30 common Homophone words you should know

List of 30 most common homophone words

I eight five packets of biscuit yesterday.

Yeah, I did.

Or is it?

I ‘ate’ five packets of biscuit.

English pronunciations are quite weird sometimes, isn’t it?

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What are homophones?

Homophones are the words that have exactly the same pronunciation but different meaning. The root of the word ‘Homo’ means ‘same’, while ‘phone’ means sound. Be it a non-native or native, people get confused with these homophones because of the same pronunciation; so you see, you are not alone. There is no doubt ‘practice makes a man perfect’, and the same goes with learning homophones. They are not that easy, but with a regular practice and proper learning, it will be a piece of cake for you.

Homophones vs Homonyms?

 

I completely get it when a non-native can’t differentiate between homophones and homonyms. The fact is, even natives make mistake and think homophones and homonyms are same. Breaking down the word ‘homonym’, we get ‘homo’ that means ‘same’, and ‘nym’ that means ‘name’.

So basically, Homonyms are the words that have the same spelling but different meanings.

Let’s see some of the examples of homonyms for a better understanding:

  • Pole (meaning 1): either of the two locations at the opposite ends of the earth’s axis.
  • Pole (meaning 2): a long, thin rounded piece of wood or metal, used as a support
  • Bark (meaning 1): the sharp, sudden cry of a dog, fox, or seal
  • Bark (meaning 2): the tough protective outer covering of the trunk.

30 Most Common Homophone Words With Sentences

There are hundreds like them and it may be possible you know a few of them, or almost all of them. I tried to cover the most common homophones so that even a beginner can understand. Make sure you practice them off by heart and sooner they will become your active vocabulary. So without a further ado, let’s get down to the business:

Accept/ Except

Accept (verb): consent to receive or undertake.

Example: I accepted his proposal for the meeting this weekend.

Except (Preposition): not including, other than.

Example: Everyone came to my birthday party, except Ben.

Advice/ Advise

Advice (noun): guidance or recommendation about what someone should do.

Example: You should always follow his advice if you want to improve in your game.

Advise (verb): recommend that someone should do something.

Example: He advised his brother not to be in the bad company of rogues.

Ate/ Eight

Ate (verb): The past form of ‘eat’.

Example: I ate my lunch after I came from school.

Eight (noun): The number between seven and nine.

Example: There are eight rooms in our house.

bear/ bare

Bare (adjective):  not clothed or covered.

Example: He bared his chest to show his scar.

Bear (noun): a large, heavy mammal with thick fur and very soft tail.

Example: I saw a black bear in the zoo yesterday.

desert/ dessert

Desert (noun): a waterless area of land with little or no vegetation typically covered with sand.

Example: Sahara is the largest hot desert in the world.

Dessert (noun): the sweet course eaten at the end of the meal.

Example: I don’t think a meal is complete without a dessert.

deer/ dear

Deer (noun): a hoofed animal, the male of which usually has antlers.

Example: I saw a deer on a roadside while dropping Joe to school.

Dear (Adjective): regarded with deep affection

Example: “God bless you my dear son”, said the church father.

die/ dye

Die (verb): to stop living.

Example: His uncle died in a car accident.

Dye (noun): natural or synthetic substance used to color something.

Example: He bought a dye for just 50 cents.

band/ banned

Band (noun): a flat, thin strip or loop of material used as a fastener or as decoration.

Example: John gave Emma a friendship band on her birthday.

Banned (verb): past form of the ban.

Example: Alcohol has been banned for some days in some of the cities due to the increasing number of accidents.

by/ buy

By (preposition): indicating the person or thing performing an action or the means of achieving something.

Example: He came to my house by bus.

Buy (verb): obtain something in exchange for payment.

Example: I will buy a car this month because I am exhausted with my old bike.

fair/ fare

Fair (adjective): treating people equally.

Example: That was definitely not a fair competition to give an extra chance to his brother.

Fare (noun): the money a passenger on public transport has to pay.

Example: The fare for this concert is too high to afford.

haul/ hall

Haul (verb): To pull or drag something with effort.

Example: He hauled his bike out of the shed.

Hall (noun): the room or space just inside the front entrance of a house.

Example: The students were ordered to assemble in the hall so that admit cards could be distributed.

higher/ hire

Higher (adjective): the comparative degree of high.

Example: The prices of these products go higher every day.

