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A Simple Explanation for Say Versus Tell
Some of the first vocabulary we're taught when learning a new language is animal words. Unfair though it may be (either to the animal or individual, depending on the situation), several animal words can also be used as insults in English.
While I don't generally condone insulting anyone, it is helpful to know what some animal words mean in English slang. (Truth be told, in some cases, there…
The United States is a multicultural nation, yet most Americans, regardless of their cultural backgrounds, adhere to certain social guidelines when it comes to conversation, especially with strangers, acquaintances, and colleagues. If you are planning to live, work, or travel in America, it is wise to familiarize yourself with the etiquette of communication. This includes knowing which conversation topics are preferred and which to avoid, as well as how to interact both verbally and…Continue
Phrasal verbs are important to know if you're serious about boosting your English. A phrasal verb is an idiomatic expression that combines a verb with a preposition or adverb; the phrase changes the meaning of the original verb. Here are 10 commonly used phrasal verbs, their definitions, and example sentences:
English is not an easy language to learn and your ESL teacher, more so than anyone, is sensitive to the struggle you face in learning and understanding its many nuances. Throughout my teaching career, I’ve heard a handful of phrases used by nonnative English speakers that make me feel like we may have failed you in our teaching. Knowing if, when, or how to use these 5 phrases appropriately is crucial to building fluency and will surely make your English teacher smile. …Continue
A riddle is a question or statement that is intentionally framed to exercise one's ingenuity in answering it or discovering its meaning. Riddles are a fun way to challenge and improve your understanding of English. Instead of ESLInSight's usual blog, this week we challenge you with 7 English riddles and brain teasers. Click here to read more!
If English is your second language, chances are you've struggled with verb phrases and idioms involving "touch." On more than one occasion, I've had a student, colleague, or friend end a conversation with "I'll touch you," instead of "I'll be in touch."
So, what's the difference? Touching is the act of coming into physical contact with someone or something, whereas being in touch refers to verbal communication. "I'll touch you" is a…Continue
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