Have you thought about taking an online English course? There are many online English courses to choose from. As a Lingoloop tutor, I’d like to share some thoughts about why our program is awesome!
Communication is key
Some learning programs boast that you can speak English fluently in six weeks, or that learning a language using the newest method will be “easy.” The truth is, any method of learning a language is just an artificial version of the truly effective way in which people have been learning languages since the dawn of civilization: communication!
Language is an integral part of who we are and how we relate to one another. Language learning is a dynamic process. It needs to be interactive, but personal. So if the method or technology strips the “person” out of it, you aren’t left with much.
The art of conversation
That’s what I love about teaching on Lingoloop. Here, we help you improve your English through the art of conversation. When I log on to begin my evening tutoring sessions, I feel like I’m sitting down with friends. Mugs of coffee or glasses of water in hand, we discuss the lesson topic, along with events and issues going on in our native countries and around the world. We answer discussion questions, but we also share stories, advice, recipes, laughter, and perspective. We connect. Sure, we pause long enough to correct a mispronunciation or a pesky irregular verb, or to pick up a new vocabulary word or expression. I mean, you’re here to learn to speak English! But soon we’re back to talking again. In language learning, communication is both the end result and the method to get you there. Practicing real English conversations on Lingoloop allows your English to improve organically and meaningfully.
Speak English fluently
To speak English fluently means the ability to speak easily and accurately. Do you know a lot of grammar and vocabulary, but just can’t seem to relax and avoid mistakes when you speak? If fluency is what you seek, then conversation practice is the method you need. Studying grammar textbooks or word lists is great, but the only way to speak English confidently is to speak and listen more and more, especially with a native speaker who is knowledgeable and experienced enough to correct your mistakes.
Invest in yourself… take an online English course
Maybe for you learning English online is the gateway to a new career, an academic goal, preparation for travel, or just an item on your “bucket list.” Regardless, the only way to get started is to start, and the only way to succeed is to keep going. If you’re ready to speak English confidently, then it’s time to connect with a tutor on Lingoloop.
At Lingoloop we care very much about words. Words are important… even when you are doing Math! Take for example this simple (yet complicated) riddle. It is sometimes described as “the battle of English and Math” or “the 1 rabbit 6 elephants question.” Some versions even have 9 elephants:)
1 rabbit saw 6 elephants while going to the river.
Every elephant saw 2 monkeys going towards the river.
Every monkey holds 1 parrot in their hands.
How many animals are going towards the river?
Take some time to think and then scroll down for the correct answer.
The battle of English vs. Math… who wins?
If you answered “5” you are CORRECT! Let’s break it down:
Sentence 1: 1 rabbit saw 6 elephants while going to the river.
In sentence 1, there are 7 animals, but only 1 (the rabbit) is going to the river. The word while is modifying rabbit, not elephants. Think about it this way: if we changed the sentence to: ”The rabbit saw a plane while going to the river.” we would not say that the plane was going to the river.
Sentence 2: Every elephant saw 2 monkeys going towards the river.
Since we see the word every, we know that all of the elephants saw 2 monkeys going towards the river. The trick here is that sometimes people assume that each of the 6 elephants saw 2 discretely different (or separate) monkeys. The sentence does not say that, so we cannot make that assumption. All we know for sure is that 2 monkeys are going towards the river.
Sentence 3: Every monkey holds 1 parrot in their hands.
This isn’t that tricky as long as you know the right number of monkeys! So if there are 2 monkeys going to the river, there must only be 2 parrots if every monkey is holding just 1 parrot.
1 rabbit + 2 monkeys + 2 parrots = 5 animals
So as you can see… every word counts! Very simple words can have a dramatic effect on meaning. Even native English speakers can struggle with communication if they don’t choose their words carefully.
Are you struggling with getting your point across? Or maybe you are having trouble listening to what people are saying. If you need to improve your English communication skills, try Lingoloop. Sign up for a Lingoloop free trial class to get your English skills assess by an expert tutor!
At Lingoloop, we see students from all walks of life. Some are advanced students taking online English classes for their careers. Some are beginner students or casual learners wanting to improve their English online so they can speak better with loved ones. Regardless of their level, all students want to speak English with confidence. You may wonder “How can I speak English confidently?” or “How can I speak English fluently?”
There is an old saying in English: practice makes perfect. It’s a simple concept. If you want to get better at anything, you have to practice, and it is no different when you want to improve your confidence speaking English.
