There are a couple points (topics) in English that even native speakers get confused, and when to use fewer vs. less is one of them. Knowing this difference may seem tricky (hard, complicated) at first, but once you know the logic behind when to use fewer vs. less, you'll know exactly what to do! Why do so many people have trouble with the difference between less and fewer? It could be because both words are the opposite of the word more. It's very easy to know when to use more. It can be used in any context and is not dependent on the nouns around it. For example: I would like to make more money. I [...]
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Wussten Sie, dass die englische Sprache, für deutsche Englischlerner auch eine sehr komische Sprache sein kann? Besonders, da es so viele merkwürdige Wörter (Adjektive, Verben und Substantive) im Englischen gibt, die einen schonmal zum Schmunzeln bringen können. Vielleicht sind Sie selbst schon beim Lesen eines englischen Textes oder Artikels über solch merkwürdige Wörter gestolpert, welche Sie noch nie zuvor gesehen haben. Ob es nun beim leise vor sich hin Lesen amüsant klingt oder die Buchstabenkombination eigenartig aussieht, es bringt einen ins Stocken, weil man das Wort nicht kennt. Oft sind es auch noch genau diese merkwürdigen Wörter, deren Bedeutung schwierig herauszufinden [...]
Do you like drinking wine, but feel intimidated (scared, insecure) by the wine vocabulary? That's ok! When you're getting into the world of wine, there is a lot of new wine vocabulary to learn, such as bouquet, body and finish. It can be a lot, even for native speakers of English! With this in mind, we've put together a list of wine vocabulary to learn if you're interested in wine and want to learn more about the world of wine. There's nothing to be afraid of when it comes to wine vocabulary in English, and we're sure that at your next dinner party, you'll be able [...]
Do you like to bake? Here's an opportunity to learn some easy baking vocabulary to help you. Baking is when you make bread, cakes, cookies, pies, or other types of food that use dough (a mixture of flour, water, and other things). Many people enjoy (like doing) baking. But if you're learning a language, following a recipe (list of instructions for baking or cooking) can be hard! There are a lot of easy baking vocabulary words you may not know. That's why we've put together a list of easy baking vocabulary. Learn these baking vocabulary words to help you in the kitchen, or read this blog on general [...]
English is full of idioms, especially animal-related idioms. Because our first animal idioms blog was so popular, we've decided to write about a couple more animal idioms in English. These idioms have to do with (are related to) horses, birds, and dogs, and are very common phrases in English. These animal idioms in English are used in many different situations and are very handy (useful) to know both for students of English and fluent speakers alike (both)! Take a walk on the wild side with these animal idioms in English: One-trick pony Do you know someone who only seems to be good at one task? Or someone that doesn't [...]
What are some of your favorite idioms? Learning idioms is a great way to get to know a language, since idioms are usually distinct (special, unique) to that language. Idioms typically (usually, normally) have words in them that seem unrelated, which make them difficult to translate. Idioms can be really fun to learn and help to deepen your knowledge of a language and a culture. Additionally (also), idioms come from many different aspects (parts) of life, and some of the most fun idioms are animal idioms in English. If you're learning English, animal idioms can be a great introduction to English idioms. Animal idioms are very common in [...]
These are strange times we're living in. Many of us are working from home and haven't seen our friends and family for weeks. We're all getting used to a new way of life and new routines. But this new way of life isn't all bad. Right now, we have more time than we're used to having each day, and you may have chosen to use this time to learn a new skill, get better at a hobby, or even just enjoy yourself at home. No matter what, now is the ideal time to learn some English vocabulary for being at [...]
We love talking about loan words in English. The history of where English gets many of its words is just so fascinating (very interesting)! We get so many words from other languages, but one often overlooked (not seen, not thought about, forgotten about) group are Chinese loan words. Chinese loan words in English are particularly interesting because many of them are literal (direct) translations from Chinese. Some of these Chinese loan words (or phrases, in some cases) are words or phrases we use every day and may never have imagined that they come from another language. If you're curious (want to know more) about Chinese loan words in English, keep [...]
Questions are an important part of language. But how do you know someone is asking a question? One of the best indicators (signs, signals, ways to know) is to listen for question words. There are seven question words in English: who, what, where, when, why, which, and how. Question words are a basic part of English and important to know. Plus (also), it is easy to see what a question word is because it is always at the beginning of a sentence. Question words in English help you know when or where something happened. If you want to know something, or are asked for something, you can use [...]
What do the words section, insect, and segment all have in common? All three of these words stem from the root word sect, which means to cut. Many different words come from the root word sect, and it's easy to see why, if you look at the words all together and compare them. Insect, for example, has the root word sect because it looks like insects are "cut" from three different pieces. An intersection, where two roads come together, comes from the root word sect because one road "cuts" another. This is just part of the reason why we love root words here at Bespeaking! It's interesting to see the origins of words and [...]
Have you ever read a superhero comic? Comic books have all kinds of sound effects in them, such as "pow!", "boom!", and "bang!" English is a great language for sound effects, and knowing the sounds things make can be very helpful. If you like to read or write, knowing the sounds things make can enhance (make something better) your experience. If you're ready to round out (complete) your language learning, check out some of the sounds things make in English. Crash A crash, which is a huge clattering sound, is usually used when something large breaks, falls, or runs into something else. Many things can [...]
When you first travel to a foreign country, there are some phrases and vocabulary that you learn in the local language. Phrases like, "how much does this cost," "can you help me," and "I would like to pay, please." But sometimes, there are some vocabulary words that are overlooked (not seen, not paid attention to) or may not be taught in language classes. Things to do with cars are one of these things that may not be taught in class. This is why we wanted to take this opportunity to focus on car parts in English, so that you are knowledgeable and [...]