an excellent reputation with the many locals and tourists http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/health-sports-beauty/beauty-massage-therapist-byron-bay/1086510520

GERMAN E-COMMERCE WEBSITE ADMINISTRATOR
Vitality 4 Life is an Australian owned and operated company, located in beautiful Byron Bay in Northern NSW.We are a team of dedicated individuals http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/office/german-e-commerce-website-administrator/1082194947

FRASER ISLAND VOLUNTEER
Been to Fraser Island yet? We have an awesome opportunity here for you. Come and volunteer as camp assistants with the largest tag-along 4wd tour on Fraser http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/volunteer/fraser-island-tag-along-tours/1094662798

FLOOR AND BAR STAFF
We are seeking young fit staff for a Christmas function. Must have current NSW RSA, hrs will be 5pm to 10pm http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/bar-staff/floor-and-bar-staff/1096687046

BYRON BAY GHOST TOURS
A stable local person who is interested in running ghost tours around Byron Bay they have scary and historical and run for 50 mins http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/other-jobs/byron-bay-ghost-tours-/1096677107

AU PAIR/NANNY
Free rent and food. We are a family of four, two boys 3 and 6 years old. Looking for someone energetic and happy who enjoys kid’s company and is happy to help around the house http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/live-in-nannies/au-pair-nanny-byron-bay-free-rent-and-food/1096670681

2x CHEFS
Chef required for busy restaurant in Byron. Must be organised and committed.Minimum 2 years experience.Sponsorship considered http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/chefs-cooks/2x-chefs-required/1087567889

PETTER SITTER/DOG WALKER
Want to be a Pet Sitter or Dog Walker? Now is your chance! If you have ever dreamt of looking after cute pets as a job, then look no further http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/other-jobs/want-to-be-a-pet-sitter-or-dog-walker-now-is-your-chance-/1092523543

CHEF/COOK
Busy cafe looking for a chef, cook. Has to be creative, reliable and able to work in fast environment. If you are interested please send your resume http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/chefs-cooks/chef-cook-kitchen-hand/1096568479

MARKET STALL HELPER
Need help in production + packing + market stall
Looking for someone to help us with production and packing orders in our home business 1 – 2 days per week http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/other-jobs/need-help-in-production-packing-market-stall/1096556055

HOUSEKEEPERS
Housekeepers with resort experience wanted. Send resume to apply http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/housekeeping/housekeepers/1096547843

SEEKING EXPERIENCED BEAUTICIANS
NAIL BAR CAFE is an express beauty bar in the heart of Byron Bay. We are looking for confident beauticians with experience in manicures and pedicures http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/other-jobs/seeking-experienced-beauticians/1095638086

CLEANER
Cleaning business looking for a new cleaner: must be flexible, have transport, fast, eyes for details. Experienced in 5 stars will be good http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/housekeeping/looking-for-experienced-cleaner/1096521416

CHEF POSITION
Iconic Byron restaurant seeks a hardworking and energetic chef to join our team http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/chefs-cooks/chef-position/1096515904

MANAGER NEEDED
Full time Manager required for busy take away business in Byron Bay. Must have at least 2 years of Management Experience in the food industry http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/management/dynamic-manager-needed-byron-bay-healthy-food-business-/1096506254

MUSICIANS NEEDED
Hi guys, I’m looking for a acoustic blues duo guitar + voice to perform in a restaurant in Byron bay for NYE. If you are interested please send me a link to your soundcloud or record http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/other-jobs/looking-for-musicians-for-nye/1096476357

RESTAURANT MANAGER

Want to join and lead a fun work team in all of areas of customer service excellence? http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/management/restaurant-manager-byron-bay/1096409370

PASTRY COOK/CHEF

Responsible mature person needed for gluten free cooking and baking http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/chefs-cooks/pastry-cook-chef-gluten-free-baking-/1096375907

HENNA ARTIST

If you are interested come and meet me at the artisan market in Byron Bay, every saturday night from 4pm to 9pm, in the railway park (opposite fundies) http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/health-sports-beauty/looking-for-henna-artist/1096364732

CLEANING
WORKER required cleaning public amenities. No exp required. Must be reliable with own vehicle & white card. Some w’end work. Weekday rate $27.50ph. Phone Dean 0434196701