Hire (verb): pay to be allowed to use something for an agreed period.

Example: He is hired for a year as an accountant in a multi-national company.

its/ it’s

Its (possessive determiner): belonging to or associated with a thing previously mentioned or easily identified.

Example: The Company has doubled its profits and sales in the previous six months.

It’s (contraction): it is or it has.

Example: It’s my choice whether I take up his offer or not.

know/ no

Know (verb): be aware of something through observation, inquiry or information.

Example: I don’t know if he will accept your proposal or not.

No (noun): The opposite of ‘yes’.

Example: This will be a no from the judges on the panel.

won/ one

Won (verb): past and past participle of win.

Example: Though it was a tough competition, we won the match.

One (noun): The lowest cardinal number.

Example: I have only one piece of the suit now.

 

How many of them were new to you?

A Few? Or almost all?

We will keep adding more of them somewhere in the future so that you never get confused about their meaning and usage. Make sure you stick around and improve your English vocabulary by learning these homophones off by heart so that you never make any mistake down the line.

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Don’t bite off more you can chew

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Welcome back to your home ‘Your English Vocabulary’- The place for every English learner who has struggled a lot with their English skills and wants to improve their spoken English and vocabulary.

First and foremost, I will let you in on some updates why I am not able to post on scheduled days. I was extremely busy for two weeks because I am working on a series of articles which I will publish in the month of February. It basically is a series of seven chapters which I will publish regularly for seven days that cover different topics and areas (You will know when I publish them). The matter of the fact is, due to that and some of my personal work, I only posted twice a week which was more before. It may happen sometimes that I don’t post on a scheduled day, but trust me guys I work day in and out just for helping guys like you and other non-native English speaker to speak confidently like a native.

I hope you understand for not posting on scheduled days recently, so please keep supporting like you have been doing till now.

I receive emails where people sometimes complain that they can’t remember all the vocabulary and whatever they learn. All I can say is, don’t bite more than you can chew.

Improving English is not an overnight process and it definitely takes time and practices, so no matter how many courses you do or eBooks you read, the fact is, you achieve fluency only after a good amount of time you spend on speaking and vocabulary when you keep practicing.

It is for this fact that I would recommend you keep patience because no matter how many specialized courses or eBooks you go for, it will definitely require time.

Where the most people miss out?

More often than not, when people realize that idioms and phrasal verbs are the main parts of spoken English, they just Google the list of idioms and phrasal verbs and try mugging them up, so they become fluent the next day. But scouring every single page on Google won’t help you achieve your maximum fluency. It is a fact that if you learn the whole list, that too without context and practice quiz, you are more likely to forget 90% of them and I am saying this from my personal experience. Though I don’t doubt your mind, you may be one of the wisest guys in your social circle, but what I said is what facts say.

The bottom line is, stick to a few blogs that seems the best to you and follow the advice and content for noticing an improvement. And please keep patience, it never happens overnight.

It was not a normal blog, so I just casually wrote the content in one go what I really think was needed to convey my message and tell you about recent updates and how much you mean to me.

So please stick around; the upcoming articles will be full of informative content and I am sure you will love them.

Keep learning and improving.

Take care, and till then?

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P.S: Bite off more you can chew- means to take more responsibility or commitment than what you can manage.

19 Kitchen Vocabulary with pictures

19 Kitchen Vocabulary with pictures

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Welcome back to your home ‘Your English Vocabulary’- The place for every English learner who has struggled a lot with their English skills and wants to improve their spoken English and vocabulary.

I received an email yesterday which said-

Hello sir,
 I love your articles and the way you teach us. Idioms and phrases are no doubt an important part of learning English but I think many non-natives don’t know the daily used vocabulary. Can you please tell how to strengthen that? It will be great if you explain to me how to do it.
 Please reply.
 Regards,
 (Ms…………)

I was almost finished writing the reply when it struck my mind- may be many of the non-natives face this problem.

Back in earlier days, I was one of these non-natives who lacked daily used vocabulary words, so I thought better to address this issue today because somewhere down the line people face this issue sooner or later.

So I am here with a new category section of our blog that will focus on the vocabulary of items that are around us, or from which we all are surrounded in one or the other way. I may or may not include all the vocabulary considering the length of the blog, but I will try to include the most important ones from each area of our life.

I was confused what to start from, so I just picked a random topic from the list I created yesterday.

