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How to Use the Word "Go" In our last blog, we learnt how to use the word “Go” with activities, adjectives and while asking and giving directions to someone. In today’s blog, we’ll learn a few more usages of the word Go. Go vs Come One of the biggest confusion starts with these opposite verbs. Everyone at one point of time might have surely got confused between these two. These words are similar to borrow and lend, take and bring, which also creates the same level of...
Shopping Vocabulary Do you love shopping? If yes, you may also love to discuss your shopping with others. It is an ideal ice breaker for a conversation. Imagine a situation like this: You are traveling in a train in a new country and you want to know about best shopping places. What will you do? You will Google the shopping destinations and carry a map and continue the journey, won’t you? But here’s a simple tip that might help you. Since you are traveling in the...
Exit interview You have gathered the courage to put down your resignation and look for greener pastures elsewhere. The time has come to bid adieu to your current organization and take a stride in your career. While it is imperative to move and look for opportunities to flourish, it is equally important to end a relationship on a positive note. You never know when you may cross the paths with your current organization. Exit interviews present a tricky...
Pop Culture knowledge When we discussed about pop culture in our online spoken English classes, most students were confused or had no idea on what pop culture means although we have all  heard pop songs. What does pop culture mean and how can it help us improve our English communication? Pop by the way is a short form of ‘popular’ and when we say culture, we are talking about the kind of vocabulary used by native English speakers. There are a lot of things that we can...
business_email Emails are very important in the professional world. Through internet, we have overcome the distance barrier. We can mail to any country or region of the world from any corner of the world. They help us to work properly by providing timely coordination with clients or colleagues to get information. But at the same time, conveying an incorrect message through email can cause unintentional confusion. So, you are required to write a clear email in...
Budge Up Slang words are jargons that are used by native speakers of the language. Learning these slang words is not easy as it has many variations which changes with every town. Most of them are used to sound less formal. Slang is mainly used because it allows people to speak in a more comfortable and fluent way. There are many slang words which are commonly used by native speakers.With this blog we will show you some of the most popular slang words....
Look-Watch-See English is a language which has many variations and sometimes these variations may be confusing. For instance observe the following sentences:  Can you see me? Okay now watch this. Look at that painting. The sentences have three verbs- look, watch and see, which are often confusing and used interchangeably. However, there is a difference between these three verbs that you must be aware of. Let’s have a look at the rules and correct usage of see, look...
Greeting In our day to day life we meet many people while travelling to office, college, etc. Some of them are known to us, while others are strangers, and so our conversation with each of them differs. Generally, we use “hello” and “how are you?”as the common expression when we meet someone. There are many other greetings and expressions in the English language which we can be used to greet. These English greetings are used by native speakers to sound more...
Travel Phrases It’s that time of the year that brings along happiness, gifts and holidays. Yes, we are talking about December. When we are talking about December how can we forget Christmas and New Year? Christmas and New Year break is just round the corner.Holidays call for trips and most of you must have planned your trips by now. While you have decided your destination and the mode of travelling,it’s time to learn some travel phrases that might come handy as...
Slang Greeting In our last blog, we explained about English Greetings – casual and formal. In our today’s blog, we will learn about slang English greetings and expressions.Slang greetings are very informal, and should not be used in formal professional environment. They must be used with people you are comfortable with and whom you know very well. Slang changes from region to region and one must carefully use them according to the region. You cannot use...
bookworm Idioms are a great way to learn English. Sometimes they are funny and sometimes they sound serious. Generally, native speakers use idioms while communicating. But, before you use them, it is important to know the meaning so that you can use it appropriately in your conversation. Today, let’s learn some animal idioms and improve our spoken English. 7 must know Animal idioms 1. Copy catMeaning - a person who does the same thing as someone elseExamples:...
Use Also Also and too are the two words which have similar meaning and hence are very confusing. But the fact is their usage is not the same, so before using it in a sentence, you need to recognize the meaning. Understanding its correct meaning will improve your English comprehension. As you know grammar is the nitty-gritty of effective communication, unless your concepts of grammar are clear, it is hard for you to frame grammatically correct sentences. Let’s...
Present Continuous Tenses are an important aspect of English grammar as they tell us about time. Different tenses depict different time periods for example Past tense tells us about the time that has passed, Present about the current time and Future about the time that is still to come.. When referring to the past and present, there are two simple tenses and six complex tenses. When referring to the future, there are four modal tenses, which sums up to a total of 12...
