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, …

English vocabulary – “Qualify” (4 uses, 15 examples!)

  The 2018 World Cup stared June 14th!  Was the World Cup popular in your country?Did you watch it? By Source, Fair use, Link This week I want to teach you a word that we can use to talk about the World Cup.⚽This is an update of a blog post I wrote for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil!   I’m …

Easily confused English – notify VS notice

Recently one of my private students confused the verbs notify and notice. He told me:“The car rental company didn’t notice me to confirm my reservation.” XThis is not natural English, and it has a completely different meaning than what he wanted to say.“The car rental company didn’t notify me to confirm my reservation.” ✔This is correct!Read the definitions and examples below to learn the differences between these 2 words! …

English vocabulary – regret

Definition from https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.comregret – verb – to feel sorry about something you have done or about something that you have not been able to do “I regret not traveling more after university.” “I bet Alex regrets drinking so many beers last night” “I have a hangover.“ This stormtrooper regrets his actions… “Why did I shoot at Luke Skywalker?“ More examples and …

Summer verb – swelter = to be very hot!

Lets learn a new word to describe when we are feeling very hot! swelter  verb   to be very hot in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable Passengers sweltered in temperatures of over 90°F.  The pronunciation is SWELL-TERR. We also sometimes describe the temperature (heat) with the adjective form, sweltering!

Learn English with a news story – World Cup and technology

Are you watching the World Cup? Many people around the world are watching the World Cup, and this year the games are being video taped more than ever! Read this news story about Sony and the use of High Definition in Brazil! Other Tech – Sony, who is supporting official FIFA broadcaster HBS, has installed more than 224 high-definition (HD) cameras which …

English vocabulary from the World Cup – eliminate

It’s the round of 16 now! 32 teams qualified for the 2014 World Cup so 16 teams have been eliminated.  On May 19th I posted a blog that explained some English meanings for the verb qualify. (click the image below to review that post!) Today let’s look at a few ways to use eliminate. eliminate  verb 1 to remove or get rid of …