used to vs. usually: What's the difference?

Used to vs. usually: What’s the difference?

When you have a strong understanding of how to use used to and usually, we can talk about 2 more similar phrases that students find confusing: be used to and get used to.

Yet vs. still: What's the difference?

Yet vs. Still: What’s the difference?

Learn the difference between yet and still with a quick video lesson.

Listen vs. Hear: What’s the difference?

Listen and hear are two verbs commonly confused by English students. Many times, we use both words in the same conversation. It's important to know what the difference is. Look at this example: A: Hi! Can you hear me? What are you listening to? B: I'm listening to Hotel California by The Eagles. Have you … Continue reading Listen vs. Hear: What’s the difference?

Speak the Language of Love: Vocabulary for romantic relationships

Love is in the air, so I wanted to share some great vocabulary for romantic relationships. You'll see these phrases on television, in movies, and of course, whenever people talk about being in love.  No matter what stage of a relationship you're in––single, dating, married, or something else (it's complicated)––there are creative ways to describe your … Continue reading Speak the Language of Love: Vocabulary for romantic relationships

Borrow or Lend: What’s the difference?

It's easy to confuse these two terms. They are used when we give or take something that will be returned (Well, we hope it will!) LEND = Give To lend is to give someone something for a short time. Lend requires a direct pronoun (money, a phone, a sweater, etc.) and an indirect object pronoun (me, … Continue reading Borrow or Lend: What’s the difference?

vocabulary for ordering drinks at a bar

What’s Your Poison? Vocabulary for ordering drinks at a bar

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...

history vs. story

History vs. Story: What’s the Difference?

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 to major events or people from the past. HIS-tuh-ree I studied art history in college. … Continue reading History vs. Story: What’s the Difference?

Tricky Verbs: Fall, Feel, Fill

These three verbs are often confusing, especially when it comes to past tense forms and pronunciation. Let's look at the differences and practice using them. Fall Fall has an "Aww" sound. Practice the following sentence: Aww, did the baby fall? Feel Feel has a hard EEE sound. You need to smile when you say this … Continue reading Tricky Verbs: Fall, Feel, Fill

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

Still vs. Until: What's the difference?

Still Or Until: What’s the Dif?

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.

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

8 Words Commonly Mispronounced in English

8 Words Commonly Mispronounced by English Learners

English is not an easy language to speak. Because English borrows words from many different languages, the rules for how a word is pronounced can change, depending on the origin of the word, the meaning of the word, or even the region where the word is spoken. English pronunciation is difficult for different speakers as … Continue reading 8 Words Commonly Mispronounced by English Learners

What's the difference between go back and come back?

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to choose the correct verb for sports and activities

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.

In, On, or At? How To Use 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.