TREEHOUSE RESTAURANT Requires experienced pizza chef, and experienced chef. Phone Dan 0466885358

BARISTA/FRONT OF HOUSE STAFF
We have an opening for a local in a long term position. Approximately 4 days/32+ hours, incl. Friday, Saturday. If you are an energetic, experienced, hospitality professional with excellent coffee skills, and love working in a busy, fast-paced cafe please see: http://www.pantry29.com.au

RECEPTIONIST Woodford Folk Festival massage stall. SMS 0407213267 for info

 

Graduation! 6 November

Three students are graduating from Lexis Byron Bay today – Pol Celda Guell, Loan Rafael Mariethoz and Susanna Tormanen.

Pol Celda Guell from Spain has been at Lexis Byron Bay for 14 weeks and he has been a friendly, positive and hard working student. His teacher Anji said he is so much fun and his English has improved a lot during his time here. We will miss you, Pol! (Read more about Pol here.)12202062_10156161873140612_96169742_n

Loan Rafael Mariethoz from Switzerland has been at Lexis Byron Bay for 10 weeks and graduates from the Intermediate class. His teacher Claudia said he is always happy and it’s been great to have him at school. Good luck for the future, Loan!12200931_10156161872855612_1344663122_nSusanna Tormanen from Finland has been with us for just one week in the IELTS class and her teacher Anji said she has been an excellent student. Susanna needs to get a high IELTS score so now she will keep studying hard to achieve it. Goodbye and good luck Susanna!12200681_10156161872820612_16435738_n

Graduation 9 October 2015

This week we say goodbye to four students: Guilia and Urs from Switzerland, Alfie from Taiwan and Marc from Spain.

Guilia Coluccia left school on Thursday as she was heading straight back to Switzerland ready for work on Monday. She told me that next time she would love to come for longer and see more of Australia.

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Urs Lerch was here for four weeks in the Intermediate class. His teacher said that he enjoyed  talking, worked hard and did well. He said thanks for everything and that he was sure he would meet us all again one day.

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Marc Cortada Elvira first studied at Lexis when he did Paul’s FCE class in March. He then went to Lexis Brisbane before coming back down to the beach. His teacher, Jodie, said that he was “always on time” and, after this generated lots of laughter, that he appreciated sarcasm. He is not really leaving as he will staying in Byron and continuing to live next door for the foreseeable future.

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Finally, lovely Alfie, Tsung-Yi Wu, is leaving Lexis Byron Bay to go and study in Brisbane. He has worked hard in his Pre-Intermediate class and leaves with an A grade. His teacher, Kathleen, said that he had a gift for explaining things to other students with good humour and lots of personality and that he would be missed.

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Goodbye and good luck to all of you. We really enjoyed getting to know you.

Masterchef Cook Off

On Wednesday Josie led a sweet Masterchef Cook Off Challenge.

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Teams were all given the same items including sponge cake, strawberries and coloured icing and had to compete to make the most interesting dessert.

Everyone really enjoyed making their desserts pretty and there was lots delicious cake munching for the participants too.

Job Club!

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Our activity this afternoon was Job Club!

Job Club is a great opportunity to prepare for finding a job. You can get help applying for a Tax File Number (TFN), preparing your resume, searching for jobs and applying for jobs. You can also practice your interview skills, or ask any other questions about finding a job in Byron Bay!

If you are looking for work in Byron, come to the next Job Club to ask questions and get some useful tips

See you there!

Coffee and Tim Tams in the Sun

This afternoon nearly every Lexis student joined Marie in the garden for coffee club. Marie showed them how to do a Tim Tam slam and there was lots of great conversation and English practice.

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FREE Activity Calendar – July 2015

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We have some really great activities lined up for Lexis Byron Bay students in July. Some highlights include:

  • Yoga with Stefanie or Skateboarding with Flavio on alternate Mondays
  • The Film Studies Option Movie shown in Room 6 every Thursday – with popcorn
  • The extremely popular Aussie wine tasting on Friday 10 July
  • Our student night with free drinks, cheap drinks and BBQ at Aquarius on Friday 17 July
  • And, a very special extra activity on Wednesday 22 July – The Sky at Night with Phil from Starrynight Planetarium. He’ll be at the school at 5.30 with his telescope and some fascinating facts about the Australian night sky.

