How to use Hasn’t / Doesn’t Have (PDF download + video)

Hasn’t VS. Doesn’t have I was teaching a private lesson here in Japan. One of my students was describing a situation with a friend. She had a question about Hasn’t VS. Doesn’t Have English grammar: “He hasn’t any money.” Or “He doesn’t have any money.”  My student wanted to know which sentence is correct. This is a great question, and …

How to use Present Perfect Continuous grammar (Free PDF)

The present perfect continuous (also known as the present perfect progressive) is have/has + been + the continuous tense of a verb. (Continuous tense is verb ~ing.) This verb tense has a connection to events happening now. The PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS is have/has + been + the continuous tense of a verb. We use it to talk about an activity …

Much or Many? Easy English grammar (+Video)

Much or Many – Do you know how to use these words? In this post, you will learn these words with lots of natural English examples. Read to the end and then watch my “MUCH Vs. MANY” video to improve your English listening skills. In English, we use the words MUCH and MANY to show there is a large amount of …

How to use RAISE and RISE (Transitive/Intransitive verbs + video)

Raise Vs. Rise Many of my private English students are confused by the words RAISE and RISE. Words that have a similar sound or meaning, but are used with different grammar. I often confuse similar words in Japanese too! (My own second language.) As a teacher, my job is to explain these words in a clear way that is easy …

A slap on the wrist – English Idiom (w/ Video)

English idiom – A Slap on the Wrist In today’s English blog post I’ll explain the common English idiom A slap on the wrist. I’ll use some natural examples and we will discover the meaning together. This will make the expression easy to remember and simple to use in your own English conversations. Be sure to watch the video at …

How to use the suffix EN (Increase vocabulary + VIDEO)

How to use the suffix ENA quick guide suffix EN – nouns to verbs If you suffer from lower back pain you should do exercises that strengthen your core muscles. [The noun strength becomes the verb strengthen] suffix EN – adjectives to verbs The new skylight really brightens the room. [The adjective bright becomes the verb brighten] suffix EN – …

Quickly Improve English Pronunciation – To BE Contractions (+ Video)

A contraction is the process of becoming smaller. In English, a contraction is when two or more words combine into one smaller word. The contractions for the verb TO BE are often used in English conversation and in this post you will learn the correct pronunciation with audio and video. (You can find the video at the bottom of this …

Third-Person Singular – A Helpful Guide With Pictures/Video

Third-person singular English grammarThe pronouns – he, she, it + any name, position or relation that describes one single person or thing. Examples of third-person singular subjects He studies English. Ken studies English. Ken’s boss studies English. My sister studies English. I was working on a verb grammar course last week. While I was writing the lessons I was explaining …

You can’t miss it – English expression (w/images & video)

You can’t miss it! REMEMEBER to watch the short video at the bottom of this post to improve your listening and pronunciation. It’s a great way to review the lesson too! The English expression You Can’t Miss It. There are lots of common English expressions. Today let me show you one that I used 2 days ago when I gave …