I walked VS. I took a walk [Verb form Vs. Noun form]

I took a walk VS. I walked One of my students once asked me: What’s the difference between ‘I took a walk in the park’ and ‘I walked in the park?’ These sentences mean the same thing but I can see the confusion. Some words have a noun and a verb form.   How we can tell which form the …

Saturday English Quick SHOT – Do you know what a CONVERSATION PIECE is?

English expression – Conversation Piece I teach some of my one on one English lessons at Starbucks. I have a reusable plastic coffee cup that I use when I buy a coffee. I bought the cup in Canada, and the design of the cup is not sold in Japan. The staff always ask me about it. It’s a good conversation …

Saturday English Quick SHOT – Signature Noun (and Adjective?)

English vocabulary – signature I was watching an English TV show about Hawaii with my wife. During the show, they visited a restaurant, and the waiter showed them a menu. He pointed to a fancy cake and said: “This is our signature dessert.” My wife asked me what signature dessert means. She knows that a signature is your name as …

Saturday English Quick SHOT – English preposition practice – WITH Vs. AT

One of my students was telling about a trip her daughter will take to America this summer. I asked her where she will stay and we practiced using some English prepositions. My daughter is going to New York next week. She will stay with a friend at her family home so I’m not worried. (We stay WITH people, AT a …

Saturday English Quick SHOT – expression FROM SCRATCH

Do you know how to use the English expression from scratch? One of my students works for a small company, and he was helping to train a new employee. After 6 weeks the new staff member quit. My student was not happy because now he has to train someone else from scratch. Can you guess what the English expression from …

English Quick SHOT – FREE or FOR FREE?

According to https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com one meaning for the adjective free is – costing nothing Sentences with free can look like this: Something is free… My coffee was free. Or we can do something for free… I can watch for free online. Maybe you can guess the grammar already. A noun is free These baseball tickets were free! We verb for free …

English Quick SHOT – Put (something) Out

Put out March 3rd (third) was “Girl’s Day” in Japan. Many people put out special dolls and display them during this event. Do you know what the phrasal verb PUT OUT means in this sentence? In English, we say put something out or put out something when we want something to be seen or used. For Girl’s Day in Japan, …