Fun or Funny

Fun or Funny – When do I use them?

Is that movie on TV fun or funny? Was my weekend with friends fun or funny? Learn the difference.

As a teacher I often hear my students confusing the words fun and funny. We do not confuse them in other languages but in English we make this mistake because both words sound the same but the truth is that they are very very different. I have a friend who is very funny and we have a lot of fun hanging out. Going on vacation is fun but not really funny. That man in the corner is acting funny but I’m not laughing. What does this all mean? Take a look below and find out.

 

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Give Me A Hand

Give Me A Hand – An Idiom

Does this idiom mean what I think it means?

In English we often use expressions that sound totally crazy. When we draw these idioms as pictures, they look even crazier. Often when I am really busy doing things like cooking, working on my car or doing wood-work I realize that I need help. I can’t reach my ingredients or my tools and need someone to pass me something or help me hold something. What do we say in these situations?

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English Classes with Daniel

Learn English with Daniel

Are you interested in taking 1-on-1 English classes with a professional teacher?

Teaching English is a passion of mine and I’ve taught students of all ages from all around the world. I started out as a high school teacher in Thailand and then began teaching 5 year old Korean children online. From there I began developing online courses for adults from around the world and have continued teaching ad agency executives in Paris, France.

My classes are specialized because I focus everything on my students’ personal lives. We start by discussing what is happening at work, with the family and in a student’s free time. We also talk about vacation plans, what is happening in the world and plans for the future. The entire time I take notes about what a student is saying and write down grammar and pronunciation errors as well as vocabulary that we can expand on. We then spend time improving these areas. Lastly, we continue our original discussion while focusing on the new skills we’ve learned.

If you’re interested in taking classes with me or would like to have a short skype meeting to discuss how the classes work, please contact me at daniel@theenglishbug.com. You can also go to my teacher page to look at my schedule and pricing.

See you in class!

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Come Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal Verbs with ‘Come’

Are you coming up or coming down with something? Did you come across this poster or come over it? How is your English coming along?

While searching for phrasal verbs online, more and more people are coming across www.theenglishbug.com. We came up with the blueprint for this website 2 years ago and things are really coming along well. The site includes many learning materials and the blog comes with vocabulary ideas that are important for learning English. To improve your English, come back to the site often and come down with a bug, an “English Bug”!

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Animal Idioms

Animal Idioms

Has anyone ever called you an animal and you didn’t understand why? Maybe they were just using an idiom.

Animal idioms are funny because they don’t always make a lot of sense. However they are a very important aspect of the English language because you can’t get away from them. They are used all over pop culture in movies, TV shows and especially music. When you watch sports you might cheer for the dark horse. When you read about historic people, you may discover that they were lone wolves. People in the news are often treated like guinea pigs. If understanding these expressions gives you butterflies in your stomach, you should probably study them.

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Stick up for

‘Stick up for’ – a phrasal verb

Do you stick up for other people? Do you stick up for yourself? Learn this useful phrasal verb.

From the time we are young we learn to stick up for ourselves. If you have an older brother, you probably stuck up for yourself when you were little and he bugged you. However ,if you have a younger brother, you might have stuck up for him when other people bugged him. In the same way, you probably have to stick up for yourself in other aspects of life now. You may stick for ideas at work. You may stick up for your friends if people criticize them and you may stick up to governments or oppressive organizations. When have you had to stick up for yourself or someone else?

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Look-Phrasal Verbs

‘Look’ – Phrasal Verbs

Are you looking for new ways to learn English? Look over these phrasal verbs and see how much vocabulary you already know.

‘Look’ is one of the most commonly used phrasal verb roots. It has so many different meanings and yet, is only subtly different from one phrasal verb to the next. If you look over this poster, you can look forward to improving your understanding of English but look out for those subtle differences.

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2 Ways to Use ‘Get’

GET – 2 Ways to Use this Verb

Where do you get your English lessons from? Do you get this poster? Look at the following information and get better at English.

‘Get’ is one of the most difficult and most useful verbs in the English language. It can be used to replace many, many verbs and especially those words about obtaining and becoming. What other words can it replace?

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Car Vocabulary

Car Vocabulary

Do you own a car? Do you know the English words for each part of the car? Learn these nouns to increase your vocabulary.

I bought my first car when I was sixteen and I was so excited. It was a 1980 Datsun and it only cost $500 but I remember the cool feeling of owning something so big. Unfortunately, I knew nothing about cars and had to learn lots about maintenance, insurance and most importantly, vocabulary. Can you think of any other car parts that are not mentioned in this picture?

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Borrow or Lend

Borrow or Lend

Do you borrow things? Do you lend things? What is the difference between these two verbs?

This summer I was doing some renovations at my house and I needed a drill to fix my cupboards. Unfortunately, I don’t own one and they are very expensive at the store. Luckily, my neighbor is a really nice guy and he owns a very powerful drill. I asked him if I could borrow it and he said, “Sure. I’m happy to lend you my drill.”

We all do it at one time or another. When we don’t have something and we need it, we often borrow it from friends or family. When we have extra of something and our friends and family need it, we lend it to them. Do you know when to use ‘borrow’ and when to use ‘lend’? Take a look at the examples below to help make things clearer.

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