When speaking a second language, it is important to know the polite phrases that people use to be friendly & polite, but which don’t have a lot of meaning. Below, in bold, are 10 phrases you can throw into your conversations to sound not only friendly and polite, but also natural in English. For example, your […]
Blog posts written for intermediate level English learners.
Using the word boring instead of bored is a common mistake for English Learners. If someone who is learning English stays home all day and does not do anything very fun or interesting, you might hear her say “I was boring.” This is not what she meant to say. She meant to say “I was […]
What is the difference between a gerund and a present participle? Both a gerund and a present participle come from a verb, and both end in –ing. However, each has a different function. A gerund acts like a noun while a present participle acts like a verb or adjective. Example: snowboarding Snowboarding can be a […]
Students often feel frustrated when they think they know the meaning of a word but then hear it used in a new way. Let’s use the word “far” as our example. Where do you live? Is it far from here? Let’s take the bus. It’s too far to walk. Most students first learn “far” as […]
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