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Vocabulary

How to Keep a Conversation Going in English

How to Keep a Conversation Going in English

When you’re making conversation in English, it’s helpful to have the right vocabulary to express yourself well. On top of that, when you want to go a little bit deeper than just basic small talk, you need to make sure you know how to continue the conversation so there aren’t any awkward silences.  In this…

15 Terms to Talk About Your Business Goals

15 Terms to Talk About Your Business Goals

We recently talked about setting New Year’s resolutions, or goals for the coming year. You now know the importance of making sure your goals are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. Hopefully, you were able to use our tips to make some good goals for yourself for 2022. Today, we thought we’d look at expressing…

20 English Christmas Holiday Words

20 English Christmas Holiday Words

Do you celebrate the Christmas holiday?  No matter how you celebrate (or whether you do at all), you might be familiar with one or two of the Christmas traditions and symbols that are often shown in English advertisements, movies, and TV shows.  But do you know the English words for these Christmas things?  Let’s go…

17 Business English Phrasal Verbs

17 Business English Phrasal Verbs

Having a job at an English-speaking workplace means hearing a lot of English business vocabulary you may not be familiar with (at first)—and that includes phrasal verbs. While phrasal verbs can often be used in many different situations outside of the workplace, there are certain ones that can commonly be used in the business world….

The Most Common English Contractions

The Most Common English Contractions

There are times when formal English is appropriate—in some formal essays, for example. But other times, if you want your English to sound natural, it’s important to know how to use contractions. A contraction is a shortened form of a word or group of words, usually used with an apostrophe. In English, people use them…

15 Self-Descriptive Words for Your Resume

15 Self-Descriptive Words for Your Resume

Are you thinking about applying for a new job? If so, you need to make sure your application gets noticed by the hiring manager. One way to ensure that you stand out is to use the right language on your resume and cover letter. By using a variety of effective English adjectives to describe yourself,…

14 Phrasal Verbs with “Up” and “Down”

14 Phrasal Verbs with “Up” and “Down”

It’s pretty unusual to be happy all the time. Most of us switch between positive and negative emotions—which is understandable, considering the crazy world we live in.  To recognize these emotional ups and downs (the shift between good and bad feelings) that we all experience, we’re going to focus on some phrasal verbs that feature…

Synonyms for Common English Words

Synonyms for Common English Words

Do you ever feel like you’re using the same English words over and over again? That can be a common problem when you’re learning any new language.  Luckily, there are a lot of different words you can use to express your ideas. If you’d like to add some interest to your vocabulary, try learning some…

Summer Idioms in English

Summer Idioms in English

It’s the middle of July, and in many places, that means summer!  Since we’ve got warm weather on our minds, we thought we should discuss some useful summer-inspired idioms to make your vocabulary shine like the sun! 13 English summer idioms 1. To beat the heat → To find ways to stay cool in hot…

Performance Review Phrases in English

Performance Review Phrases in English

Performance reviews aren’t anyone’s favourite thing. It can be awkward—even unenjoyable—to sit down and listen to someone tell you what you do well in your job and what you need to improve.  Well, it can be just as difficult if you’re the person reviewing someone’s job performance. You have to make sure you’re clear and…