Now that the holidays are over, is it all work and no play? Well, take a break to learn about some fun expressions to use the next time you play games:
You’re it. (It, here, means the person whose turn it is)
It’s your turn. (It, here, is just the subject of the sentence)
It’s your go.
It’s my turn.
It’s my go.
Let’s take turns.
Whose turn is it?
Whose go is it?
When you’re playing tag, there are many people in a group, and one person, “it”, has to chase everyone until they are caught. Can you think of equivalent games that are played in your country? Here are some we played when we were kids:
hide and seek
duck duck goose
Small talk while playing games is a great way to pick up on these phrases and more.
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
Adding “Do you agree with the following statement,” to the beginning of axioms such as this is a good way to create sample essay topics if you’re taking or helping someone practice for the SAT, GRE, or other test with a writing component.
You might really like one of the projects your friend designed. You might be trying to cheer someone up. Maybe you want to offer congratulations. Whatever the situation, if you want to show approval or appreciation, here are some phrases you can use:
Your friends are your friends, and they will most certainly help you with your English if it’s appropriate, or if they see you struggling to communicate. It’s natural to help the person you’re talking to express themselves so mutual understanding is achieved.
However, if you ask them to help you, the boundaries between friendship and teaching will have been crossed, and your friends might deem your requests as work.
Try to avoid turning a social interaction into work by NOT saying the following:
Maybe you can correct me when I say something wrong?
Which is the right way to say this?
Should I say do, does, or did in this sentence?
Did I say that right?
Why do you say “in” and not “on”?
Can you tell me how to say ____ ?
What’s another word for ___?
Your friends can be an invaluable resource to your English growth…just not always as a walking-talking grammar and vocabulary reference. Just remember that not everyone is comfortable explaining grammar even if they use it correctly.
You’ve been trying for a while now to master English. You read books, do online grammar practice activities, read articles, comment on blogs, and tweet all the time. So why is it that when you speak English, people still struggle to understand you?
You really need to talk…a lot…to people…face to face. You need the two-way interaction with another human being to build speaking skills.
How can you meet these people?
Signing up for an English speaking class seems obvious, and I bet there are free classes within driving distance, but during group work, who are you partners with? Not native English speakers, I bet. Instead, sign up for an English literature or career training class where you’ll learn alongside native speakers.
Sign up for any class, but preferably one where you’ll work in groups. Business leadership, team building, or conflict resolution classes will give you the speaking opportunities you need.
Join a sports team and invite your teammates out for snacks or drinks after practice or a game.
Go to a social media club meeting. Don’t just listen to the presentations; network with other attendees during intermission. You don’t have to be clever. Start with, “Where are you from?” or “Have you been here before?”
Get a roommate if you can. It’s really difficult to avoid speaking regularly with someone who shares your kitchen and bathroom.
Get a part-time job. It’s only temporary, so you don’t have to love it. You make friends immediately because of all the other employees who are in the same boat as you. You might even be able to talk to the customers. The best part is that it’s 10-20 hours per week of additional English practice.
The key is to actually speak. Get out of your shell, get out of your patterns, get out of your house, meet people and speak.
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The word last has a few different meanings, but this post refers to the word last in terms of duration. As a verb, last is stative, meaning it cannot be used in the progressive forms. It refers to the length of time of an event, or how long something continues.
Take a look at these examples:
The movie lasted 90 minutes.
Our relationship has lasted for a decade.
Excuse me, how long is this session going to last?
If I enroll full-time, the program will last 2 years, but if I enroll part-time, it will last 3 years.
Other ways you can express the same concept are by using these expressions:
go on (for)
The movie seemed to go on forever.
I wanted to get off the phone, but the conversation just kept going.
I asked the receptionist when the contract ended, and she said it would continue until I cancelled it.
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