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Dutch Loan Words


When you think of the Netherlands, what do you picture? Do you think of tulips, windmills, bicycles, and canals? Or do you think of the Dutch masters and van Gogh? Did you know that about 1% of English words come from Dutch, and that there are many Dutch loan words in English? A couple of them may surprise you. Check out the most popular Dutch loan words below!   Aloof   Aloof comes to English from the Middle Dutch word lof, which means a windward direction. Nowadays, we use the word aloof to talk about someone who is cold or [...]

Dutch Loan Words2019-11-14T09:04:09+00:00

How to Use Quotation Marks


Do you know how to quote (cite) someone in your writing- whether in business, academia or in informal situations? Knowing how to use quotation marks – these -> “….” can help you write clearly and talk about what other people have said. They're an extremely useful part of writing, so it's important to know how to use quotation marks correctly.   Whether you're a student who is learning about quotation marks for the first time, or a native speaker who wants a refresher (to review, learn again) on how to use quotation marks properly, keep reading to find out how [...]

How to Use Quotation Marks2019-10-31T04:14:49+00:00

Expressing Ideas in English


We all have ideas about how things should be done. Sometimes our ideas differ from others and that's ok! What's important is that we have effective ways of exchanging ideas in English. Do you have some ideas that you'd like to communicate (express yourself, talk) to people? Do you like someone else's idea? Or do you disagree with someone, perhaps? Here are some phrases that can help you say what you think in a positive, constructive (helpful for everyone) way. I Couldn't Agree More Did someone propose (suggest) a great idea in a meeting? Or did a friend come up with a fantastic (great, wonderful) plan for the [...]

Expressing Ideas in English2019-10-29T01:29:11+00:00

How to Talk about Secrets in English


We all have secrets. There are simply some things that we don't like talking about that we would much rather keep to ourselves (not tell anyone). However, it can be very therapeutic to talk about our secrets with a close friend or family member, so it's important to know how to talk about secrets in English. Secrets aren't always meant to be shared (talked about), but it can be a good feeling when they are! Here are some phrases we use to talk about secrets in English. Divulge a Secret When you finally tell someone a secret, you can use [...]

How to Talk about Secrets in English2019-10-17T04:10:41+00:00

Idioms from Greek Mythology


Here at Bespeaking, you know we love our idioms. They're both a great way to express yourself and fantastic for immersing yourself in a language. English is full of idioms, and some of the most common ones you'll hear are idioms from Greek mythology.   The Ancient Greeks had an enormous influence on society as we know it today. It was the birthplace of Western civilization, and therefore, also left us with some pretty great idioms. Here are some of our favorite idioms from Greek mythology:   Achilles Heel   Do you have a weak spot? Some part of your [...]

Idioms from Greek Mythology2019-10-10T11:47:59+00:00

Going Grocery Shopping – Easy English


I love going grocery shopping. There are so many different kinds of food in the grocery store (supermarket). I really enjoy seeing all the different fruits, vegetables, and snacks that are available. There is so much variety in the aisles (rows of shelves that hold the groceries). Going grocery shopping in English is easy for me, but when I want to go grocery shopping in a foreign country, it can be difficult.   If you don't know the names of certain (specific, special, exact) foods, they can be hard to find (or ask for them!) in a store. It can be [...]

Going Grocery Shopping – Easy English2019-10-03T09:10:14+00:00

Going to the Movies in English


How often do you go to the movies? Or when was the last time you went to the movie theater? Because going to the movies can be so expensive, I don't go that often. I only tend to go to the cinema when a movie that I really want to see is out. I then treat it (think of it) like a night out: I'll go out for dinner, get some snacks at the movies, and maybe go for a drink afterwards.   If you like going to the movies, here's some English vocabulary for going to the movies you [...]

Going to the Movies in English2019-09-26T06:54:29+00:00

Root Word Lig – to tie / bind


Have you ever heard the phrase "the ties that bind?" It's used to talk about the connections that people have that keep them together, such as how siblings (sisters and brothers) know each other so well because they have the shared experience of growing up. But thinking of the phrase "the ties that bind" is a great way to remember the root word lig.   The root word lig comes from Latin and means to tie or bind something. There are many words in English that use the root word lig, and many of them talk about relationships, responsibilities, and [...]

Root Word Lig – to tie / bind2019-09-19T07:01:23+00:00

Office Supplies Vocabulary


While fall (autumn-UK) is back-to-school time and parents are running around getting their children's school supplies in order, every Monday seems to be "back-to-office" time for adults. Since we’ve already covered some back-to-school vocabulary in Easy English, we thought it would be a good idea to talk about office supplies vocabulary this week.   A lot of office supplies and school supplies are similar, if not the same, so they're all very useful words to know. If you've been wondering what that “thing” on your desk that makes holes in paper is called in English, for example, check out some [...]

Office Supplies Vocabulary2019-09-12T12:27:22+00:00

Back to School Vocabulary: Easy English Blog


It's that time of year again! It's time for kids to go back to school. At this time of year, lots of stores have back-to-school sales (special prices). Teachers may send home lists of school supplies (things you need to do a job) that students need. Because it's back-to-school time, we put together some back-to-school vocabulary for you.   I always love back-to-school time. It's the beginning of fall, which is my favorite season. People go back into a routine (set schedule). And I can start wearing sweaters again! What do you like about back-to-school season?   Notebook (lined/blank)   At [...]

Back to School Vocabulary: Easy English Blog2019-09-05T08:37:14+00:00

Gym English- Vocabulary for at the Gym


Are you a fitness junkie (addict, do a lot of sport)? Do you like spending your spare (extra) time at the gym getting fit? If you do, then you may need some vocabulary when you go to a fitness center: gym English.   It took me a long time to enjoy fitness. I could never find a sport I liked, but I finally have, and I've been really enjoying working on my fitness during the week. It's so satisfying (a good feeling) to see yourself getting stronger (building muscle, losing weight).   Whether you're already a gym bunny (gym rat, [...]

Gym English- Vocabulary for at the Gym2019-08-29T08:17:53+00:00

Japanese Loan Words in English


Japan is one of those countries that always seems so far away. Travelling to Japan has been on my bucket list (something you want to do) for years, and I really hope I make it there one day. Luckily for us though, there are many Japanese loan words in English that help Japan feel just a little closer.   One of my favorite things in English is how many words we have borrowed from other languages- German, French, Yiddish, Spanish, Latin and Scandinavian. They help make English unique, and may even inspire you to learn a new language!   If [...]

Japanese Loan Words in English2019-08-22T09:23:24+00:00