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What's the difference between "under", "below", "beneath", and "underneath"?

Kitten under the sofa

What's the difference between "under", "below", "beneath", and "underneath"? These words are all similar in meaning, but figuring out the differences between them can be a little tricky. First, it's helpful to know how common each word is:

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Are English speakers changing the way they speak for you?

Have you ever noticed that it's a lot easier to understand someone who's speaking directly to you in English than a conversation between two other people?

I have this problem when I visit my in-laws in Japan. If I'm riding in the car with my wife and her mother and they're speaking Japanese to...

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These are 10 situations which haven't been turned into PhraseMix lessons yet, mostly because I couldn't think of a good way to illustrate them. Enjoy!

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25 more famous English movie quotes

The previous week's post on the 25 most famous English movie quotes was quite popular, so here are a few more.

These movie lines are not quite as well-known as the first group, but a lot of people will recognize them. 

  1. “I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster...

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The 25 most famous English movie quotes

Bond, James Bond

This is a list of the most well-known movie quotes in American culture.

You should definitely learn and memorize these quotes. Not only are they useful as English sentences to practice; they're also useful because English speakers quote them all the time! It's common for someone to drop a famous...

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The 50 most important English proverbs

English Proverbs

What are proverbs?

Every culture has a collection of wise sayings that offer advice about how to live your life. These sayings are called "proverbs".

How can you use proverbs to learn English?

It's good to know the really common English proverbs because you hear them come up in conversation all...

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13 qualities of a great athlete in English

A great athlete

This article is about some qualities that great athletes have. It will teach you some useful words and phrases for describing people in English.

Some of these phrases apply only to athletes, but a lot of them can be used for talking about successful people in all walks of life.

 

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How do you use the words "clothes", "clothing", "apparel", "garb", and "attire"?

Clothes

When it comes to a group of synonyms like "clothes", "clothing", "apparel", "garb", and "attire", how do you know the differences between them? If you look them up in a dictionary, you'll probably get definitions which seem to point to each other. For example, here's one definition of "attire"...

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English for talking about clothing: shirts

Can you name all of the shirts in the image above? Scroll down to find the answers!

 

 

Types of shirts

A. a tank top / a wifebeater ("Wifebeater" is a slang term for a white tank top for men that's meant to be worn under other clothes. It's called this because in...

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How far should you go to avoid mistakes?

This week, I wrote about the concept of fossilization. This is the term for when your language ability "freezes" and stops improving. You keep making the same mistakes over and over.

I got the idea to write the article from a blog post on the interesting site Keith's Voice on...