All of this on top of the regular and always popular Coffee Lounge, Job Club, Workshops, Cooking, BBQ, Trivia Quiz, Ping-Pong, Poker, Football and Volleyball.

Phew!

Phrasal Verbs #7 Put

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  • The other weightlifters put me down because I had to put the weights down.
  • In the morning I have to put on the light before I can put on my clothes.
  • Could you put yourself out for once and put the bins out; and make sure you put out the fire before coming to bed.
  • I would put him up but I can’t put up with his snoring. He’ll have to put up a tent in the garden instead.
  • We had to put back the dinner because I forgot to put the meat back in the oven.

As we discussed in week 1, sometimes a phrasal verb can have more than one meaning. Can you understand the sentences above? They are all grammatically correct but use the same verb/particle combinations in two or more different ways.

Below is a list of some common phrasal verbs with Put. There are many more. Read through the ones below and add those that you don’t know to your vocabulary lists. Then click on the links to do the quizzes. You will run into even more phrasal verbs with Put. Did you know that you can check phrasal verbs in a good English/English dictionary to find meaning, example sentences and the grammar of how to use them?

put something away return something to its normal place after using it. Please put away the dictionary when you’ve finished using it.
put something back replace, return to its proper place Put it back on the shelf please.
put something back to change the time or date of an event so that it happens later than originally planned We’ve put the trip back until June now.
put something down put what you are holding on a surface or floor You can put the groceries down on the kitchen counter.
put someone down insult make someone feel stupid The students put the substitute teacher down because his pants were too short.
put something off postpone We are putting off our trip until January because of the hurricane.
put something on turn on / switch on Could you put on the light please?
put something on put clothing/accessories on your body Don’t forget to put on your new earrings for the party.
put something out leave/place something outside the house. Don’t forget to put out the dustbin.
put something out extinguish The neighbours put the fire out before the firemen arrived.
put someone out go to a lot of trouble/ be inconvenienced . Please don’t put yourself out for us.
put something together assemble I have to put the crib together before the baby arrives.
put someone through connect two people (on the phone) I’ll put you through to Mr. Brown.
put something up erect build He put up a tent for the children.
put up with someone/something tolerate I don’t think I can put up with three small children in the car.
put (someone) up accommodate/ give someone a bed We can put you up if you’d like to come for the week-end.

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http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/199.html

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http://www.learnenglishfeelgood.com/phrasal-verbs-put1.html

https://www.englishclub.com/ref/Phrasal_Verbs/Quizzes/Put_1/index.htm

The Future is in Your Hands

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Today the Pre-Intermediate class were practising their psychic abilities (and using “will” for future predictions!) with a little palm reading on their fellow classmates.

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Apparently Thiago will live to be over 120 years old, DK is very intelligent, Minami will have bad luck (probably because she will have so many relationships!), Marco will have three children, Livia will also live to be over 100 (Brazilian climate?!) Suzuku will suffer from many illnesses and Shota will have a strong marriage!!

Swiss Cooking – Classic Cheese Fondue

We had the ever-popular Swiss Cooking activity this afternoon.

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Claudia had nine students at start of the hour as she took charge of Yvonne’s classic Cheese Fondue recipe. However, by the time I went down to the kitchen to take some photos, there were a lot more students enjoying a dip. Everyone really enjoyed it, even those who’d never tasted fondue before. And DK said that since it contained schapps and wine, nobody would be able to do any homework tonight!

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Two of the students took the recipe home so they could make it again at the weekend. And here it is it below in case you want to try it out at home.

Cheese Fondue

Ingredients

600g shredded cheese (50/50 Gruyere and Emmental)

I garlic clove

A third of a bottle of white wine

3 teaspoon of cornflour

3 small glasses kirsch

Ground pepper and nutmeg to taste

 

Method

Rub a heavy saucepan or fondue pot with the split garlic clove.

Dissolve the cornstarch in the kirsch.

Put the cheese and wine into the pan and slowly bring to a boil, stirring constantly.

