Unfortunately, we don’t always get on well with the people in our lives. Whether (if) it’s a partner, a spouse, a boss, or a friend, sometimes we get in fights with the people we care about. It can be good to have some fighting vocabulary at hand (in your head) so that you can talk about and describe the fight later, if need be. It can also be good just to know how English speakers describe fighting. We hope that you don’t fight with people that often, and that you won’t need this fighting vocabulary! But it’s good to know [...]
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Dating is always a little bit funny (strange). You go get dinner or go to a movie with a complete stranger, talk to them, realize you either like or don’t like them, and then maybe you fall in love with them. I always find it interesting how the most important people in our lives start out as strangers and come to mean so much to us! Like many other things in the English language, dating has its own set of vocabulary to go with it. And you probably won’t learn this dating vocabulary in class! If you intend (want to) [...]
Learning a language takes a lot of dedication (commitment) and effort. If you want to become fluent in a language, you have to learn a lot of vocabulary. Some interesting vocabulary in English has to do with the movement of liquids. Movement of liquids vocabulary, similar to water vocabulary, has to do with the amount (how much there is) of the liquid, and if there's anything blocking it (in the way). Are you ready to take your English to the next level? Then read on to learn about some movement of liquids vocabulary! Flow A liquid that has nothing blocking [...]
Idioms (phrases) are a very helpful way to learn a language. They can help you understand better. Idioms are hard to translate (put in another language), though. Idioms are specific (unique) to each language. But people use idioms all the time! In English, there are a lot of idioms with get. You'll probably (most likely) hear them often. This is why we wrote a blog all about idioms with get in them. The word "to get" means to receive (come to have) something. You could get a present for your birthday. Or you could get a new pet. Get is [...]
English has been called a magpie language, since like the bird that collects shiny things, English also collects lots of words from many different languages. One of these languages is Hindi. People don't always think of Hindi as a language that has influenced (had an impact on) English, but there are a number of (many) Hindi loan words in English! Hindi loan words are more common in English than you may think. To help expand your knowledge of English, whether you're learning English or you're a native speaker, check out this list of common Hindi loan words. Some of [...]
We've said it before, and we'll say it again. Root words are a great way to learn a language! Root words help you get the feeling for (understand) a language, since you can see where certain words come from and then make meaningful connections with other words. One of the most common root words in English is the root word it. The root word it, meaning go, is the base of many words that we use every day, such as exit, transit, and ambitious. Since the root word it means to go, all of these words have either something [...]
We all know that English can be a complicated language. This counts double (is twice as true) when it comes to contronyms. Contronyms, also called Janus words, are words that have two distinct (different), opposite meanings. One word having opposite meanings can be pretty confusing if you're learning English, as (because) you can only figure out the meaning through context (the words/meaning around it). While contronyms can be tricky, we're here to help! This week, we've decided to look at some more common Janus words along with both meanings and examples to help you out. Learn these common contronyms and add [...]
Are you handy (good with tools) around the house? Do you like taking care of small projects that need to get done in your home? Then you may be in need of some tools vocabulary in English! These tools are very common when you're doing work around the house, so we're sure these tools vocabulary words will be useful. You'll know exactly what to ask for the next time you need to hang up a picture frame or fix a loose doorknob. Keep reading to learn some useful tools vocabulary in English! Hammer A hammer is a tool [...]
Do you like to swim? During the summer, it's fun to go swimming. When it's hot, more people hang out (relax, spend time) near the water. This is so they can keep cool (not be so warm). As the weather gets warmer (heats up), knowing the difference between types (kinds) of water can be helpful. That's why we've decided to focus on (look at) some water vocabulary. If you know different bodies of water (types of water), you can talk clearly about where you want to go to beat the heat (keep cool)! Expand (make bigger) your knowledge (what you know) of [...]
Learning idioms is a great way to become more fluent in a language. Idioms, which are turns of phrase (ways of speaking) that aren't directly translatable and are usually unique to (special to) the language, are a great way to learn more about a language and a culture. English is chock full of (has many) idioms, especially house idioms! There are many different house idioms and house-related idioms in English. You may not be aware of (know about) some of these house idioms, but they're great to know if you want to speak more fluently. Keep reading to learn about some [...]
We've talked on the blog before about when to use fewer vs. less, which are both opposites of the word more. Another similar set (group) of words are many and much. Many and much are used in very similar circumstances (instances, situations) to fewer and less. Many and much are used with countable and uncountable nouns, respectively. For a quick refresher on countable and uncountable nouns, an explainer on when to use many and much, as well as a short quiz, keep reading! Countable vs. Uncountable Nouns, and Many and Much Whether a noun is countable or [...]
English is such a wonderful mix of all different languages. Many words in English come from different languages, and we call these words loan words. One language we get many loan words from is Persian. Persian and English are actually related languages, since they're both part of the Indo-European language family. So it's no surprise that we share lots of words! Additionally (also), we're so excited to now be offering Persian lessons with Bespeaking! Because we're so happy to be offering Persian lessons, we've decided to take a look at Persian loan words in English. There are so many great Persian [...]