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Even More German Loan Words You Should Know


If you've read this blog for any amount of time, you know that loan words are one of our favorite topics! German has given a lot of loan words to English, which we covered here and here. However, these blogs were written all the way back in 2016 (can you believe it?), and there are so many more German loan words to learn! If you've ever been curious about what other German loan words there are in English, then look no further. You've come to the right place. Here are some more German loan words that you should absolutely know! [...]

Even More German Loan Words You Should Know2023-07-02T13:52:45+01:00

English Root Words That Can Stand Alone


If you've been following the Bespeaking blog, you know that we love English root words here. Root words are a great way to learn multiple words in English at once. Since root words are the base (beginning, something to stand on) for many different words, if you know a root word, you can study and learn multiple words at a time. But did you know that there are some English root words that can stand alone (be by themselves, be used just as is)? There are many English root words that are both root words and have their own meanings. [...]

English Root Words That Can Stand Alone2023-07-02T13:46:25+01:00

Popular Color Idioms in English


There are so many different idioms in English, and we think that learning idioms is a great way to learn a language! If you learn idioms, you can learn the way that people speak to each other on a daily basis (regularly, every day). In English, there are a number of color idioms that come up (are said) frequently. If you're not a native speaker and you heard these idioms, you may not know exactly what the person means right away! But don't worry, we're here to help. Color idioms are said all the time, so it's important to know [...]

Popular Color Idioms in English2023-07-02T13:38:48+01:00

Home Buying Vocabulary in English: Part 2


If you've been looking to buy a home recently, or even just been binge watching (watching all at once) Selling Sunset, you've probably heard a lot of home buying vocabulary! The words and phrases you need to buy a home can be tricky, especially if you're working in your second language. We covered some home buying vocabulary before, but there's so much more you need to know! Who's the person who shows you around the house? What is it called when you see a house in the newspaper or online? There's so much important home buying vocabulary that it can be [...]

Home Buying Vocabulary in English: Part 22023-07-02T13:25:29+01:00

Thanksgiving Vocabulary in English


Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It's a great opportunity for family and friends to get together, share a delicious meal, and catch up after a long year. It's also a great way to express gratitude (happiness, appreciation) for the things that you have in your life, and the people you share it with. Because we love Thanksgiving so much, we decided to talk about some common Thanksgiving vocabulary you'll find in English. Thanksgiving vocabulary doesn't just have to be used at Thanksgiving. In fact, you can use many of these words at large family dinners or [...]

Thanksgiving Vocabulary in English2023-06-05T12:01:35+01:00

How to Buy Time in an English Conversation


Sometimes when you're having an English conversation with someone, words fail you (you don't know or you've forgotten what words to say). Once you've lost track (missed your place) in the conversation, it can be hard to start again! Sometimes you need to buy time (delay) in an English conversation. We're here to help you do just that! If you're ever in a sticky (complicated, tricky) situation when you're speaking to someone, use these phrases to help collect your thoughts. You can thank us later! :-) I'm sorry, could you repeat that, please? (ˈaɪm ˈsɑːri kəd ˈjuː rɪˈpiːt ˈðæt ˈpliːz) [...]

How to Buy Time in an English Conversation2023-06-05T11:56:39+01:00

English for Math – Easy English


I never liked math in school that much. However, math is very important! Because of this, knowing English for math is also important. If you have to talk about numbers, you'll have to use some English for math. In this edition of Easy English, we cover (talk about) some basic math terms. These will be very useful in your daily life, because we use math every day. So break out (get out, use) your calculator (tool to do math quickly), some paper, and maybe your dictionary. We're learning all about (everything) English for math today! To solve (ˈtuː ˈsɑːlv) When [...]

English for Math – Easy English2023-06-05T11:52:31+01:00

Vocabulary for Sleeping in English


Sleeping is one of the most important things in life. Sleep helps us recover from the day, and feels really good, too! That's why having some vocabulary for sleeping is important! It's good to have the right words to talk about important things in life. If you love to sleep, or even if you don't think you have enough time for sleep, learning vocabulary for sleep will be helpful if you want to improve your English. With this in mind, here is some helpful vocabulary for sleeping in English. We hope that this not only improves your English, but may [...]

Vocabulary for Sleeping in English2023-06-05T11:51:22+01:00

Vocabulary to Take Off Work in English


Who doesn't like to take off work? Taking time off work is really important, since it gives you time to relax and take a break. There are a few ways that we talk about taking off work in English, from calling in sick, to using your vacation days throughout (through) the year. How you take off work is up to you, but it's great to know how to talk about it with your boss, your friends, or your partner. No matter what you do with the time you take off work, here are a few phrases that may help you. [...]

Vocabulary to Take Off Work in English2023-06-05T11:47:24+01:00

Opposites in English – Easy English


There are many common opposites in English. Opposites are words that have two different meanings. We talk about opposites every day. They're a good way to talk about different things. They're also a great way to compare (talk about differences between two or more) things. What are some of the most common opposites in English? These opposite pairs will help you speak English more fluently. They're good to know! Let's dive in (get going)... Pass or Fail (ˈpæs ˈɔːr ˈfeɪl) Pass or fail are common opposites in English in school. It's what we use to talk about grades (scores on [...]

Opposites in English – Easy English2023-06-05T11:43:44+01:00

5 Great Antonyms in English to Know


Antonyms in English, or words that have completely (very) different meanings, are very common. We use them all the time, so they're a great way to get to know (learn) the language. Learning new words is always important, but learning their opposites is equally (just as) important! That way you always say exactly what you mean to say. If you want to say what you mean, these antonyms in English may be useful to you. Here are some common antonyms in English that you should learn, so that you can make sure that you're understood with ease (easily)! Kind/Inconsiderate Do [...]

5 Great Antonyms in English to Know2023-06-05T11:37:39+01:00

Even More British Idioms to Improve Your English


If you loved our blog on British idioms last week, then you're in luck, because we're back with even more! If you understand and know when to use idioms, you'll sound more like a native English speaker, since we use idioms all the time. British idioms are a bit different from American idioms, so it's good to be well-versed in (have a deep understanding of) what they mean. Have a look at some of these British idioms, and make sure to work them into (say them) your speech so that you can practice using them in context! In a tick [...]

Even More British Idioms to Improve Your English2023-06-05T11:31:57+01:00
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