Working towards improving your English pronunciation

To improve your pronunciation, you need to become aware of, and able to produce correctly, the English sounds, stress, rhythm and intonation.

Confusables: Sofa, couch, or settee?

What do you call this piece of furniture? The answer is a little complicated. Different people use different words for it…

My favourite day

“What day is it?” asked Pooh…

“Wam!” “gtr, b4n!”

Do you understand the title of this post? Don’t worry if you don’t. You are not alone. Not many people understand all the intricacies of “textspeak”. Textspeak /ˈtɛkstspiːk/ is a style of writing which some people use in text messages…. Continue reading →

A guide to the (non-idiotic) use of the expression “just saying”

You may have heard the expression just sayin’ (= just saying). Let’s see what it exactly means and how it is used. Just saying is sometimes used when you are making a criticism or complaint but don’t want to offend… Continue reading →

The Mousetrap

A mousetrap is a small tool for catching and killing mice. It consists of five main pieces: the base or platform, the catch, the spring, the hammer and the holding bar. Of course, to attract mice, you also need some… Continue reading →

A puzzle you can’t unsee…

This is one of those things that you will perhaps not see at the beginning, but can’t unsee once you have seen it! A simple question: how many circles are there in the following image?

Question: What is the ideal age gap between children?

A gap is a space or opening in the middle of something or between things, for example you may notice that someone has a small gap between their front teeth, or when you want to cross a busy street, you… Continue reading →

How to use the expression ‘but still’

You use the expression but still when you want to say that something remains true despite what has just been said or done. Let me explain with the help of a couple of scenarios. Here is the first one: You… Continue reading →

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