When we say “treat your brain like a muscle” we mean create a consistent learning schedule as if you were going to exercise or workout. Plan to practice your English speaking once a day, or three times a week. Come up with a schedule that works for you. However, the key is consistency. Practicing a few times every week is better than doing it every day for a week and then stopping for 3 weeks. Staying organized will help you develop good learning habits and allow you to improve.
2) Set goals for yourself
When we meet a Lingoloop student for the first time, we always ask them what their learning goals are. You may have a high-level goal like, “I want to improve my English so that I can find a new job,” or “I want to improve my English so I can speak better with my daughter’s teacher.” Having something to aim at, will give you direction and improve your motivation.
Also, setting achievable short-term goals are important too. Commit to small things that will help you achieve your main goal. For example, if your main goal is to prepare for a big presentation, you may set short-term goals such as: watching someone give a presentation in English, asking a question in English during a co-worker’s presentation or practicing your presentation in front of a friend.
3) Quit negative self talk
If you believe that you can’t improve your English speaking, you won’t improve. Resist the urge to keep telling yourself that you are no good. It is easier said than done, but it is critical that you don’t give up on your dream.
Examine your negative thoughts and try to put them in perspective. As they say, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” It will take some time to make a dramatic improvement in your confidence speaking English, so don’t set your expectations too high at the beginning. One benefit of setting achievable short-term goals is that you will feel good as you achieve them. Aim for progress, not perfection and you will be more successful in the long run.
4) It is ok to fail
The advancement of humanity has been based on a very simple method called “trial and error.” In a sense, learning is controlled failure. We must know what we are doing wrong so that we can improve upon our mistakes. So don’t be afraid to fail – it is an important part of the learning process. The key is to fail early and often while you are practicing. Make your mistakes in an online English class, so that when you are out in the real world you won’t fail as much. Over time, confidence will come as you anticipate your mistakes before they happen and learn to forgive yourself for making some small mistakes from time to time.
5) Team up
There is something very powerful about learning with others. It is extremely motivating to be with other people who share your goals. It is the reason why people still workout in a gym. Yes, it is possible to workout alone, but there is something deep within us that makes us work just a little harder when we know others are watching. So learn with a friend, join a club or find a tutor to help you stay motivated. Learning with others will help you stay on track and make learning more fun.
We hope you found those 5 tips helpful. Do you want to feel more confident speaking English? “Feel good speaking English” is our slogan! If you need help finding someone to learn with, come try a Lingoloop online English class. An expert tutor will assess your speaking level, and show you our unique teaching method. Before you know it you’ll be correcting yourself and speaking English with confidence! Sign up for a FREE TRIAL CLASS today.
The world is changing quickly and video conference calls (Zoom, Skype etc.) are becoming a big part of our everyday life. Do you feel nervous about using Zoom? Don’t worry you are not alone! As a company that has been teaching English through video chat for many years, we have some good ideas about how to make video conference calls a less stressful experience.
Let’s face it, video conference calls are weird
I’ll say it again, video conference calls are weird. Here are a few reasons why:
Technology gets in the way: We are connecting with people that have different skill sets, comfort levels with technology and devices. How many times have you said “Can you hear me? I can see you… can you see me?” It is rare that a video conference call is a completely smooth experience. Especially when you are calling someone for the first time. This raises the stress about the whole experience.
It is weird to see yourself talking: It is weird enough to talk on the telephone, but most of us are used to it. In the old days (hahaha) you could just focus on your thoughts and speak. Now with Zoom, we have the added stress of having to look at ourselves and worrying about what other people see when we are talking. It is harder to focus.
It is hard to listen when you constantly see yourself: Not only is it weird to talk, it is weird to listen on a video conference call. We are distracted. We are distracted by having to look at someone else, and also distracted by the image of ourselves on screen.
Eventually as a society we will all get better at this:) However, in the meantime you may be asking yourself “How do I reduce Zoom anxiety?” or “How do I manage video call stress?” The simple answer, is to plan ahead. Think of the specific things that are causing you stress and work to minimize their effect on your call. See some of our specific suggestions below:
9 tips to help you feel good about video conference calls
1)Speak slowly: With all of the added distractions and issues with technology that we identified, it is important to speak slowly… maybe even slower than you think you should if English is your second language. It will be easier for you to express yourself, and easier for others to understand.
