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Month: July 2019

Advanced Vocabulary: Gender

It’s very important to avoid gender-inequality (discrimination) when you speak English. So this means that you shouldn’t use words that imply that men are superior to women, or that only men can do certain jobs. This is especially important if your first language uses gender (masculine / feminine forms) to refer to jobs or people.… Read More

How To Talk About Your Career

Can you talk about your career and what you do in English? These phrases and vocabulary will help you answer the question “What do you do?” – and also help you have a more interesting conversation about your job and career. Your Career Path Your career path is your career journey – how you got… Read More

Advanced Vocabulary: 10 Animal Expressions

We love to use animal expressions when we speak English. This is because we associate certain animals with certain characteristics. Here are 10 advanced English animal expressions. If you’d like to see 30 more, check out my page on animal idioms. Dog-tired When you’re dog-tired, you’re really tired. “He’s been working long hours and he’s… Read More

25 Family Phrasal Verbs

We use phrasal verbs a lot when we speak English and in informal situations. All these family phrasal verbs are used to talk about family relationships – such as the relationship between parents and children; family relationships; and behaviour and discipline. Parents And Children bring up = how you educate your children“They were brought up… Read More

Advanced Vocabulary: Describing Appearance

As well as “tall”, “short”, “slim” or “old”, there are many other ways for describing appearance in English. Check out these 20+ advanced ways to describe how you look – your general appearance, age, body size and the type of clothes you wear. (If you need a review of basic physical description – as well… Read More

Funny Jokes In English

What makes people laugh? What do native English speakers find funny? Here are seven different types of funny English jokes. Don’t forget to read to the end, where you’ll find the joke that was voted the funniest in a survey of 36,000 people. There are also explanations to help you understand the joke! 1. Jokes… Read More

Advanced English: Commenting On Actions

We often make comments about our actions. In particular, we like to say if the action was good or right – or if it wasn’t. We use both adjectives and phrases for commenting on actions. Here are some common ways to comment – both positive and negative – along with grammar notes. Adjectives with -less… Read More

How To Talk About The Environment

Are you worried about climate change? Do you want to save the planet (and save humanity?) Check out these 20 essential words to talk about the environment in English. They’re divided into environmental themes such as climate change, energy, waste and being environmentally-friendly. Climate Change Climate change = the idea that the weather is changing“Extreme… Read More

Advanced Vocabulary: Change

The world is changing in many different ways, and you need to be able to talk about it confidently. Here’s some advanced English vocabulary for change. Check out how you can use “change” with different verbs, adjectives and nouns; and get some alternative words to expand your English vocabulary. Verbs With Change to bring change… Read More

How To Use Ain’t

“Ain’t” is a very common word in spoken and informal English, but it’s often considered to be ungrammatical, “dialect” or un-educated. But you’ll hear it a lot, in American and British English. Here are some examples of how to use “ain’t” and some common situations. Ain’t – Negative Contraction You can use “ain’t” any time… Read More