These are strange times we're living in. Many of us are working from home and haven't seen our friends and family for weeks. We're all getting used to a new way of life and new routines. But this new way of life isn't all bad. Right now, we have more time than we're used to having each day, and you may have chosen to use this time to learn a new skill, get better at a hobby, or even just enjoy yourself at home. No matter what, now is the ideal time to learn some English vocabulary for being at [...]
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We love talking about loan words in English. The history of where English gets many of its words is just so fascinating (very interesting)! We get so many words from other languages, but one often overlooked (not seen, not thought about, forgotten about) group are Chinese loan words. Chinese loan words in English are particularly interesting because many of them are literal (direct) translations from Chinese. Some of these Chinese loan words (or phrases, in some cases) are words or phrases we use every day and may never have imagined that they come from another language. If you're curious (want to [...]
Questions are an important part of language. But how do you know someone is asking a question? One of the best indicators (signs, signals, ways to know) is to listen for question words. There are seven question words in English: who, what, where, when, why, which, and how. Question words are a basic part of English and important to know. Plus (also), it is easy to see what a question word is because it is always at the beginning of a sentence. Question words in English help you know when or where something happened. If you want to know something, [...]
What do the words section, insect, and segment all have in common? All three of these words stem from the root word sect, which means to cut. Many different words come from the root word sect, and it's easy to see why, if you look at the words all together and compare them. Insect, for example, has the root word sect because it looks like insects are "cut" from three different pieces. An intersection, where two roads come together, comes from the root word sect because one road "cuts" another. This is just part of the reason why we [...]
Have you ever read a superhero comic? Comic books have all kinds of sound effects in them, such as "pow!", "boom!", and "bang!" English is a great language for sound effects, and knowing the sounds things make can be very helpful. If you like to read or write, knowing the sounds things make can enhance (make something better) your experience. If you're ready to round out (complete) your language learning, check out some of the sounds things make in English. Crash A crash, which is a huge clattering sound, is usually used when something large breaks, falls, or runs into something else. Many things can [...]
When you first travel to a foreign country, there are some phrases and vocabulary that you learn in the local language. Phrases like, "how much does this cost," "can you help me," and "I would like to pay, please." But sometimes, there are some vocabulary words that are overlooked (not seen, not paid attention to) or may not be taught in language classes. Things to do with cars are one of these things that may not be taught in class. This is why we wanted to take this opportunity to focus on car parts in English, so that you are knowledgeable [...]
Do you like driving a car? How often do you drive in a car? Whether you drive a car or not, you probably will drive in a car sometime. This is why it's important to know the different parts (pieces) of cars. There are many different car parts to know. You may know car parts in your native language, but do you know them in English? With this in mind (thinking of this), we've put together a list of car parts in English. Don't worry! We're not talking about technical car parts in English, but rather car parts you need [...]
The weather has an effect on our everyday lives. If it's raining, you may take an umbrella to work. If it's sunny and warm, you may wear lighter clothing. Weather impacts so much of our daily life and even the way we speak. In English, there are many different weather collocations (phrases) that are used often in conversation. To help you find your way among all these different phrases, we've put together a list of some of our favorite weather collocations that you're most likely to hear. Read on to learn some new phrases you can use every day... no matter [...]
I love going to special occasions where you have to dress up (wear special, nicer clothes) like weddings or fancy parties. They can be a lot of fun, and they're not something I go to every day. On occasions like these, men dress up, too. Men's formal wear is a little more complex (complicated) than women's, so we thought we would break down the essentials of men's formal wear in English. So that you're fully prepared for your next black tie event (an event where a suit is worn), read on to find out more about men's formal wear in [...]
When I first learned to knit, all the different knitting vocabulary took a while to understand. But once I had it down pat (understood it fully) and started knitting, I felt like a pro! Some may feel that knitting is an activity for grandmas, but people of all different ages get enjoyment out of knitting. I, for one, find it very meditative (relaxing, centering), and it's a great activity to do in the winter. It's really fun to be able to create something! Because winter is still upon us in the northern hemisphere, it's the perfect time of year [...]
In the U.S., February 2nd is Groundhog Day. On this day, we say that a groundhog (in the squirrel family) comes out of his home. The groundhog is supposed to predict (say something before it happens) an early spring. If he sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If he doesn't see his shadow, spring will come early. Whether or not (it doesn't matter if) the groundhog saw his shadow, spring is coming! This week, we decided to look at some vocabulary for spring. Spring is a beautiful time of year. The weather can still be rainy and [...]
For a lot of people, winter means skiing time! Many people take vacations each winter to get out on the slopes and enjoy the snow. Are you planning on going skiing this year? Then this list of skiing vocabulary might come in handy (be useful). Learn all the ins and outs (details) of skiing vocabulary so that you can enjoy your winter vacation! Powder There are a few different ways that avid (serious, regular) skiers talk about the snow that's already on the ground. Because the quality of the snow can have an impact on skiing conditions, it's [...]