Pretty Good or Really Good? How to Use Intensifiers in American English

I’m pretty sure you’re going to find this video really interesting. We’re going to talk about a fairly challenging subject which many non-native speakers find very confusing. If you’re not really that confident using intensifiers like the ones I just mentioned, this lesson will be pretty helpful! In this article and video, we’re going to discuss intensifiers, which are extremely common in everyday, natural speech. We’ll also talk about how to stress intensifiers and how … Read the article and watch the video lesson

What to Ask When You Don’t Know the Right Word So You Can Improve Your Vocabulary in English

 Have you ever been in the middle of a conversation when you couldn’t think of the word you wanted to use? You’re searching and searching and trying to find the right word to express your thoughts. Don’t worry: it happens to all of us! Sometimes we simply don’t know (or can’t remember) the right word. In a previous video, I encouraged you to “use your words” to find another way to express your ideas. … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Start Thinking in English! Access Your Vocabulary with Practical Writing and Speaking Exercises

How would you feel if you were able to think in English? For many of us, achieving fluency means we’re able to stop translating and start thinking in a language that isn’t our first. When I became fluent in Spanish, I realized that I had stopped thinking in English. I was finally coming up with words and ideas in Spanish rather than translating from my native language. This was not an overnight process. I had … Read the article and watch the video lesson

When to Use Expect, Wait for, Looking Forward to, Be Excited About, and Can’t Wait

Quick question: do you expect new videos from me? 🤔 Maybe what you actually want to say is that you are waiting for, looking forward to, are excited about, or can’t wait for new videos from me! But first, let me give you some context. As you may know, I practice yoga every day, and I love to check out yoga instructors on YouTube. One morning, I scrolled down and saw that someone had commented, “I … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Improve Your English Vocabulary Naturally and Understand Context, Connotation, and Nuance

For the longest time, I avoided talking about how to improve your vocabulary in English. I’d refer people to other resources, explaining that I focus specifically on conversation skills, communicating clearly, and sounding more natural. (Which is still true!) After all, there are a lot of vocabulary “hacks” out there to help you learn more words, more quickly. There are language experts I respect who have proven techniques. But when I asked you, the members of … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Why You Need to Use Your Words to Sound More Fluent in English

I don’t have kids yet, but when I spend time with my friends who do, I pay close attention to how they are raising their children. After all, parenting is a skill that takes practice, so I figure I better start storing up the information for when I need it. 😉 A few weeks ago, I hung out with one of my oldest friends and her four children. I was shocked by how articulate her … Read the article and watch the video lesson