With Valentine’s Day coming up, I wanted to share some great expressions and idioms for talking about love and relationships. Whether you’re single, married or something more complicated, there’s surely a phrase or two here that will tickle your fancy. … Continue reading English Expressions You Can Fall in Love With
Ordering drinks can be intimidating for a non-native speaker. Everything is moving fast, so you quickly blurt out your order. “I’ll have 3 beers and…um…uh…a mojito.” There. You feel pretty good. You said it right. He understands you and starts to make the drinks, but suddenly he asks a second question… Continue reading What’s your poison? Language for ordering drinks at a bar
History: The study of past events or people History is a subject that we study in school. We study the history of civilizations, important people, or topics, like the history of art. We only use the word history when referring … Continue reading History vs. Story: What’s the Difference?
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 … Continue reading Expressions with the Verb TO HAVE
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 … Continue reading Steal vs. Rob: Crime Vocabulary
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 … Continue reading Go Back or Come Back: What’s the Difference?
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 … Continue reading Expressions with the Verb TO GO
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. … Continue reading Expressions with the Verb TO DO
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 dinner make a sandwich, pasta, … Continue reading Expressions with the Verb TO MAKE
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 … Continue reading Say vs. Tell: What’s the Difference?