Friday December 6, 2013
Generally speaking, we say "I'm among friends." to mean that we are together with a group of friends. "Between friends" refers to the position between two friends. These two are just one example of confusing preposition pairs. Learn the differences between like / as, around / about, beside / besides and more with this guide.
Wednesday December 4, 2013
Sometimes things don't go as we hope. In this case, we need to express disappointment using the correct phrase for the situation.
In other words, "That stinks!" isn't appropriate at work. Learn appropriate phrases and structures for expressing disappointment to let everyone know that you are upset. On the other hand, if things go well, you'll need to express enthusiasm.
Monday December 2, 2013
The rule of thumb to use when telling others what someone else has said is to take one step back into the past. For example,
Tom, Your Friend: I'll help you with your homework.
Reporting: Tom told me he would help me with my homework.
Learn the rules to using reported speech to tell others what you've heard. Teachers can use this lesson on improving storytelling to help students use more than just 'said' and 'told' to report.
Friday November 29, 2013
A number of English teachers have been kind enough to share some top notch pronunciation lessons for use in class. Here's a selection of a few:
Improving Business Communication Skills
Intonation Practice - Rise and Fall
P/F and R/L Sounds for Korean Learners
Pronouncing "th" correctly
If you have any favorite pronunciation lessons you'd like to share, please use the pronunciation lesson plan submission form, and thanks!