When the cheese is completely melted, add the kirsch and cornflour mixture, stirring vigourously.

Continue to cook and season to taste with pepper and nutmeg.

Serve over an alcohol lamp or candle plate warmer so the cooking can continue on a low heat.

Now enjoy by dipping in small pieces of bread, meat or vegetables speared on a fondue fork.

Keep stirring with your bread as you dip.

Enjoy 🙂

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A Magical Coffee Club

Today at Coffee Club students shared and discussed their favourite fairy tales. Minami ‘s was Beauty and the Beast. Fumika’s was Rapunzel and Ayano’s was Sleeping Beauty. They also enjoyed Cappuccino and Red Velvet Tim Tams. IMG_4254

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Welcome to our new starter – Ayano

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Ayano Imai from Japan started at Lexis this morning but is here for only one short week!!!

She told me that she has always wanted to come to Australia and she is extremely happy to be here. She would have liked to come for longer but starts a new job next week, in Japan, so could only get one week off work.

Her old job was working at a Driving Test Centre, but her new job is in the Import/Export industry. She wants to improve her English here to help her in this job.

Well, it’s not very long Ayano but we will do our very best. Enjoy your week at Lexis | Byron Bay.

English and Cooking – Okonomi Yaki

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This week, Sammy’s English and Cooking Options Class made some delicious Japanese pancakes called Okonomi Yaki. The pancakes are filled with seafood and vegetables and covered with a delicious sauce.

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The finished product

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Satoru cooking the pancake

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Sangwoo, Minami and Fumika

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Minami and Fumika

Phrasal Verbs #5 Go

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Go ahead and see how many of the following questions you can answer.

  1. If someone stole your bag and ran away would you go after them?
  2. When shopping, do you usually go for the brand names or the value items?
  3. Do you get up or snooze when your alarm goes off?
  4. How many times a week do you usually go out?
  5. When choosing where to go on a night out are you the decision-maker or do you usually go along with what your friends or partner wants?
  6. If the walls of your bedroom were painted blue, what coloured furniture and accessories would you choose to go with them?

Below is a list of some common phrasal verbs with Go. There are many more. Read through the ones below and add those that you don’t know to your vocabulary lists. Then click on the links to do the quizzes.

In some of these quizzes, you will come across even more phrasal verbs with Go. Did you know that you can check phrasal verbs in a good English/English dictionary to find meaning, example sentences and the grammar of how to use them? Do this and add them to your list.

Phrasal Verb Meaning Example Sentence
go ahead start, proceed Please go ahead and eat before the food gets cold.
go after something follow someone My brother tried to go after the thief in his car.
go after someone go try to achieve something I went after my dream and now I am a published writer.
go along with something agree with or follow Tommy usually goes along with what I say. He trusts me.
go away leave a place Go away and leave me alone.
go away leave your home in order to spend time somewhere else, usually for a holiday We usually go away for the summer.
go away disappear It was weeks before the bruises went away.
go back return to a place I have to go back home and get my lunch.
go by pass Three hours went by. Or I will go by that old house.
go down move to a lower level or place or fall to the ground The plan went down ten minutes after takeoff.
go down become reduced The temperature went down to minus 10 last night.
go for something choose Instead of butter, I always go for olive or coconut oil.
go for something like or admire I don’t go for war films much.
go in/ go into (somewhere) enter (a room or building) I look through the window but I didn’t actually go in.
go off make a loud noise or to explode. – My alarm clock went off at 7:00 a.m.
go on happen./take place What is going on in China right now?
go on continue Please go on with what you were saying.
go with something match, to be similar to My shirt and pants are both blue. They go with each other.
go out– (1) stop burning (machines or electrical things) The electricity went out last night. I couldn’t see anything.
go out– (2 leave your house to be a part of a social activity Every weekend I go out with my friends.
go over something review Please go over your answers before you submit your test.
go over visit someone nearby I haven’t seen Tina for a long time. I think I’ll go over for an hour or two.
go without something suffer lack or deprivation When I was young, we went without winter boots.

http://www.5minuteenglish.com/apr29.htm

http://www.esl-lounge.com/student/phrasal-verbs/4pv19-go.php

http://www.tolearnenglish.com/exercises/exercise-english-2/exercise-english-23882.php

http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/192.html

Blog a classmate!

