Building your English vocabulary is essential to improving your fluency. That is a fact. If you do not know words, you cannot say much. The more words you know, the less time you need to think of what to say in a conversation. When you have a small or limited vocabulary, you will have to […]
There you have it, some street slang spoken with an American accent. The dialogue basically focuses on a number of vowels but mainly 2: /æː/ /ʌ/. Now usually vowel /æː/ is short but in some parts of the US and the speakers’ style, some Americans may pronounce it as a long vowel, they stretch it. […]
You probably think that by smart, I mean cool and humorous answers, no I don’t. By smart, I mean safe without being boring. When native speakers greet first, many learners stick to the same 1-syllable or 1-word come backs (answers). For example: How are you? fine. How’s it going? Good. How are you doing? Great. […]
Apology for this belated post. The 7th must-know BE phrasal verb is “BE+ABOUT” . First of all, the most obvious and straightforward meaning of “about” is “regarding”. 7-Be about… A: I’ve just finished reading a very interesting book. B: Really? What is it about? = What is the story of the book? What is the […]
Today, we’re going to look at “BE+AHEAD+OF” as an idiom as that is how it is commonly used. 6-He’s ahead of… Steve Jobs was definitely ahead of his time. = Steve Jobs’ ideas were way too modern, just as if they (the ideas) had come to him from the future. Now if we just remove […]
Though extremely common, using “BE + away” is pretty simple and straightforward. Basically, we use it when we want to say someone is not available. There are 3 prepositions that commonly succeed (come after) “BE + away”: 5-He’s away…(from/on/for) How often do you talk to your husband while he’s away?! = How often do you […]
4-I’m over…(over at/over with) I’m over her/him (girlfriend/boyfriend)! = I’m not thinking about her anymore (after the break-up). She means nothing to me. We also say it when we lose interest in something we were actually very excited about at some point: I’m over it ([it] can be anything). Example: A: How about another pool […]
Don’t miss Part 1 or Part 2. Part 3 of the 8 must-know phrasal verbs is pretty short, yet very important as all the other verbs. Practice, practice and practice. 3-I’m out…(out/out of/out on) I’m out of luck! = I don’t have any luck. Can you guess what these mean then? I’m out of gas. […]
What are you doing on the weekend? MEANING What are you GOING TO DO on the weekend? Okay, but how do we say it?
What did you get up to on the weekend? MEANING What did you do on the weekend? Okay, but how do we say it?