Unit 13 Level 3 (Upper Intermediate- Advanced) Can, could, be able to

Sure you already know how to use can, could and be able, but probably you have trouble pronouncing "can"/"can't", and it's always good to review.

1) Let's start by watching some pronunciation videos about can. Please, pay attention to the examples, and try to learn them by heart.

Pronunciation can and can't (American English)

Pronunciation can and can't (American English)

Pronunciation can and can't by our contributor Andrés Irribarra (American and British English)

Can,could and be able (ability) Pay attention to the pronunciation too.

2) Check if you can understand the lyrics of this song. Can/Could.

3) Let's practice!

Exercise 1
Exercise 2
Exercise 3
Exercise 4

4) Use the sentences from the above exercises and videos to practice with your language exchange. Remember: If you don't have a language exchange (or a teacher) you're wasting your time, you'll never learn to speak English.

5) Let's learn some vocabulary. Confusing verb pairs. Information Technology. Environment. Remember: Always use http://www.howjsay.com/ to hear the sound of the new words you're learning.

6) Listen and read this story. You should learn all the vocabulary and practice pronunciation. And, for the most daring, read this article from The Economist.

7) Finally, write a story of about 200/250 words using sentences with can, could and be able. You can combine different tenses. Suggestion: Ask your language exchange to write a similar story in Spanish and then correct each other's writings. You can use examples from the videos and exercises above.

If you have done all the exercises, then you've scored a 10! Congratulations!

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