Have you ever bought something that you later regretted (felt sad, upset about) buying? Or did you buy something you didn't actually need? If you've never returned something before because you didn’t know how, you may want to read on about returning something in English! We all need to return something at one point or another. I remember this topic being something I was very nervous about doing when I first moved to Germany. With that in mind, here are some phrases you need to know when returning something in English. I would like to return this, please. When you first need to return [...]
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As an American living abroad, I've become very aware of distinct American phrases I use on a daily basis. I have very few friends here from the United States, so when I use one of these distinct American phrases, I sometimes find myself explaining certain terms or phrases that I wouldn’t have to at home. In a tiny effort to help bridge (close the gap, explain) some cultural misunderstandings and to help you understand your friends from the U.S. more easily, here are six distinct American phrases you may hear and what they mean. Jump the Shark The phrase jump the shark is used [...]
Every language has shortcuts (short forms) of two words put together to sound like one word. We all use shortcuts in our mother language, not because we are lazy (not giving effort, energy) but because we sometimes put two words together so often (a lot), we say them fast. When we say it fast, it sounds like one, new word. In English, this is called spoken English. Non-native speakers have problems understanding these shortcuts – this spoken English. That is normal! Once (after) you know what the shortcuts are, you can understand the spoken English better. These shortcuts are not used in formal writing, only in speaking or informal situations. [...]
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 [...]
Common Cooking Vocabulary in English Do you enjoy spending time in the kitchen? Do you like baking or cooking to relax? If this sounds like you, then you just may need some cooking vocabulary in English. Sometimes I notice that I have gaps (whole, things I don’t know) in my German, one of which is cooking vocabulary. There are some things that they don’t teach you in class that you only learn by living in that language. This week, we hope to fill some of your language gaps with this cooking vocabulary in English. Boil When you heat [...]
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 [...]