“She got him a hat” vs “She got a hat for him”

This is from a Facebook post of an English teacher I follow. I thought you should know about these as well, so I’m posting them here.   When you say, (1) She got John a hat (2) She got a hat for John   Question #1 : Do these sentences mean something different? Answer: No. […]

Computer Related English Words for Beginners

In the age of digital information, it’s important that you know how to use computer-related English words properly. You might know how to do basic tasks on a computer intuitively, but you need to know how to use these words to describe what you’re doing. What if you’re showing your customers or students how to […]

Do Uncountable Nouns Need the Article “a” and “the”?

When an uncountable noun describes a general concept, do you need to have an article, “a” and “the” in front of it? Here’s how to decide whether you need to put an article. You don’t need an article When you’re talking about a general concept, omit the article. Example #1 “In economics, inflation is a […]

If You Edit Your Writing, You Should Edit Your Speaking Too

Before you submit an essay to your teacher, or send that email to a business partner, you would proofread your writing to make sure the sentences flow well. The reason we edit and proofread our writing is because we want to make sure our ideas and intent are communicated clearly. We need this editing process because […]

What to say when you get stuck in a conversation in English

You meet a native English speaker. You start speaking and it goes well for the first few minutes. Then at some point, your thoughts become disorganized. You start saying things that don’t make sense, or you get stuck because you can’t find the exact English words or phrases to convey your thoughts. It happens to […]

Happy New Year : What I Learned in 2014

Happy New Year! It’s year 2015. Will this be the best year of your life? I sure do hope so. In this email, I’m going to share two things that I learned in 2014. But before we get to it, are you making this mistake in English? A Happy New Year vs Happy New Year When you greet someone on […]

English Words That Describe Steve Jobs’ Personality

I’ve been reading Steve Job’s biography by Walter Isaacson lately. I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while now, so I finally got my hands on it. And it’s GREAT. Isaacson writes in an engaging narrative style that makes you want to keep reading. I was immediately hooked to the book. As you […]

How to Be Funny in English

Would you like to know how to be funny in English? When I say, “funny,” I don’t mean acting like a clown. You want to be able to say something witty, so that you can make your friends laugh. When people think you’re funny, you can subtly show that you are smart. I’ll teach you […]

Different Ways to Say “Annoying” in English

I went to see a ballet performance in Seoul a few weeks ago. I arrived a little early, so I decided to get something to eat before the show. I went to KFC and there were two lines at the counter. Naturally, I went to the shorter line. There was an older lady in front […]