Simple Present Tense Tenses are an important part of grammar as they tell you about an event that has occurred, or is happening or is going to happen. There are three tenses namely Past, Present and Future tense. In English language, we use tenses when we refer to time. Today, we will learn about Simple Present tense and its usage.We use Simple Present tense to speak about habits, general truths, repeated actions or unchanging situations, emotions and wishes. The...
Basics Adverbs English is a globally used language and hence many of us constantly strive to improve our understanding of the language. When it comes to English, we cannot ignore its backbone, grammar. It is an important aspect of the language and learning it will help us understand the basics. For learning any new thing, you start with basics and learn step by step and continue it until you reach the perfection level. Same is with grammar, it is a continuous...
Pronunciation English language has thousands and thousands of words which are pronounced the same way. We use these words in our daily conversations. But often the words are mispronounced by us. Have a look at the following example – “Peter can you please call Henry? Ask him to come to my desk in 10 minutes.” This sentence is properly written but many of us read it as, “Peter can you please call Henry, ask him to come to my deks in 10 minutes.” People here pronounce...
Sitcoms Laughter indeed is the best medicine to not just stay healthy but also to learn English! Yes, you heard it right. Humor can indeed help people learn English.English language experts explored how humor could be employed in classroom teaching. The resource book by Kate Khoury, Sarah Raybould and Louise Salim” Sensing Humor in English”, which bagged Macmillan Education Award in its draft form for Innovative Writing, drives home the message that this is...
Speak English Knowledge of English , a global language, has become a necessity for all in the recent years. Everyone wishes to speak in English like an expert. But there is no magic pill that will ensure English fluency overnight for anyone. However these 5 smart tips will go a long way in enhancing your confidence and language fluency.1. Make the first stepDo not waste time thinking about speaking as it will only make you nervous. Try speaking in English...
Dont Communication is an important part of life, be it your professional or personal life. English is a language which is globally accepted for professional communication. We use English while conversing with others, while raising our support, opinion and suggestions. But, at times it becomes difficult to express our dislike or disapproval for something in English. Am I sounding rude? Is this too direct? We fear that we may annoy the other party if we...
Idioms Idioms are a great way to express yourself and they add to the beauty of your presentation be it spoken or written. They are mostly used in spoken English by native speakers.  An idiomatic expression cannot be taken literally because it carries a figurative meaning. Over the months, we learnt idioms related to health, colour and sports. Today, we will learn idioms related to fruits and vegetables. Let us have a look at them. 10 Idioms related to...
Winter You know it's winter when you enter the last month of the year, December. Who doesn’t like winter or let’s say who doesn’t like to sit indoors by the fireside in the mornings and evenings with a hot cup of tea. We all love it. Today, let’s learn a few commonly used winter idioms which when used, make the description of your article or story, beautiful and indescribable. 10 must know winter idioms 1. Snowed underMeaning - to be overwhelmed,...
Conversation During our lifetime, we meet innumerable people and starting a conversation with them, sometimes becomes very difficult and painful. We do not know how to begin, we hesitate and sometimes feel uncomfortable in such situations.  However do not feel shy and apprehensive. In this article we are going to stress on how to start a good conversation. Steps for starting a conversation 1.Break the iceBreak the ice means getting comfortable with someone....
Which Vs Who In English, there are many words which confuse us with their usage. Amongst them are which, who and that. These words are commonly used in daily conversations. Simple words are the ones which we find easy to understand but are hard to use in conversations. Being familiar with the grammar rules can make any word a simple deal. Let’s understand the correct usage of which, who and that and the rules to use them. Rules to use 1. Who and (sometimes)...
Get A phrasal verb is a combination of a verb and a preposition, a verb and an adverb, or a combination of both. These combined verbs generally make a new meaning, which is different from the original verb. Phrasal verbs are confusing as well as funny at times.However their usage adds to your presentation skills Today, let’s learn phrasal verbs with get. 7 Phrasal Verbs with Get 1. Get along / Get on withMeaning - to have a friendly relationship...
Interview When you are facing an interview panel, even the most basic questions can unsettle you. So imagine the situation when you have to face a volley of tricky questions that tests your diplomacy and commonsense rather than the subject matter expertise as such.Let’s admit it! Any interview can be an intense experience as you have to leave an impression in a few minutes. Your resume might have given the interviewer a fair idea of your academic...
    

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