The words "beautiful", "pretty", "gorgeous", and "handsome" all describe something which looks good. When several words have the same meaning, how can you choose which one to use?
The best way to learn similar words is to learn them in phrases. Learn the words that go along with them.
Who do we...
Do you know what to say to an old friend who you haven't seen in many years? Here are some phrases that you can use when you reunite with someone:
People who haven't met in a long time often act surprised, even when their meeting was planned:
Oh my gosh, look who it is!
Well if it...
ALsensei from alsensei.com interviewed me recently for his English 2.0 podcast. We talked about the most common questions English learners ask, my ideas for how to learn English faster, and tips for being productive. Check out the interview here:
Are you a coffee drinker?
How do you take your coffee? Do you take it black, or do you like to add milk or sugar to it? Do you prefer skim milk (milk with no fat), whole milk, cream, or half-and-half (half milk, half...
Do you like to garden? Here are some words and phrases for talking about gardening in English:
There are a few different types of gardens:
- vegetable gardens, in which you grow vegetables and fruits to eat
- flower gardens, which have pretty flowers
- ornamental gardens, which contain a...
We use quotation marks in English in several situations:
when quoting exactly what someone said or wrote
He said, "Don't bother cooking dinner for me."
when naming the title of an article, song, TV episode, etc.
I sang a song I wrote called "Only Once".
when writing about a word or...
A "tradesperson" is someone who is skilled in an area that requires both manual labor (working with your hands) and specialized expertise (detailed knowledge about how to do something).
Here are some skilled trades. You can click to read an encyclopedia entry...
You may sometimes notice strange non-words that pop up in informal writing online: things like "OMG", "bf", etc. These slang expressions have entered the English language in the last 10-15 years because they're faster to type than the fully-spelled-out words and...
A reader asked me this question:
When English speakers ask me something, my response always contains the same old vocabulary and phrases. Instead of using new English that I've learned, I always go back to the simple way of saying things. How can I stop doing that?
So how can you make yourself...
One of the most popular PhraseMix articles ever was about the 50 most important English proverbs, so here are some more really common proverbs.
Proverbs are wise sayings that are remembered and repeated. The ones below are so popular that you will often hear them in daily conversation.