So let’s start with the kitchen vocabulary – the place where we cook our food to get the energy from. I am gonna keep it simple and straight to the point without beating around the bush (Click here!), so here we go-

Kitchen Vocabulary

Saucepan

kitchen vocabulary

It is a small round cooking pot for making a variety of sauces, gravies, and glazes. 


Cup & Saucer

kitchen vocabulary

A shallow dish, typically having a circular indentation in the centre, on which a cup is placed.


Bowl

kitchen vocabulary

A bowl is a round, open-top container used in many cultures to serve hot and cold food.


Skimmer

kitchen vocabulary

A skimmer is a flat, sieve-like scoop or spoon used for skimming cooking liquids or lifting ripened cream from milk.


Spatula

kitchen vocabulary

A spatula is a broad, flat, flexible blade used to mix, spread and lift material.


Knife and Fork

kitchen vocabulary


Vegetable Peeler

kitchen vocabulary

A peeler is a kitchen tool consisting of a slotted metal blade attached to a handle that is used to remove the outer skin or peel of certain vegetables, often potatoes and carrots, and fruits such as apples, pears, etc.


A Grater

kitchen vocabulary

A grater is a kitchen utensil used to grate foods into fine pieces.


Stove

kitchen vocabulary


Kettle

kitchen vocabulary

A kettle is a type of pot, typically metal, specialized for boiling water, with a lid, spout, and handle.


Pressure Cooker

kitchen vocabulary


Frying Pan

kitchen vocabulary


Mixer

kitchen vocabulary


Whisk

kitchen vocabulary

A whisk is a cooking utensil which can be used to blend ingredients smooth or to incorporate air into a mixture.


SIEVE/ Strainer

kitchen vocabulary

A device having holes punched in it or made of crossed wires for separating solid matter from a liquid.


Tongs

kitchen vocabulary

Tongs are a type of tool used to grip and lift objects instead of holding them directly with hands.


Ladle

kitchen vocabulary

A deep-bowled, long-handled spoon used especially for dipping up and conveying liquids.


I hope you would have found our article useful and learned some ‘Kitchen Vocabulary’ that you should add to your active vocabulary.

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10 common Idiomatic Expressions with meaning and examples

10 common Idiomatic Expression with meaning and examples

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Context

Entrepreneurship has been scaling up(Click here!) in everyone’s mind since the internet found its existence in this universe, especially during these days when social media is on its heights.

Seeing entrepreneurs in the lap of luxury lifestyle and of course, supercars and models looks like an icing on the cake, but the sad part is, people ignore the amount of work they have to put in, in order to get their names in top entrepreneurs of their country. People are under an impression, usually because of those videos and photos depicting luxurious lifestyle, cars and jets, that entrepreneurship is so comforting and lavishing, though quite the inverse is true.

More often than not, people usually say what they want and it seems funnier when they follow a motivational page that often quotes something like ‘never give up’ or ‘I will be win…blah blah’ and whatsoever. The matter of the fact is, people post them as their stories and kick back, wondering they would also earn millions one day.

I understand every person doesn’t have the same beliefs and thoughts, and many people would be like “Knock it off” as it is a bitter truth.

But if you start working for your goal day in and day out, there are hands down(Click here!) no chances that you would be kicking yourself for a wrong decision that you opted just for the sake of those luxurious supercars, models, and jets.

Now I am not trying to be a know-it-all, playing safe is certainly not that I believe in, but if your dreams are big enough, you will have to put in your heart and soul day in, day out.

I want you all to be happy and thriving in your life and reach your aspirations.

And there is only one way to do this, and that is to work each day of your life till the time you reach your final destination. Of course, you don’t have to post a story on social media this time, about your thoughts, and how motivated you are, but work until you achieve something and let the world see your actions rather than hearing your thoughts.


10 Idiomatic Expressions with meaning and examples

Idiomatic Expression

In the lap of luxury – Having luxurious and comfortable life due to the abundance of money and fame.

Idiomatic Expression in the lap of luxury

Examples-
  • After winning a lottery of $10 million, he is in the lap of luxury now.
  • John is never given the deserved credit for his talent because he was born in the lap of luxury.

Idiomatic Expression

An icing on the cake – An additional benefit or positive aspect of something that is already considered positive or beneficial.

