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 [...]
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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 [...]
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 [...]
Do you like to eat meat? Many people enjoy eating meat, which comes from animals. There are many different kinds of meat that you can eat. To help explain the different terms (words) we use, we wrote this blog about meat vocabulary. Some of these words you might have heard before. But some may be new to you! No matter what, we're sure this meat vocabulary will be useful to you. Check out this list of helpful meat vocabulary to help you prepare (make) a delicious meal! Beef If you want some meat that comes from cows, you don't ask [...]
There are a lot of words to talk about how we speak, why we speak, and the ways we speak. Some of these words contain the root word loqu, meaning to speak or to talk. Words containing the root word loqu can look difficult at first, but once you see the root word loqu in them, and know that it has something to do with speaking, you may have an easier time figuring them out (understanding them). This is why we love root words! Learning root words makes it easier to figure out what unfamiliar (something you don't know) words [...]
One of my favorite things to do when I move into a new apartment is to set up (decorate) my new rooms. I love arranging (placing) furniture around the room and seeing how it looks. I also enjoy finding new pieces of furniture to buy to decorate my house with. The furniture you choose can help you to express yourself (show your personality) to people who you invite into (ask to come over to) your home. When you're looking for new furniture for your home, wouldn't some furniture vocabulary come in handy? This week, we've decided to look at some [...]