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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

Office Supplies Vocabulary


While fall (autumn-UK) is back-to-school time and parents are running around getting their children's school supplies in order, every Monday seems to be "back-to-office" time for adults. Since we’ve already covered some back-to-school vocabulary in Easy English, we thought it would be a good idea to talk about office supplies vocabulary this week.   A lot of office supplies and school supplies are similar, if not the same, so they're all very useful words to know. If you've been wondering what that “thing” on your desk that makes holes in paper is called in English, for example, check out some [...]

Office Supplies Vocabulary2019-09-12T12:27:22+00:00

Back to School Vocabulary: Easy English Blog


It's that time of year again! It's time for kids to go back to school. At this time of year, lots of stores have back-to-school sales (special prices). Teachers may send home lists of school supplies (things you need to do a job) that students need. Because it's back-to-school time, we put together some back-to-school vocabulary for you.   I always love back-to-school time. It's the beginning of fall, which is my favorite season. People go back into a routine (set schedule). And I can start wearing sweaters again! What do you like about back-to-school season?   Notebook (lined/blank)   At [...]

Back to School Vocabulary: Easy English Blog2019-09-05T08:37:14+00:00

Gym English- Vocabulary for at the Gym


Are you a fitness junkie (addict, do a lot of sport)? Do you like spending your spare (extra) time at the gym getting fit? If you do, then you may need some vocabulary when you go to a fitness center: gym English.   It took me a long time to enjoy fitness. I could never find a sport I liked, but I finally have, and I've been really enjoying working on my fitness during the week. It's so satisfying (a good feeling) to see yourself getting stronger (building muscle, losing weight).   Whether you're already a gym bunny (gym rat, [...]

Gym English- Vocabulary for at the Gym2019-08-29T08:17:53+00:00

Japanese Loan Words in English


Japan is one of those countries that always seems so far away. Travelling to Japan has been on my bucket list (something you want to do) for years, and I really hope I make it there one day. Luckily for us though, there are many Japanese loan words in English that help Japan feel just a little closer.   One of my favorite things in English is how many words we have borrowed from other languages- German, French, Yiddish, Spanish, Latin and Scandinavian. They help make English unique, and may even inspire you to learn a new language!   If [...]

Japanese Loan Words in English2019-08-22T09:23:24+00:00

Blended Words in English


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, [...]

Blended Words in English2019-08-15T14:35:19+00:00

Do and Make Phrases in English


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 [...]

Do and Make Phrases in English2019-08-08T11:25:22+00:00

Telling Time in English


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, [...]

Telling Time in English2019-08-14T06:58:30+00:00

Origin of Common English Phrases


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 [...]

Origin of Common English Phrases2019-07-25T08:13:42+00:00

Health English Vocabulary


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   [...]

Health English Vocabulary2019-07-25T06:48:30+00:00

English Medical Vocabulary


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 [...]

English Medical Vocabulary2019-07-15T11:02:34+00:00

Birthday English Phrases


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 [...]

Birthday English Phrases2019-07-04T13:10:34+00:00