2)Use screen share: If you have to present ideas, take advantage of screen sharing tools. Prepare a short presentation ahead of time to make sure your audience understands your main points. Your thoughts will seem more organized (because they are!) and it will take the focus off of you.
3)Good lighting: Video conference calls are a performance. You can now use your face to express yourself. Your gestures are just as important as the words you choose. Good lighting will allow people to read your facial cues and make you look better on screen!
4)Smile: Don’t forget to smile. Smile a lot! There is something funny about smiling – it is contagious. When you smile, people smile back. Make the video conference call a happy place. You may have noticed it is easier to talk to someone who is smiling.
5) Wear pants: Yes, you are at home, but don’t use that as an excuse to look unprofessional during a work call. You’ll find that if you dress for work, it will make you feel more professional. If you feel better about your appearance, you won’t worry as much about how you look.
6) Find a quiet space: Try to find a private or quiet space for your call in order to reduce background noise. The last thing we want to worry about during a video call is being interrupted by sirens or a loud barking dog. Do your best to control your environment to reduce potential stressors.
7)Wear headphones with a mic: Wearing headphones with a mic makes it easier for others to hear you and for you to hear others. This is especially important if you are on a call with multiple parties.
8)Break the ice: It is hard to jump straight into the meeting agenda if you are nervous about a Zoom call. Try your best to participate early when people are exchanging pleasantries. Hearing your own voice on the call, even with a quick “Hello… how are you?” will make you feel less anxious about speaking later.
9)Don’t look at yourself: If watching yourself while you talk is causing you anxiety, don’t do it. Focus your eyes on the camera. You can also minimize the Zoom window so that you don’t see yourself (or others).
I hope you found these tips useful. If you reduce the risk of distractions and unexpected interruptions, all of these things can minimize your anxiety about video conference calls.
While these are issues that everyone faces, if English is your second language, the problems become amplified. If you are anxious about your English speaking, come sign up for a Lingoloop free trial class. Practicing real English conversations with our expert tutors over Zoom will improve your skills and boost your confidence quickly!
When someone says “thank you” in English, what do you say back? Most of you know the most common thing to respond with is “you are welcome” or “you’re welcome.” However, native English speakers have many different ways to respond to “thank you.” Let’s look at some different ways to say “you’re welcome” and what they mean.
How do you respond to “thank you?”
You are welcome
This is the classic polite response to “thank you.” When you say “you are welcome,” you are saying (to the person you just helped) that they are welcome to your help anytime. You can’t go wrong with saying “you’re welcome,” but you won’t win any awards for originality:)
You are very welcome
If you want to add a little extra to “you are welcome” then “you are very welcome” will do the trick. Oftentimes you will use this phrase when someone says “thank you very much.”
You are more than welcome / you are most welcome
When you say “you are more than welcome” you are basically saying “you are welcome” multiplied by 100. You are being extremely gracious and kind.
When you respond with “of course,” you are saying that the help that you gave was to be expected.
My pleasure / the pleasure is mine
People say “my pleasure” when they want you to know that it made them feel good to help you… almost like it was not work. You hear this often from someone providing you service in retail, or in restaurants.
Don’t mention it
This is an old-fashioned, casual way of saying “you’re welcome.” It’s like you are saying “thank you” was unnecessary.
No problem / no worries
“No problem” is an even more casual way to express “you are welcome.” You are telling someone that it was not a problem to help them. Saying “no worries” is a modern way of expressing “no problem.”
This may seem weird to say. When you say “no sweat” you are saying (in slang) that it was very easy to help someone – so easy that you did not even sweat.
No…. thank you!
If you want to really make someone feel special, you can say “No… thank you.” You are basically saying “I’m the one who should be thanking you.”
It was nothing
This is another way to express that helping someone was easy. It was so easy, that it was like doing nothing.
When you say “any time!” in response to “thank you” you are saying “I can help you any time.” Wow, what a nice person you are!
This is also a very positive thing to say in response to “thank you.” When you say “sure thing” it’s like you are expressing that you can always be counted on for help.
English can be tricky because there are so many idiomatic expressions. Now that you know a few different ways to say “you are welcome,” it will be easy to respond to “thank you!”
Are you struggling in other areas of speaking English? If you want to learn more about idioms and how native English speakers express themselves, sign up for a Lingoloop free trial class. Join an online English class with our expert tutors!
