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. [...]
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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
If you've been reading the Bespeaking blog for a while, then you'll know that we think learning idioms (turns of phrase, set phrases in a culture) are a great way to learn a language. One of the issues (problems) with learning English, however, is that there are a few different kinds of English you can learn. American English and British English are the two leading types of English for non-native speakers to learn, but people in Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and other English speaking countries have different ways of saying things, different slang, and different idioms from each other. [...]
What's your favorite country to visit? In Europe, one of the countries I like the most is Poland. I haven't been to Poland very much, but I've always enjoyed myself when I've been there. Poland is a beautiful country with excellent food, which has given quite a few words to English! We call these borrowed words loan words, and they're a great way to help learn a language. There are quite a few Polish loan words in English, and some of them I found pretty shocking (surprising)! I had no idea that some of these common words came from Polish! [...]
I've always loved watching the Olympic Games. The Olympics are, in my opinion, a great way to promote (advocate, encourage) international cooperation (working together). Because many countries compete (to take part in a contest) in the Olympic Games, we are exposed to (made aware of) many different athletes and cultures. Plus, you get to watch all kinds of different sports! That's why this week, I thought it would be fun to take a look at some Olympics vocabulary in English. The Olympics take place (happen) every four years. There are Summer Olympics and Winter Olympics, and different sports are played [...]
Last week on the Bespeaking blog, we talked about basic shapes in English. And we realized that when you're learning a language, sometimes you don't know the simplest (most simple) things. Teachers don't always focus on things like shapes or measurements that people use in their everyday life! With this in mind, we decided to take a look at measurements in English this week. Knowing how to measure things, especially in your second language, comes in handy (is useful) all the time! How do you talk about measurements in English? What do these measurements actually (in reality) mean? As always, [...]
Do you remember learning shapes (geometric forms) in school? Knowing different shapes can be very useful (helpful). Shapes can be a good way to describe (talk about) things. Especially (most of all) when you're learning a new language! Have you ever learned shapes in English? Maybe you did not. If you don't know shapes in English, this blog is a good starting point (beginning). Even if you know shapes in English already (from before), keep (continue) reading. This blog will be a good review (learn again)! Read on to find out (learn) more about different shapes in English. Square A [...]
There are lots of things we have to remember in life. Birthdays, what you have to do at work tomorrow, the plot of the book you're reading...I could go on. But we also have to remember lots of little things that we learned as children, such as which hand is your left one and how many days are in each month. Sometimes we can't remember all these simple things, and this is where mnemonic devices (memory tricks) come into play (can be used). Mnemonics in English (the first m is silent) are little tricks that you can use to remember [...]
Cleaning isn't the most fun thing to do, but it's something we all have to take care of from time to time. How often do you clean your house? Do you know the terms we use in English to talk about cleaning appliances (the things we use to clean with)? Keeping your house or apartment clean is an important part of everyday life, so knowing how to talk about cleaning is an important part of learning a language. If you're learning English and are curious about what to call the cleaning appliances you have around your house, look no further [...]
The internet has completely changed our lives. Many of us, myself included (me, as well), have grown up with the internet, and have never known a time when it wasn't around. However, the internet and the way people use it is changing every day. That means that there's always new internet vocabulary to learn! Think about it...if someone came up to you 25 years ago and asked you to "google" something for them, would you have known what they meant? Because the internet is so prevalent (common) in our lives, it's important to stay on top of (know about, stay [...]