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Heteronyms in English


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


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


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


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

Is English Vocabulary Hard?


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


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


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


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

Saying “Hello” in English!


As in any language, there are many ways of saying "hello" in English with different levels of familiarity (closeness) and meaning attached to them. Learning how to say hello in English is a necessary (essential) part of learning the language and will help you out immensely (a lot). Here are some of the most common ways to say hello- and when you should use them. Good morning/afternoon/evening This is a greeting that can be formal or informal, which is great because it means that it's versatile (usable in many situations). Coming into the office? Meeting someone for the first time? [...]

Saying “Hello” in English!2020-11-01T14:54:34+01:00

So You’re Traveling to the United States…


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

5 Ways to Improve Your English Conversation Skills


Learning any language takes a lot of work and dedication (commitment). But if you're willing to (want to) put in the effort to learn a language, it's well worth it! Speaking English in daily conversation is one of the fastest ways to do this, and will help improve your English conversation skills. If you're feeling like you're in a conversation rut (are stuck), and don't really know how to progress (move forward) in learning English, here are five ways you can spice up your English conversation skills. You'll be moving forward in no time! Find New Words Tired of using [...]

5 Ways to Improve Your English Conversation Skills2020-10-25T10:54:18+01:00

False Friends in English: Part Two


Did you love our post last week about false friends in English and German? Then just for you, here's part two. If you missed out, find part one here! And in case you need a little catching up as to what false friends are, they're words in languages that look the same, but have different meanings. If you're looking to expand (grow, make bigger) your language knowledge, here are six more false friends in English and German and their meanings! Wonder/sich wundern Do you wonder about differences between German and English? Could it be the difference between wonder and sich [...]

False Friends in English: Part Two2020-10-18T15:14:14+01:00
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