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Pronunciation, Speaking, Vocabulary

3 Confusing Verbs and How To Pronounce Them: Feel, Fall, and Fill

Three verbs that are often confusing for English students are feel, fall, and fill, especially when it comes to past tense forms and pronunciation. Let's look at the differences and practice using them. Feel Feel has a hard EEE sound. You need to smile when you say this word, making your mouth wide. Practice this… Continue reading 3 Confusing Verbs and How To Pronounce Them: Feel, Fall, and Fill

Collocations/Expressions, Speaking, Vocabulary

Expressions with the Verb TO HAVE

I hope everyone is having a very Happy New Year so far! I think 2019 is going to be a great year! This year, I'm looking forward to eating healthier, learning new recipes, getting more exercise, and writing many more lessons for all the English learners out there. How about you? Do you have any plans… Continue reading Expressions with the Verb TO HAVE

Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary

Still Or Until: What’s the Difference?

These two very common words are easy to confuse. They both relate to a measure of time. However, they have completely different meanings, and it's important to know which one to choose.

Collocations/Expressions, Vocabulary

Steal vs. Rob: Crime Vocabulary

Have you ever been robbed? It's a terrible feeling! What did they steal? STEAL and ROB are two words related to crime, but it's good to know which one to use. STEAL A thief steals things. It is an irregular verb. (STEAL<< STOLE>>STOLEN) A thief might steal your cell phone, your wallet, or even your… Continue reading Steal vs. Rob: Crime Vocabulary

Pronunciation, Speaking, Vocabulary

8 Words in English Difficult To Pronounce for Non-Native Speakers

English is not an easy language to pronounce! If you're having trouble with your tongue, read on. English borrows words from many different languages, so the rules for pronunciation can change depending on the origin of the word, the meaning of the word, or even the region where the word is spoken. Here are some of the most common English words that are difficult for non-native speakers to pronounce.

go back or come back: what's the difference?
Collocations/Expressions, Grammar, Phrasal Verbs, Speaking, Vocabulary

Go Back or Come Back: What’s the Difference?

When talking about travel, it's easy to confuse the phrasal verbs go back and come back. They both mean to return. So what's the difference? It's actually very simple. It all depends on where you are at the time of speaking. For example, if you are from Italy, but you are in California right now, you would say: I'm going… Continue reading Go Back or Come Back: What’s the Difference?

Expressions and activities with the verb TO GO
Collocations/Expressions, Vocabulary

Expressions with the Verb TO GO

Use GO with another -ING verb when you talk about activities and sports. Do you want to go surfing in California?There are some beautiful places to go sightseeing here, too!Have you ever gone wine tasting in Italy? Team sports (soccer, basketball) typically use the verb to play. Sports that are done individually usually use to go. For more information about the verbs go, play, and… Continue reading Expressions with the Verb TO GO

the verb to do is used in expressions for work, style, and activities
Collocations/Expressions, Vocabulary

Expressions with the Verb TO DO

The verb TO DO is very useful when talking about general actions. We use it to ask about activities, as in: What do you want to do tonight? (However, a different verb is used to answer the question.) I want to watch the sunset. I want to spend time with my friends. I want to walk on the beach. Do is also… Continue reading Expressions with the Verb TO DO

Expressions, collocations with the verb TO MAKE
Collocations/Expressions, Vocabulary

Expressions with the Verb TO MAKE

The verb TO MAKE has several different uses. The literal meaning is to create something. Here are some expressions, or collocations that use make, organized by category. Make = To Cook or Prepare make breakfast, lunch or dinnermake a sandwich, pasta, or other meal If you don't feel like cooking, you can make a reservation at a restaurant! Make =… Continue reading Expressions with the Verb TO MAKE

Collocations/Expressions, Grammar, Vocabulary

Say vs. Tell: What’s the Difference?

  SAY and TELL are similar - they are used to communicate information. So what's the difference? The major difference is TELL can include the listener. SAY typically does not include the listener, only what is being said. (Incorrect)   She said me to call her. (Correct)      She told me to call her. TELL TELL is… Continue reading Say vs. Tell: What’s the Difference?

A visual chart to show expressions that use the verb take in english
Speaking, Vocabulary

Visual Vocabulary – Common English Expressions with TAKE

Take a few minutes to think about the verb TO TAKE. To Take literally means "to bring something with you." Take an umbrella, or take a book to read, for example. However, many other activities use this verb, even though you are not really "taking" anything. Here are some of the more commons expressions that are formed with take. Take… Continue reading Visual Vocabulary – Common English Expressions with TAKE

difference between going to and will
Grammar

Be Going To vs. Will for the Future Tense: What’s the Difference?

Robot: What are you going to do today? Astronaut: I'm going to visit the sun. R: But it's too hot! You'll burn up! A: I'll be fine. I'm going to go at night.

How to choose the correct verb for sports and activities
Vocabulary

Go, Do, or Play? Verbs for Sports and Activities

What are your favorite sports and activities? I love yoga, surfing, and volleyball. But if I want to talk about these activities, I need THREE different verbs! How to choose? Read on to find out.

Grammar, Prepositions, Vocabulary

In, On, or At? Prepositions for Transportation, Location, Time, and Technology

English students sometimes feel lost when using the prepositions in, on, and at. Luckily, there are a few rules you can follow (most of the time!). Prepositions can be learned by topic. Topics can include transportation, location, time and date, and technology.

Grammar

Do You or Are You? Choosing the Correct Verb When Asking Questions in the Present Tense

Students often confuse the verbs to do and to be when asking questions. Do you know the difference between Do you...? and Are you...?