B.E.L.L. Tips – SUP

B.E.L.L. Tips – SUP

Issue #71

English Tips for:

Business English Language Learners (B.E.L.L.)


Each week, I will send out some handy tips and useful exercises for adults learning to navigate and use the English language. Please feel free to share this newsletter with friends and colleagues.

SUP stands for Stand-up Paddleboarding. It is becoming a popular water sport around the world. It is a lot harder than it looks because it requires good balance and core strength. SUP can be enjoyed in many different locations, from rivers and lakes to the ocean.

Reading Tip

Language Level B1

There are many places around the United States to SUP. Practice your reading skills while learning about some interesting places to explore the country.


Grammar Tip

Language Level A2

“Either Or” and “Neither Nor” are conjunctions used to connect two words, phrases, or clauses. They are used to show a choice or a negative state.

The main difference between “Either Or” and “Neither Nor” is the type of choice they express. “Either Or” expresses a positive choice, while “Neither Nor” expresses a negative choice.

Here are examples:

  • Either you can come with me to the party, or you can stay at home.
  • Neither John nor Peter will come to the party tonight.

“Either Or” and “Neither Nor” are used in different situations, and the choice between them depends on the context. Here are some guidelines:

  • Use “Either Or” when presenting two positive options.
  • Use “Neither Nor” when presenting two negative options.
  • Use “Either Or” when presenting a positive and a negative option.
  • Use “Neither Nor” when presenting two negative options that are not exclusive.

More examples:

  • Either you can buy a car or save money for a trip.
  • Neither the teacher nor the students were happy with the result.
  • You can either study hard or fail the exam.
  • Neither the movie nor the book was interesting to me.

Let’s Practice!

Complete the sentences below using either/or – neither/nor:

1. I know________ your brother_____ your sister. Can you introduce me to them?

2. You may always choose. ______ play volleyball with us____ sit on the bench and watch.

3. We can ________eat at the restaurant______ go home and have dinner there.

4. ________your father________ your husband can repair your bike. Both of them know how to do it.

5. ______Fred______ George is going to do this project. I don’t want them to even start because they are too lazy.

6. _______the professor_______ his students were in class yesterday. The lecture was canceled.

7. You can ______win_____ lose this game. Everything depends on you.

8. Mr. Richards trusted ________his son________ his friends. He thought all of them were lying.


Language Level B2

Water sports vocabulary that may be included in the IELTS (International English Language Testing System):

  1. Aquatic – (adj) sports played in or on water
    The athletes will be competing in aquatics and athletics.
  2. Swimming – (n) the sport or activity of propelling oneself through water using the limbs
    The doctor recommended swimming as the best all-around exercise.
  3. Wakeboarding – (n) a sport in which you are pulled along the surface of the water by a boat while doing jumps and turns on a board.
    Activities at this little slice of heaven are water-skiing, wakeboarding, and kneeboarding.
  4. Combination – (n) the mixture you get when two or more things are combined
    This drug can be safely used in combination with other medicines.
  5. Aquaphobia – (n) an abnormal fear of water, esp because of the possibility of drowning.
    You may have aquaphobia if you find that any source of water causes you an excessive amount of anxiety.
  6. Recreational -(adj) connected with ways of enjoying yourself when you are not working.
    They provide recreational opportunities for all age groups.
  7. Coral reef– (n) a ridge of rock in the sea formed by the growth and deposit of coral.
    The small island is enclosed in the middle of the coral reef.
  8. Water polo – (n) a game played in the water in which two teams of swimmers try to get the ball into the other team’s goal.
    They first went to the swimming pool to have a swim around and play a match with water polo.

If you would like more explore more resources for vocabulary study for the IELTS you can visit: https://www.examword.com/group-topic/water-sport

Weekly Challenge

Language Level B1

We did adjective word order a couple of weeks ago, so let’s revisit it to see if we remember what we learned.

Choose the correct order of adjectives from each pair below:

1. a. Three blue, metal tables

b. Blue, three metal tables

2. a. A red checkered shirt

b. A checkered, red shirt

3. a. old, French writing desk

b. French, old, writing desk

4. a. Some spicy Mediterranean food

b. Mediterranean, spicy, some, food

5. a. Young ten kids

b. Ten young kids

6. a. Twelve interesting, old, science fiction Wells books

b. old, science fiction, interesting, twelve, Wells books

7. a. A dozen round, green, Granny Smith apples

b. Green, a, Granny Smith, dozen apples

8. a. Twelve small tea bags

b. Small tea twelve bags

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