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Conversation Topics to Avoid in English When you're learning a new language, there are all sorts of things to keep in mind (remember, think about). New vocabulary, conversation starters, pronunciation tips... there's so much to think about when trying to form a sentence. However, there are a few things you don't have to wonder about at all! Mainly, there are a few conversation topics to avoid (not speak about) when speaking with native English speakers. Of course, these conversation topics to avoid don't apply when speaking with good friends, but it's always good to test the waters (try) first to make [...]
English Bathroom Vocabulary - Easy English Blog Learning English has a lot of ins and outs (details, parts). There's so much vocabulary to learn! Learning any language means you learn how to talk about all parts of life. Sometimes you need to start with the basics (first, normal things). In this month's Easy English Blog, we'll go over (talk/write about) some of the basics. After reading this blog, you'll be able to use all of the English bathroom vocabulary you need! The next time you need to talk about the bathroom, you will be well prepared. There's absolutely nothing to [...]
Root Word Cult: to Grow You may have heard the word cult in reference to extreme religious sects. I don't know about you, but I think a good documentary about a cult is fascinating! But did you know that the root word cult actually means "to grow"? If you think about the word cult when it comes to the religious meaning, they definitely grow out of a certain belief. If you take a look at the words that have the root word cult in them in English, you'll see that they all have something to do with things growing. Whether it's a culture that develops in a society, or viticulturists (people who grow grapes to [...]
A or An: The Rules and Exceptions A and an are what are called indefinite articles. Indefinite articles give us information about nouns. A and an tell us that there is only one of the nouns. For example: a book, or an apple. But how do you know which to pick? How do you know if you should use a or an? Are there exceptions to the rules? If you've always been curious, read on to find out! Indefinite Article: A You use the article a before singular countable nouns. It is also used before nouns that begin with [...]
Transitive and Intransitive Verbs If you're looking to deepen (improve, strengthen) your knowledge of English, it might be time to get into (understand, explore) some of the finer points of the language. That's why this week we’ve decided to take a look at transitive and intransitive verbs. Transitive and intransitive verbs are the two kinds of verbs in English. Here's a look at these two types of verbs, as well as how to use them. Transitive verbs Transitive verbs are the most common kinds of verbs in English. They are action verbs that take a direct object, which [...]
Portuguese Loan Words The history of Portuguese and English is long and storied. Many of the Portuguese loan words we have in English today are from the Age of Discovery, when Portuguese explorers (people who travelled the world to “discover” new land) were coming to the New World and interacting (talking) with sailors from all over the world. If you've been wanting to learn Portuguese, then you're in luck! With our blog, you'll be well on your way with all of the Portuguese loan words we have in English, and Bespeaking now offers Portuguese lessons. To help you get started [...]
New Ways to Say Happy New Year in English Christmas is over now and it's time to start looking towards a new year. We hope you made it through the Christmas season relatively stress-free, and that you were able to enjoy lots of time with your family and friends. As the new year approaches, perhaps you're wondering about some new ways to say Happy New Year to the people in your life. While we all know the traditional holiday greetings, they can start to seem a bit old and tired when you use them year after year. That's why this [...]
Commonly Confused Words in English We've said it before, and we'll say it again: English is a tough (hard) language to learn. So if you've decided to take on the challenge of learning English, good for you! You deserve a pat on the back (to be congratulated). One of the most difficult things about learning English is all of the commonly confused words. This can even be tough for native speakers! If you're learning English, and even if you're a native speaker looking to freshen up your vocabulary, these commonly confused words are great to have down pat (learn perfectly, [...]
How to Thank Someone in an Email in English Knowing how to write a proper (fitting, suitable, appropriate) email is an important skill to have in English. We write emails all the time, both in business and in our private lives, so knowing how to sign off (end an email) properly will leave a good last impression on your reader. That's why this week we decided to focus on how to thank someone in an email in English. In case you've missed it in the past, you can find more great tips in our blog in Formal Business Email language. [...]
Some and Any: What's the Difference? Easy English I always think the smallest words in a language are hardest to learn. Small words usually (often, a lot of time) have a lot of exceptions. They can also be very similar (the same)! So how do you know when to use them? How do you know when to use some and any? For example, what is the difference between, "We have some pineapples," and "We don't have any pineapples"? If you don’t know, or are not sure, read on to find out the answer! Some Some [...]