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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

Root Word Cult: to Grow


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

Root Word Se: Learn English with Root Words


Root Word Se: To keep something apart Have you ever had a secret that you want to keep away from someone? Or severed something from something else? Or even selected something? Then you have used words that stem from the root word se, meaning to keep something apart.   Root words are extremely important to know about when studying a language because they can help you to understand many words at one time, and think critically about what these words truly mean. If you're learning a new language and know some Greek or Latin root words, you may be able to [...]

Root Word Se: Learn English with Root Words2019-06-17T13:09:30+00:00

8 Parts of Speech in English – Easy English


8 Parts of Speech in English Ask a native speaker what a part of speech in English is and they may not know the answer. A part of speech is something that native speakers learn very early in school to explain the parts of a sentence. Sometimes, it's easy to forget the parts of speech- we don’t talk about them everyday. However, they're all necessary (needed) to build (make) sentences.   There are eight parts of speech in English. Every word in the English language is one of these parts of speech.   Are you learning English for the first time? Do you [...]

8 Parts of Speech in English – Easy English2019-06-17T13:10:29+00:00

Practice Speaking English Alone – Easy English Blog


Practice Speaking English Alone - Easy English You don't need to have a practice partner around you to practice your English. You always have a practice partner with you! Don't believe me? We have some ideas to practice speaking English alone so you can have some easy conversations with yourself!   Some people may think it's weird (strange, uncomfortable) to practice speaking English alone, but it's perfect and works really well. I do it all the time.   No one will judge (make an opinion about) you for doing it, you get to practice speaking, you can see how the language [...]

Practice Speaking English Alone – Easy English Blog2019-06-17T13:13:14+00:00

Were, Where, We’re, & Wear – Pronunciation and Meaning


Were, Where, We're, & Wear - Pronunciation and Meaning One of the biggest problems English learners face is pronouncing words that look or sound similar to each other- were, where, for example. I know that my students sometimes have difficulty hearing the difference between similarly pronounced words, and get them easily confused with each other, even though the meanings are usually very different.   Some of the most easily confused words to pronounce are were, where, we're, and wear. They can be especially tricky because they look and sound similar to each other. We want to clear up the differences between them, so read [...]

Were, Where, We’re, & Wear – Pronunciation and Meaning2019-06-17T13:13:43+00:00

V and F Sounds in English – Easy English Blog


V and F Sounds in English - Easy English Blog English pronunciation can be tricky (difficult, complicated). It takes a lot of practice to pronounce some words correctly. Two sounds that can be hard to pronounce (say) are the V and F sounds. For example, what's the difference between live and leaf?     Good pronunciation means that other people can understand you easily (very easy). This is important when speaking because you want to communicate well!     V (/v/) and F (/f/) sounds are paired together because they're in the same position in your mouth when you say them. [...]

V and F Sounds in English – Easy English Blog2019-06-17T13:16:25+00:00

Root Word Ject- to throw


Root Word Ject: To Throw This week, we'd like to focus on the root word ject, which means "to throw." A lot of common English words have their roots in the word ject, and if you think about what they mean, they usually have something to do with something being thrown in one way or another.   If you've ever studied a language, even briefly (for a short time), or participated (took part) in a Spelling Bee, it is very likely that you have encountered root words. A root word is the main word that a series of words are based [...]

Root Word Ject- to throw2019-06-17T13:17:13+00:00

Janus Words-One Word, Two Opposite Meanings


Janus Words- Two-faced words with opposite meanings There are all sorts of grammar, idioms, and phrasal verbs to learn that are specific to English. This week we'll be focusing on a particularly (especially) interesting point in English called "Janus words," or words that are their own opposite.   Janus words are named for Janus, the Roman two-faced god (January is also named for Janus), but are also known as contronyms, antagonyms, or auto-antonyms. Unfortunately there is no trick to help learn these words, so you'll just have to learn them by heart (memorize) or figure them out in context.   Here are [...]

Janus Words-One Word, Two Opposite Meanings2019-06-17T13:23:33+00:00

How to Use a Blog to Learn English


How to Use a Blog to Learn English Have you ever thought about how to use a blog to learn English? We've been bringing the Bespeaking blog to you every week for the past (almost) two years, and it has been our absolute pleasure (happiness) to do so. We are so thankful for every click, comment, and share!   Maybe you haven’t thought about it, or you’re a bit unsure as (using as and since to mean because) to how you could put the Bespeaking blog to good use. How exactly does one use a blog to learn English? Don't you [...]

How to Use a Blog to Learn English2019-06-17T13:25:59+00:00

Stay Motivated While Learning a Language – Easy English Blog


How to Stay Motivated While Learning a Language Learning a new language is like forming a habit (something you do without thinking). You have to stay interesting and engaged to keep going if you want to make progress. But what are some good ways to stay motivated while learning a language?   But just like forming a new habit, learning a new language takes motivation. You have to keep at it (continue with it) in order to get better. But sometimes you can get burnt out (have no more desire), lose your motivation, or even just get bored.   In addition to [...]

Stay Motivated While Learning a Language – Easy English Blog2019-06-17T13:34:45+00:00

9 Books to Improve Your English Vocabulary & Grammar


9 Books to Improve English Reading is an excellent way to improve your overall language skills. While books geared toward (aimed at) language learning are useful, the way you really become fluent is through practice and repetition. The best way to practice English (if you don't have a native English speaker around) is by reading books to improve English sentence structure, melody, and style!   Don't be intimidated by reading a whole book in English. You can start with books for children and then when you feel more confident, try a more difficult book or a book you’ve already read in your [...]

9 Books to Improve Your English Vocabulary & Grammar2019-06-17T13:50:32+00:00