Deep – deepen, bright – brighten. English has the power to make adjectives into verbs by adding two letters. Alan explains to his ESL students how to do this.
English learners tend to confuse these two words: Lend and Borrow. Learn their meanings here, and see examples of how to use them properly.
Do you use words like these: I’m, you’d, she’ll, who’s, didn’t, won’t, they’ve, we’re? If so, you're using contractions. This is a very normal way of speaking American English. Alan tells why and gives examples.
In this grammar lesson, Alan talks about the second group of English modal verbs, that related to Ability. Learn about the variations in meaning with these expressions: can, can't, could, couldn't, probably able, should be able, may be able, and more!
One common confusion in English is misusing the verbs Lay and Lie. Even native speakers can get them wrong. Follow these simple rules so you don't end up with egg on your face!
What happens if you make a mistake? Can you fix it? Can you take it back? Sometimes you can...with verbs of un-doing. Here is how.
Note: When we add the optional preposition “up” to the verb, it gives a sense of completeness, a sense of doing something “up” to 100% fullness.
Alan teaches the pronunciation of Vowel #15 in American English: /oi/. He includes spelling patterns, exceptions, and sample sentences for practice.
Alan teaches the pronunciation of Vowel #14 in American English: /au/. He includes spelling patterns, exceptions, and sample sentences for practice.
Did you know there are three ways to pronounce "h" in American English?
Once you've understood the individual sounds of English (consonants and vowels), it's time to focus on the music of English pronunciation. Alan gives an introduction to English rhythms with this lesson on word stress.