Idiomatic Expression icing on the cake

Examples-
  • I was so happy that all my friends came to my party. The decorations and gifts were like an ice on the cake.
  • I got $5000 as a bonus from the company. Moreover, the free trip for a week was the icing on the cake.

Idiomatic Expression

Under a wrong impression – to misinterpret something.

Idiomatic Expression under the wrong impression

Examples-
  • I was under the impression that Joe is your real brother.
  • John is under the impression that Emma likes him.

Idiomatic Expression

More often than not – most of the time, usually.

Idiomatic Expression more often than not

Examples-
  • More often than not I drink coffee in the morning, but I can drink tea if you don’t have any coffee left.
  • He is in gym more often than not, and you can clearly notice how much he has changed.

Idiomatic Expression

kick back – to relax.

Idiomatic Expression kick back

Examples:
  • We have been working for the whole day, it’s time now to kick back and have some drink.
  • I am going to kick back when I am done writing this post.

Idiomatic Expression

Knock it off – to stop it.

Idiomatic Expression knock it off

Examples
  • You are shouting too loud, knock it off!
  • It’s time you should knock this loud music off, else you will be yelled by your parents.

Idiomatic Expression

Day in and day out – every day, we usually use this to refer to something we have been working on for a long period of time.

Idiomatic Expression Day in and day out

Examples:
  • I have been working on this website day in and day out, and now it’s finally ready.
  • You have to work day in and day out in order to succeed in this project.

Idiomatic Expression

Kick yourself – to regret a wrong decision or choice.

Idiomatic Expression kick yourself

Examples:
  • He invested in a wrong company, now he has nothing but to kick himself for that.
  • You should work hard at this age; else you will kick yourself in the future.

Idiomatic Expression

Know-it-all – a person who acts as though he or she knows everything and who dismisses the opinions, comments, or suggestions of others.

Idiomatic Expression know-it-all

Examples:
  • Pushkar always keeps bothering me with his tips while I play, he thinks he knows it all.
  • Joe has always something to say in between, he is such a know-it-all.

Idiomatic Expression

Play it safe – It means to not take any unwarranted risks or dangers; to act with caution and prudence.

Idiomatic Expression play it safe

Examples:
  • You have two options in life; either you play it safe or go for your dreams without fear.
  • Playing safe won’t get you bigger and life of your dreams.

I am sure you would have learned a lot from today’s idiomatic expressions article, and added some of them to your active English vocabulary. Make sure you complete our idioms exercise or idioms quiz down at the bottom of this page to practice these idiomatic expressions.

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Improve your English vocabulary with these idioms and make sure you learn them off by heart so that they become your active vocabulary.

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10 Slangs words you should start using

10 Slangs words you should start using

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How are you doing?

What!

What did you say?

Awesome!

It’s great then and I am so happy for you that you are doing great, but did you know that you used slang?

Yeah, I am talking about ‘Awesome’.

I have observed that most of the non natives don’t know what slang are, and a few who know its meaning try to avoid using it. There is a common misconception that using slang makes you bad and people often associate ‘slangs’ with ‘vulgar slangs’. Vulgar slangs are definitely something that you should hardly use but when it comes to slangs, I don’t agree when people don’t wanna use them.

There is no doubt you are a gentlemen and don’t like using bad words, so before you permanent this perception in your mind, make sure you read this article thoroughly and then assess if you were correct or not.

What are slangs?

Slang is vocabulary that is used between people who belong to the same social group and who know each other well. Slang is very informal language. It can be offending if you use them in formal situations. People often use slangs to sound less formal and be friendlier in the conversation.

When not to use slang words?

You need to extra cautious while using them in your conversation for they can be offensive, depending on the situation and person to person. You won’t say to your boss something like ‘Hey dude!’ or ‘Chill out’ for the fact your boss is not your friend. You can definitely use them with your friends but not on people like your boss, teachers or principal. So I am leaving it on you now to use them carefully in informal situations only.

Why to use slang words?

Would you like talking to your friends the way you wrote a formal application to your principal?

Or would you say something like this-

Please let know about your views and decisions at your earliest convenience. I would really grateful to you.

I will be anxiously waiting for your reply sir.

Regards,

Your name”

The answer is a big fat ‘NO’.

I guess 99.9% of you don’t speak to your friends in such a formal language.

And if you are among that 0.1%, sorry to say this article ends here for them, see you in next blog.