For English language learners, the simplest questions can be the hardest to answer, like the question “How are you?” Sometimes “How are you?” is just a greeting, but sometimes people actually want to know more about you. How can you tell which is which, and how do you respond?
Well, it depends on two things:
How well do you know the person?
How many times has the person asked you how you’re doing? In other words, what round of the conversation are you in?
ROUND 1 – “How are you?” as a greeting
There are many ways to say “How are you?”
How are you?
How’s it going?
How do you do?
At the beginning of a conversation, these questions aren’t really questions at all. Instead, they are just greetings, or ways to make “hello” last a little longer. In fact, when initially greeting someone, after saying hello it would be rude to not also ask how they are doing. However, it might also be awkward for you to actually tell someone a long story about how you’re doing when you are asked. After all, they were really just saying hello!
Especially when speaking to coworkers, strangers and acquaintances, if someone asks one of these “How are you?” questions, you should respond with a quick answer and echo the question back.
Question: How are you?
How to respond: Good! And you?
Question: How’s it going?
How to respond: Not bad. How about yourself?
Question: What’s up?
How to respond: Not much! What’s up with you?
How to respond: ‘Sup, man.
Question: You good?
How to respond: Yeah I’m good. You?
Question: How do you do?
How to respond: Well, and you?
This last one – “How do you do?” is very formal. The rest are informal, with ‘Sup (short for “What’s up?”) being the most informal.
It may be appropriate to share more about yourself when a good friend or family member asks “How are you?” the first time. However, even when greeting close relationships people often don’t respond with more significant shares until “How are you?” has been asked at least twice.
ROUND 2 – A little more information
We are now in the second round! At this point, the person you are greeting has asked you at least one “How you are doing?” question and you have responded correctly by echoing the question. Nice job!
Now, if they follow up with another “How are you?” question, that means that this time they want to actually hear how you’re doing. It’s now that you should talk about yourself (and, if you have a family, your family). But, only share a little bit and keep it positive. A second “How are you?” question is an invitation to share more but not to share anything negative that might make other people feel uncomfortable. Save that for the third round!
Round 2A – General Questions
Some “How are you?” questions ask about your general well-being.
How are things?
How are you doing?
These questions are all pretty general and so you should respond with general information.
Question: How are things?
How to respond: Things are good! We’re all healthy and doing pretty well. What about you guys?
Question: How’s everything?
How to respond: Everything’s ok. We’re getting by and loving where we live. You?
Question: How are you doing?
How to respond: I’m doing well, all things considered. How about yourself?
Round 2B – Questions About the Recent Past
Each of these questions (below) specifically references the events of recent time.
What’s been going on?
How was your day / weekend?
What have you been up to?
When someone asks about a specific period of time, respond with things that you’ve been doing, not your general well-being. Keep in mind that if you haven’t seen someone in a long time, “recent” can be considered more than the very recent past; it could instead be considered “since we’ve last seen each other.”
Question: What’s been going on?
How to respond: Not much, ya know? Still working at the same job. You?
Question: What’s new?
How to respond: We had another baby, so that’s pretty new!
Question: How was your day / weekend?
How to respond: My weekend was good… Let’s see, what did we do? Oh yeah, we did some gardening and worked on the house a bit. We should have you over soon!
Question: What have you been up to?
How to respond: Nothing much. I’ve been practicing my English a lot with Lingoloop. Now I feel good speaking English!
Round 2C – Questions About Negative Events
When times are tough, people will ask you to share about how you are dealing with it.
How are you holding up?
Are you doing ok?
How are you feeling?
When someone asks you a question like this, they may sense something is wrong. It may be something happening to everyone, or maybe its something affecting you. The important thing to realize is that they are showing they care about you.
To “hold up” means to survive a difficult time, so “How are you holding up?” is an invitation to talk about that difficult time.
Question: How are you holding up?
How to respond: We’re ok. It’s been hard, but we’ve had a lot of help. Thanks so much for asking.
The questions “Are you doing ok?” and “How are you feeling?” sound pretty similar to “How are you doing?” but they have a different tone. “How are you doing?” is very general. “Are you doing ok?” is similar to what someone would ask if they saw you hurt yourself and wanted to know if you needed help. It implies that something is wrong. It’s the same thing with “How are you feeling?” They could have asked “How are you doing?” which literally just asks for adverbs that can describe your actions, but instead they asked about your feelings or emotions. That’s more personal, and so it’s an invitation to disclose more personal things. Neither of these are as direct as “How are you holding up?” so you don’t have to explicitly address the negative thing that has happened to you if you don’t feel comfortable doing so.
