Phrasal Verbs in Research Papers

Have you been told that phrasal verbs are informal words? Have you been told that you should avoid using phrasal verbs in formal/ academic writing? Many English learners and international grad students often think that phrasal verbs are informal and not appropriate for a manuscript, a research paper or an essay. Phrasal verbs, in fact,Continue reading “Phrasal Verbs in Research Papers”

Useful Phrases for New Year’s Resolutions

A New Year, new opportunities to improve your English! It’s time to start thinking about New Year resolutions. A resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something in the future. In English there are different ways to talk about our resolutions depending on how determined we are to accomplish them. ThereContinue reading “Useful Phrases for New Year’s Resolutions”

2021 New Words About Food

The cuisines of cultures have greatly influenced the way we refer to food. Some of the terms that we commonly use to refer to food are related to new ways of cooking and organization of food preparation. Languages are always evolving and dictionaries keep adding new terms each year. This year, the Merriam-Webster dictionary hasContinue reading “2021 New Words About Food”

What to write in a Christmas Card

Let’s write some Christmas cards! Writing Christmas cards is a tradition in many many English speaking countries. The tradition of sending Christmas cards started in the mid 1800’s in the UK when a British artist created a greeting card for Sir Henry Cole to send forth to his family and friends. Sir Henry Cole thoughtContinue reading “What to write in a Christmas Card”

Christmas idioms

Christmas came earlier this year Meaning: When someone gets an unexpected surprise. Example: John got a promotion last week. Indeed, Christmas has come earlier for him this year. Good things come in small packages Meaning: Used to say that people or things do not have to be large to be good Example: A: I’m upsetContinue reading “Christmas idioms”

Christmas Phrasal verbs

Yaaay! Christmas is coming. That’s my favorite time of the year. I have prepared some flashcards with festive phrasal verbs that you will hear a lot throughout the holiday season. You can give it a try and use some of them in your conversations. Practice time Review the flashcards Click on the red button toContinue reading “Christmas Phrasal verbs”

been to vs. gone to

Let’s talk about verb be and verb go You already know that: Base form simple past past participle be was/ were been go went gone Now, let’s say that you want to talk about your trips. If you want to talk about your trips and the places that you have visited in the past youContinue reading “been to vs. gone to”

Introduction to Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal verbs are two-word verbs. They include a verb and a particle. The particle can be a preposition or an adverb. Common particles are: up, down, back, out, on, off, or in. When a verb and a particle are put together the resulting verb phrase has a complete different meaning. Examples: I usually eat outContinue reading “Introduction to Phrasal Verbs”

Temperature related words

In this mini lesson you will learn how to pronounce the following words: temperature degrees degrees Celsius (°C) degrees Fahrenheit (°F) Kelvin (K) You will also learn how to ask about the temperature of a place or a thing. Practice time What’s the weather usually like in your city? How cold/ hot is it inContinue reading “Temperature related words”

Prefixes and Suffixes

Prefixes and suffixes are letters that we add to words. Both prefixes and suffixes are grammatical elements that belong to a group of words called affixes. Affixes sometimes seem like a crazy code. Indeed, they are like a code based on ancient Latin and Greek. The word affix means in addition to. When they areContinue reading “Prefixes and Suffixes”