Beside vs. Besides – Confusing English Vocabulary Lesson

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What’s the difference between beside and besides? A lot of English learners ask me that question and it’s a great question. Let’s look at how we use beside and besides in everyday English. First, read the paragraph below: There is a nice café in the building beside the building that my office is in. Besides coffee, they have some nice …

DURING vs. WHILE – English Grammar Lesson

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Check out this short paragraph: It was raining during the day, so I didn’t feel like going out. I had a relaxing morning, just me and my dog Max hanging out on the sofa. Then, while I was having lunch, I started thinking about today’s lesson, and I realized that some of my students get confused with during and while. …

GET WITH THE PROGRAM – American English Idiom Lesson

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Have you ever heard someone say, “Hey! Get with the program!” This is an interesting idiom in American English and today, let’s have a look at what it means and how you can use it in your everyday English conversation. The first meaning we will look at is pay attention to what’s happening now in the news or pop culture. …

SO Vs. SUCH – English Grammar Lesson

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Check out this short paragraph: It’s been raining all week. Everything is so wet. All of this rain every day is such a nuisance. There was such a mess everywhere. I am so tired of this terrible weather. I wish it would stop. Take a look at the opening paragraph above, and you notice I used both so and such. …

Using LIKE in Casual Conversation

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In this English idiom lesson, we are going to look at the word like. I am sure you know how to use like as a verb meaning fondness or enjoyment. For example, I like pizza! But the word like has some very interesting uses in colloquial, everyday SPOKEN English. Here are a few examples of how like is used these …