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Grammar point: present continuous tense


  • Practice English skills in an aviation context
  • Practice present continuous in dialogue form
Dear Diary,
This is the life! Today is my first day working as a flight attendant and I am loving my new job! The crew is great and they are showing me what to do when I forget.
As I write, we are flying over the Pacific Ocean and I am looking down at the Great Barrier Reef below. I’m imagining what Australia might be like, and I’m getting excited. I’m wondering if I’ll have time to visit my old university friend Dave while we’re in Brisbane.  I hope so – he said he’s expecting me and that he’s looking forward to it.

I am taking a break now, but the short time I get for a break is passing quickly – I’m writing as fast as I can!

I’m drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated and I’m eating some healthy snacks.
Must go, someone is calling me – oops!
X Marguerite





What are you doing? What are you not doing? What are the people/animals/things around you doing, or not doing?

Subject The verb ‘be’ Verb + ing Object (optional)
Mum is drinking coffee
My brother is not doing his homework!

Just for fun

Link to I Am Sailing (music video) by Rod Stewart (1972)

I am sailing, I am sailing.

Home again, 'cross the sea.

I am sailing stormy waters

To be near you, to be free

I am flying, I am flying

Like a bird 'cross the sky

I am flying, passing high clouds

To be with you, to be free

Can you hear me, can you hear me

Through the dark night far away

I am dying, forever trying

To be with you, who can say?


We are sailing, we are sailing

Home again, 'cross the sea

We are sailing stormy waters

To be near you, to be free

–          (Gavin Sutherland, 1972)

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