Spice Up Your American English!

Spice Up Your American English!

The United States are a true hodgepodge of cultures. More than 400 languages are spoken by the American population, and English alone comes in 30 or so dialects. The exact number depends on who you ask… It would take an ungodly amount of time to discuss them all, so let’s look at some of the more interesting ones – South to North. Ever noticed how some of Louisiana’s towns and geographical regions bear French names, like Baton Rouge, Lafayette, or Lake Pontchartrain, just to name a few? Well, in the 17th and 18th centuries the French were more than happy to go and colonise…Czytaj dalej …
Perfect Your Paragraph

Perfect Your Paragraph

Many pupils or students would like to know how to write a good essay in English. There are hundreds of rules you need to follow, and hundreds of hours you must spend mastering the skill. But one thing is certain. If you want to write perfect essays, you should start from writing perfect paragraphs. What are paragraphs? What should they contain? What Is a Paragraph? A paragraph is a collection of sentences that develop a single idea. The number of sentences in a paragraph depends on how complex a particular idea is. However, most paragraphs contain between two and ten sentences. Below you…Czytaj dalej …
Fixed Not Mixed

Fixed Not Mixed

Have you and a friend ever had a conversation where you used phrases such as it cost an arm and a leg, or when you simply could not agree, and you agreed to disagree? Well, if you have, you have been using fixed phrases. Fixed phrases are when the wording cannot be changed without sounding odd or a little off to native speakers, like chalk and cheese meaning two people are complete polar opposites. If you exchange one of the words, the meaning becomes muddled, and runs the risk of making very little sense. When it comes to fixed expressions we often use ‘and’…Czytaj dalej …
Funny Quotes About The Future

Funny Quotes About The Future

▪ No, I’m not single. I’m in a long-distance relationship, because my boyfriend lives in the future.   ▪ The future is shaped by your dreams, so stop wasting your time and go to sleep.   ▪ I never worry about the future, it comes soon enough.   ▪ How do you know a man is thinking about his future? He buys two cases of beer, instead of one.   ▪ Dear future husband, when you propose to me, please don’t put the ring into my food, because I guarantee, I will eat it.   ▪ Hard work pays off in…Czytaj dalej …
English Tenses. To -ing or not  to -ing?

English Tenses. To -ing or not to -ing?

Some English verbs are considered to be stative verbs. These verbs are not meant to be used in continuous tenses. Some of the most common stative verbs are like, love and hate. When you say that you like dogs, you’re stating a general fact about yourself. You’re not liking dogs at this particular moment, you’re just a dog person. But then we’ve got perhaps the most popular fast-food slogan ever – I’m loving it. Does it mean that marketing specialists at McDonald’s are not familiar with the basic rules of English grammar? Of course not. It turns out that idiomatic use of some stative verbs is perfectly…Czytaj dalej …
English Language – a mouse potato

English Language – a mouse potato

  Do you know the word ‘couch potato’ (someone who watches a lot of TV while sitting on a sofa)? Well, a mouse potato is a term that describes someone who works on the computer all the time. Example: Ever since Peter set up his online company, he has been such a mouse potato.Czytaj dalej …
Palindromes

Palindromes

A palindrome is a word, a phrase, a number or some other sequence of characters that read exactly the same backwards as forwards, for instance madam, civic, racecar, kayak, acca, repaper. The longest palindrome in the Oxford English Dictionary  was coined by  James Joyce  in Ulysses  for a knock on the door  -   tattarrattat.  The word has Greek origins and is derived from two words “palin” (again) and “dromos” (direction).Czytaj dalej …
The aristocracy in England

The aristocracy in England

The aristocracy in England used a different dialect than the commoners, not only in the courts and in war, but also to describe the more refined aspects of their lifestyles, such as their cuisine. Anglo Norman, a dialect of French originating in Normandy and used among the nobility, supplied the English language with many new words that we still use. The consequence of this hierarchical imposition on the language is that, today, in English there are often several words to describe the same thing. The words on the left of this chart come from the time…Czytaj dalej …
to butt-dial

to butt-dial

One of the most recent additions to the English language is the verb to butt-dial. It means to call someone by accident when your phone is in the back pocket of your trousers. e.g. You butt-dialled me yesterday in the middle of the night. Where were you then?Czytaj dalej …
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO IMPROVE YOUR PRONUNCIATION?

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO IMPROVE YOUR PRONUNCIATION?

• record and listen to yourself • don’t practise pronouncing individual words, as you need to practise intonation and sentence stress as well • read aloud • watch pronunciation videos, e.g. English with Lucy • read tongue twisters out loud, such as – Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. How many pecks of pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick? – Through three cheese trees three free fleas flew. While these fleas flew, freezy breeze blew. Freezy breeze made these three trees freeze. Freezy trees made these trees’ cheese freeze. That’s what…Czytaj dalej …