English Grammar – vocabulary “enough”

One of my friends loves to run marathons. He once asked me if I was interested in trying a half marathon. I said, “No, I’m not in good enough shape to run 20 kilometers.” I told this story to one of my private students, and we practiced how to use enough in natural English. Enough In English, enough can mean …

English grammar THERE and IT (sound like a native!)

English grammar THERE and IT We use the pronoun IT for a specific thing, place or situation. My neighbor’s dog is noisy. It’s always barking. It = the dog I want to try the new café, but it’s always very busy. It = the café Read below for a more detailed explanation. In everyday English, we use the adverb there with …

5 most popular English blog posts – 2018

  My 5 most popular World English Blog posts of 2018   Below is a collection of my 5 most visited blog posts from 2018. With these posts, you can… Increase your English vocabulary Learn useful English expressions Improve your English grammar Listen to English  audio (10 expressions with TIME) Download a FREE English PDF (See Watch Look at) Take an interactive quiz …

How to use the adverb EVEN (12 examples)

In this post, you will learn how to use the adverb EVEN in natural English conversation. Learn 2 ways to use this adverb with 12 real examples and 2 helpful infographics! I was talking to my Canadian friend last week who also lives in Japan. We were talking about how hard many Japanese people work. They will not miss work, …

Present Continuous Tense Verbs (English grammar)

Watch the video version at the end of this post English grammar – Present continuous tense verbs In English grammar, present continuous is used for verbs that are happening now or near the time of speaking. The verb has started but has not finished yet. I’m (am) doing he/she/it is doing we/they are doing * I’m making my English blog. …

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 …

English Verbs Future tense (with video!)

Verbs future tense – Simple English grammar In this post, we’ll learn how to use English verbs in their future tense. There are 2 common ways to talk about future action. I’ll play tennis tomorrow. *I’ll is a contraction of ‘I will.’ Contractions are often used in spoken English. I’m playing tennis tomorrow. They are saying the same thing, but …

English Verbs – past tense (Learn 50 irregular verbs!)

Step by step English grammar ~ Verbs past tense In this awesome post, you will learn how to use past tense English verbs with confidence.  *The basics are the most important part of your English grammar and communication study. They are the foundation of your language. Past tense verbs Please read the following passage ↓ Mark Twain was an American …

Simple present tense verbs / English grammar

  Some of my students and business clients in Japan have trouble using English verbs in the simple present tense. I created this blog post as an easy guide to explain how we use verbs in the simple present form! Learn the grammar step by step with lots of natural examples.     Things that happen regularly, often or are …