Podcast #2: How to Use the Future Forms “to be going to” and “will” for Decisions and Predictions

Podcast #2 How to Use the Future Forms To Be Going To and Will for Decisions and Predictions

Unlike other languages, English does not have a future tense.  Instead, we have future forms: the modal verb “will,” the construction “to be going to,” the simple present, and the present continuous can all be used to express future meaning! In this podcast, I describe how to use “to be going to” and “will” to talk about decisions and predictions.  I explain how “to be going to” is used to talk about decisions made before … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Start Using Contractions Consistently and Confidently to Sound More Natural in English

Want a really simple way to sound more natural in English? Learn how to pronounce contractions correctly. While this tip sounds very simple, I would say that 80% of my clients do not use contractions consistently! This problem is particularly obvious when non-native speakers read out loud; they separate “I’m” into “I am” and “they’re” into “they are,” which makes them sound very formal and less comfortable speaking English. Many people learn this “bad habit” … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Making Appointments and Plans

Have you had to make an appointment recently? What about arranging plans with your friends or family? You probably make appointments and plans on a regular basis, but you’re probably wondering if you’re using the right language and expressions to schedule these meetings. If so, don’t worry – we’re going to talk all about it! Making Appointments and Plans There are many reasons that we need to make appointments. Some of the most common appointments … Read the article and watch the video lesson

How to Use the Present Perfect Continuous Like a Native Speaker

Podcast #1 How to Use the Present Perfect Continuous

Are you confused about how to use the present perfect continuous? In this podcast, I clarify what we mean when we say “perfect” tenses and “continuous” tenses, explain the two main uses of the present perfect continuous, and show how the present perfect continuous is often used with “recently,” “how long,” “for,” and “since.” How to Use the Present Perfect and the Present Perfect Continuous Many non-native speakers struggle when they’re learning the present perfect because … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Getting to Know “Meet” and “Know”!

Have you ever had trouble deciding when exactly to use the verbs “meet” and “know”? If so, you’re not alone. Non-native English speakers commonly confuse these two verbs and also have trouble using all of the phrasal verbs we use to fill in the meanings in between. Mastering the verbs “meet” and “know” will help you speak more confidently about your plans and experiences. How to Use Meet and Know This vocabulary to help you … Read the article and watch the video lesson