Unexpected Word Flow

“What a terrible question! Look at how they worded this! What does it even mean?” My girlfriend was taking an online survey and wanted backup in processing this question: “How often does your cat use the litter box?” 25% of the time 50% of the time 75% of the time 100% of the time “JustContinue reading “Unexpected Word Flow”

English Lesson: To Keep

One of the worst things you can do when learning a language is to know only one meaning of a word. You shouldn’t stress over trying to learn all the variations of meaning. That can be a nightmare especially when it comes to phrasal verbs. However, you want to make sure you know the most common usageContinue reading “English Lesson: To Keep”

Explain to Me: Season’s Greetings

The most important thing to remember with any greeting: don’t be robotic. Unless you’re an actor, scripted dialogue is such a waste– and it’s a good reason why so many people hate small talk. Unfortunately, lots of English learners rely on these kinds of phrases because they prioritize perfection instead of connection. Here’s my reminder to you:Continue reading “Explain to Me: Season’s Greetings”

English Lesson: “End Up”

I’ve mentioned before that using “how come” is a lot better than “why” because it’s a lot less direct. Why do you know Japanese? How come you know Japanese? In sort of a similar way, using the phrasal verb “end up” can help you loosen up your speech. When someone asks you about last night,Continue reading “English Lesson: “End Up””