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How to Use Quotation Marks

2019-10-31T04:14:49+00:00

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

Do and Make Phrases in English

2019-08-08T11:25:22+00:00

In some languages, the words make and do are very similar, and can sometimes be used interchangeably. However, this is not the case in English. Make and do are two separate words that cannot be used to substitute (replace) one another. But there are some do and make phrases in English to help you remember when to use each word.   Make   In English, the word make is typically used when you create, construct, or build something. You will often hear the word make in relation to meals (prepared food). For example, you make yourself some lunch, or you ask [...]

Do and Make Phrases in English2019-08-08T11:25:22+00:00

Root Word Fort: Strong

2019-06-27T10:11:36+00:00

Has anyone ever told you that you have fortitude? Do you put a lot of effort into the things that you do? Then you might be interested to know about the root word fort, or strong. We love root words here at Bespeaking because they're a great way to learn and remember new words! Root words like Ject, Err, Cult, Se give you terrific (great) insight into how words work and how they are related. Find out how the root word fort strengthens these words, with some help from our friends at Merriam Webster. Fortitude (noun) mental strength and courage that allows someone to face danger, pain, etc. For example: Her fortitude helped her [...]

Root Word Fort: Strong2019-06-27T10:11:36+00:00

Both, Either, and Neither

2019-06-17T12:42:57+00:00

How do you talk about two things in English? Whether you're talking about two things that are similar or eliminating (getting rid of, deleting) two things, it's important to have the right vocabulary. For that we have the words both, either, and neither in English.   Curious about how to use these words? Then read on to improve your English vocabulary!   Both   Both, quite simply, is an easy way to talk about two things at the same time. We use both in English to talk about one thing and second thing. You can use it with two adjectives [...]

Both, Either, and Neither2019-06-17T12:42:57+00:00

Mistake Words in English

2019-06-17T12:44:40+00:00

Mistake Words in English As much as we may like to be, we can't be perfect all the time. We're only human, and humans make mistakes. That means we say or do something wrong. That's why we decided to introduce you to some mistake words in English. The next time you make a mistake, slip up, or an error, you'll have the vocabulary to describe what happened. Mistake A mistake is something that is wrong or incorrect, and usually done on accident (not on purpose). People don't mean to make a mistake, but sometimes it happens! If you make a [...]

Mistake Words in English2019-06-17T12:44:40+00:00

Can, Could, and Be Able To

2019-06-17T12:45:47+00:00

Can, Could, and Be Able To How do you talk about ability in English? How do you talk about things you are able to do, like read, jump, play, or speak a language? This is where the words can, could, and be able to come into play. They're the perfect way to help you talk about ability.   All three of these are very important to the English language, and we use them in everyday conversation very often. Make sure you know the difference between them to help improve (make better) your language ability!     Uses of can, could, and [...]

Can, Could, and Be Able To2019-06-17T12:45:47+00:00

Intensifiers in English

2019-06-17T12:46:48+00:00

Intensifiers in English As we all know by now, English is full of great ways to say things. It can be a very descriptive (colorful, detailed) language, and there are a lot of different ways you can say something. But how do you make things even more descriptive? How do you say something was bigger or badder or more? This is where intensifiers in English come into play.   Using intensifiers in English is how we make adjectives stronger and your sentences more descriptive. Here's how you can do it:   Intensifiers   There are a few different levels of intensifiers [...]

Intensifiers in English2019-06-17T12:46:48+00:00

Like and As in English: Easy English Blog- Bespeaking

2019-06-17T12:47:41+00:00

Like and As in English: Easy English Blog How do you talk about two things in English? How do you talk about similar (almost the same) things? Do you know? There's a very easy way to compare things in English. To do so, you can use the words like and as in English.   Like and as are prepositions or conjunctions. But they can also be used to compare things. If you want to know how these words work, keep reading!     Like     Like + noun = "similar to" or "in the same way"   Like is a [...]

Like and As in English: Easy English Blog- Bespeaking2019-06-17T12:47:41+00:00

Homonyms in English: Some Tricky Ones

2019-06-17T12:48:03+00:00

Homonyms in English: Some Tricky Ones English has a lot of things that can trip up (confuse) English students, and one of the trickiest ones are homonyms. Homonyms in English are words that are both pronounced and spelled the same, but have different meanings. This can be particularly confusing (hard to understand) when you're reading, as you have to use the context clues in the sentence to understand what is being said.   Homonyms are a particularly advanced part of learning English, but we're here this week to help explain some of the interesting ones. Once you know what to look [...]

Homonyms in English: Some Tricky Ones2019-06-17T12:48:03+00:00

Most Commonly Confused Words: Part 2

2019-06-17T12:48:21+00:00

Most Commonly Confused Words: Part 2 English is full of things that can be confusing. There are words that sound the same (like wear and where), words that are spelled the same but have different meanings (like right and right?), and phrases that sound confusing (like jumbo shrimp). Here is our second list of the most commonly confused words in English that throw even native speakers for a loop. Check out our first list of commonly confused words, too! If you're a native speaker, use this blog as a quiz to see how well you know some of the most commonly confused words. If you're learning English, use our [...]

Most Commonly Confused Words: Part 22019-06-17T12:48:21+00:00

Root Word Cult: to Grow

2019-06-17T13:17:36+00:00

Root Word Cult: to Grow You may have heard the word cult in reference to extreme religious sects. I don't know about you, but I think a good documentary about a cult is fascinating! But did you know that the root word cult actually means "to grow"? If you think about the word cult when it comes to the religious meaning, they definitely grow out of a certain belief. If you take a look at the words that have the root word cult in them in English, you'll see that they all have something to do with things growing. Whether it's a culture that develops in a society, or viticulturists (people who grow grapes to [...]

Root Word Cult: to Grow2019-06-17T13:17:36+00:00

A or An: The Rules and Exceptions

2019-06-17T12:51:11+00:00

A or An: The Rules and Exceptions A and an are what are called indefinite articles. Indefinite articles give us information about nouns. A and an tell us that there is only one of the nouns. For example: a book, or an apple. But how do you know which to pick? How do you know if you should use a or an? Are there exceptions to the rules? If you've always been curious, read on to find out!   Indefinite Article: A   You use the article a before singular countable nouns. It is also used before nouns that begin with [...]

A or An: The Rules and Exceptions2019-06-17T12:51:11+00:00