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15 Which prepositions to use after ‘go’ and ‘arrive’?

Prepositions are always tricky, and the best way to learn them is to learn them in groups. Today I am talking about the prepositions of movement: what we use after verbs like 'go', 'fly', 'come' and so on. There is one verb which is different from all the others: 'to arrive'. It can use 2 prepositions depending on what place you are talking about. Learn more from the today's episode!

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3 Irregular Verbs mistakes you need to avoid

In one of my previous posts, I told you about how to learn irregular verbs effectively using a simple method of dividing them into groups. However smart we are about our learning though, there are always some words or forms which just refuse to be remembered. Do you know what I mean? You just keep forgetting this word again or again. It happens a lot to me and, I bet, it happens a lot to you too, doesn't it? And from my experience, this is a usual problem with irregular verbs. There are some many of them and we just don't have time to think while speaking. Let's focus today on the verbs in which learners make mistakes the most often. Let's make sure you never do the same.

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13 Everyday phrases: It depends, It doesn’t matter, It takes

It's simple things we need to say every day which cause us the most trouble when learning a foreign language. Isn't it a bit funny? Let me help you with that. Today, we are having a look at 3 everyday phrases we use a lot in English: it depends, it matters, and it takes.

They are a bit difficult because we start a sentence with an 'empty' 'it', and many people continue with 'is' after it. Here, though, we have full verbs used in Present Simple, so you need to be sure the structure is clear. If you need more practice with the verb forms, be sure to also check out my new course.

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Why not Improve English Speaking with my new podcast?

Podcasts are now a big deal in language learning, and it is quite easy to understand why. We develop our basic confidence in the language through listening. If we can understand what people around us say, we start talking to them. At least, this is how it should be. 

Being as great as they are, podcasts are traditionally considered to be helpful for improving your listening skills. But they are much more than that. In my new podcast, I am presenting you a strong tool to improve English speaking.

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10 What are you good at? Describing skills

What are you good at? Or what are you bad at? We often need to talk about what we can do or can’t do: either at work (at the job interview, for example) or in our everyday life. We are often very emotional. If you use a phrase ‘I can swim well’, the grammar here is a bit tricky (modal verbs are the most terrible you can get in English).

In everyday speaking, we use set expressions with with the verb ‘to be’ a lot. Such structures are more flexible and easier to deal with. Use a simple expression ‘be good / bad at (doing) something’ to talk about your skills. Let me show you how in this episode of the podcast:

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Figure Out English Episode 10 | Daria Storozhilova