July 1, 2020 Grammar

What Really Is the Difference Between British and American English?

To start, let’s clear up a couple of misconceptions about English. First of all, although there are considered to be different dialects of English, in reality the English language only really differs in accent and vocabulary. And often, the vocabulary differences between dialects are usually colloquial in nature. What does that all mean? It means […]

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June 19, 2020 Inspiration

Other More Creative Ways to Say ‘You’re Welcome!’ in English

Language offers up almost limitless possibilities in terms of what can be said, and that is especially true with English and it’s bulging bank of vocabulary. It is always a little disappointing then when the same stock phrases are repeated, adding a certain predicable monotony to events. Life is just too short for that. One […]

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June 17, 2020 Grammar

How to Make Comparisons in English

In any language it is an essential ability to be able to make comparisons. As humans, we do it all the time, contrasting two things to ascertain which is better, more suitable, or more desirable. Fortunately, in English, making comparisons is something that, grammatically speaking, is not only easy to do, but rarely departs from […]

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May 27, 2020 Vocabulary

‘Good’ vs ‘well’, And When to Use These Words

One of the challenges of language is getting an understanding of what is correct. But then, what is correct is not always what people actually say. A classic example in English is when differentiating between the words ‘good’ and ‘well’. The fact is, the vast majority of native English speakers have evolved their communication in […]

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April 29, 2020 Vocabulary

Words to Avoid When Writing About Food

Writing about food is one of those activities that may seem easy, but is actually a little more difficult than it can at first appear. Of course, all of the usual writing considerations must be taken into account, such as good grammar, the right tone, and correct punctuation. However, the vocabulary can be a challenge. […]

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April 9, 2020 Vocabulary

Going to

1) ‘I’m going to visit New York next year’ 2) ‘I think the Bears are going to win the game.’ 3) ‘I was going to go, but in the end I was too tired.’ Going to is a future tense in English used to signify an intention (sentence (1) above), or a prediction (sentence (2) […]

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March 10, 2020 Vocabulary

5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Business English

You may feel that you still have improvements to make in your English – business-focussed or English in general – in order to be fully successful at work. However, it’s not easy having a stressful job (or studying to get one) and having the time you need to dedicate to improving your English language skills. […]

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March 5, 2020 Vocabulary

Can VS Be Able To

Do you know the difference between ‘can’ and ‘be able to’? Well, to start with, ‘can’ is a modal verb, while ‘be able to’ is not. But what about usage? Let’s have a look: I can play the guitar I am able to play the guitar. Ability In these examples, they can be used in […]

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February 27, 2020 Vocabulary

More Original and Unique Birthday Wishes

Happy Birthday! One of the most commonly used expressions in English, and one of the easiest to recognize and use if you are a learner of the language. But it’s not very original, is it? Surely there are other ways in which you can say ‘Happy Birthday’ without saying ‘Happy Birthday’ if you know what […]

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February 22, 2020 Vocabulary

The Best Tech Tools for Learning New Vocabulary

Everyone is looking, directly or indirectly, to increase their vocabulary in English. And because of the sheer number of words available in the English language (over one million), there isn’t anybody who knows every single one of them, let alone the expressions that we can add to that list. The English dictionary list is constantly […]

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