This is Sam the Stone.
He shows you the present simple tense.
You may not see him doing anything, but he is always present. Or if he is not here now, he seems to come back again and again.
We are not sure whether he is a he, a she, or an it. It is hard to tell. But whichever he is, remember that he or she or it likes to end his verbs with "s."
This animated image is, of course, of Tigger, from Disney's version of "Winnie the Pooh."
But let's call him "Ting." As "Ting," he is a perfect image to help you remember the present continuous. Ting never stops moving: he illustrates actions happening right now. And he seems to have a sprING in his tail.
So when you talk about actions happening right now, remember to add the "-ing" to their tail.
This is Will the Alien. He is from the future. He has a time machine. He materializes before any verbs describing future actions. So they become "I WILL eat," or "They WILL swim." He also has a stun ray. It freezes the verb in its basic form.
He is from the planet Going To. Sometimes he says "Going To" instead of using his name.
Will's wife is named May. She acts the same way. Will usually does just what he says, but May often changes her mind.
He WILL help you remember how to form the future tense in English.
This is Dead Ed. He is the Ghost of Actions Past. Get the idea? He haunts verbs describing actions that happened in the past. So "happen" becomes "happen-Ed," and "remember" becomes "remember-Ed," and so on.
A useful way to remember the English tense. We remember something better when we can visualize it. We remember something better when we can personify it, because this evokes an emotional attachment. A little scary is even better. And we remember stories, so if we can make it all into a little story, we will also find it easy to remember.
And no, this is not just for kids. Ed can be your friend at any age.
Most of the English names of months actually mean something. Images to associate the words with the meanings can be a good way to memorize them.
April: same name as Avril Lavigne.
March: named after Mars, god of war.
August: Named after Caesar Augustus, Emperor of Rome.
February: means "purity." So does a bride's white wedding gown.
January: named for Janus, god of beginnings and endings.
July: named for the Roman general Julius Caesar
June: named for Juno, the queen of the gods.
May: named for the spring goddess Maia.
October: although it is the tenth month, it is named "eight" --octo. The same word is used in "octopus" because of its eight legs.
September- originally the seventh month, the name is from "septem," meaning seven.
There are familiar "genres" or types of TV show in America. These may not be the same in your country. These pictures may help you identify them.
Old ads are perfect for helping you remember vocabulary: they are designed to be memorable. They are especially good for clothing, because it is such a common item for sale. Here are a few examples.
This last one is not an old ad, but it is also proven to be memorable:
A quick mnemonic for remembering what verbs are stative (stative or state verbs do not describe an action):
Or ask, "can I force someone to do it?"
If the answer is no, it is probably a stative verb.