I guess you must be clear now with the concepts and use of slang and their meaning, so without further ado let’s see some of the most common English spoken slangs:

10 Slangs words you should start using

Slang 1

Kudos – when I first heard this slang on internet, I kinda got baffled about its meaning and use. I immediately googled it and found that it is used for showing respect. It means ‘congrats’ and if I am not wrong, this slang originated from North America.

Examples

  • Kudos to all the team members for winning the trophy.
  • Kudos Ron! You beat the fastest runner of our collage.
Slang 2

Dig – Here the slang doesn’t mean to make a hole. It is used for something you really like. Frankly speaking, I love using this slang because it sounds so cool.

Examples

  •  Hey Emma, I really dig your black leather jacket.
  •  I think you would dig the quiz down at the bottom of this article.
Slang 3

Cool- Did you notice I used it above? I know you are smart and read everything so thoroughly. Though I don’t think so that there would be a single person who doesn’t know what it means, but in case if you don’t, it means ‘great’ or ‘fantastic’.

Examples

  • I think the latest song from this pop singer was quite cool.
  • You always look so cool when you wear all denim.
Slang 4

Tight- It is used when the competitors are quite close and there is just a minor difference.

Examples

  • It was tight competition, both fighters fought till end.
  •  The competition was quite tight, nobody knew who will win the race.
Slang 5

Creep – an unpleasant person. It is a bit offensive, make sure you use it wisely.

Examples

  •  John always talks bad behind your back. He is such a creep.
  •  Robin often crosses the line when hitting on girls and comes off as a creep.
Slang 6

Buck – another term for dollar.

Examples

  • I don’t have even a buck in my pocket right now.
  •  Do you remember you have to pay me $1000 which you borrowed a week ago?
Slang 7

Beat – The word beat has many meaning in dictionary. You hear ‘a team beats the other’ which means they won, or it is used when someone hits someone like in this example -‘My uncle was beating his dog’, and in some cases it means ‘shit’. But when it comes to slang world, the meaning completely changes. It is used to say when you are ‘completely exhausted’.

Examples

  • A: Are you coming at party tonight?

B: I am beat. I don’t think so.

  •  He looks beat. He has been working out for an hour.
Slang 8

Crikey – It is used as an exclamation of surprise.

Examples

  • A: I invested all saving in that business.

B: Crikey! Did you not leave even a single buck?

Slang 9

Cram – it means to study hard and learn all in a short period of time.

Examples

  • Students often cram the entire notes just before few days from exam.
  •  He kept ignoring his studies till now, he now has to cram the entire course within a month.
Slang 10

Amped – it means you are super excited about something.

Examples

I am amped for the season finale today.

Josh was so amped for his first international match.


How many of them did you already know?

Three?

Four?

Or more?

I am sure you would have learnt a lot from today’s article and added some of these slang words to your English vocabulary. Make sure you complete today’s exercise or quiz down at the bottom of this page so as to revise the entire chapter.

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Let’s revise Today’s chapter.

Since you learnt some new slang words today, let's test your knowledge of slangs through this quiz.

Choose the most appropriate phrase among the given options and submit to check how far you have reached in improving your English vocabulary. Enjoy!

Common mistakes non-natives make while speaking English (Updated!)

 

Common mistakes while English speaking

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First and foremost, a very Happy New Year to all my dear readers.
“A New Year has tiptoed in.
Let’s go forward to meet it.
Let’s welcome the 365 days it brings.
Let’s live well with love in our hearts towards God and all people.
Let’s walk through its corridors with praise songs on our lips”

I know you had a blast (Click here!) partying on 31st.

And some are even partying today as well.

I am okay with whatever you are doing. After all, partying isn’t bad at all.

Have fun.

Have loads of fun but this time I would request you all to help some poor people around you or at least those who are in need. Trust me it will make your whole year full of joy and happiness and you will definitely have a skyrocketing (Click here!) career down the line.

I won’t take much of your time, so here is today’s post.

We all make mistakes and fail, it’s a part of learning process, be while speaking English or the first time you drove a bike. There is no problem if you make mistakes, the bottom line is to improve down the line (Click here!), so we never make those mistakes again.

So without further ado, let’s see some of the most common mistakes non-natives make while speaking and learn:

Collocations in Use

  •  “My grandparents grew me, I cannot even imagine a day without seeing them”, said Josh.
  • “My grandparents raised me, I cannot even imagine a day without seeing them”, said Josh.