Question: Are you doing ok?
How to respond: Yeah I’m ok. My husband is still out of work but we’ll get through it thanks to friends like you.
Question: How are you feeling?
How to respond: I’m feeling ok, thanks for asking.
One exception to this: if you were recently ill and the other person knows this, they will ask “How are you feeling?” In this case they are asking for an update on your illness. You can respond, “I’m feeling much better, thank you!”
ROUND 3 – Share Anything
If you go through two rounds of “How are you?” questions and the person follows up with a third one, all bets are off! You’ve now entered a full-blown conversation. This person really cares about how you’re doing and wants to hear more! You’ll get through Round 1 by echoing the question and through Round 2 by adding a little more information. In Round 3 they may just repeat a different question from Round 2 or they may add the word “else” to one of the questions from Round 2B, such as:
What else has been going on?
What else is new?
What else have you been up to?
To this you can respond with anything you like! They clearly want you to talk about yourself.
For example, a full conversation might go like this:
Person 1: Hey, how’s it going?
Person 2: It’s going well, you?
Person 1: Good, good. What’s been going on?
Person 2: Not much, we’ve been staying inside a lot, reading books and playing games, stuff like that. You?
Person 1: Yeah a lot of the same. My wife is working from home now which is interesting. What else is new?
Person 2: Well, my kids have been just crazy. Yesterday my youngest took a pair of scissors and…
And there you have it! Different ways to say “How are you?” in English and the right way to respond. So, how are you doing? Specifically, how is your English? Do you feel good speaking English? If you need help building your confidence speaking English, try Lingoloop. Sign up for a free trial class today!
English is confusing… so many rules (and exceptions to those rules)! One question that many of our Lingoloop students have trouble with is “When do you use “the” with plural nouns?” In actuality, there are many rules governing use of “the” with plural nouns. In this blog post we will focus on the basic rules that will cover most situations.
First of all, “the” in grammar speak is known as an article. Articles are used to modify nouns. “The” is called the definite article. “A” and “an” are known as indefinite articles. You only use the indefinite article with singular nouns (ex: a person, an apple). Plural nouns can be used with “the” or no article at all. Confused yet? Let’s try to simplify things!
Specific vs. General
This is probably the single most important thing to remember about using “the” with plural nouns. Ask yourself, are you describing a specific group or are you talking about something in general? If it is a specific group, use “the.”
Here is a simple example that is easy to remember. Most of you have probably heard of the song “Who Let The Dogs Out” by Baha Men. It is a ridiculous song, but perfect for this example. “dogs” is a plural noun. Is the song referring to a specific group of dogs or dogs in general? If your answer is “a specific group” you are correct! They are not talking about all dogs in general so that is why “the” is used. See the examples below:
Who let the dogs out?
What does it mean to let dogs out?
Who let the dog out?
What does it mean to let a dog out?
How do you use “the” with uncountable nouns? Well, uncountable nouns do not take indefinite articles (a, an), even though we treat uncountable nouns as singular when using verbs. Here are some examples:
The information about the new law was not easy to find.
Information is hard to come by when you live in a rural area.
The music they played at the restaurant was very nice.
I love music.
Food nouns can be weird. The singular form (ex: watermelon, sausage) can be considered both countable and uncountable depending on the context. When you are referring to the noun generically and/or in the uncountable sense, don’t use “the.”
Did you see the watermelon she brought over?
Watermelon is best in the summertime.
The corn looked very fresh.
Fresh corn is tasty.
Another weird thing about using food nouns is that they can take the uncountable form when you are talking about something you ate. In this context, you would not use “the.”
I ate sausage this morning at breakfast.
Sports and Sports Teams
The names of sports are generally treated as uncountable nouns. We generally don’t use “the” with names of sports as a noun.
Tennis is his favorite sport.
They played basketball outside even though it was raining.
However, when we consider the names of sports teams, whether the name is singular or plural we always use “the” and never “a or an.”
The Yankees are New York’s baseball team.
He plays for the Miami Heat.
