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Coronavirus Pandemic Vocabulary in English – Part 2

2021-04-19T21:47:09+01:00

For the past year, the coronavirus pandemic has pretty much taken over our lives. The whole world has changed to try to keep the virus from spreading  (going to more people). And with that change comes a whole new list of vocabulary that we now use in our day-to-day lives. Last week, we covered some coronavirus pandemic vocabulary, which you can find here in case (if) you missed it. Because the coronavirus is a hot (popular) topic these days, we decided to cover even more coronavirus pandemic vocabulary this week. Here is some of the coronavirus pandemic vocabulary that we [...]

Coronavirus Pandemic Vocabulary in English – Part 22021-04-19T21:47:09+01:00

Coronavirus Vocabulary in English

2021-04-13T19:43:52+01:00

The coronavirus has been on everyone's lips (everyone's been talking about it) for the last year. When the coronavirus pandemic hit (started), our world completely changed. People stopped meeting friends, restaurants and entertainment places closed, and we all started doing much more at home. Now that we have been in the pandemic for more than a year, there is plenty of coronavirus vocabulary that we all use every day that we didn't even know about in January 2020. Our lives have changed significantly (a lot). Many of us are still spending most of our time at home, but hopefully we [...]

Coronavirus Vocabulary in English2021-04-13T19:43:52+01:00

Table Manners in English

2021-04-08T08:52:44+01:00

We have a saying in English -- "Manners maketh man." It means that your manners make you who you are and help to form (shape, make) someone's opinion of you (what they think of you). Manners are things like saying please and thank you, but having good manners doesn't stop there. Manners are also how you conduct yourself (how you act) in public and especially when you're eating. Having good table manners is a great thing to have, but what counts as good table manners varies (changes) from country to country and from culture to culture. So what are some [...]

Table Manners in English2021-04-08T08:52:44+01:00

Italian Loan Words in English – Easy English

2021-03-31T15:42:50+01:00

Italy has given a lot of different things to global culture. The food, the art, the music, and the history of Italy are all well known (famous) around the world. People love to eat at their favorite Italian restaurant on the weekends. Italian painters are some of the most famous in the world. And the Romans gave us many inventions (creations, new designs)! Since this is the case (true), it makes sense that Italian loan words are common in English. Here at Bespeaking, we love loan words and we really love Italy! We're happy to focus on one of our most [...]

Italian Loan Words in English – Easy English2021-03-31T15:42:50+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

Phrasal Verb: to go off

2021-03-18T08:57:48+01:00

Do you know any phrasal verbs? Phrasal verbs are very useful when you're learning a new language, but the meaning may not be immediately obvious (clear). A phrasal verb is a verb + a preposition or participle, which then changes the meaning of the original verb. Because the meaning of the original verb is changed, it can be tricky to figure out the meaning of phrasal verbs (for more on phrasal verbs, check out our blog with 22 useful phrasal verbs). One common phrasal verb you'll hear is the phrasal verb to go off. The phrasal verb to go off [...]

Phrasal Verb: to go off2021-03-18T08:57:48+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

How to Say “Sorry” in English

2021-03-07T23:20:33+01:00

We all make mistakes and learning how to say sorry in English (or any language) can be extraordinarily (very) helpful. From bumping into someone accidentally on the street, to what you could say to a friend, or what you could say if you offend someone (although we hope this doesn't happen), here are some ways you can say sorry in English! I'm sorry "I'm sorry" is a good, quick way to apologize to someone if you happen to bump into them (lightly touch someone) or if you have made a mistake. It's not too serious, as in you haven't offended (insulted, hurt their [...]

How to Say “Sorry” in English2021-03-07T23:20:33+01:00

Common Abbreviations in English

2021-03-07T23:22:01+01:00

In this busy day and age (current time), there are so many expectations on our time and so many (more) things we want to do, that we take shortcuts (use a shorter/easier way) all over the place. Think about it: emails are getting shorter, text messages are bare bones (almost nothing), and sending a picture is faster than explaining a situation sometimes. We just don't have the time we need anymore...even when we speak! (How lazy can we be??) Learning common abbreviations in English can take your language fluency to a whole new level. You don't want to use these [...]

Common Abbreviations in English2021-03-07T23:22:01+01:00

Silent Letters in English

2021-02-28T11:58:59+01:00

English can be one of the hardest languages to learn. So if you've decided to take on this job, kudos to you! With all the irregular verbs, similar words with different meanings (like affect and effect), and silent letters in English, things can get pretty hairy (complicated). To try and alleviate (get rid of) some of the confusion, we're talking all about silent letters in English this week on the Bespeaking blog. Silent letters can be tricky when trying to write and spell words correctly, but it is easy when it comes to pronunciation- especially when they aren’t pronounced at [...]

Silent Letters in English2021-02-28T11:58:59+01:00

7 Great Holiday Phrases: Easy English Blog

2021-02-28T11:40:55+01:00

Today is December 1st and that means we are in the holiday season (the time of year we celebrate lots of holidays)! Winter is here, Thanksgiving (in the US) is over, and it’s time to start decorating the house with holiday cheer! What are some holiday phrases in English that you could say to your old or new friends at this time of year? Here on our second Easy English Blog, I'll teach you! Here are some great holiday phrases to get you in the mood! If you missed last month's blog, here it is again - we wrote about [...]

7 Great Holiday Phrases: Easy English Blog2021-02-28T11:40:55+01:00
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