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40 words to use instead of "said"
Do you ever notice that we use the word “said” a lot?
He said this, she said that, then I said something else. Now there’s nothing wrong with the word “said,” it’s perfectly fine – but the English language has TONS of other options.
Today we’re going to learn 40 words you can use instead of “said” – and as you will see, each one adds some extra meaning.
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Never say "more better"
Today I’m going to explain why we never say “more better.”
English learners sometimes say things like, “My English is getting more better” – but it’s ALWAYS incorrect. Take the lesson to learn the right way to express comparatives!
I hope this helps make things clear!
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Let's pronounce 15 DIFFICULT words!
Once I asked my students, “What are the most difficult English words for you to pronounce?” and I got a lot of great answers!
Today we’re going to practice 15 words that English learners often find hard to say.
I’ll say each one once slowly, once at normal speed, and then I’ll say an example sentence – so listen and repeat after me each time.
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How to use BE, BEING, and BEEN correctly
The verb “be” is one of the most common words in the English language – but it has different forms, like be, being, and been.
Do you know when to use each one correctly?
I’ll explain it today, with plenty of examples! If you’re looking for simple, clear, step-by-step grammar lessons, check out my Basic & Intermediate Grammar E-Books.
They’ll teach you essential English grammar so that you can use it confidently without mistakes. Each lesson in the e-books also has a quiz for practice, and they also come with audio for listening practice.
"I couldn't agree more" & "I couldn't care less"
Today I’m answering a question from a student who asked how to use the phrases “I couldn’t agree more” and “I couldn’t care less” – so today I’ll explain them by using a couple of mini-dialogues.
When you’re learning English phrases, it’s so helpful to learn them in context – that way you can see how people use them, and understand the phrases better.
That’s why the lessons in my Everyday English Speaking Courses are based on conversations!
First you read/listen to a conversation, and then you learn the phrases that were used. It's fun, fast, and really works well for improving your spoken English :-)
Today I want to help you avoid a very common mistake that lots of people make – and that is writing the word “grammar” like this: G-R-A-M-M-E-R.
There’s actually NO “e” in the word grammar; the correct spelling is G-R-A-M-M-A-R.
But when we speak, we pronounce it like “er” – grammer, not gram-MAR – so that’s why people often misspell it with -er. It’s an understandable error.
There are actually lots of words in English that end with -ar or -or in an unstressed syllable, and we pronounce them more like -ER. Let’s practice more of these words. If you want to avoid more mistakes that many English learners make, check out my 200 Common Errors in English Course.
I’ll teach you the most common grammar mistakes, vocabulary mistakes, spelling mistakes, pronunciation mistakes, and more – showing you the right way to say things so that you can speak and write more confidently in English!
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Positive spirit and structure
This is a great podcast! So methodical, well-structured, and organized! I like how you’ve developed the podcast in bite-sized lessons. This is ingenious! Your calm voice and positive spirit radiate through the episodes! Well-done! Keep it up and thank you so much, Shayna!