LEND and BORROW – Don’t confuse these English verbs (VIDEO)

Learn to use the English verbs “Lend” and “Borrow” correctly in natural conversation A common problem my English students have here in Japan is using the verbs lend and borrow correctly. It’s easy to confuse these verbs because you can use each of these words in a sentence to explain the same action. The action is the same but the …

Making Suggestions Easily in English Conversation (with Video)

Learn to easily make suggestions in English conversations. Use these natural expressions to sound like a native speaker. Common examples of phrases you can use to make suggestions How about/What about (used with a verb in its gerund form) How about ordering a pizza for dinner? What about getting Indian? Shall we… /Why don’t we… /Let’s… (used with the infinitive …

Good AT or Good WITH? Confusing English (VIDEO)

Do you need to say Good at or Good with in your sentence? Which is correct? Read this post and learn how to use these natural English expressions. (Watch the video at the end of this post for English listening practice.) Good at is most often followed by a verb “Greg is good at fixing cars.” Good with will be …

Learn the IF Conditional – Easy English Grammar (2020)

Do you want to improve your English communication and confidence? Learn the IF conditional. Add this to your conversation skills and open up the doors of communication. First conditional chart Action I will go to Hawaii. Condition I can find a cheap hotel. We use the IF conditional to connect these ideas I will go to Hawaii, IF I can …

Dieting Advice – ESL Listening Vocabulary (Everything you need +PDF)

ESL Listening + Vocabulary PDFDieting: Old Advice, New Again What is the best way to improve your English quickly? Hard work + great study tools. I can’t make you work hard, but my ESL listening vocabulary with PDF blog post is just what you need. I’m a native English speaker with many years of teaching experience who loves building helpful …

Easily Learn 3 English Expressions “In case” with AUDIO

Recently I was asked about the English expression just in case and I thought it would make a good blog post. Today we will look at 3 natural English expressions that use in case. English Expressions – (Just) In case… Please look at the following example: “I don’t think it will rain today but I will take my umbrella with …

Might – Should – Would Have (Easy English Grammar)

For some of my private and company students in Japan, might have/should have English grammar can be confusing. Let me share a lesson I made to help explain these phrases, and I also added the expression would have. I hope this post is helpful for you and be sure to leave a comment below before you go! Video at the …

Talk using real English (Easy AUDIO Pt. 3)

Let’s talk using real English! In this blog post we will answer the following questions: What is a tourist attraction? What does the phrasal verb “light up” mean? How are waterfalls used to generate (make) electricity? Audio A If we want to talk using real English we need to have a real story to talk about. We can practice today …

Learn English with a story (Canada trip Pt.2)

In today’s post, we will learn more English with part 2 of my Canada trip story. We’ll start by learning some vocabulary to describe the place we live or a place we visit. Audio A (If you haven’t read part 1 yet, click HERE!) New English vocabulary from the story Urban vs rural (city vs countryside) Urban is an adjective …

Learn English with a story with great AUDIO (Pt.1)

Audio Intro In August 2017 I visited my family in Canada for 3 weeks. (I live in Tokyo now) I wrote 3 stories about my trip as a way to teach my newsletter subscribers, they could use my story to learn some natural English. In 2019 made these 3 stories into 3 blog posts so my blog readers can learn …