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Vocabulary for Buying a House in English


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 [...]

Vocabulary for Buying a House in English2019-06-20T15:40:54+00:00

English for Renting an Apartment – Easy English Blog


  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)/ [...]

English for Renting an Apartment – Easy English Blog2019-06-17T12:34:03+00:00

How to Talk about Hobbies in English


  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 [...]

How to Talk about Hobbies in English2019-06-17T12:35:27+00:00

Popular Mistakes in English


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). [...]

Popular Mistakes in English2019-06-17T12:36:18+00:00

Both, Either, and Neither


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 to help describe someone or something, and with two nouns to [...]

Both, Either, and Neither2019-06-17T12:43:02+00:00

Return Something in English


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 [...]

Return Something in English2019-06-17T12:43:28+00:00

6 Distinct American Phrases


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 [...]

6 Distinct American Phrases2019-06-17T12:43:47+00:00

Spoken English- Easy English Blog


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. [...]

Spoken English- Easy English Blog2019-06-17T12:44:19+00:00

Mistake Words in English


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 [...]

Mistake Words in English2019-06-17T12:44:39+00:00

Cooking Vocabulary in English


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 [...]

Cooking Vocabulary in English2019-06-17T12:45:18+00:00

Can, Could, and Be Able To


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 be able to Can Can is a modal verb, which can be [...]

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

Talk about Family in English – Easy English Blog


Talk about Family in English There's nothing better than family time. I always love getting to spend time (be) with my family. It's especially (very) nice when you live far away. When I go back to where I live, it's good to know how to talk about family in English. Every family is different. Some have a lot of relatives. Some have very few. No matter how many family members you have, we have some family vocabulary you can use to talk about family. Parent(s) Your parents are the people who raised (were there from baby to adulthood) you. You may be their biological or adopted (legally taken) child. But [...]

Talk about Family in English – Easy English Blog2019-06-17T12:46:03+00:00