Learn English Vocabulary – Fun vs. Funny

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I went to a party last night with some of my friends from high school. The party was really fun. My friend Ed is a funny guy, and he always makes us laugh. Having fun and enjoying yourself is important, and good for your health. It helps to have funny people around you, too. Some of my students have told me that I am funny. I think they may be right! The words fun and funny can be confusing sometimes. Do you know how to use these words? Read the paragraph above once more and then check today’s lesson: Fun means enjoyable, so something that is fun is enjoyable. You can say that [something] is fun, or [someone] has fun. Here are some examples: The party last night was really fun. Going to the top of the Empire State Building is fun. You should try it! Having fun and enjoying yourself is important. I had fun at the party last night. You can also use fun before a noun, like this: I went to a fun party last night. New York is a fun city! Funny means something makes you laugh. So if you experience something funny, you will probably …

One-Point English Idiom lesson: Get Cold Feet

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Do you have cold feet? Do you get cold feet? If you “get cold feet”, it means that you have some fear and lost your courage. We usually use “get” with this idiom. For example: Ted was going to ask Kim for a date but he got cold feet. I was going to complain to my boss, but I got cold feet. If your feet are really cold, or frozen, then you can’t move. So this is the image we have from this idiom. When was the last time you got cold feet? If you know anyone who might be interested in this English language point, why not help them out! Just share this lesson with them. Thanks for studying today!

It’s not raining cats & dogs anymore, it’s pouring

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Did you know that in English we have an expression which goes like this: April showers bring May flowers. This means that all of the rain in the month of may will result in lots of flowers growing in May. Interesting? Well, the main point of this lesson is about rain. Many people who study English have learned the idiom, “It’s raining cats and dogs” which means, “it’s raining very hard.” The truth is, that is a very old expression and we don’t really use it very much, at least not in American English. What we do say, and what you can say in this situation is, “It’s pouring”  Please add this expression to your everyday conversation and leave the “pets” in your notebook ! Is it pouring where you are today? If you know anyone who might be interested in this English language point, why not help them out! Just share this lesson with them. Thanks for studying today!

Early vs. Fast vs. Quickly – English Vocabulary Lesson

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Have a look at these two sentences. Can you find the difference between early and fast? The train was early. The train was fast. When you want to talk about time, use early. Early refers to clock time, and means not late. It has the nuance of “before the scheduled or appointed time.” I was early for work today and the boss was happy. The bus arrived a few minutes early, so I had time to buy the newspaper. The party starts at 6:00, but if you want to come early to help set up, I don’t mind! When you want to talk about speed, use the fast. Fast refers to the speed something travels at and can be used as an adverb or an adjective. You can also use quickly, which is an adverb. Jack is a fast driver, so sometimes driving with him makes me nervous. Jack drives quickly, so sometimes driving with him makes me nervous. New Yorkers tend to walk fast. New Yorkers tend to walk at a fast pace. New Yorkers tend to walk quickly. Do you usually arrive at work or school early? Do you walk fast? Are you a fast learner? If you …

Hard vs Hardly – Adjective & Adverb English Lesson

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I hope you like the video…if you do, please take a minute and subscribe to my YouTube Channel! Here is the text version of this lesson: Many adjectives become an adverb by adding ly and the meaning basically stays the same: Tommy is a quick runner….He runs quickly Tomoko is a beautiful dancer….She dances beautifully. Jack is a slow worker….He works slowly. For today’s English lesson, we are going to have a look at one word that is an exception to this rule, Hard is used as both an adjective and an adverb, but the meanings of hard as an adjective, and the meanings of the adverbs hard and hardly are different from each other. Let’s have a look at all of this. As an adjective, hard has basically two meanings. First, hard means solid, firm, or not soft: The sofa is soft, but the table is hard. The bread became hard because I forgot to put it in a plastic bag. I think this steel is too hard to drill through. In addition, the adjective hard means difficult: It was a hard exam, but I was able to get a good score. Having a pet is hard work, but …

A Few vs. Few & A Little vs. Little – English Grammar Phrase Lesson

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For today’s English lesson, let’s have a look at a few, few, a little, and little. As you know, we use few before plural countable nouns, like few pens or few chairs. We use little before non‐countable nouns, like little water or little time. That’s the grammar rule and form. Well, did you know this? Adding the article “a” before few and little shows how we feel about the amount of what we’re talking about. A few and a little have a positive nuance. They show that there’s a small amount, but we’re satisfied with that amount. Here are some examples: I have a few friends who are English teachers. There are a few peaches in the fridge. Why don’t you try one? There is a little milk left in the re‐fridge, so it’s enough for a bowl of cereal. I have a little free time, so I’m going shopping before work. On the other hand, few and little (without a) have a negative nuance. There’s a small amount, but it’s not enough, and we’re not satisfied with that. Here are some examples:  Few people can have the chance to meet a celebrity. That’s too bad.  I think few dogs …

Confusing English Grammar – Bored vs. Boring

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Participle adjectives are the adjectives that are formed from verbs and end in ED and ING. Choosing between bored and boring, or excited and exciting is tough for a lot of English learners, but not anymore! Check out today’s YouTube English lesson! If you know anyone who might be interested in this English language point, why not help them out! Just share this lesson with them. Thanks for studying today!

Confusing English Vocabulary – Barbecue (BBQ)

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The weather is getting warmer and that can only mean one thing…it’s barbecue season. The word barbecue is interesting in English because it can be used as a verb, an adjective, and in two ways as a noun. A lot of English learners have trouble with this word, but not after watching this video. Check it out! If you know anyone who might be interested in this English language point, why not help them out! Just share this lesson with them. Thanks for studying today!