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January 07, 2021

Understatement (3) – quite (part 2): how to use “quite” to mean “very” and “yes” in a conversation?

The key to use "quite" accurately is to say it with correct "stress" and "intonation". Listen to how we stress it in different meanings in our video.

January 04, 2021

Understatement (2) - quite (part 1): Are you quite sure you know this word? Check it out!

If you want to understand the real meaning of "quite", there are two things you have to pay attention to. What are they? Find it out from our video.

January 02, 2021

Gradable and non-gradable adjectives: It’s so terrible to say “very terrible”!

Do you know that in the English language there're gradable and non-gradable adjectives?

December 07, 2020

Julian's school life in England (3)

Use conditional sentences in conversation.

December 04, 2020

Julian's school life in England (2)

Use phrasal verbs in conversation.

December 04, 2020

Julian's school life in England (1)

Use discourse markers in conversation.

November 01, 2020

Secrets of English sounds(1) – how do consonants affect the pronunciation of plurals and past tense?

Why do we pronounce 'kids' as 'kidz' and 'checked' as 'checkt'?

August 20, 2020

"to someone" or "for someone"?

It's convenient "for" you.

It's unclear "to" me.

Find out more ...

August 19, 2020

How to stress phrasal verbs?

Sometimes we stress the verb: look for a job,

but other times we stress the particle: his career takes off.


August 16, 2020

When is 's' pronounced as 'z'?

conserve ('s' is pronounced as 's')

reserve ('s' is pronounced as 'z')

We've unveiled the pronunciation pattern here ...

August 13, 2020

How do we use "however" in spoken English to mean something contradictory to what we've just said?

It sounds odd if we use "however" in a casual social situation. But what words could we use then?

July 31, 2020

English Phonemic Chart

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