Culture Tip: American New Year Traditions

The coming of a new year is celebrated across the world with a variety of different customs and traditions.  New Year’s in the United States is no different, and Americans have our own special traditions for commemorating the past year and “ringing in” a new one.  If...

Grammar Tip (A1): Subject and Object Pronouns

Pronouns in English are simple, useful words like I, me, he, his, she, and her.  Although these words are simple, using them correctly can sometimes be tricky.  When should you use “I” or “me”?  Which of these sentences is correct? He told the secret to she and I. He...

Grammar Tip: Hope vs. Wish

Imagine that you will face a big test or competition soon.  In these situations, we often talk about our desire to succeed.  In English, “hope” and “wish” can both be used to talk about something you want to have or to happen.  However, even though these words have...

Grammar Tip: -ED & -ING Adjectives

Adding ED and ING to verbs to create tense changes is pretty simple in English.  However, using ED and ING adjectives correctly can be trickier. The difference in meaning between ED and ING adjectives is often subtle but important!  To a native English speaker, the...

Transition Words: Causation & Sequence

Transition words are important in both writing and speaking in order to help your audience understand the logic of your message.  These words are especially important in English, because English is a writer-responsible language. When communicating in English, it is...

Tense Tutorial: Present Perfect

What is the Present Perfect tense and how to use it? The present perfect is a useful and common grammar structure in English.  However, the situations in which to use it are fairly specific, and can be confusing to English learners.  In this blog post we will learn...