Category Archives: Vocabulary

Dynamic Desk Organizers!

Hey guys!

Today let’s look at a trend that’s becoming popular all over the world- Dynamic Desk Organizers!

We all need to keep our desk tidy. But do you ever get tired of the same old pencil case or organizer?

Today’s Vocabulary:

tidy (adj.): things are neat, not messy
dynamic (adj.): energetic, changing, different from normal
inspiration (noun): something that gives you ideas
Do It Yourself (DIY) (noun/adj.): something you can make yourself

Spelling: 
organizer (U.S. English)
organiser (U.K. English)

How about these ideas for some inspiration?

1. Pitta Bread Pencil Case (from cargocollective.com)

This pencil case looks delicious! (Photo credit: cargocollective.com/MoharDesign/Ashtanur)

This pencil case looks delicious! (Photo credit: cargocollective.com/MoharDesign/Ashtanur)

 

It looks good enough to eat! (Photo credit: http://cargocollective.com/MoharDesign/Ashtanur)

It looks good enough to eat! (Photo credit: http://cargocollective.com/MoharDesign/Ashtanur)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Lego Pen Pot (from estefimachado.com.br)

 

Adults and children alike can enjoy Lego! (Photo credit: estefimachado.com.br)

Adults and children alike can enjoy Lego! (Photo credit: estefimachado.com.br)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can make it yourself! You need a glass jar, some yellow paint, and a black pen. (Photo credit: estefimachado.com.br)

1. You can make it yourself! You need a glass jar, some yellow paint, and a black pen. (Photo credit: estefimachado.com.br)

 

 

 



Pour the yellow paint into the jar. (Photo credit: estefimachado.com.br)

2. Pour the yellow paint into the jar. (Photo credit: estefimachado.com.br)

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Shake the paint inside the jar. (Photo credit: estefimachado.com.br)

3. Shake the paint inside the jar. (Photo credit: estefimachado.com.br)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Draw a face, and it's finished! (Photo credit: estefimachado.com.br)

4. Draw a face, and it’s finished! (Photo credit: estefimachado.com.br)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cardboard Animals for Your Desk (from yankodesign.com)

Cardboard Rhino Pen Holder (photo credit: http://www.yankodesign.com/2012/08/01/di-wild/)

Cardboard Rhino Pen Holder (photo credit: http://www.yankodesign.com/2012/08/01/di-wild/)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cardboard Giraffe Lamp (Photo credit: http://www.yankodesign.com/2012/08/01/di-wild/)

Cardboard Giraffe Lamp (Photo credit: http://www.yankodesign.com/2012/08/01/di-wild/)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cardboard Elephant Speakers (Photo credit: http://www.yankodesign.com/2012/08/01/di-wild/)

Cardboard Elephant Speakers (Photo credit: http://www.yankodesign.com/2012/08/01/di-wild/)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cardboard Deer Clock

Cardboard Deer Clock

 

 

What do you think of these dynamic desk organizers? Do you have any good ideas for making interesting desk organizers at home? Please leave a comment!

The 1000 Most Common Words in English: Number 10- that

that

1. I would like to buy that suit.
2. Did you know that he was here?
3. Well, that’s something you will have to ask her.

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Back to number 9

The 1000 Most Common Words in English: Number 9- you

you

1. I will tell you tomorrow!
2. You and I should have a meal together sometime.
3. Have you remembered your running shoes?
4. I am going to help you with your homework.

Remember that in English we use “you” as a subject and an object.

Subject / Object
I / me
you / you
he / him
she / her
it / it
we / us
you / you
they / them

Back to the list of the most common words in the English language
Back to number 8
On to number 10

The 1000 Most Common Words in English: Number 8- it

it

1. It‘s important to wear your seatbelt when you drive.
2. I gave it to the man over there.
3. She told me it was the last day of her employment.

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Back to number 7
On to number 9

The 1000 Most Common Words in English: Number 7- is

is

1. What is your favourite season?
2. This is my new car!
3. The trouble with the summer here is it’s too hot.

The word “is” comes from the verb “to be”.

Let’s review this verb:

to be
I am
you are
he/she/it is
we are
you are
they are

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Back to number 6
Next- number 8

Short Lesson 5: Are You Working Hard, or Hardly Working?!

learn English online working hard or hardly working

Hey everybody!

In this lesson I’d like to teach you some English language wordplay, and also show you a common mistake English learners make.

Look at this expression:

“Are you working hard, or hardly working?”

Are “Working hard” and “Hardly working” the same thing?

No!

As you know, many adjectives can be changed into adverbs by adding -ly.

Example 1:
adjective: quick
adverb: quickly

Example 2:
adjective: strange
adverb: strangely

But we don’t do this with “hard”. The word “hardly” means “almost not at all”.

Example 1:
“It’s hardly raining.” 
This doesn’t mean “It’s raining hard.”
It means “It’s almost not raining at all.”

Example 2:
“It’s hardly necessary.”
This doesn’t mean “It’s really necessary.”
This means “It’s almost not necessary at all.” 

So what about “Working hard or hardly working?”

Well, “Working hard” does mean “Working with a lot of effort”.
But “Hardly working” means “Almost not working”.

So if you want to share a joke with someone at work, you can ask them-

“Are you working hard or hardly working?”

Have a great day!

Jon

Short Lesson 4: Bad, Worse and Worst

bad worse and worst

Hey everyone!

Today let’s look at three words: bad, worse and worst. These are important words and sometimes used in the wrong way by even native speakers of English.

We know bad. It means the opposite of good.

But what is “worse“? It means “more bad“. This is a comparison word. This means it compares one thing to another.

And how about “worst“? It means “most bad“. This is a superlative word. This means the thing it describes is the “most-adjective” of a group of things.

Please watch the following video:

That man is bad at hurdles!
He is worse than the other runners.
He is the worst hurdler in the race!

Let’s look at that again:

bad = opposite of good
worse = more bad
worst = most bad

See you next time!

Jon

The 1000 Most Common Words in English: Number 6- in

in

1. I am in London at the moment.
2. Did you get to the station in time?
3. Take your umbrella just in case it rains.
4. One in ten people is left-handed.

Back to the list of the most common words in the English language
Back to number 5
Next: number 7

 

The 1000 Most Common Words in English: Number 5- a

a

1. Would you like a sandwich?
2. That’s a great photo!
3. A man came to see you.
4. I have a dog and two cats.

A” is not just the first letter of the alphabet, it’s also an incredibly common word.

Be careful not to confuse “a” and “the“. We use “a” for an indefinite noun, and “the” for a definite noun.
Example:
- There is a house on that hill.
- The Queen of England is called Elizabeth.

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Back: Number 4
Next: Number 6

The 1000 Most Common Words in English: Number 4- and

and

1. I am tired and hungry!
2. I went to school and then went to the supermarket.
3. Francis and Maria are coming to dinner.

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Next: Number 5