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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

Election Vocabulary in English

2020-10-15T10:50:31+01:00

Elections are an important part of political life and an essential part of democracy (a political system where people vote for politicians). Minor (smaller) elections are usually held once a year, while major (larger) elections are held every few years. In the lead up (time before) to an election, there's a lot of news coverage about the election, the candidates (people running for office), and their policies (ideas of how to run things). It can be hard to understand what's being spoken of in the news if you don't know some of the election vocabulary involved. This is where Bespeaking [...]

Election Vocabulary in English2020-10-15T10:50:31+01:00

Why You Could Use a Bespeaking Proofreader

2020-09-17T09:42:56+01:00

Have you ever written a text and then realized that it would be useful to have another person read it as well? This person could then give you feedback (thoughts, opinions) on what you've written, as well as look for any mistakes you may have made. If this is the case, then you may have been looking for a proofreader. A proofreader is someone who reads over texts to look for and correct mistakes as well as help people improve their writing. There are many different aspects that a proofreader can help with, and a Bespeaking proofreader is the perfect [...]

Why You Could Use a Bespeaking Proofreader2020-09-17T09:42:56+01:00

Meat Vocabulary to Know – Easy English

2020-09-03T09:17:21+01:00

Do you like to eat meat? Many people enjoy eating meat, which comes from animals. There are many different kinds of meat that you can eat. To help explain the different terms (words) we use, we wrote this blog about meat vocabulary. Some of these words you might have heard before. But some may be new to you! No matter what, we're sure this meat vocabulary will be useful to you. Check out this list of helpful meat vocabulary to help you prepare (make) a delicious meal! Beef If you want some meat that comes from cows, you don't ask [...]

Meat Vocabulary to Know – Easy English2020-09-03T09:17:21+01:00

Root Work Loqu: to talk, speak

2020-08-27T11:20:58+01:00

There are a lot of words to talk about how we speak, why we speak, and the ways we speak. Some of these words contain the root word loqu, meaning to speak or to talk. Words containing the root word loqu can look difficult at first, but once you see the root word loqu in them, and know that it has something to do with speaking, you may have an easier time figuring them out (understanding them). This is why we love root words! Learning root words makes it easier to figure out what unfamiliar (something you don't know) words [...]

Root Work Loqu: to talk, speak2020-08-27T11:20:58+01:00

Furniture Vocabulary in English

2020-08-20T10:31:00+01:00

One of my favorite things to do when I move into a new apartment is to set up (decorate) my new rooms. I love arranging (placing) furniture around the room and seeing how it looks. I also enjoy finding new pieces of furniture to buy to decorate my house with. The furniture you choose can help you to express yourself (show your personality) to people who you invite into (ask to come over to) your home. When you're looking for new furniture for your home, wouldn't some furniture vocabulary come in handy? This week, we've decided to look at some [...]

Furniture Vocabulary in English2020-08-20T10:31:00+01:00

Movement of Liquids Vocabulary in English

2020-08-12T21:09:44+01:00

Learning a language takes a lot of dedication (commitment) and effort. If you want to become fluent in a language, you have to learn a lot of vocabulary. Some interesting vocabulary in English has to do with the movement of liquids. Movement of liquids vocabulary, similar to water vocabulary, has to do with the amount (how much there is) of the liquid, and if there's anything blocking it (in the way). Are you ready to take your English to the next level? Then read on to learn about some movement of liquids vocabulary! Flow A liquid that has nothing blocking [...]

Movement of Liquids Vocabulary in English2020-08-12T21:09:44+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

The Perils of Word-for-Word Translation

2020-11-22T12:34:41+01:00

When I first started taking French in high school, and later when I switched to German at the beginning of college, my professors kept telling me that I shouldn't use Google Translate if I couldn't figure out how to say something. Of course being 14 (and then 18 years old), I thought I knew better and that I could fool them, so I translated a paper through Google Translate when I had too little sleep and a big deadline one night. Needless to say (clearly), that did not go well! While I still might think that I know better than [...]

The Perils of Word-for-Word Translation2020-11-22T12:34:41+01:00

To, Too, or Two?: Fun with English Homophones

2020-11-22T12:19:08+01:00

Have you heard of  English homophones? Do you know the difference between wound and wound? What about to, too, and two? If you do, you're probably a pretty proficient (experienced, skilled) English speaker. But even fluent speakers need a brush up once in a while! English homophones are two or more words that sound the same but have different spellings and/or meanings. Check out this list of English homophones and see how many you get right! To, Too, Two There are three different spellings for the word to (or too, or two), all pronounced the same way. To means expressing [...]

To, Too, or Two?: Fun with English Homophones2020-11-22T12:19:08+01:00

How to Speak Body Language

2020-11-01T15:13:49+01:00

Learning to speak a language isn't just learning vocabulary and pronunciation. It's also about learning to speak body language, learning facial expressions, and how you should react (act in response) to certain things. Learning to speak body language is an important part of any language and culture, so check out this list to get a well-rounded language learning experience! Crossed Arms If you're talking to someone with crossed arms, it could mean one of a few things. Either that position is a) super comfortable for them, b) they're thinking over something, or c) they're unhappy. This one has to do [...]

How to Speak Body Language2020-11-01T15:13:49+01:00

So You’re Traveling to the United States…

2020-10-25T11:28:14+01:00

With vacation season in full swing (at its height), it seems like a good time to talk about the United States. Whether you're traveling to the United States for business or pleasure, your tickets are booked, you've taken the time off, and your bags are just about packed. Now it's time to figure out some of the cultural differences. While it may not seem like Germany and the US are that different, there are definitely things that you should be aware of before you go. From some very small differences, to some very large ones, here are your travel must-knows. [...]

So You’re Traveling to the United States…2020-10-25T11:28:14+01:00
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