See, Look & Watch

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See, look and watch are similar words because they all involve using your eyes. They are not the same though, and we use them to describe different situations or events. This lesson will look at the differences between these three words. See We use see to describe everything that is in our vision. When we see something, we are not […]

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Nice to meet you

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When you meet someone for the first time you can say (It’s) nice to meet you. You usually use it just after you introduce yourself, or someone introduces you to another person. Be careful! But, be careful! In Korea, a lot of people often use nice to meet you every time they see someone. You should not use nice […]

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Neighbour or Neighbourhood

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The words neighbour and neighbourhood are obviously related, but they refer to different things. Many of my learners in Korea often use the word neighbourhood when they mean neighbour. In this lesson we will look at the difference between the two words. Neighbour A neighbour is a person who lives next to you or near you. You can also use next-door neighbour […]

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Long Time No See

Long Time No See

Long time no see is an expression that I hear regularly in Korea. This expression is sometimes used by native English speakers, but I think that some Korean speakers of English use it too much, or sometimes incorrectly. First, let’s look at the background of this phrase: Background The first thing you might notice about long […]

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There, Their & They’re

There, their and they’re sound the same when we say them, but they are written differently, and have very different meanings. This lesson will look at the differences. There is an adverb. You can use there to talk about the location or position of something. For example we say: (1) The book is over there. (2) My glasses are […]

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Shy, Embarrassed & Ashamed

Embarrassed

Are you shy, embarrassed or ashamed? Many of my students in Korea get confused with these words, and use them incorrectly. There are some similarities between the words, but we usually use them in different situations. In this lesson, you will learn the difference and then practice at the end with the quiz. Shy is […]

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Fit or Suit

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Both fit and suit can be used to describe the clothes that people wear, however they are not the same. Many of my students in Korea get confused with these two words, and I find that they often use fit, when suit is the correct word to use. In this lesson, we will look at the […]

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At, On, In for Time

Prepositions can be difficult for learners of English. Especially for students who speak languages that don’t use prepositions in the same way as English. A piece of advice that I often give my students is that prepositions (along with articles – a / the) are one thing that many advanced students struggle with, and will […]

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What … like? (Like as a preposition)

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A lot of language learners know the word like when it is used as a verb. It is one of the first words that learners learn, and is quite simple to use as a verb. (1) A: What type of movies do you like? (2) B: I like action movies. (3) I like going swimming […]

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So or Such (and very)

So and such are two words that I hear quite a few learners get mixed up regularly. They are similar because they both have a meaning that is close to the word very, but we must use them differently. The rules for using these words are actually quite simple. So (and Very) We usually use so in […]

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