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Can VS Be Able To

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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How To Use ‘Yours Sincerely’ and ‘Yours Faithfully’

How To Use ‘Yours Sincerely’ and ‘Yours Faithfully’

It’s a common question: when should I use ‘your sincerely’ and when should I use ‘yours faithfully’ to finish my formal emails and/or letters. Here we provide all the information you need to make the right choice. The first thing to say is that these are both formal ways to finish an email or a […]

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More Original and Unique Birthday Wishes

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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The Best Tech Tools for Learning New 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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Ways to Build Vocabulary to Enhance Your English-speaking Fluency

Ways to Build Vocabulary to Enhance Your English-speaking Fluency

‘I just need more vocabulary.’ This is a typical comment from English learners. The idea is that it is vocabulary holding them back from reaching fluency. This may be true to an extent, but at that same time, it’s not totally accurate. The right kind of vocabulary is important to becoming fluent in English. As […]

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7 Over-used Adjectives and How to Replace Them

7 Over-used Adjectives and How to Replace Them

Adjectives are incredibly useful words because they help us describe exactly what we are talking about. ‘I have a talkative, older sister and a shy, younger brother.’ With a few simple words, I have described in considerable detail my position in the family and the personality of my sister and brother. However, some adjectives are […]

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How to Shop in English

How to Shop in English

Did you know shop is a verb as well as a noun? But usually, in English, we say do the shopping or go shopping, although you could also shop, or go to the shop, or go to the store. English! Shopping is necessary whatever language you speak, so here is some of the very best shopping […]

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How To Word A Request for Help

How To Word A Request for Help

Did you know that one in five adults in the United States suffer from some form of mental struggle every single year? That can range from feelings of severe depression to mild anxiety, but it is an incredible number, and if you are one of those 20%, then you can see that you are far […]

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How to Use Transition Words

How to Use Transition Words

Transition words. You know, conjunctions? Connectors? Linkers! Whatever you call them, these words are integral to the English language. Otherwise, every story ever told would read something like this. ‘Yesterday I went skiing. It was cold. I wore a warm ski suit. I went to the top of the mountain. I fell over. I broke […]

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English in the Restaurant

English in the Restaurant

Eating out is a great way to spend your time, wherever you may be. However, if this is something that you are doing in English, when English is not your mother tongue, there can be a few things to watch out for. Vocabulary is one, custom and culture is another. Here are some important things […]

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