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Vocabulary for When Food Goes Bad – Easy English

2021-05-05T18:02:12+01:00

Have you ever had food go bad? You probably have! Food going bad is a very common problem. There is certain (specific) vocabulary used for when food goes bad. Not every word describes (talks about) each kind of food. We thought it would be a good idea to talk about this. Which words do you use for which food? What do you say when food is bad? Here is some common vocabulary for when food is bad. Have you heard any of these before? Read on (keep reading) to find out more. Stale Have you ever bought cereal that has [...]

Vocabulary for When Food Goes Bad – Easy English2021-05-05T18:02:12+01:00

Vocabulary for the Eye Doctor in English

2021-04-25T21:34:26+01:00

Do you wear glasses or contact lenses? If so, then you probably need to go to the eye doctor every once in a while (from time to time). My vision (sight) is pretty bad, and the first time I went to the eye doctor in Germany, I definitely wished that I had had some vocabulary for the eye doctor! My first time getting my eyes checked in Germany was very stressful, since I didn't know what to expect and was working in my second language. This week, we want to save you some of the stress, so we've put together [...]

Vocabulary for the Eye Doctor in English2021-04-25T21:34:26+01:00

Coronavirus Pandemic Vocabulary in English – Part 2

2021-04-19T21:47:09+01:00

For the past year, the coronavirus pandemic has pretty much taken over our lives. The whole world has changed to try to keep the virus from spreading  (going to more people). And with that change comes a whole new list of vocabulary that we now use in our day-to-day lives. Last week, we covered some coronavirus pandemic vocabulary, which you can find here in case (if) you missed it. Because the coronavirus is a hot (popular) topic these days, we decided to cover even more coronavirus pandemic vocabulary this week. Here is some of the coronavirus pandemic vocabulary that we [...]

Coronavirus Pandemic Vocabulary in English – Part 22021-04-19T21:47:09+01:00

Coronavirus Vocabulary in English

2021-04-13T19:43:52+01:00

The coronavirus has been on everyone's lips (everyone's been talking about it) for the last year. When the coronavirus pandemic hit (started), our world completely changed. People stopped meeting friends, restaurants and entertainment places closed, and we all started doing much more at home. Now that we have been in the pandemic for more than a year, there is plenty of coronavirus vocabulary that we all use every day that we didn't even know about in January 2020. Our lives have changed significantly (a lot). Many of us are still spending most of our time at home, but hopefully we [...]

Coronavirus Vocabulary in English2021-04-13T19:43:52+01:00

Table Manners in English

2021-04-08T08:52:44+01:00

We have a saying in English -- "Manners maketh man." It means that your manners make you who you are and help to form (shape, make) someone's opinion of you (what they think of you). Manners are things like saying please and thank you, but having good manners doesn't stop there. Manners are also how you conduct yourself (how you act) in public and especially when you're eating. Having good table manners is a great thing to have, but what counts as good table manners varies (changes) from country to country and from culture to culture. So what are some [...]

Table Manners in English2021-04-08T08:52:44+01:00

Italian Loan Words in English – Easy English

2021-03-31T15:42:50+01:00

Italy has given a lot of different things to global culture. The food, the art, the music, and the history of Italy are all well known (famous) around the world. People love to eat at their favorite Italian restaurant on the weekends. Italian painters are some of the most famous in the world. And the Romans gave us many inventions (creations, new designs)! Since this is the case (true), it makes sense that Italian loan words are common in English. Here at Bespeaking, we love loan words and we really love Italy! We're happy to focus on one of our most [...]

Italian Loan Words in English – Easy English2021-03-31T15:42:50+01:00

Suffixes -er and -ee: Which is which?

2021-03-25T11:33:35+01:00

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between the suffixes -er and -ee? They can be very confusing when you're learning English, so Bespeaking is here to help you learn the difference! These suffixes turn up (are found) pretty often in English, so this is definitely something that will come in handy (be useful) if your aim is to become fluent in English -- or even just want to understand more about the language. Ready to beef up (add to, improve) your English knowledge? Then let's explore the suffixes -er and -ee! What is a suffix? Before we get [...]

Suffixes -er and -ee: Which is which?2021-03-25T11:33:35+01:00

Phrasal Verb: to go off

2021-03-18T08:57:48+01:00

Do you know any phrasal verbs? Phrasal verbs are very useful when you're learning a new language, but the meaning may not be immediately obvious (clear). A phrasal verb is a verb + a preposition or participle, which then changes the meaning of the original verb. Because the meaning of the original verb is changed, it can be tricky to figure out the meaning of phrasal verbs (for more on phrasal verbs, check out our blog with 22 useful phrasal verbs). One common phrasal verb you'll hear is the phrasal verb to go off. The phrasal verb to go off [...]

Phrasal Verb: to go off2021-03-18T08:57:48+01:00

Ways to Eat Eggs in English – Easy English

2021-01-07T12:20:43+01:00

Eggs are a breakfast staple (standard). I love having (eating) eggs at any time of day: breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They are so tasty (yummy, delicious) and can be cooked in many different ways. However, if you're learning English, you may not know how to order eggs in a restaurant. Ways to eat eggs in English is something you may not learn in a regular English class! Bespeaking is here to help. Check out (read, look at) these different ways to eat eggs in English. Then let us know how you prefer (like) to eat your eggs! Scrambled Do you [...]

Ways to Eat Eggs in English – Easy English2021-01-07T12:20:43+01:00

Heteronyms in English

2020-11-19T12:45:36+01:00

When learning English, there are a few pitfalls (confusing things, tricks) to be aware of. One of these are heteronyms in English, which are words that are spelled the same, but pronounced differently and with different meanings. Heteronyms in English can be very confusing, but they're good to be aware of. Heteronyms are everywhere (common) in the language, so we've put together a list of some of the most common heteronyms in English that you will see. Sometimes you'll only be able to tell the meaning of a heteronym from the context (words around it) so make sure to pay [...]

Heteronyms in English2020-11-19T12:45:36+01:00

Election Vocabulary in English

2020-10-15T10:50:31+01:00

Elections are an important part of political life and an essential part of democracy (a political system where people vote for politicians). Minor (smaller) elections are usually held once a year, while major (larger) elections are held every few years. In the lead up (time before) to an election, there's a lot of news coverage about the election, the candidates (people running for office), and their policies (ideas of how to run things). It can be hard to understand what's being spoken of in the news if you don't know some of the election vocabulary involved. This is where Bespeaking [...]

Election Vocabulary in English2020-10-15T10:50:31+01:00

Why You Could Use a Bespeaking Proofreader

2020-09-17T09:42:56+01:00

Have you ever written a text and then realized that it would be useful to have another person read it as well? This person could then give you feedback (thoughts, opinions) on what you've written, as well as look for any mistakes you may have made. If this is the case, then you may have been looking for a proofreader. A proofreader is someone who reads over texts to look for and correct mistakes as well as help people improve their writing. There are many different aspects that a proofreader can help with, and a Bespeaking proofreader is the perfect [...]

Why You Could Use a Bespeaking Proofreader2020-09-17T09:42:56+01:00
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