irregular verb flashcards
Vocabulary

Digital Flashcards Are Here, and I’m So Flipping Excited!

I recently transitioned to online teaching again, so I really needed a way to showcase my original deck of 68 irregular verb flashcards in a digital format. I found a great program on ProProfs.com that allowed me to easily upload my images to the free flashcard maker, and voila! I now have a fantastic set… Continue reading Digital Flashcards Are Here, and I’m So Flipping Excited!

English vocabulary for women's period and menstruation
Collocations, Vocabulary

How To Talk About Your Period in English. Yes, That Period.

Happy Women's Month! I am marking the occasion with an English lesson devoted entirely to menstruation. It's not a fun topic, but we do need to talk about it. It comes every month, and usually at the worst possible time. To the poor men who are still reading this, don't leave yet! Talking about periods… Continue reading How To Talk About Your Period in English. Yes, That Period.

esl card games for grammar practice
Collocations, Grammar, Teacher's Tips, Vocabulary

Variations on 4 Card Games ESL Students Will Flip Over

Breaking News! ESL Students prefer playing games to studying grammar. Thanks, Captain Obvious. Now, let's really drive it home: Hello, students! Raise your hand if you want to study grammar. (crickets.) Raise your hand if you want to play a game. (48 hands are up in a class of 24.) What have we learned from… Continue reading Variations on 4 Card Games ESL Students Will Flip Over

reflective writing to maximize online learning
featured, Online Learning, Teacher's Tips

From Zoom back to Room: Writing a Reflection To Maximize Online Learning

It might sound simple, but taking 3 to 5 minutes to write a daily reflection following each Zoom lesson is one of the most important ways to boost language acquisition in online learning environments.

Eight phrases with "back" for travel and how to use them like a pro.
Phrasal Verbs

8 Phrasal Verbs with BACK and How To Use Them Like a Pro

The preposition back generally means to return. But there are many different ways you can return something or somewhere! By using phrasal verbs like go back, get back, and come back, you can increase your vocabulary and be more specific in communication. Let's look at a few of these phrasal verbs with back in a fun short story about a trip to a tropical island. At the end of the story, there's a short quiz you can take to see if you really know how to use these return expressions like a pro.

Grammar, Vocabulary

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.

How to pronounce words like beer, bird, and bear.
Pronunciation

Pronunciation: Beer, Bird, and Bear

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Grammar, Phrasal Verbs, Vocabulary

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?

What's the difference between so and such?
Grammar

So or Such: What’s the difference?

Cats are so funny. You never know what they are really thinking about you, but we can guess from the look on their faces. They make such good expressions! THE BASIC RULE: S0 + ADJECTIVE When SO means "very," it is usually followed by an adjective. It's so hot today.The cats are so funny.She looks… Continue reading So or Such: What’s the difference?

the difference between history and story
Collocations, Speaking, Vocabulary

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?

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, 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, 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

go back or come back: what's the difference?
Collocations, 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, 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, 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, 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