Every year, I do a New Year’s Resolutions writing task. I ask my students what their goals are for the coming year, and how they plan … Continue reading Roadblocks To Reading in ESL and How To Pave The Way Toward Literacy
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?
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 … Continue reading Visual Vocabulary – Common English Expressions with TAKE
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. Continue reading Be Going To vs. Will for the Future Tense: What’s the Difference?
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. Continue reading Go, Do, or Play? Verbs for Sports and Activities