How to Use Embedded Questions to Soften Requests and Sound More Polite

Podcast #7 How to Use Embedded Questions to Soften Requests and Sound More Polite

Let’s discuss embedded questions, which are also known as indirect questions. Embedded questions are questions contained within another statement or question. They are used to repeat a previously asked question, indicate a point of confusion or doubt, or sound more polite when making a request. Embedded questions are especially common in everyday speech when telling a story, or when we want to signal to someone that we know our question requires them to take some … Read the article and watch the video lesson

How to Use the Present Perfect Continuous for Sports, Artistic Activities, Hobbies, and Jobs

Mini English Lesson on How Long Have You Been Doing Something

When someone asks “How long have you been….?”, they want to know more about skills you have learned after lots of practice, such as sports, artistic activities, hobbies, or even things you do in your job. The present perfect continuous has several different uses, which I explain in detail here. Today, we’ll focus specifically on using the present perfect continuous to describe the duration of time you have invested into learning a skill. Learning how to play … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Understand the Difference Between the Verbs Hope and Wish and Use Them to Express Desires

English with Kim Podcast #6: The Difference Between the Verbs Hope and Wish to Express Desires

I hope you are having a great week so far. I’m so excited to bring you the latest episode of the English with Kim podcast. Let’s focus on the difference between the verbs “hope” and “wish.” I decided to talk about the verbs “hope” and “wish” in this podcast because many non-native speakers confuse the two verbs, using “wish” when they actually want to use “hope.” Even though both verbs are used to express desires, … Read the article and watch the video lesson

How to Use Collective Nouns for Groups of People

Collective Nouns for People

Chances are you use collective nouns regularly. So what are there? Collective nouns are special nouns that are used for groups, usually groups of people. Because they describe groups with many members, the words sound like they should be plural. However, in American English, they are actually singular! For this reason, many non-native English speakers are confused by collective nouns. For example, why do we say, “My family eats together every night” if my family … Read the article and watch the video lesson

How to Use Participial Adjectives Correctly

Participial Adjectives Mini-Lesson

Let’s talk about participial adjectives. First things first, what are participial adjectives? This fancy term describes adjectives formed using the past and present participles, otherwise known as the -ed and -ing endings. Many non-native speakers struggle with choosing the correct ending because they are so similar. But the rule is quite easy, as you see in the image: Use the -ing ending (the present participle) to describe the person, place or thing that causes a … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Making Small Talk and Catching Up with a Friend or Acquaintance

Have you ever run into a friend or acquaintance whom you hadn’t seen in weeks, months, or even years? What do you say to them?  What do you begin to talk about? Let’s talk about useful phrases for making small talk with a friend after you haven’t seen them for a while! We make small talk differently depending on the person and the situation. Today, we are going to look at vocabulary you can use … Read the article and watch the video lesson