There are many other rules for using “the” with plural nouns that are specific to categories, industries and other contexts. The rules we discussed above should be applicable to most English conversations. If you need more help with using “the” in a specific context, sign up for a Lingoloop free trial class and get some help from one of our expert tutors.
Face it. You’ve been putting it off. You know you need to improve your English for professional and social reasons, but you just have not had the time or energy to take that step. You’re too busy with work. You’re too tired at the end of a long commute to and from work.
Well, things have certainly changed.
Our lives and schedules are completely different than they were last month. We are living in a new world where we have to figure out how to do as much as possible without leaving the house.
Lingoloop has been teaching people in the comfort of their homes for years! We’re experts when it comes to online learning. Here are a few reasons why you should stop waiting and START taking Online English Classes TODAY!!!
Take advantage of the additional free time you have right now
Because of social distancing measures, we cannot go to dinner at restaurants, or have drinks with our coworkers for happy hour. Instead, use that time for self improvement. It is very tempting to get a second bowl of ice cream and watch another episode of Tiger King on Netflix, but haven’t you gotten tired of doing that for the past two weeks? Time to be constructive! You don’t want to regret how you used this unique time.
You miss socializing with people
We agree. At first the isolation was kind of nice. There were no plans that we had to keep. There’s been no guilt for watching two movies in one evening. But we are social creatures! After a few weeks of no socializing we need to interact with people. You can do that in Lingoloop classes. In a Group Class, you will be with 2 or 3 other people who are the same English level as you, and probably have a very similar background as you. Improve your English while having fun socializing!
There are no other options
Maybe you were already enrolled in English classes at your local Community College, or were planning on enrolling. Well, that is not an option for the foreseeable future. Schools are all closed. Online learning is the only choice!
Routine can be helpful
A key to staying mentally healthy during these strange times is to keep as much of a routine as possible. Doing two or three online English classes a week with Lingoloop will help you to keep a routine.
Invest in yourself
The economy and the world are changing fast. We may never get back to what we thought of as “normal.” So be as prepared as possible for the new normal. Be confident in yourself. Stop thinking about your English and have the freedom to speak fluently. We can help you do that. Read our reviews! People feel better about their English after just a few classes.
Take advantage of any new free time you may have on your hands. We’ve watched enough tv over the past couple of weeks. Now’s the time to start doing what you’ve thought about for months or years. Start by doing a 25-minute Free Trial Class to learn about our method and how taking online English classes with Lingoloop will help you reach your goal of fluency quickly!
What are some different ways to say yes in English? There are so many different ways! This is the way we think about it:
the setting (formal versus informal)
the tone you would like to communicate (professional, friendly, silly, sarcastic, defensive or rude)
the purpose (agreeing to a request, to an opinion, to an offer, or to a suggestion, confirming a fact, or giving permission)
Lingoloop has organized these 65 different ways to yes in English into setting and tone. Can you identify which purpose you might use each for?
Professional and Clear
These are all different ways to say yes in English that you can use in a professional setting. None of these are particularly enthusiastic – you are simply agreeing.
By all means
Consider it done
I’m on it
Boss: “I think you should work with Jimmy on this one.” You: “By all means.”
Colleague: “Can you help me with this blog post?”
These different ways to say yes in English are still professional, but they provide a bit of extra enthusiasm if you want to show how excited you are to be agreeing.
I’d be delighted
Boss: “Would you like to work on the new project?”
You: “I’d be delighted!”
Colleague: “Should we grab a drink after work?”
On the other hand, you don’t want to seem too formal when talking to your friends. These different ways to say yes in English are more casual.
I’d love to
Sounds like a plan
Sure, sure, sure
Without a doubt
Yeah, yeah, yeah
You got it
Friend: “Would you like to have lunch sometime?”
You: “Sure, sure, sure. Sounds good.”
Person on the street: “Can I pass by?”
You: “No problem.”
But there are occasions that are even more casual than just hanging out with your friends. These different ways to say yes in English are downright silly:
Totes (slang for “totally”)
You betcha (slang for “you bet”)
Aye aye, captain!
Your spouse: “Can you please help with the dishes?”
You: “Aye aye, captain!”
Your friend: “Do you want to come over later?”
Sometimes you can say yes without saying anything at all! Here are different ways to say yes with your body:
Nod your head
Two thumbs up
Two arms up with fists clenched
Your spouse: “Are you picking up the kids?”
