12 English Similes For Describing People

Here are some native-speaker expressions and similes for describing people. A simile (pronounced “sim-i-lee”) is a type of comparison. You can make this comparision by saying “as + adjective + as + noun”. There are many similes in English, but these ones are used particularly to describe people. You’ll hear them a lot in spoken… Read More

3 English Pronunciation Hacks

What’s the easiest, quickest way to improve your English pronunciation? If you’re short of time and want to see immediate results, focus on quick “hacks” (= easy shortcuts). These will help you improve your English pronunciation quickly and effectively. Here are three pronunciation hacks for you to try. They’re based on some of the sounds… Read More

Advanced English: Placeholder Names

A “placeholder name” is a name we use to describe a type of person with a particular characteristic. We generally use first names (“Jack” is very popular) but we can also use first names and last names to create the “placeholder”. Placeholder names are very common in informal, spoken English and you’ll hear them a… Read More

5 Quick Grammar Fixes

Here are five very common English grammar mistakes which can cause misunderstandings. If you’re at an intermediate level of English, check them out! When you fix these mistakes, your English will become more accurate – and easier to understand. ‘Like’ And ‘As’ Typical mistakes“As you, I think…”“He works like a teacher.” The fixes1. We use… Read More

Advanced English: Giving Directions

There are lots of ways for giving directions in English. Make sure you know the basic ways first, then check out these native expressions and phrasal verbs. They’re a little more advanced, but you’re likely to hear them in real-life conversations. The section on different roads also includes useful vocabulary. Phrases For Giving Directions Your… Read More

How To Talk About Years

If you are involved in planning – especially if you work in a company – you need to refer to years, and important times in the year. Here are essential words and phrases so that you can talk about years in English, time periods, and also historical time. Types Of Years a leap year =… Read More

50 Ways To Use Just In English

We use the adverb “just” a lot in English, especially in spoken English. We can use it to mean different things (like “only”, “exactly” and “absolutely”) and we also use it in time expressions and to be polite. Get the most common meanings of “just”, with more than 50 everyday expressions using “just”. “Just” In… Read More

7 Native English Phrases That Explain British Culture

There are some phrases in every language that tell you ALL you need to know about the culture! Here are some which can help you understand British English speakers. They all describe different characteristics. Pardon me! Alternatives to this phrase are “I beg your pardon” and “Excuse me”. We use these phrases mainly to be… Read More

English Health Vocabulary

Are you healthy? Do you often get ill, or do you suffer from a particular condition? This health vocabulary will help you talk about health problems, lifestyles, cures and treatments in English. There are also common collocations to help you use the vocabulary in context. Common Health Problems high blood pressure This is very common… Read More

British Food Vocabulary

What are some traditional British dishes? What snacks do people normally eat? And what are these strange things you can see on pub and cafe menus? Here’s our guide to British food vocabulary so you can understand menus and talk about food in the UK. Common British Food Expressions We have lots of slang words… Read More