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Question Words in English – Easy English

2020-04-02T08:42:56+00:00

Questions are an important part of language. But how do you know someone is asking a question? One of the best indicators (signs, signals, ways to know) is to listen for question words. There are seven question words in English: who, what, where, when, why, which, and how. Question words are a basic part of English and important to know. Plus (also), it is easy to see what a question word is because it is always at the beginning of a sentence.   Question words in English help you know when or where something happened. If you want to know something, [...]

Question Words in English – Easy English2020-04-02T08:42:56+00:00

Weather Collocations

2020-02-27T12:28:29+00:00

The weather has an effect on our everyday lives. If it's raining, you may take an umbrella to work. If it's sunny and warm, you may wear lighter clothing. Weather impacts so much of our daily life and even the way we speak. In English, there are many different weather collocations (phrases) that are used often in conversation.   To help you find your way among all these different phrases, we've put together a list of some of our favorite weather collocations that you're most likely to hear. Read on to learn some new phrases you can use every day... no matter [...]

Weather Collocations2020-02-27T12:28:29+00:00

Vocabulary for Spring – Easy English

2020-02-06T10:02:54+00:00

In the U.S., February 2nd is Groundhog Day. On this day, we say that a groundhog (in the squirrel family) comes out of his home. The groundhog is supposed to predict (say something before it happens) an early spring. If he sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If he doesn't see his shadow, spring will come early. Whether or not (it doesn't matter if) the groundhog saw his shadow, spring is coming! This week, we decided to look at some vocabulary for spring.   Spring is a beautiful time of year. The weather can still be rainy and [...]

Vocabulary for Spring – Easy English2020-02-06T10:02:54+00:00

Arabic Loan Words in English

2020-02-18T18:36:10+00:00

One of my favorite things about English is how it's a wonderful hodge-podge (a big mix) of many different languages. The words we use every day have all different origins: some from Latin, some from Yiddish, some from French, and some from Spanish. One language that may not come to mind immediately when thinking about the origins of English words is Arabic, but many of our most common words come from this language. With this in mind, we decided to look at Arabic loan words in English. If you're as interested in loan words as we are, check out these Arabic [...]

Arabic Loan Words in English2020-02-18T18:36:10+00:00

5 Endings of Common Idioms

2020-02-18T18:37:16+00:00

We really love a good idiom. But sometimes the idioms we use every day have endings that we're not aware of (don't know). These endings of common idioms can add to the phrase, or may change the meaning completely.   We've compiled (put together) some of our favorite endings of common idioms for you to peruse (look through). Do you know these endings? Or are they new to you? Read on to find out what they are!   Curiosity killed the cat   Original idiom: Curiosity killed the cat. Complete idiom: Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back. [...]

5 Endings of Common Idioms2020-02-18T18:37:16+00:00

Travel Phrases for Beginners – Easy English

2020-01-02T06:56:32+00:00

Being able to travel is a great thing. When you travel, you can see new places. You can experience (do, see) new things and meet (know someone for the first time) new people. But how do you get around (travel, talk to people) if you don't speak English well? You can use some travel phrases for beginners! Knowing some travel phrases for beginners is great. They'll help you find your way if you don't know where to go. They'll help you find what you need. If you want to travel this year, use some of these travel phrases for beginners! "I don't speak [...]

Travel Phrases for Beginners – Easy English2020-01-02T06:56:32+00:00

Happy Holidays in Different Languages

2019-12-26T05:59:19+00:00

The holidays are upon us (here)! I love this time of year, because I get to see my family, eat lots of Christmas cookies, and enjoy different holiday traditions throughout the month of December. To help spread the holiday cheer this year, we thought we would teach you how to say happy holidays in different languages. Consider it a holiday treat from us at Bespeaking!   Learning how to say happy holidays in different languages is a great way to help spread Christmas traditions around the world, and if you're traveling over the holidays, knowing how to wish people well in a different [...]

Happy Holidays in Different Languages2019-12-26T05:59:19+00:00

Vocabulary for the Hairdresser

2019-12-12T09:24:03+00:00

There's something so satisfying about getting your hair cut. Going to visit the hairdresser (someone who cuts hair) can give you a completely new look if you decide to try a new cut, or can help make you feel like yourself again. But what vocabulary for the hairdresser do you need?   I remember when I first moved to Germany, I didn't get a haircut for a long time. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to talk about what I wanted or needed and would end up with a bad haircut. I would have loved to have had [...]

Vocabulary for the Hairdresser2019-12-12T09:24:03+00:00

Transportation Collocations in English- Easy English

2019-12-05T07:57:35+00:00

Everyone has to get around somehow. Some people drive, some walk, and some take the bus. This is why it's good to know some transportation collocations in English.   If you've ever wondered how to talk about transportation, this is the blog for you. Learn some of these transportation collocations and try them out (use them) in your everyday life!   Take a bus/train   When you travel by bus or train, you don't "ride with" or "drive" it. You take the bus and you take the train. I take the bus everyday to work, and I take the train to [...]

Transportation Collocations in English- Easy English2019-12-05T07:57:35+00:00

Texting Acronyms

2019-11-28T11:30:06+00:00

It seems like every week there are new texting acronyms to be aware of. New texting acronyms come up online or are passed from friend to friend, so they're important to be aware of. In July 2017, we published our first blog on text speak, in case you're curious about a few more!   Whether you're a big texter or prefer to call, here are some common texting acronyms to know.   BTW   BTW, or by the way, turns up online and in texts quite frequently. It's one of those great texting acronyms to know and use because it can [...]

Texting Acronyms2019-11-28T11:30:06+00:00

Food Idioms

2019-11-21T09:25:59+00:00

Learning idioms is a great way to learn a language. Here at Bespeaking, we love teaching you new idioms and their origins, and this week we decided to focus on some food idioms.   Food is a part of everyday life, so it's no wonder that food idioms are common in language. Here are some of our favorite food idioms in English.   Cool as a Cucumber   Someone who is cool as a cucumber does very well under pressure. They're able to keep their head on straight (stay calm) and think clearly, rather than getting flustered (worked up, nervous, [...]

Food Idioms2019-11-21T09:25:59+00:00

Weather Vocabulary – Easy English

2019-11-07T11:30:48+00:00

The weather is all around us. The weather has a big impact (effect, influence) on our daily lives. Is it raining? Then you should bring an umbrella. Is it hot and sunny? Then you can wear shorts. This is why knowing some easy weather words is so important.   We've written about weather words once before, but there are so many weather words to talk about! This week, we decided to talk about some more easy weather words. Hopefully after this blog you will be able to talk about the weather comfortably (easily, with no problems).   Mostly Sunny / Mostly Cloudy [...]

Weather Vocabulary – Easy English2019-11-07T11:30:48+00:00