You (while on the phone with someone): [Nod your head, give a thumbs up]
And then there are different ways to say yes in English when you don’t really want to say yes.
Sarcasm is when you say one thing but mean the opposite. It’s all about tone. You hold the end of the word and make the tone go up a little up or down at the end, or just trail off. These are different ways to say yes sarcastically (so, really, you mean “no”).
Your friend: “I’d rather eat fast food than at some fancy restaurant.”
You: “Yeah, sure…”
Your spouse: “I never ask you to do anything for me!” You: “Uh-huh.”
Rude / defensive
There are times when you want to agree with someone but perhaps the thing they are saying was stupidly obvious to the point that it’s offensive for them to ask for your agreement. Here are different ways to say yes but with a bit of an attitude:
Your enemy: “Do you know how to tie your shoes?”
Food server: “I’m sorry you found a hair in your food. Would you like a refund?”
Sometimes you agree with someone just to get them to stop talking. In this case, your tone should be aggressive like you are shouting. Here are different ways to say “Enough already!”
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Guess what? Even native English speakers make grammar mistakes when speaking their own language! So if you are learning English as a second language (or foreign language), don’t feel so bad about making mistakes. As we say in our Lingoloop online English classes… nobody is perfect!
Here is our list of common English grammar mistakes that even native English speakers make:
Should have vs. should of
Have you ever heard someone say “should of” in a sentence? Well, they are wrong. What they mean is “should have.” The tricky thing is that they both sound kind of similar. That’s why people get it wrong! If you say “I should of studied harder in school.” people will absolutely agree with you:)
Effect vs. affect
Again these two words are easy to mix up since they sound so similar. “Affect” is usually a verb and it means to make something change. “Effect” is usually a noun and it means the result of change. Here are some common ways the two words are used.
“Adding more cold water will affect the timing of the recipe.”
“What effect do you think adding cold water will have on the timing of the recipe?”
“He was really affected by that movie.”
“I think that movie will have a positive effect on people.”
By accident vs. on accident
Have you ever said “on accident” by accident? I don’t know how it started, but native English speakers definitely do this all the time. The fix is easy… just don’t do it! Always use “by accident” instead.
It’s vs. its
This is more of a writing mistake, but still very tricky. Normally using an apostrophe “s” (or ‘s) indicates possession. For example, “That is Mom’s coffee mug.” or “Where is Pete’s jacket?” As most of you know, adding an “s” to the end of a noun usually indicates plural (or more than one) like “Look at all those dogs.” However, when it comes to the word “it” the rules are completely different. The word “it’s” is short for “it is” and the word “its” is the possessive form. See the examples below:
“The cat licked its paws.”
“It’s a shame that we missed the beginning of the show.”
Intents and purposes vs. intensive purposes
Have you ever heard someone say “intensive purposes?” It sounds really urgent right? Well, what they really mean is “intents and purposes.” When someone says “For all intents and purposes” they mean in every practical sense or in most ways. For example:
“For all intents and purposes, regular exercise is a good thing.”
“San Francisco, for all intents and purposes, is just as expensive as New York City.”
One and the same vs. one in the same
Ugh… here’s another phonetical mistake that native English speakers get wrong all the time. The correct phrase is “one and the same.” When you use this phrase you mean that two things are alike. For example:
“This year’s model is no different than last year’s. They are nearly one and the same.”
Case in point vs. case and point
You say “case in point” when you want to emphasize a supporting fact of your argument. For example:
“Ruby hates vegetables. Case in point, she didn’t eat any of her carrots tonight.”
“All dogs chase love to chase cats. My neighbor’s dog is a case in point.”
You say “case and point” when you forget that you meant “case in point.” Just kidding!
Couldn’t care less vs. could care less
My wife makes this mistake all the time! She’s from the South, so maybe it’s a Southern thing:) The right phrase is “couldn’t care less.” The idea is that you absolutely don’t care! You can’t care any less because you are at zero level of caring. For example:
“I couldn’t care less about what he thinks! I have no respect for him.”
“That dog couldn’t care less about obeying his owner’s commands.”
He did well vs. he did good
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard a native English speaker get this wrong. Often times, people say “he (or she) did good,” knowing that they are making a mistake. I think saying someone “did good” has become a casual way of expressing it. People think they are being cute when they say things like:
“The team played hard today. They played good.”
But really they should say:
“The team played hard today. They played well.”
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