Soccer Or Football?
Football or soccer? Soccer or football? Before we start with our list of football idioms, let’s throw some light on this. The quick answer is, if you are in North America, South Africa or Australia, then it’s soccer. Otherwise, it’s football. But why is it that they keep calling it “soccer”? According to a paper by University of Michigan professor Stefan Szymanski, surprisingly enough, the Brits might be the ones to blame. Continue reading “Top 10 Football Idioms Used In English”
- Would you like to improve your spoken English but you don’t know how?
- Is it difficult to find the best resources to boost your English speaking and listening?
- Are speaking and listening the most difficult English skills for you?
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We love idioms. We love them so much that we have created this fabulous list with the best 10 idioms to help you feel like a pro in your job, each of them with a special and particular purpose. Check them out! Continue reading “The Best 10 Idioms You Absolutely Need For Your Business English”
You want to learn a second language? Then make that second language the center of your world. Doing this is key to rapid language learning, and I am about to tell you why and how. Continue reading “Make Your Second Language The Center Of Your World”
‘I have learnt English for many years. I can do grammar activities well, I can read and write correctly, but now I need to present my company and negotiate with customers, and speaking is too difficult. Why are my speaking skills so bad? How can I understand foreign people better? How can I improve my Business English?’
– Comment from English student on Quora
Have You Ever Found Yourself In Any Of These Situations?
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You are outgoing, confident, and witty. Your colleagues always compliment you on your speaking abilities and presentation skills.
But now that you’re working in an English language environment, everything feels off.
You’re less enthusiastic about speaking up during meetings or volunteering for presentations. In fact, you’ve become the opposite of the social person you used to be and you’re worried about your accent or self-conscious about pronunciation. When a big part of your job is about interpersonal skills this is a problem.
A few workplace communication challenges you probably face include:
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One of my most motivated students is an advanced ESL student, and we work exclusively on idioms. She’s obsessed with idioms, so much so that now I’m obsessed with idioms. I collect them like people collect stamps or seashells. Every time I hear one or use one that she and I have not yet talked about, I type it into my notepad on my phone. So, by the time I see her each week, I have a treasure trove of idioms to share with her.
We get giddy talking about idioms—their history, their usage, how they differ between her native language and English, and how the idioms differ between American English and British English. Needless to say, it’s a lot of fun for a couple of lovers of English.
With that in mind, here is a handful of phrases that she and I recently discussed.
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What is typically one of the first tenses taught in English classes but one of the last to be fully and correctly integrated into speaking and writing?
It’s the often misunderstood (and sometimes dreaded) present perfect tense.
From the perspective of an ESL teacher who speaks English as her native language, the correct use of the present perfect tense sets you apart from other ESL learners.
In fact, it’s a critical component in making you an advanced English speaker.
Continue reading “Why learning this one English tense will make you sound like a pro”
I love it when there are similarities between the English language and the native language of the student I am teaching. This happens sometimes with my German-speaking students. We are both excited because we know the word, grammar construction, or idiom that is being introduced is more likely to stick since it is the same or similar in German.
But learning English can’t always be rainbows and unicorns.
There are differences between German and English that can’t be ignored.
One such difference is the use of the word genau in German and exact/exactly in English. In German, genau can be either an adverb and adjective.
Continue reading “5 Simple Rules for Mastering the Difference between Exact and Exactly”
There is a lot of pressure that comes with speaking a language expertly and articulately.
But that’s true for most things; once you become a master at something, people tend to expect great things from you. The pressure is on; there is no room for mistakes.
Or, at least that’s how it feels.
Continue reading “3 Ways to Take Your English to the Next Level”