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More ways to make a suggestion in English!

When we use these next 2 expressions to make a suggestion the following verb is in the continuous from (ing) or we use a noun phrase like in these examples:

What about/How about...
How about painting the living room blue? I think that it would look nice.
What about a cold beer?

Of course we can use the verb to suggest when we want to suggest something but it's more formal.

"I'd like to suggest we postpone the meeting until Thursday."
"If you haven't decided on your vacation destination yet I could suggest some places that are nice but not too expensive."

It can also be used in a very polite way.
"May I suggest that we consult with Martin before we make a final decision?"

We also use suggest when we talk about what someone else said. (Reported speech)
"Greg suggested going to that new Italian restaurant for dinner tonight." (NOT suggested to go)
"My hairdresser suggested a new hairstyle for the summer." (a new hairstyle is a noun phrase)


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Making suggestions in English

Today I want to teach you some expressions that we use to make a suggestion in English.
*The grammar ~ After these expressions we use the infinitive (basic or raw) form of the verb without to.

Here are a few examples of verbs in the infinitive:
"I like to eat ice cream on hot days. (Any day really!)"
to eat is the infinitive of the verb EAT.
"Paul has to do his homework before he watches TV."
to do is the infinitive of the verb DO.

These suggestion phrases are the most common-

Shall we...
Shall we get some coffee after lunch? (get is infinitive, we use it without to)
Why don't we...
Why don't we invite Derrick to our party tonight, I heard he is in town. 
(invite is infinitive, we use it without to)

Why not...
Why not ask Andrea on a date? I think she likes you! (ask is infinitive, I think you get it!)
"Hi Andrea, why don't we go to a movie."

and my favorite :)

Let's..!
Let's study English!


Confusing English words - Famous or Popular? (Updated with video and quiz for 2018!)





In this post I’ll explain the subtle difference, with lots of helpful examples that you can listen to and repeat. This kind of practice will improve all of your English communication skills.


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Both words are adjectives.
Adjectives are used to describe nouns.
(Remember, a noun is a person, place or thing)

The definitions and many of the examples
used here came from:


famous ADJECTIVE
- known about by many people


Vincent Van Gogh is a famous artist from Holland. 
(Many people know who Vincent Van Gogh is.)


One day I’ll be rich and famous
(In the future I’ll have money and be well known.)


The Plaza is a famous hotel in New York where celebrities and the wealthy stay when they visit the Big Apple.



popular ADJECTIVE
- liked or enjoyed by a large number of people

Prince is a hugely popular singer.
(A lot of people like Prince and enjoy his music.)

Skiing has become very popular recently.
(Lately many people enjoy skiing.) 

These polka dot acrylic nails are one of our most popular designs.
(Many people buy and wear these nails.)







The reason she is famous is because she wrote 
the (very popular!) Harry Potter novels.


The beautiful beaches are one of the reasons Maldives is famous.


More Thai women are becoming interested in kickboxing.



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Springtime vocabulary - Useful English words to talk about this season

Sorry my blog is late this week! I've been busy with my new English e-book :) Here's the blog that should have been posted Monday!

Here are a few words we use in springtime that describe this beautiful season. 


blossom

 verb
to produce blossomThe cherry trees blossomed early this year.to become more healthy, confident or successfulShe has visibly blossomed over the last few months.blossom into something Their friendship blossomed into love.


allergic

 adjective
1allergic (to something)having an allergy to somethingI like cats but unfortunately I'm allergic to them.

allergy

noun
plural allergies
allergy (to something)a medical condition that causes you to react badly or feel ill/sick when you eat or touch a particular substanceI have an allergy to animal hair.Hay fever is caused by an allergy to pollen.

shower

 noun
 
 a short period of rain or snowscattered showersApril showersWe were caught in a heavy shower.

"April showers bring may flowers." = It rains in April (rain is not so nice) but because of the rain beautiful flowers bloom in May!


bloom

 verb
to produce flowers
synonym
 
flower
Most roses will begin to bloom from late May.

Can you use any of these words to talk about spring where you live? Tell us about your city/country during spring in the comment section :)


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Prepositions - Other uses for AT

Prepositions - Other uses for AT

Here are some common uses of the preposition AT. Please read the following examples:

Someone's age when something happened-

"I moved out of my parents at (the age of) 24."

"Oscar started playing baseball at (the age of) 6. That's why he is so talented!"

The speed that something was moving-

"The police think the car was travelling at a speed of 180 km/h at the time of the crash."

The temperature at which something happens-

"Water boils at 100 °C."



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Prepositions - Other uses for IN

Prepositions - Other uses for IN

Here are a few more examples of common English expressions that use preposition IN.

Talking about weather or light conditions.

"In August Kerry likes to go to the park and sit in the shade. If you spend too much time in the sun you will get a sunburn."

"Turn on the lights. It's not good for your eyes to read in the dark."

Opinion

"In my opinion the government should do more to support small businesses."

LOVE

"They look so happy together! It's nice to see 2 people in love."


English prepositions TO and INTO + verbs of movement

Let's do some more preposition practice today. 
This time TO and INTO.

We go/come or travel to a place or an event.

"I have to travel to Europe a lot for my job."

"Will you come to my party this Saturday?"

*Don't forget we use to with trip -
"How was your trip to Ireland?"