Yesterday, Josie’s Upper Intermediate class, pretended to be me and interviewed each other in order to write a Happy Student profile. Below are two of the best, Isaac’s profile of Miguel and Aline’s profile of Andrew.

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Andrew at Skateboarding

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Andrew at Coffee Club

Andrew

Why did you choose Byron Bay?

Because it doesn’t have many Korean people so I can speak English a lot and I like the beaches and the nature a lot.

What do you like the most about Byron Bay?

It’s a small city so it’s easier to make friends and go anywhere by bicycle. I can go to the beach every day and people are friendly and happy.

What do you like most about Lexis?

Grant: he is so friendly, he makes a lot of activities, helps me to find a job and gives me a lot of advice.

Is it different to what you expected?

Yes, I thought Byron Bay would be really tiny but it’s bigger than what I expected.

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Miguel at Salsa Raggaeton

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Miguel at Skateboarding

Miguel

Why did you choose Byron Bay?

Because I heard it is like a paradise.

What do you like the most about Byron Bay?

The nature in Byron Bay is amazing!

 What do you like most about Lexis?

The interaction with other students; meeting people from lots of other countries.

 Is it different to what you expected?

Yes, I thought it would be quieter than it is so I was happily surprised.

Thanks to Aline, Andrew, Miguel and Isaac.

Exploring Song Lyrics in Movies and Songs

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Today Marie’s Movies and Songs class were studying the song “House of Cards” by Radiohead.

And, in order to help her students understand the lyrics and the video, they built their own houses of cards.

Mike said it made him feel extreme focus on one thing. Andrew felt annoyed. DK and Reto felt a sense of achievement because it took so long to build it. Gabriel felt stressed at how fragile it was. Arthur felt relaxed because it reminded him of being a kid again. Vitor felt stressed because it was so easily destroyed. Thiago felt a sense of patience because he had to concentrate and Shota thought it was easier to build alone than in pairs or groups. 

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Here are the lyrics, what do you think the song is about? What is the house of cards?

House of Cards

By Radiohead

I don’t wanna be your friend

I just wanna be your lover

No matter how it ends

No matter how it starts

Forget about your house of cards

And I’ll do mine. 

Fall off the table,

And get swept under

Denial, denial

The infrastructure will collapse

From voltage spikes

Throw your keys in the bowl

Kiss your husband ‘good night’

Forget about your house of cards

And I’ll do mine.

Fall off the table,

And get swept under

Denial, denial

Your ears are burning

Denial, denial

andrew

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Cooking up a Storm in our English and Cooking Option

Today, the students in the English and Cooking option are making risotto from a recipe supplied by Swiss Italian student Simone.

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Simone, Marco and Satoru stir the rice

The students have been working hard this week to share their favourite recipes – learning all the recipe specific language along the way. And today, the fun part happens when they cook up the recipe of their choice. The finished results look amazing.

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The recipe – in excellent English with some Italian translations

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Today we say Goodbye to Camila! For Now…

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Our Upper Intermediate class saying Good Bye to Camila!

Today at Lexis Byron Bay we say goodbye to a very lovely student who has been with us for 6 months. We caught up with Camila and asked her a few questions.

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What are your plans now that you are finished here at Lexis?

I’m going to stay in Byron Bay and work and hang out and then I am actually coming back to Lexis to do a Cambridge course in a few months.

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On a Bush Walk

How did you like the last 6 months at school?

It was perfect. I couldn’t speak one word at first and now I can hold conversations.

What was your favourite part?

Meeting all of the other students from around the world and making friends. Also learning about all of the other cultures from those other people.

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Camila at Orientation her first day!

What advice would you give to incoming students?

Try to just speak English. Go outside the school and learn about real Australian Culture. Try the food and see places and meet the people. Travel as much as possible.

We are all very sad to see Camila leave but luckily she will be coming back to improve her English even more and we are all looking forward to her return!

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Lexis English Students reciting Tongue Twisters

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Joze, Tiffany, Julian, Miguel, and Andrew receiving their prize of Peanut Butter Tim Tams!

