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. [...]
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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 [...]
Mistake Words in English As much as we may like to be, we can't be perfect all the time. We're only human, and humans make mistakes. That means we say or do something wrong. That's why we decided to introduce you to some mistake words in English. The next time you make a mistake, slip up, or an error, you'll have the vocabulary to describe what happened. Mistake A mistake is something that is wrong or incorrect, and usually done on accident (not on purpose). People don't mean to make a mistake, but sometimes it happens! If you make a [...]
Common Cooking Vocabulary in English Do you enjoy spending time in the kitchen? Do you like baking or cooking to relax? If this sounds like you, then you just may need some cooking vocabulary in English. Sometimes I notice that I have gaps (whole, things I don’t know) in my German, one of which is cooking vocabulary. There are some things that they don’t teach you in class that you only learn by living in that language. This week, we hope to fill some of your language gaps with this cooking vocabulary in English. Boil When you heat [...]
Can, Could, and Be Able To How do you talk about ability in English? How do you talk about things you are able to do, like read, jump, play, or speak a language? This is where the words can, could, and be able to come into play. They're the perfect way to help you talk about ability. All three of these are very important to the English language, and we use them in everyday conversation very often. Make sure you know the difference between them to help improve (make better) your language ability! Uses of can, could, and [...]
Talk about Family in English There's nothing better than family time. I always love getting to spend time (be) with my family. It's especially (very) nice when you live far away. When I go back to where I live, it's good to know how to talk about family in English. Every family is different. Some have a lot of relatives. Some have very few. No matter how many family members you have, we have some family vocabulary you can use to talk about family. Parent(s) Your parents are the people who raised (were there from baby to adulthood) [...]
Angry English Phrases- How to be Mad in English While everyone would much rather keep their cool (stay calm, not get mad), sometimes it's just not possible. Sometimes something sets you off (sparks, starts to make you get mad), or sometimes you just have a bad day and you can't help (it just happens, you have no control of) getting angry. So, is there some angry English you can use when you are mad? Of course there is! While it's still better if you don't get angry, there are some phrases you can use when you do happen to get [...]
Intensifiers in English As we all know by now, English is full of great ways to say things. It can be a very descriptive (colorful, detailed) language, and there are a lot of different ways you can say something. But how do you make things even more descriptive? How do you say something was bigger or badder or more? This is where intensifiers in English come into play. Using intensifiers in English is how we make adjectives stronger and your sentences more descriptive. Here's how you can do it: Intensifiers There are a few different levels of intensifiers [...]
Loan Words from Irish If you've been following Bespeaking for any length (long) of time, you know that we love our loan words! Loan words are always fascinating (really interesting) because they help to show how languages work together and borrow (take) from each other... especially English. This week, in honor of St. Patrick's Day, we thought we would focus on some loan words from Irish. Some of you may not know that Irish is its own language, not just an accent spoken by the Irish people! We get some very interesting and useful words from the Irish language. So, [...]
Like and As in English: Easy English Blog How do you talk about two things in English? How do you talk about similar (almost the same) things? Do you know? There's a very easy way to compare things in English. To do so, you can use the words like and as in English. Like and as are prepositions or conjunctions. But they can also be used to compare things. If you want to know how these words work, keep reading! Like Like + noun = "similar to" or "in the same way" Like is a [...]
Homonyms in English: Some Tricky Ones English has a lot of things that can trip up (confuse) English students, and one of the trickiest ones are homonyms. Homonyms in English are words that are both pronounced and spelled the same, but have different meanings. This can be particularly confusing (hard to understand) when you're reading, as you have to use the context clues in the sentence to understand what is being said. Homonyms are a particularly advanced part of learning English, but we're here this week to help explain some of the interesting ones. Once you know what to look [...]