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5 Podcasts to Listen to If You Want to Improve Your English

2021-06-14T16:41:55+01:00

Do you like listening to podcasts? A podcast is like a radio show that you can listen to. Podcasts cover a whole range (lots of kinds of) different topics, and there's a podcast out there for everyone! I love listening to podcasts while I'm cleaning the house or going on a walk. If you're learning English, there are many podcasts to listen to in order to improve your English. Listening to a podcast can help you hear different accents in English, as well as listen to how English is spoken by native speakers. You can also let a podcast run [...]

5 Podcasts to Listen to If You Want to Improve Your English2021-06-14T16:41:55+01:00

Music Idioms in English

2021-06-09T17:59:49+01:00

Do you like music? Many people enjoy listening to music in their spare time (free time) or when they're at work. Some people are even talented enough to play music! Music is an important part of our everyday lives, and because of this, there are lots of music idioms in English. Music idioms are used every day in English. You'll hear them all the time! Learning some of our favorite music idioms can help to improve your English and help you become more fluent. Have you heard any of these music idioms before? Read on to learn more! Like a [...]

Music Idioms in English2021-06-09T17:59:49+01:00

Suffixes -er and -ee: Which is which?

2021-03-25T11:33:35+01:00

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between the suffixes -er and -ee? They can be very confusing when you're learning English, so Bespeaking is here to help you learn the difference! These suffixes turn up (are found) pretty often in English, so this is definitely something that will come in handy (be useful) if your aim is to become fluent in English -- or even just want to understand more about the language. Ready to beef up (add to, improve) your English knowledge? Then let's explore the suffixes -er and -ee! What is a suffix? Before we get [...]

Suffixes -er and -ee: Which is which?2021-03-25T11:33:35+01:00

Ways to Eat Eggs in English – Easy English

2021-01-07T12:20:43+01:00

Eggs are a breakfast staple (standard). I love having (eating) eggs at any time of day: breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They are so tasty (yummy, delicious) and can be cooked in many different ways. However, if you're learning English, you may not know how to order eggs in a restaurant. Ways to eat eggs in English is something you may not learn in a regular English class! Bespeaking is here to help. Check out (read, look at) these different ways to eat eggs in English. Then let us know how you prefer (like) to eat your eggs! Scrambled Do you [...]

Ways to Eat Eggs in English – Easy English2021-01-07T12:20:43+01:00

Heteronyms in English

2020-11-19T12:45:36+01:00

When learning English, there are a few pitfalls (confusing things, tricks) to be aware of. One of these are heteronyms in English, which are words that are spelled the same, but pronounced differently and with different meanings. Heteronyms in English can be very confusing, but they're good to be aware of. Heteronyms are everywhere (common) in the language, so we've put together a list of some of the most common heteronyms in English that you will see. Sometimes you'll only be able to tell the meaning of a heteronym from the context (words around it) so make sure to pay [...]

Heteronyms in English2020-11-19T12:45:36+01:00

7 Spanish Words Used in English

2021-03-07T23:35:13+01:00

We've said it before, but English is truly a wonderful language because it has taken on words from many other languages. It's one of my favorite things about English, and can make it a bit easier for new learners, since they recognize some words from their mother tongues. This week we’ll tackle (work out, handle) Spanish words used in English. On the Bespeaking blog, we've covered loan words from German (here and here), as well as loan words from  French, Latin, US vs. UK words, and even Yiddish. So we figured it was about time we rolled around to (finally did something) [...]

7 Spanish Words Used in English2021-03-07T23:35:13+01:00

When to use Affect or Effect

2021-02-28T11:16:02+01:00

You know this situation: you are writing a text and suddenly (in an instant) you can’t remember if you have felt the affect or effect of something. Or did something affect or effect you? Oh no! Don’t worry. Even the best of us make mistakes (errors, typos) sometimes, no matter our field (or native language!). However, this one is easy to fix. One mistake in English that gives even native speakers an unreasonable (not fair, not logical) amount of trouble is knowing whether to use affect or effect. Almost identical (the same) spellings, a similar pronunciation, and a similar meaning [...]

When to use Affect or Effect2021-02-28T11:16:02+01:00

UK English vs US English Words

2021-02-03T17:04:15+01:00

Over the past few weeks on the Bespeaking blog, we've discussed the differences between British and American spellings and pronunciations. To finish up with this series, we'll finally talk about UK English vs US English words. This one is particularly (very) interesting to me as I find myself using more and more British English vocabulary words the longer I’ve lived in Germany. I know that sounds strange, but as I've said before, most of my friends here in Berlin are British, so I've been picking up on (learning/using) a lot of their vocabulary over the past year. Between that and [...]

UK English vs US English Words2021-02-03T17:04:15+01:00

Everyday English Phrases Quiz Part 1

2021-01-10T12:03:44+01:00

No matter how good your English (or German) is, there are some things that trip up (confuse) even the best non-native speaker. This week we're bringing a bit of fun to the Bespeaking blog... can you translate these everyday English phrases correctly*? Try out this English phrases quiz, and see how many you get right! *brought to you by “The List.” If you know, you know! Mir geht's gut/ Es geht mir gut a) Me goes it good / It goes me good. b) I'm good. c) I'm doing fine / I'm alright / I’m well. d) B and C [...]

Everyday English Phrases Quiz Part 12021-01-10T12:03:44+01:00

How to Use More English Every Day

2020-11-29T17:23:41+01:00

If you're determined to learn English (or any language, for that matter), the hardest part can be using it consistently.  To use more English everyday, you need a plan. When I first started learning German in college, I complained a little bit about having German class Monday to Friday for an hour and a half. Then my dad told me that it was necessary to learn the language, as I needed all the practice I could get. As it turns out, he was right (thanks, Dad!). When learning a new language, you need to practice a lot. It's a "use [...]

How to Use More English Every Day2020-11-29T17:23:41+01:00

German Loan Words Part 2

2020-11-29T16:59:10+01:00

Last week here on the Bespeaking blog, we started our exploration into German loan words in English. And while we won't finish that this week (a teacher's work is never done!), we'll dive a bit deeper still. Here are five more German loan words in English. Are there any that you find surprising? Gestalt Did you ever hear the term gestalt mentioned in your psychology (the science of the mind) class in college? If you did, you have the Germans to thank for it. In German, Gestalt is a shape or a form, and this is part of what's behind [...]

German Loan Words Part 22020-11-29T16:59:10+01:00

Is English Vocabulary Hard?

2020-11-22T12:55:29+01:00

We're shaking it up a bit (doing something different) this week on the Bespeaking blog! People always ask me if German is a hard language to learn and my answer always goes a little something like this: “To an extent, yes.” The grammar can be quite difficult. But when it comes to English vocabulary words themselves, it's relatively easy. If we are talking about loan words, or words that have been borrowed from another language, English usually takes the cake as the "cool" language to borrow words from. But did you know that these five English vocabulary words are actually [...]

Is English Vocabulary Hard?2020-11-22T12:55:29+01:00

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