Beginner Portuguese Language Class

Beginner Portuguese Group Class starting mid-November at Adi’s Language School in Framingham, MA. The schedule will be once a week for 2 hours, and we are still determining the exact day and time. No registration fee. If you would like to register, please contact us with your full name, and days/times you would be available […]

Another vs. Other in English

My students recently asked me to explain the difference between Another and Other in English. I can see how the usage of these words can be confusing because they are very close in meaning, and here is my clarification on the topic:   Another Is an adjective describing a singular nonspecific countable noun or pronoun. […]

The Verbs SAY/TELL/TALK/SPEAK in English

When it comes to the verbs SAY/TELL/TALK/SPEAK in English, many students go like this:  . Since the learners are our inspiration for this blog, the following is meant to help them use the four verbs correctly and understand them better in context.   The verbs SAY/TELL/TALK and SPEAK are very similar, however most of the […]

Subject/Object Pronouns and Possessive Adjectives in English

Subject/object pronouns and possessive adjectives such as I, me, my, they, them, their are a common source of confusion for English students. The following will categorize and explain the usage of these words in context so that they are easier to understand. Pronouns and Adjectives Let’s first clarify what pronouns and adjectives are. Pronouns are generally short […]

How to Use the Verbs Come/Go, Make/Do, Lend/Borrow in English

It is easy to confuse the verbs Come/Go, Make/Do and Lend/Borrow in English because they are very similar in meaning. However, they are used in specific contexts that are slightly different and saying one instead of the other can be a problem when we try to communicate. The following pictures and explanations are meant to […]

How to Make an Appointment in English

Knowing how to make an appointment is an essential practical skill in day-to-day life. The following are a few step-by-step guidelines meant to help English learners with this task. Let’s start from the assumption that the appointment is being made by phone and take a doctor’s office as the example. The first thing you will […]

How to Tell Time in English

Telling time is very important in day-to-day communication, for establishing a meeting with someone, making an appointment, and talking about your routine, among other functions. In English, there is Regular (12-hour) Time and Military (24-hour) Time.   REGULAR (12-hour) TIME  is used by most people in everyday talk. O’CLOCK If you want to express the […]

“There is/are” vs. “Have” in English

Some English students are confused about when to use “There is/are” or “Have”, tending to use “Have” in place of “There is/are”, which impedes communication. The confusion mainly comes from the students’ own language background, therefore it is necessary to explain the difference in meaning between one and the other and how they are being […]

Basic Prepositions in English

A preposition is a word that links a noun, pronoun, or noun phrase to some other part of the sentence. Prepositions can be confusing for English learners. Here are a few basic ones, along with pictures to illustrate their most common meaning, a few usage guidelines and examples: Of   Used to show a connection, belonging, […]