FEW and A FEW (with 5 audio tracks!)

It is easy to confuse “few” and “a few.” When you add a little “a,” it makes a big difference! I’ll explain using some natural English sentence examples to help you learn the difference. Please read the bullet points below. Few ① = not many“There are few people in this restaurant.” Few ② = can be used to show how …

Today Tomorrow The day after tomorrow (Easy English Grammar)

Learn how to use the words today, tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, yesterday and the day before yesterday like a native speaker. Also, increase your range of conversation topics with time by adding the preposition in and the adverb ago. It is Wednesday, Feb. 9th. Feb. 9th – today Feb. 10th – tomorrow Feb. 11th – the day after tomorrow …

Most or Almost English grammar (2020)

most [determiner, pronoun] – the largest in number or amount “7-11 has the most convenience stores in Tokyo.” most [adverb] – used to form the superlative of adjectives and adverbs of two or more syllables “She was the most beautiful girl I had ever seen.” almost [adverb] – nearly, not quite “I woke up late and almost missed the train …

Although Though Even Though (English grammar)

In English grammar, the words Although, Though, and Even Though are often used as conjunctions. What is a conjunction? I’m glad you asked! Conjunctions  Conjunctions join words, phrases or sentences. And, but, etc. are examples of conjunctions. I bought some apples and bananas at the store. The conjunction and joins the words apples and bananas telling you what I bought. I like apples, …

English suffix ~en (Increase your vocabulary)

Learn the English suffix EN In this post, I will explain how to use the English suffix EN. Many English words use suffixes. If we learn to use English suffixes we can increase our vocabulary. What is a suffix? A suffix is an addition to the end of a word, that gives the word a new meaning. Here is an …

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 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 …

Thick and Thin – English adjectives / other uses

THICK and THIN Definitions from oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com   thick – adjective – having a larger distance between opposite sides or surfaces than other similar objects or than normal   thin – adjective – having a smaller distance between opposite sides or surfaces than other similar objects or than normal a thick book (= one that has a lot of pages) ~ a thin book (= …

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 …

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, …