Fruit vs Vegetables

Fruit or Vegetables? Do you know the difference? According to botanists (those who study plants) a fruit is the part of the plant that develops from a flower. It's also the section of the plant that contains the seeds. The other parts of plants are considered vegetables. These include the stems, leaves and roots -... Continue Reading →

Things upon Which You Can Wish

Here are things upon which you can make a wish: 1. Birthday candles This is probably the most well-known wishing method, and also the strongest, as it only comes once a year. With the cake in front of you, take a deep breath. Make your wish while you are still holding your breath. If you... Continue Reading →

Common Mistakes in English

COMMON MISTAKES In this section, we're going to review the common grammatical mistakes made by the non native speakers. Here are some of them: INCORRECT: No sooner had I arrived home when it began to rain. CORRECT    : No sooner had I arrived home than it began to rain. (Inversion: No sooner + auxiliary... Continue Reading →

At – On – In – Pesky Prepositions

In my day-to-day teaching I find that choosing the correct preposition is one of the most common areas of difficulty for ESL students. They often make mistakes because they assume that they can translate the preposition used in their own language into its equivalent in English. For example, an Indonesian student might say or write "Her dress... Continue Reading →

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother's Day to all of the mothers, grandmothers, aunties, step-mothers, adoptive mothers, foster mothers, surrogate mothers, godmothers, and moms-to-be in Indonesia! Thanks for all that you do. Let's also wish a happy Mother's Day to all single moms who are stepping in to fill the role of absentee fathers. All of you are the... Continue Reading →

Why Should You Learn Collocations?

  Collocations are words that normally go together in written and spoken English. They make your English more fluent and native like. If you use the wrong collocation, people would say - "Well, it doesn't sound right. They don't say it that way in English." The tricky part is that there are no English grammar... Continue Reading →

Cold vs Flu Symptoms

Learn English with Demi Wet season has arrived here in Indonesia. Unfortunately, it has also brought with it various germs (very small living things that cause disease). Many of us are now suffering from colds and, if we are really unlucky, flu (a very bad cold, but with pains and a hot body). If you... Continue Reading →

Common ‘g’ Sound Spellings

    Learn English with Demi   'g' spelling When the 'g' spelling is followed by the letters e, i, or y, the 'j' sound is the most common pronunciation. Examples: gentle -- \ˈjen-təl\ giant -- \ˈjī-ənt\ gypsy -- \ˈjip-sē\ 'ng' spelling When the 'ng' spelling occurs in the middle of a word, it may... Continue Reading →

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