Last Friday one of our teachers Marie ran a tongue twister competition! A few brave students made it up to the stage to participate in the competition. They had a choice of 6 different tongue twisters to recite. The participants won some Peanut Butter Tim Tams!

  1. Red lorry, yellow lorry (x5)
  2. She sells seashells by the seashore
  3. Which wristwatches are Swiss wristwatches?
  4. If a dog chews shoes, whose shoes does he choose?
  5. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
    He would chuck, he would, as much as he could, and chuck as much wood
    As a woodchuck would if a woodchuck could chuck wood
  6. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers
    A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked
    If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers
    Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

Meet the Students – The Lovely Pablo Macineira Lopez

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Everyone at Lexis loves 24 year old Pablo Macineira Lopez from Spain, because he is not only a great student but an incredibly sociable guy (and a “great” singer – check out the video below). He’s currently on a break between his degree (Physical Education) and his Masters (Teaching) and will stay in Byron Bay for 7 weeks before heading to Lexis Noosa to do the Cambridge Advanced Certificate.

He told me today that he has wanted to come to Byron Bay since he saw photos of the lighthouse when he was 15 and that he’s really enjoying his time here, not least because he’s an extremely passionate surfer.

Tell me about your surfing

Football used to be my passion and surfing was my hobby. Unfortunately, when I was 16 I injured my ankle and my dreams of being a professional football player were over. That’s when surfing took over. I’ve recently been working as a surf instructor in Spain and I would like, in the future, to work as a surf coach, helping top surfers to improve their performance.

In Byron Bay, I really like surfing at Tallows Beach; that’s where the best waves are. I try to go every morning and I’ve just bought a new wetsuit so that I can keep this up throughout winter. There’s a great surfing community here and I’ve met surfers from all over the world.

Apart from the surfing, what else do you love in Byron Bay?

Really just walking around; people watching in the streets and in front of main beach or walking in beautiful natural surrounds on the beach and in the surrounding bushland.

And what’s the best thing about studying at Lexis English?

The English Only Policy. I love the total immersion. In Spain we are taught English in Spanish, but here we are taught in English and then we also use English during the breaks and activities. It’s a really good way to learn. Plus, the classes are really interesting and interactive. We are not just sitting down studying but moving around, doing different activities, having discussions etc. The time goes really fast.

Finally, what have you learned in your time at Lexis Byron Bay

Life goes so fast so you have to make the most of it. Don’t look back – always look forward.

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Activities with DK

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DK has been with us for a few weeks now. He is a very funny guy, from South Korea, in our Pre-Intermediate class. DK has been very busy in  the afternoons going to many of the daily activities that we offer here in Byron Bay. We caught up with him and asked him a few questions about Byron Bay, the school, and the activities.

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Slacklining in the Garden!

What do you think about the activities here at Lexis?

I am too shy to do yoga so I don’t like that one. I like the outside activities like volleyball and soccer.

What is your favourite activity?

I like the Slacklining!

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Our Skateboarding class taught by Flavio!

Do you like that there are different activities every day?

Yes

How do you like the school and classes here?

Its very nice. Marie my teacher is so kind and patient with me, so I like that too.

How do you like Byron Bay?

It’s very green and clean and not polluted. I like it here and there are kind people.

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DK enjoying a taco at our Mexican BBQ Activity

Upper-Intermediate Students Search for Abstract Nouns

Josie’s Upper-Intermediate class went on an excursion today to find examples of abstract nouns derived from common adjectives. After taking and presenting photo which they felt illustrated the noun, the class voted for best. The two winners were “Happiness” by Pablo and Vitor and “Solitude” by Isaac and Andrew.

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Creativity – Miguel and Samira

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Art – Isaac and Andrew

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Happiness – Pablo and Vitor

Loyalty - Miguel and Samira

Loyalty – Miguel and Samira

Sadness Isaac and Andrew

Sadness Isaac and Andrew

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Sadness – Pablo and Vitor

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Solitude – Isaac and Andrew

Lexis Byron Bay Students with Karaoke!

Last Student night we had some brave students do Karaoke and practice their English! This is how it turned out!

Phrasal Verbs #2 – Get


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Can you understand and answer the following questions?