 

  • “They are not real brothers; he is a long relative of Joseph.”
  •  “They are not real brothers; he is a distant relative of Joseph.”

 

  •  “Since he is an international cricketer now, he has to adjust with life surrounded by millions of fans.”
  • “Since he is an international cricketer now, he has to adjust to life surrounded by millions fans.”

 

  • “I don’t think Ben will be approved off in the final football trials”
  • “I don’t think Ben will be approved of in the final football trials”

 

  •  Emma arrived in my house with her mom to invite my family for the wedding ceremony.
  • Emma arrived at my house with her mom to invite my family for the wedding ceremony.

Note: We use ‘arrive at’ for a particular place. On the other hand we could have used ‘arrive in’, had it been a bigger place like country or city.

  •   “My little daughter is so afraid with these household lizards that she doesn’t even go to room alone”, said Susan.
  • “My little daughter is so afraid of these household lizards that she doesn’t even go to room alone”, said Susan.

 

  •  John is very dedicated with his football career, that he doesn’t even miss a single practice session.
  • John is very dedicated to his football career, that he doesn’t even miss a single practice session.

 

  •  The head coach consented with the team’s proposal of conducting extra practice sessions on weekends.
  • The head coach consented to the team’s proposal of conducting extra practice sessions on weekends.

Collocations in use (Updated part!)

  • As the population will increase, the unemployment will also increase.
  • Unemployment goes hand in hand with the growing population.

 

  • Before you give your final reaction I would like to tell you that it was not my mistake.
  • Before you jump to any conclusion, I would like to let you know that it wasn’t my fault.

 

  • The rumor about his affair with his co-worker was not at all accurate.
  • The rumor about his affair with his co-worker was wildly inaccurate.

 

  • I would like to give some suggestions to your brother so he can scale up his growth in his business.
  • I would like to make some suggestions to your brother so that he can scale up (Click here!) his growth in his business.

 

  • Thank you so much for setting up this event and doing these all arrangements.
  • Thank you so much for setting up (Click here!) this event and making these all arrangements.

 

  • I don’t think Joe will say any reason for his brother’s reaction to his boss.
  • I don’t think Joe will give any reason for his brother’s reaction to his boss.

 

  • The workers of his company made a strike due to less payment and no bonus.
  • The workers of his company went on a strike due to less payment and no bonus.

 

  • Though Ron earns money with which he can live, he always looks for new options to earn more.
  • Though Ron gets a living wage, he always looks for new options to earn more.

 

The sentences in red are either grammatically wrong or unnatural to say, while the sentences in green are correct and natural way to talk about a particular situation. So make sure you correct these mistakes if you are making any of them.

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Improve your vocabulary with these idioms

Improve your vocabulary with these idioms.

Hey there,Welcome back to your home ‘Your English Vocabulary’- The place for every English learner who has struggled a lot in their English skills and want to improve their spoken English and vocabulary.

Context

Mrs. Watson (The class teacher) told a week ago that the school will be organizing a competition for acting and sports where there are going to be some big-shot personalities to judge and find out the real talent in us. I don’t know why, but when it comes to act and play, it is in my element.

For Joe (my close friend) it was definitely not an easy decision. He got nervous wreck (Click here!) fearing he might choke at the stage while performing. I encouraged him for a while, the next moment he was all ready, pumped up (Click here!) to take part in this competition.

Though I gave him much of the motivation so he takes part in the competition, but I really wanted that it should be his decision finally to perform at stage, so I asked him to sleep on it and then decide what he really wants to do.

I had to get to school earlier but since I slept in (Click here!), I got ready in few minutes, grabbed a bite to eat and reached the place.

The competition started and all performed as if they have been doing this for ages. Soon after the competition the results were announced which took us by surprise(surprised) when we heard that Joe won the competition. Though I did not win it, I was on cloud nine (Click here!) , maybe because one of my close friends has won it.

Idioms

Big-shot

big shot

Meaning

An important or famous person.

Example

  •  People making it to this award function are all big-shots.
  • You really don’t wanna mess with the director, he is a big-shot.

To be in one’s element

comfort

Meaning

It is used when you are completely comfortable doing something that comes very naturally.

Example

  • Doing cardio and stretches is in Ben’s element.
  • People don’t experience any adventure or fact when they try to be in their element.

