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. [...]
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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 [...]
There are many specific (certain, special) cooking terms in English, that you may not always know when you're learning. We already covered some common cooking terms here, but there are so many more that can be useful for you in the kitchen! So, we figured we would take another look at some of the most common cooking terms so you'll be able to talk about cooking like the pro (professional) you are. Here are some cooking terms you need to know in the kitchen: Broil To broil is to cook food with very high, direct heat. You usually broil meats [...]
Many people wear makeup every day. Makeup are things used to color the face. People can wear makeup on their eyes, cheeks, and lips. Makeup can cover up (hide) things like pimples (small infections). It can also change the way you look. Some people just like the way they look with makeup on! Putting on makeup is regular part of the day for many people. Do you like to wear makeup? Then you may find this makeup vocabulary helpful. If you don't wear makeup, now you can talk about it! Learn the most common makeup vocabulary here. It's always good [...]
Do you like going to a bar to meet with friends? I love going to a bar to see my friends, or to have a drink with my partner after work. There's a whole bunch of bar vocabulary in English that is good to know, but that you only use in a bar. If you've never been to a bar in an English speaking country, some of this bar vocabulary may be unfamiliar (unknown, new) to you. We've made a list of some of the most common phrases you'll only hear in bars. Keep this bar vocabulary in your back [...]
Do you like listening to podcasts? A podcast is like a radio show that you can listen to. Podcasts cover a whole range (lots of kinds of) different topics, and there's a podcast out there for everyone! I love listening to podcasts while I'm cleaning the house or going on a walk. If you're learning English, there are many podcasts to listen to in order to improve your English. Listening to a podcast can help you hear different accents in English, as well as listen to how English is spoken by native speakers. You can also let a podcast run (play) [...]