  • Are you going to get away on holiday anywhere this year?
  • Have you ever lost your wallet or credit cards but later got them back?
  • When travelling by bus, plane or train do you try to be the first to get off when you reach your destination?
  • What do you like to do when you get time off from work or school?
  • Do you get on well with your work colleagues or classmates?
  • How often do you get together with your cousins?
  • What time do you get up on weekends?
  • Do you ever feel dizzy when you get up too quickly?
  • What’s the first thing you want to eat when you get back to your country?
  • When you get on a bus/train/plane do you try to sit at a window or aisle seat?

Check your understanding by matching a phrasal verb in column 1 with the definition in column 2. e.g. 1 (get away) = I (escape).

  Column A   Column B
1 get away A stand
2 get something back B get out of bed
3 get off something C meet (usually for social reasons)
4 get on with D step onto a train, bus or aircraft
5 get (time) off E like / have a good relationship with
6 get on F be absent from work with permission
7 get together G leave a train, bus or aircraft
8 get up (1) H receive something you had before
9 get up (2) I escape
10 get back J return

Now write the ten phrasal verbs up in three columns, with an example sentence in the third column e.g.

Phrasal Verb Meaning Example Sentence
get together meet (usually for social reasons) Let’s get together for a BBQ this weekend.

You can look  example sentences up in any good dictionary. Or you can do the quiz at https://www.englishclub.com/ref/Phrasal_Verbs/Quizzes/get_1/index.htm and use the example sentences from there. However, the best way to remember new vocabulary is to write example sentences that are personal to you.

Remember to review the phrasal verbs in an hour, in a day and in a week and try to use them regularly so that you don’t forget them!

“I really like the Byron lifestyle”

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We don’t get many students from The Netherlands so, as Dutch student Tanja Reitberg is leaving us this week after a six week stay, I asked if she would share her experience with us.

“I had some free time to study abroad and I chose Byron Bay because I had heard from a Melbourne friend that it had beautiful beaches, great weather and friendly people. She was correct. I really like the lifestyle here; it’s relaxed, sociable and easy to meet people.

“I’m training to be an English Teacher back home, so I need my English to be perfect. I don’t like formal study much so I though learning English here – the natural way – would be perfect for me. I was lucky with my class; my classmates are all very nice and my teacher, Julia, is helpful, enthusiastic, happy and motivating. She has also given me lots of extra materials for CPE as I will be taking the exam three weeks after I return home, so I now feel really prepared for this.

“I stayed in a homestay and my host family have been amazing. They are a young couple who are very friendly and have given me great tips about what to see and do. They also cook delicious Asian food which is very different from what I’m used to cooking back home – I’ve been collecting the recipes! Then, Sunday is movie night, where we all sit together to watch a film.

“Overall, Byron Bay has been great. I’ve really enjoyed living, studying and socialising here. A special memory? I’d have to say sitting on the beach and enjoying a few drinks during one of the amazing sunsets.”

Thanks for sharing Tanja! And please let us know how you get on in your Proficiency exam.

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May Activities Calendar

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Every day between 2pm and 3pm Lexis Byron Bay runs a popular free activity programme for students.

Above is the just-released May calendar. This months we have all the favourites such as Coffee Lounge, Yoga and Sports (garden or beach depending on the weather) as well as guest teachers Flavio (skateboarding) and Daniella (Salsa). We also welcome back Joshee and his slackline.

Then, we’ve got some new indoor activities for as the weather gets cooler: two grammar workshops and a Friday Australian beer tasting session.

Finally, don’t forget Student Night, every fortnight with free drinks, BBQ and music at Aquarius Backpackers.

Student Night at Aquarius!

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Friday Night we had our fortnightly Student Night at Aquarius! The students got to enjoy drinks, food, and music! It was definitely a good time and the students had a lot of fun talking with one another and getting to know each other more. Everyone liked the food and had some good laughs!

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I was living in the past; now I feel like a teenager again

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The lovely Brazilian Fabiana Sanches Miranda, pictured above, is leaving Lexis | Byron Bay on Friday after studying here for 24 weeks. Not only is Fabiana a lovely, happy, friendly, smiling student that we’ve enjoyed having around, she is an amazing success story; she tested as a Beginner on her written placement test back in February but leaves with a strong Upper Intermediate certificate just 6 months later.