Sleep on it

sleep on it

Meaning

It is used when you want the other person to think deeply about something and then give their final decision.

 Example

  • You are in anger now, sleep on it today and tell me your decision then.
  • I think you should sleep on it and then decide to quit or not, so you never regret it, after all not everyone gets to work here.

Note: It is said so because often times we react to someone/something in anger that we regret down the line. So there is a saying that if we sleep and then make a decision, it is in balanced state of mind because when something is important , making a decision after a good night sleep is a good decision.

Grab a bite to eat

grab a bite

Meaning

To get something to eat.

Example

  • Lemme grab something to eat and then we can go out.
  • Tony grabbed something to eat before office and went to his apartment right away (Click here!).

For ages

for ages

Meaning

From a long period of time.

Example

  • I have not tried basketball for ages.
  • I was surprised when a small kid performed at the event; it seemed he has been doing this for ages. 

Improve your English vocabulary with these idioms and make sure you make them your active vocabulary.

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Till then take care and?

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Why you are not improving your fluency?

Why you are not improving your fluency?

Hey there,

Welcome back to your home ‘Your English Vocabulary’- The place for every English learner who has struggled a lot in their English skills and want to improve their spoken English and vocabulary.

I get tons of emails day in and out of people asking me about how to take their English speaking to a next level and I try to explain some of the points where they might be facing fluency issues and how they can get rid of those blunders they make each time they strike up their conversation.

Since I don’t know you personally, neither do I know how you study and your fluency level, so it becomes rock hard for me to figure out the lack in the process. Some even said that no matter how hard they try they will never improve. It made my heart cry to the worst that though I claim to provide you all as much as time you ask for, yet when I see some of you giving up, I wish I could sit beside you and help you figure out where your mistakes are, improve you and cheer you up.

So without further ado, let’s get down to the business and address this part “where 90% of us fail.”

Believe it or not the main problem lies in the your fanciness to speak like a pro.

Yes, you heard that right.

And please don’t get me wrong.

It happens with me too in the past where I made this mistake over and again trying to sound fancy whenever I got an opportunity to speak. Every time I heard a new phrasal verb or expression (let’s say-dime a dozen which means common) I used to write it down on a piece of paper and cram it up like a poem so that I could use the same word or phrase down the line when the situation arises which compliments the particular expression.

Did I rock my fluency?

Hell No!

“I literally choked when I tried to use the particular expression.”

You know why?

Answer: “I tried to sound fancy.”

I said, “Finding pizza on every bakery is… (I literally choked here) dime a dozen nowadays.”

And this all happened because there were two things going on:

1: Finding pizza on every bakery shop is quite common nowadays.

2: No! I have to use the phrase I learned as a substitute for quite common. I took a second and reminded what it was.

During this whole process I lost my flow, confidence and took a pause to think the right word which completely broke down my fluency and I did not know how to carry on my conversation further.

So make sure you do not do this make what 90% of the non-native English speakers do and so did I, in the past.

Learn what you hear for the sake of understanding everything you here but do not force yourself to use all those millions of expressions and phrasal verbs you here on TV series or movies.

Now don’t get me wrong thinking that I am stopping you from learning new vocabulary. I simply meant that don’t force yourself to speak those all expressions which you see natives doing in TV series or movies.

Let’s take an example: Suppose you are angry,so don’t make your active vocabulary complex by learning all the phrasal verbs and idioms which convey the same meaning anger. When you can say, “I am angry”, why do you wanna make it more complex by saying ” I am up in my arms.”

It just doesn’t make sense to me when the person is still learning basics. So learn to understand what the person in front said to you but don’t force your mind. Start with the basics and when you achieve some good fluency level, try adding these expressions to the sentences you speak but till then develop it first by speaking simple sentences and add more value to it after to can speak simple sentences.

So keep learning and improving but don’t try to be fancy every time you speak.

Till then, take care and?

Bye bye.

How to learn Idioms and Phrasal verbs?

How to learn idioms and phrases?

Hey there,

Welcome back to your home ‘Your English Vocabulary’- The place for every English learner who has struggled a lot in their English skills and want to improve their spoken English and vocabulary.

