Last week we covered (wrote about) some English medical vocabulary that you can use when you visit a doctor. But what words should you use for when you're sick? Having the right vocabulary to describe what you're feeling can go a long way when you pay a visit to a hospital, so we figured we would give you some more health English phrases to help you describe your symptoms. So when you're feeling under the weather (sick, ill), here is some health English to help you describe what you're feeling and help you feel better faster. Running a Temperature [...]
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No one really likes going to the doctor, but it's unfortunately a fact of life. Going to the doctor is something we all have to do at one point or another, so it's important to know what you're talking about when you arrive at the office. With this in mind (thinking about this), we're covering English medical vocabulary this week. We hope you don't have to use any of this vocabulary or these phrases anytime soon, but just in case you do, it's good to be prepared with some of this English medical vocabulary! Allergy Allergies can [...]
Do you love your birthday? I sure do! It's like a little holiday just for you. Your birthday is a great time to celebrate (mark, honor) you. I know a lot of people with summer birthdays, so I thought it was time to talk about birthday English. Here are some phrases you can use to talk about a birthday. Whether (If, in the case that) it's your birthday or someone else's birthday, these English phrases will help you celebrate in style and confidence. So read on for some birthday English phrases! To Blow Out the Candles It's [...]
Has anyone ever told you that you have fortitude? Do you put a lot of effort into the things that you do? Then you might be interested to know about the root word fort, or strong. We love root words here at Bespeaking because they're a great way to learn and remember new words! Root words like Ject, Err, Cult, Se give you terrific (great) insight into how words work and how they are related. Find out how the root word fort strengthens these words, with some help from our friends at Merriam Webster. Fortitude (noun) mental strength and courage that allows someone to face danger, pain, etc. For example: Her fortitude helped her [...]
Last week we talked all about vocabulary to rent an apartment in English. With that vocabulary already under your belt (learned, understood), we thought we would focus on vocabulary for buying a house in English this week. Buying a house is different to renting an apartment and you're going to need some new vocabulary in order (be to able) to do so. If you're switching (changing) from renting an apartment to owning a home, be prepared for some differences across the board (from beginning to end). Here's some of the vocabulary for a buying a house in English that you may need: Open House When you're looking for a [...]
Finding an apartment can be a fun experience, but it can also be stressful and challenging (difficult). It's doubly (two times as) challenging if you're apartment hunting (searching) in your second (or third or fourth) language. For just these cases, we thought some English for renting an apartment could come in handy (be useful). I found my current apartment all in German, and sometimes I even need to communicate in German for the upkeep (keeping up, maintaining) of the apartment. It can be really frustrating to communicate if you don't have the right words! With that in mind, [...]
What do you like to do in your spare (free, extra) time? What are some things you enjoy? Things you do in your spare time are called your hobbies. Hobbies are a lot of fun and help us relax. When you meet people, they may ask about your hobbies. It's important to be able to talk about hobbies in English. Sometimes, there are set (fixed, always the same) phrases we use to talk about hobbies in English. That means that there are certain ways we can say things. Here are some of the ways you can talk about common [...]
We all make mistakes. It's part of being human! When it comes to language, for example, there are some popular mistakes in English that turn up (happen) again and again-even among native speakers. This week we thought we'd take a look at some of these popular mistakes and set the record straight on (correct) them, so you can get speaking English with more confidence. There's some (shirts over there). This is one of the more irritatingly popular mistakes in English that I hear all the time...especially from native speakers! People love shortening words and speaking more casually, [...]
How do you talk about two things in English? Whether you're talking about two things that are similar or eliminating (getting rid of, deleting) two things, it's important to have the right vocabulary. For that we have the words both, either, and neither in English. Curious about how to use these words? Then read on to improve your English vocabulary! Both Both, quite simply, is an easy way to talk about two things at the same time. We use both in English to talk about one thing and second thing. You can use it with two adjectives [...]
Have you ever bought something that you later regretted (felt sad, upset about) buying? Or did you buy something you didn't actually need? If you've never returned something before because you didn’t know how, you may want to read on about returning something in English! We all need to return something at one point or another. I remember this topic being something I was very nervous about doing when I first moved to Germany. With that in mind, here are some phrases you need to know when returning something in English. I would like to return this, please. [...]
As an American living abroad, I've become very aware of distinct American phrases I use on a daily basis. I have very few friends here from the United States, so when I use one of these distinct American phrases, I sometimes find myself explaining certain terms or phrases that I wouldn’t have to at home. In a tiny effort to help bridge (close the gap, explain) some cultural misunderstandings and to help you understand your friends from the U.S. more easily, here are six distinct American phrases you may hear and what they mean. Jump the Shark [...]
Every language has shortcuts (short forms) of two words put together to sound like one word. We all use shortcuts in our mother language, not because we are lazy (not giving effort, energy) but because we sometimes put two words together so often (a lot), we say them fast. When we say it fast, it sounds like one, new word. In English, this is called spoken English. Non-native speakers have problems understanding these shortcuts – this spoken English. That is normal! Once (after) you know what the shortcuts are, you can understand the spoken English better. These shortcuts [...]