100 English comparatives

  The comparative forms of adjectives and adverbs are used when you want to compare two things in order to show the difference between them. (We use superlatives when we’re comparing more than two things) For example: Book A is $20 and Book B is $10. Book A is more expensive than Book B. Book […]

What is a phrasal verb?

An introduction to English phrasal verbs   Here’s a slideshow I made to explain some aspects of English phrasal verbs. I hope it’s useful 🙂   What are phrasal verbs? from Angela Boothroyd      

Jargon words and phrases

jargon (noun) British/UK English pronunciation: /ˈdʒɑː(r)ɡən/ American English pronunciation: /ˈdʒɑrɡən/ from Old French jargoun   The Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology  (my favourite etymology guide) has these definitions for jargon: meaningless talk speech specific to a trade or profession twittering or chattering of birds debased or hybrid language It’s one or both of the first […]

100 English superlatives

  A superlative is the form of an adjective or adverb that’s used to show that someone or something has the extreme or unsurpassed level of a particular quality – more than anyone or anything else. We use superlatives when we’re comparing more than two items, people, and places etc. We use the comparative form […]

Improve your English: transition words

transition (noun) passage from one state, stage, subject, or place to another (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) From Latin transire ‘go across’ or ‘pass over’.   Whatever your goal or purpose for your writing – whether it’s to explain, inform, entertain or persuade – you need to express yourself fluently, and you need to present your readers with […]

7 ways to make time for learning English

Do you find it difficult to find the time for learning English? With a job, family, hobbies, and social life it’s very easy to feel we just don’t have any spare time for anything else. I know I feel like this sometimes. And I’m not going to pretend that I never waste time, because I […]

Improve your English: the possessive apostrophe

  The possessive apostrophe is a punctuation mark (‘) used to show possession: to show that something belongs to someone or something. Apostrophes were first used to mark possession in the late 16th century, but without clear guidelines they continued to be used inconsistently for centuries. We have clear rules for their use now but […]

What is independent language learning?

I love teaching English. I love almost everything about it, except for one big problem that affects many English teachers and learners… the price of good-quality English lessons. I want to help as many people as I can to learn English, and at the same time support my family and pay my bills, but many […]

Improve your English: consonants

  consonant: /ˈkɒnsənənt/ (countable noun)    A consonant is: 1. a speech sound that is made by stopping the flow of air in the breath channel or mouth with the tongue, teeth, or lips. 2. a letter of the alphabet that represents any of these speech sounds   There are 24 consonant sounds in most […]

Introduction to adverbs

Adverbs are words that modify verbs, adjectives, other adverbs, and whole sentences. They do not modify nouns. Adverbs give us more information and describe the way something happens or happened. They can tell us things such as how, when and where something happens, and to what extent or under what conditions.   Many adverbs end […]