(US) Can /kən/ - Can't /kænt/ (UK) Can /kæn/ - Can't /kɑnt/ How can we tell the difference between "can" and “can't”? Though it’s subtle, there is still a difference in the pronunciation of these two words. I can go. I can't go. You can instantly tell the difference between "can" and "can't" when the... Continue Reading →
What should I write when I want to end a business letter? Yours faithfully or Yours sincerely? Should I write the phrase "yours faithfully" with only one capital letter on the word "Yours" or should I write it with two capital letters on each word "Yours Faithfully"? Take a look at the explanation below. Use: •... Continue Reading →
The apostrophe s ('s) serves two functions: 1. As contraction - to indicate one or more letters was dropped. • it is = it's • they are = they're • would have = would've 2. To indicate possession (ownership) Just add 's at the end of a singular noun: • grandma's house (grandma... Continue Reading →
In the previous lesson, you have learned the meaning of the particle 'up' and 'down' used with a verb in phrasal verbs. If you missed it, you can check out this link. When you have finished reading the lesson in that link, you can go back here. So, today you are going to learn the meaning... Continue Reading →
There are many prefixes and suffixes in English. What I posted here is just a few of them. You might need to consult your dictionary to know other kinds of prefixes and suffixes. If you put a certain prefix to a root word, it will change the meaning of the word. For example, if you... Continue Reading →
If you want to speak English fluently and naturally like a native speaker, the secret is... think in English. It's so simple, isn't it? However, it's not that simple for many ESL learners; they will say "I don't have enough vocabulary" or "I need to think in my native language, then translate it to English".... Continue Reading →
Happy Ramadan to all members of Learn English with Demi community. Speaking of Ramadan, this year will be my son's second time of fasting. Oh, just so you know he's turning five years old this coming July. Last year he made it up to 10 am - he didn't fast full day from 4 am to... Continue Reading →
Be careful when you pronounce these following words. Make sure you pronounce them right. soup /suːp/ soap /soʊp/ If you say "I'll have a /soʊp/" to the waiter at a restaurant, he will bring you a bar of soap for sure. 😀 This is a common pronunciation mistake made by ESL learners. But not my... Continue Reading →
You’ve got to read this letter!
I really enjoyed reading this letter. So genuine! I feel like reading a letter that was sent to me. What a coincidence! I wanted to become a lawyer too, but I ‘ended up’ becoming a teacher instead. Not that I regreted it. I’m glad I took detour.
Joanna Malefaki has created an amazing blog challenge, where teachers write to their younger selves, called the #YoungerTeacherSelf blog challenge. What a great idea and what lovely posts we have read so far!
I had to start teaching almost as soon as I got into university, for the reason that I was studying far away from my family and they could not fully afford my studies. Therefore, I had to dive right into it, but I was fortunate enough to have great professors and colleagues to help me out in this difficult, but incredible journey.
Here is my letter to 18-year-old Vicky and a few years after that, when I was a scared teacher, afraid of many things and mainly how it was going to be.
I know that…
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