581 – Affect vs. Effect

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Today let’s have a look at two words that are often confused in English – affect, which is spelled with an A and effect, which is spelled with an E. These two words are confusing for even native English speakers, so I can imagine how much trouble they can cause for English learners. Well, in this English lesson, I’m going …

554 – Big vs. Large

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Hey guys it’s Michael here from Happy English and I help people speak English better. What’s the difference between big and large? This is a question that my students often ask. Big and large are very similar in meaning but the way that we use these words is different. For today’s English lesson, we’re going to have a look at …

512 – Live, Live, and Life

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Hey guys it’s Michael here from Happy English and I’m back with another podcast English lesson. It’s September, and here in the USA that means it’s the start of a new school year. I think that even as adults, September brings us some feeling that something new is in the air. That’s especially true for me here at Happy English. …

502 – Win vs. Earn vs. Gain

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Hey guys, it’s Michael here. It’s officially spring here in NYC, but you wouldn’t know that by walking around outside this morning. The temperature was around 1 degree Celsius. And it’s really windy. Luckily, this winter wasn’t as cold as it usually is. I can’t wait for the warm weather to come. The other day, one of my students from …

492 – Especially vs. Specially

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Hey guys it’s Michael here from Happy English and welcome back to another English lesson podcast. When I looked at the calendar this morning I realized that this is the last week in November and, December is right around the corner. Wow! This year has really flown by. Do you guys have any plans for the holidays? Feel free to …

483 – Know vs. Know About

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Ah, prepositions. So, so tricky for a lot of English learners. Today, we’re going to look at how the preposition about changes the meaning and usage of the verb know. I know and I know about are not the same. The meaning of know and know about differs based on what you are talking about, and the context of the …

475 – After, Before, While, & During

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This may seem like a simple topic, but it’s really not. Before, after, during, and while can all be used to talk about events, and but the grammar rules for these words is a little different. Even though the meaning of before, after, during, and while is pretty basic, I’ve noticed that a lot of English learners have trouble with …

474 – Can vs. May

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Hey everyone! The other day, one of my students was asking me about can and may. There are some similarities with how we use these words, and so I thought that would be an interesting idea to share here on the podcast. So, for today’s English lesson, let’s have a look at how we can use can and may! Here …

471 – Believe vs. Trust

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It all happened this morning with one of my students online. She asked me what the difference was between believe and trust. Wow. Believe and trust. What is the difference? I really never thought about that before and I think trying to come up with the answer made my brain work so hard that there was smoke coming out of …