I received an email yesterday from one of an active member of our blog who said-

“I really love your blog. The articles and your way of teaching is something that I dig a lot. In your recent blog about idioms you explained the idiom really well and I understood that as well, but I forgot it after two days. I would really love if you see this topic (how to learn) in your blog because if I am feeling this issue, it is possible that other people are also feeling the same- Pankaj, India”

Well…Thanks for the reply. Hopefully by the end of this bog post we will be able to make a difference and clear your doubt.

So without further ado, let get down to the business:

When was the last time you saw any interesting movie? I guess you still remember many of the dialogues from the movie.

You know why?

Reason- According to science anything seen or heard in context of something leaves a deep impact in our mind, hence it is easy for a person to relate each concept of what he saw or heard in the scenario down the line.

It is for this reason we try to find the most appropriate image according to that particular idiom, phrase or collocation so that it may help you create a link with that particular word and you remember better. Next thing is we first tell a short scenario where we use the particular idiom or phrase many a times so that you get used to the way it is used in sentences. There are many examples as well, which further clears your doubts regarding that particular idiom or phrase along with the normal sentence without the use of the idiom so that you understand where to substitute the particular given idiom or phrase.

But now, let me tell you something. Though we do our best to imprint the particular phrase or idiom in the minds of our reader, it is not sufficient yet. We do our 100 percent but we are not magicians. You also got to put in some extra effort to learn and go along with our course. Don’t worry we won’t ask much; rather just few minutes of your day complete you exercise.

EXERCISE?

Yes! You have to complete some exercise as well to improve and learn. So what you have to do is to read our blogs attentively and think of a context when you could use the particular given phrase. Use the comment box as your exercise sheet and write your own sentences using the given idiom or phrase. Next you have to open your mobile video recorder or your camera and think of a situation where you can use that particular idiom and try speaking a few sentences about the scenario using that idiom and see how you could say that better. I call this ‘The film technique’ which has tons of benefits if you notice. On the one hand it helps in your spoken English and building confidence while on the flipside it can be used to see how you can further improve and sound even more natural.

Moreover if you ever feel like you need help regarding this or a check whether you are speaking properly, don’t hesitate just send me your audio on- [email protected] and I will suggest you how you can say that better (since we get tons of emails, it is not possible to listen every audio and reply but we try our best).

So follow these techniques and you will notice a major change in you present scenario.

Till then take care and?

Bye bye.

 

 

Why English courses are not enough?

Why courses are not enough?

Hey there,

A warm welcome again to your own home ‘Your English Vocabulary’- The place for every English learner who has struggled a lot in their English skills and want to improve their spoken English and vocabulary and lemme tell you one thing for sure, with no strings attached (Click here!)

It was about eight years back when I was trying to find some magical guidance online which will turn me to a fluent English speaker. I switched to one website claiming to have provided 100% fluency like a native with their high and mighty statements like- ‘Only 50 seats limited, apply soon’ or ‘10000 people joined, when are you?” and etc. I was on cloud-nine finding my dream site but the high prices on the other hand blew my mind. Moreover the contents or blogs were funneled to purchase one after the other products on and off their sites (affiliate sites I meant).

I knew switching sites won’t bear any fruits because I did not want to mess up the whole thing by applying parts of my learning from each site, so I remained to one at a time and whenever I switched to the other I completely followed the new instructions given by the new English teacher. I took many offline courses where teachers claimed to provide material as well as techniques for the betterment of my spoken English and vocabulary. The bottom line after taking each course was a feeling which said- “My English still had a room for an improvement (as if something was missing)”.

Now since I felt this issue doesn’t mean that I was not serious about improving my English skills or the courses were bad. I won’t say they were bad, but the data inside each course was not enough to make me a confident English speaker.

You know why?

Because English is a vast topic which any teacher cannot teach you within one course or an eBook.

It has vocabulary, collocations, idioms, phrases etc. where each topic in itself is so wide and important that each topic should be paid attention to. Hence I created ‘Your English Vocabulary’ where we will take you step by step from your present state to advanced level English learners and speakers.

I won’t be throwing one full course one at a time; rather we will be covering each part of every category one by one so as to make everything clear and root it deep in your mind. If we want we can throw all our courses up at once, but it will be all in vain because there is casual link between each category (idioms, phrasal verbs, collocations etc.) which we developed to implant the understanding deep in your minds naturally and painlessly.

Are you in for the English journey?

Ready and excited?

Me too.

What are you waiting for?

It has already started. Come on join in and subscribe us.

Till then take care and?

Bye bye.