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Your 10-Minute Guide to Building Words Infographic

How many words do you know for build? Right, construct. Well done. But there are more. And what’s the opposite of build? Destroy, you say? Could be, but there are more precise words. Learn all the vocabulary in this infographic. And then do the quiz. Quiz Click here to do this quiz online.  Only one… Continue reading Your 10-Minute Guide to Building Words Infographic

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Word to the Wise: Industrious

industrious (adjective) – working seriously and with energy This word comes from the word: industry/industriousness (noun) – energy and seriousness in one’s working style (industry can also mean a branch of business). industriously (adverb) – seriously and with energy Tip Don’t confuse industrial with industrious: industrial (adjective) – made in a factory Here are some examples of how you… Continue reading Word to the Wise: Industrious

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What Are Some Words that Are Often Confused?

By Harriet Anderson and Jacqueline Schaalje Did you know that some of the most difficult words to learn are usually words that sound the same? Well, they are. The following examples are groups of words that are often confused, but great to know about when learning English: words that sound the same, or are spelled… Continue reading What Are Some Words that Are Often Confused?

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Do You Know the Correct Names for Professions?

Matt Biddulph Here are two quizzes about professions that I’ve put online. Click here for Quiz 1. Click here for Quiz 2.  Quiz 1 1. Someone who builds robots is an: ______________ 2. Someone whose field of study is physics is a: ____________________ 3. Someone whose job is design is a: ________________ 4. Someone who… Continue reading Do You Know the Correct Names for Professions?

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Zipf’s Law or Which English Words Should You Know?

Stefano Mortellaro  The Most Popular Words in English In 1935, the American philologist (= an expert on written language & literature) George Kingsley ZIpf formulated a clever law about the most popular words in any language. We’ll only talk about English of course, which is the only language I know really a lot about. What… Continue reading Zipf’s Law or Which English Words Should You Know?

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How to Use Slang Words and Expressions: British Slang

In a recent article I talked about slang and I gave you a list of American slang words that are used a lot. Now here are some common British slang expressions that you will hear in movies or when you speak to natives of the United Kingdom. UK (British) slang: Arse = ass (behind). A pain in… Continue reading How to Use Slang Words and Expressions: British Slang

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Unforgettable or Inforgettable? – Would You Like In or Un with your Negative Adjective?

Now for some bad news: There is no foolproof (= 100% certain) way to know whether you can make a negative word with –in or –un. Some words take –dis for the negative! For instance, the opposite of honest is dishonest. However there are two rules that you can use. Rule 1: Words with –able… Continue reading Unforgettable or Inforgettable? – Would You Like In or Un with your Negative Adjective?

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Stay Forever Young First: A New Year’s Wish

Happy New Year! Thanks for reading my Newsletter! Hope you’ll have a wonderful year with lots of improvement in your English, in your career and in love. Not necessarily in this order. Although I think English is the most important. J And may you stay young at heart forever! Listen to Joan Baez singing Bob… Continue reading Stay Forever Young First: A New Year’s Wish

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Describe What People Look Like Using Expert Vocabulary

Plus Quiz: What should you call people with white or black skin? Let’s learn some expressions to talk about how people look. Without of course being demeaning or racist, sexist, or any of these other bad things. You can talk about someone’s face, and about their body or physique. Talking about someone’s face: Open up… Continue reading Describe What People Look Like Using Expert Vocabulary

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