I caught up with her earlier today to find out the secrets of her success.

“Well, it didn’t start brilliantly. My first day was terrible! My homestay family were lovely but talked so quickly and with such a strong Australian accent that I couldn’t understand anything. Then I came to school for the placement test and induction and I just felt lost. I felt much older than the other students (I’m 36) and also my English was so low. I worried that I’d made a big mistake.

“However, I was placed in the Elementary class and this was really good for me. Marie is such an amazing teacher at that level, and I realised I understood everything we did in class. My confidence grew and I began talking more. Then, over the next couple of weeks I made some great friends and discovered my way around Byron Bay. After that, everything was wonderful!

“I think one of the reasons my English progressed so quickly was because I am addicted to reading. I didn’t bring any Portuguese books with me so I joined Byron Bay’s library and borrowed books from there. I read biographies of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, as well as an amazing novel called Flowers for Algernon and a non-fiction book; The Anatomy of Spirit. I’m currently reading The Fault in our Stars. When I first started, it was really hard and I had to keep translating into Portuguese, but now, I use the context to guess the unknown words. I don’t look them up immediately; I just make a note of them to refer to later. I think that reading this much is the main thing that helped me progress so quickly, but I also love listening to music and I’ve watched the whole 4 seasons of Game of Thrones in English while I’ve been here in Byron Bay!

“And of course, I learned a lot in class! I’ve had three teachers during my time at Lexis and they were all amazing. I really like the way that we have a test every Monday; it means we always have to review what we studied, instead of just forgetting it. Also, the Options classes are great because we can choose what we want to study, we work with students from other classes, and the teachers have more freedom to choose materials to suit the students – rather than having to follow a book.

“Outside of class, the English Only Policy was really valuable (even though I was caught speaking Portuguese once and I had to write an essay about the benefits of speaking English all the time). It was really good when we did activities because then it was another hour or two every day speaking English with students from different classes and different countries.

“I’m really glad I chose to study in Byron Bay because this place is so special – the energy, the smell and the people. It’s really totally different to my city, which has 20 million inhabitants. I love the fact that when we are in the classroom, we can hear the birds singing outside and that everyone here is open to discovering themselves and trying new things.

“Actually, I think that’s the best thing, overall, about my experience. As I said before, when I first arrived I was worried that I was too old and that I wouldn’t make friends or wouldn’t be able to learn because of this. All my friends in Brazil thought I was crazy to come here as a student because I’m a manager in Brazil, with a great job and the status that entails. However, what I’ve learned here is that age doesn’t matter. I was living in the past before but now I know that people can have new and exciting experiences at any age. I’ve learned that I am a confident person and I can learn new things. Actually, I think I am addicted to this lifestyle now. In fact, being here has inspired me so much that, after just a couple of months at home, I’m going to head to Costa Rica to study Spanish for three months. I feel like a teenager!”

A quick guide to report writing for the FCE Exam!

A report includes the introduction, main body, recommendation.

Before writing

Plan, plan, plan! Make sure you spend the first few minutes really planning your report. Make sure that you have covered the key points, the introduction, main body and a recommendation..

Title

This needs to be clear and simple. Straight to the point and helps the reader know what you will be discussing in the report..

Introduction

State the aim of your report.

Make sure you mention where you got the information from.

Main body

–  Remember, headings and using listing/ numbering points make it much easier to read.

When you write make sure that you use a wide variety of phrases and write in an impersonal way. For example. “All those who responded believe that this would be….”

Make sure that all of your ideas are factual. This is not a story or a letter so using extreme adjectives is not required here.

Conclusion and recommendation

Only give the recommendations at the end.

Make a generalized point of view, not a detailed argument in this section.

Formal language only!.

Useful language

You have to make sure that your language is formal.

Introduction

– The aim of this report is to…

– In order to prepare this report…

Reporting findings

– The main problem was that…

– Several people said/told me/suggested/thought that…

– It appears that…

-Not surprisingly

Making recommendations

– All things considered….

-We have no hesitation in recommending….