English grammar RAISE and RISE (w/ real examples)

Many of my private English students are confused by words like RAISE and RISE. Words with a similar sound or meaning. I often confuse similar words in Japanese too! (My second language.) As a teacher, my job is to explain these words in a clear way that is easy to remember. ✔ More than 1 of my private students were …

English grammar – Double negatives

English grammar – Double negatives I was reading a book the other day. In the book, a university student says:  “There is nothing I can’t do.” This is a common phrase that uses 2 negative words in a sentence.  “There is nothing I can’t do.”   Nothing = no thing. Can’t = can not.  This is the same as saying …

Do you know the difference between HOPE and WISH? (Learn here!)

HOPE and WISH hope *definitions and examples are from www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com hope verb – to want something to happen and think that it is possible hope (for something)  “We are hoping for good weather on Sunday.” ~ It’s possible to have good weather on Sunday and that is what we want. “All we can do now is wait and hope.” ~ A positive outcome or result …

English grammar/Other or Another? (+learn 2 idioms)

Other and Another I was teaching a private lesson in a cafe last week. My student works in a hotel, and she was telling me about something that happened at work. She explained the situation but had trouble using other and another. I helped her to talk about it using natural English. ~ One of the guests wasn’t happy with …

ME TOO and ME NEITHER (English grammar)

      Do you know when to use me too? How about me neither? One of my private students asked me how to use these two words naturally in English conversation. They weren’t confident on which word to use to agree with a statement, so I created this lesson to help them communicate in English with confidence! Thank you …

How to use Neither and Either (Interactive QUIZ too!)

NEITHER adverb Say that a negative statement is also true for another person/thing “Mike didn’t go to school today and neither did Spencer. determiner/pronoun not one nor the other of two things or people “Neither answer is correct.” (both answers are wrong)  EITHER adverb Comes after negative phrases to say that a feeling or situation is similar to one already talked about “Mike …

English question ~ What’s the difference between an athlete and a player?

The winter Olympics were in South Korea in 2018 and during the games, we heard the word athlete used a lot. The news talked about people competing from countries all over the world.   One of my private students here in Japan asked me “What’s the difference between an athlete and a player?” It’s a good question and I thought maybe …

English vocabulary ~ See/Watch/Look at

Learn to use these English words correctly! Don’t confuse them anymore! Download my See/Watch/Look at PDF e-book! FREE! See/Watch/Look at ⥈ See –  to become aware of somebody/something by using your eyes https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/see_1?q=see I see a black car in front of the hotel. Verb forms present simple I / you / we / they see  he / she / it sees  past simple …