One of the fun things about language is that it's always changing and evolving. New words emerge (pop up, are new) all the time – especially in English with the influence of non-native speakers on English. These new words allow us to say more, or say things more specifically, in an efficient way. In every case, new words change the way in which we communicate with each other. Some of the most fun new words are called blended words. Blended words in English may also be called portmanteaus. Blended words are essentially just two words mixed together to give us one, new word. This week we've compiled (put together, collected) [...]
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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 your partner to make dinner. If you're creating something, go for the word make. Do There are a lot of instances where we [...]
It's time to learn some English! Telling time is very important. Knowing what time it is helps us every day. If we know what time it is, we can be at work on time (punctual, at the right time, not late), meet friends, and make plans. So how can you talk about telling time in English? Learning how to tell time in English is a useful skill (talent, thing) to know. If this is something you need to know (or need to review (learn again)), then this is the blog for you! A.M./P.M. In the United States, we don't use what we call “military [...]
English has so many great phrases in it. They help to color our language and make it more fun to speak! But where do these phrases come from? Knowing the origins of common English phrases can make learning both more interesting and more fun, so keep reading! Here are the origins of some of our favorite, common English phrases. Run of the Mill If something is run of the mill, it's an ordinary, everyday-type thing. If you've had a week where nothing out of the ordinary happened and it was lackluster (quite normal), you've had a run of the mill type of [...]
Last week we covered (wrote about) some English medical vocabulary that you can use when you visit a doctor. But what words should you use for when you're sick? Having the right vocabulary to describe what you're feeling can go a long way when you pay a visit to a hospital, so we figured we would give you some more health English phrases to help you describe your symptoms. So when you're feeling under the weather (sick, ill), here is some health English to help you describe what you're feeling and help you feel better faster. Running a Temperature When you feel sick, you may feel [...]
No one really likes going to the doctor, but it's unfortunately a fact of life. Going to the doctor is something we all have to do at one point or another, so it's important to know what you're talking about when you arrive at the office. With this in mind (thinking about this), we're covering English medical vocabulary this week. We hope you don't have to use any of this vocabulary or these phrases anytime soon, but just in case you do, it's good to be prepared with some of this English medical vocabulary! Allergy Allergies can be very annoying, especially [...]
Do you love your birthday? I sure do! It's like a little holiday just for you. Your birthday is a great time to celebrate (mark, honor) you. I know a lot of people with summer birthdays, so I thought it was time to talk about birthday English. Here are some phrases you can use to talk about a birthday. Whether (If, in the case that) it's your birthday or someone else's birthday, these English phrases will help you celebrate in style and confidence. So read on for some birthday English phrases! To Blow Out the Candles It's customary (traditional) to put candles on a birthday cake. [...]
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 [...]
Last week we talked all about vocabulary to rent an apartment in English. With that vocabulary already under your belt (learned, understood), we thought we would focus on vocabulary for buying a house in English this week. Buying a house is different to renting an apartment and you're going to need some new vocabulary in order (be to able) to do so. If you're switching (changing) from renting an apartment to owning a home, be prepared for some differences across the board (from beginning to end). Here's some of the vocabulary for a buying a house in English that you may need: Open House When you're looking for a [...]
Finding an apartment can be a fun experience, but it can also be stressful and challenging (difficult). It's doubly (two times as) challenging if you're apartment hunting (searching) in your second (or third or fourth) language. For just these cases, we thought some English for renting an apartment could come in handy (be useful). I found my current apartment all in German, and sometimes I even need to communicate in German for the upkeep (keeping up, maintaining) of the apartment. It can be really frustrating to communicate if you don't have the right words! With that in mind, here's some English for renting an apartment. Rent (noun)/ [...]
What do you like to do in your spare (free, extra) time? What are some things you enjoy? Things you do in your spare time are called your hobbies. Hobbies are a lot of fun and help us relax. When you meet people, they may ask about your hobbies. It's important to be able to talk about hobbies in English. Sometimes, there are set (fixed, always the same) phrases we use to talk about hobbies in English. That means that there are certain ways we can say things. Here are some of the ways you can talk about common (typical) hobbies. Listen to Music Everyone [...]
We all make mistakes. It's part of being human! When it comes to language, for example, there are some popular mistakes in English that turn up (happen) again and again-even among native speakers. This week we thought we'd take a look at some of these popular mistakes and set the record straight on (correct) them, so you can get speaking English with more confidence. There's some (shirts over there). This is one of the more irritatingly popular mistakes in English that I hear all the time...especially from native speakers! People love shortening words and speaking more casually, and this is where this mistake comes into play (takes place, happens). [...]