AND we can use several verbs of movement to go to the hospital.
"After the accident he was taken to the hospital."
"After the accident he was rushed to the hospital."

INTO

When we say go into or get into this means enter or go inside.

"Hank went into the meeting room and started talking Lennox."

"A mouse got into my house through a hole in my basement."

Often in by itself is okay too.

"I waited 45 minutes for a taxi last night so I didn't get in until late."

"Will this bus take me to City Hall?"

English - Reported Speech pt.3

Reported Speech pt.3

*Remember we also use this grammar when we explain something we heard from the TV news, radio or read in the newspaper. Even if we read the information, we still use the verb said to report information. Look at these examples:

"The news last night said it was going to rain today."

"The I listened to the radio last night. It said it was going to rain today."

"I read the paper (newspaper) this morning at breakfast and it said it was going to rain today."

*I get most of my weather information from the Internet. 
"I looked at Yahoo weather last night for my area, it said it was going to rain today."

"The newspaper says that it will be sunny all week."

English - Reported speech pt.2

Reported speech pt.2

When we report what someone has told us remember that can becomes could and will becomes would.
For example:

Daniel: "I can meet you at 5:30." 
Daniel said he could meet us at 5:30.


Brenda: "I won't be in town next weekend."
She said she wouldn't be in town next weekend.
"Carrie said she couldn't come to the amusement park with us today. She doesn't feel well."


English - Reported Speech

Reporting what others have said:


There are two ways to talk about something that someone told us.
1. We can quote the person.
Cheryl said "I'm busy."
or
2. We can change the verb tense and change the pronoun (I becomes he/she)
Cheryl said she was busy.
*#2 is the most natural way to use reported speech. It's the way I use almost every time!

Here are some more examples.
Mark said, "I only have $20."
Mark said he only had 20 dollars.

Kevin said, "I'm not worried about it."
Kevin said he wasn't worried about it.

Philip said, "I'm going to leave."
Philip said he was going to leave.

"The research team said they weren't happy with the results of the test."



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"Samsung unveils new smartwatch" - Listening practice!


Listen to the audio and fill in the blanks.

Samsung unveils new smartwatch

Samsung has entered the newly-emerging smartwatch ______ by unveiling its multi-function timepiece, the Galaxy Gear. It is a digital watch with a _____. Wearers can make telephone calls, receive emails and take _______. It can also run dozens of Android apps on its 1.6-inch _____. Users navigate through different screens and ______ using swipes. What's more, it comes in a range of _______ colours that add a sci-fi feel to its stainless steel ______. The device will be on sale from September 25th and it comes with a $299 ____ tag. Samsung beat its main competitor Apple to the market. Industry insiders expect Apple to reveal details of its smartwatch _____ a week or two.
Analysts have had mixed _______ to the Galaxy Gear. Jack Gold of J. Gold Associates suggests the product is _______. He said Samsung would need to price it at under $100 to get mass-market_______. He added: "At $300, that's probably as much as most people will pay for a phone _____." Independent analyst Jeff Kagan said the Gear "is another step into the _____" and that Samsung continues to "push the innovation envelope." He ______ it would be as popular as Samsung's smartphones and tablets. A Samsung ________ said: "We have created something incredible. You don't need to get your phone out ______. Gear takes the entirety of your digital _____ and places it right where you can see."

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Samsung unveils new smartwatch

Samsung has entered the newly-emerging smartwatch market by unveiling its multi-function timepiece, the Galaxy Gear. It is a digital watch with a difference. Wearers can make telephone calls, receive emails and take photographs. It can also run dozens of Android apps on its 1.6-inch screen. Users navigate through different screens and functions using swipes. What's more, it comes in a range of vibrant colours that add a sci-fi feel to its stainless steel body. The device will be on sale from September 25th and it comes with a $299 price tag. Samsung beat its main competitor Apple to the market. Industry insiders expect Apple to reveal details of its smartwatch within a week or two.
Analysts have had mixed reactions to the Galaxy Gear. Jack Gold of J. Gold Associates suggests the product is overpriced. He said Samsung would need to price it at under $100 to get mass-market appeal. He added: "At $300, that's probably as much as most people will pay for a phone itself." Independent analyst Jeff Kagan said the Gear "is another step into the future" and that Samsung continues to "push the innovation envelope." He predicted it would be as popular as Samsung's smartphones and tablets. A Samsung spokesperson said: "We have created something incredible. You don't need to get your phone out anymore. Gear takes the entirety of your digital world and places it right where you can see."


unveilverb – to reveal; to show

navigateverb – to direct or manage on its course.

vibrantadjective – vigorous; energetic; Vibrant is often used to describe very bright and exciting colors.

mixed reactions – situations where people reacted  differently.  “Lawmakers give mixed reactions to Obama’s Syria speech.” = Some lawmakers thought it was a positive speech but some thought it wasn’t good.
OR 1 person has 2 feelings (reactions) “I got my first car when I was 17. My mother had mixed reactions about it. She liked that I was becoming more independent but she didn’t like me driving too much because I was still young and it was a little dangerous.

innovationnoun – the act of innovating; introduction of new things or methods.

push the envelope – To attempt to extend the current limits of performance. To innovate, or go beyond commonly accepted boundaries. 
“TV shows are really pushing the envelope by showing so much sex and violence today.”


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