Best SHOWS and learning tips for English Entertainment.

Best Shows and learning tips for English Entertainment.

Studying English is usually tricky and tiresome.

This is because there are millions of grammatical rules, exceptions to the rules, types of speeches, phrasal verbs, pronunciations, idioms, phonetics, and accents.

After a time learning English becomes a task to work upon, and over time it becomes boring.

So how can we avoid sleeping in all boring grammar lectures?

There’s a fantastic solution to it.

Today you will get to know how you can make use of all those brilliant Hollywood entertainments.

How can subtitles help you?

It is usually said that watching movies, different videos, television series, and listening to English songs will help you improve your basic skills like speaking and listening in English.

Subtitles (in English, of course) are the best way to learn by listening.

It helps you understand clearly what is happening in the movie scene or television show.

Which will help you enhance your vocabulary and give you knowledge of grammatical errors that you might make.

Suppose you can’t understand the meaning of a specific word, expression or phrase.

In that case, you should always pause and check the meaning of unfamiliar words or expressions in a dictionary or online.

Try to form some sentences with them and try to use them in further speeches when you get the hang of it.

How is playback speed critical?

One very advisable and effective technique is to slow down the speed of any video you are watching, and by this, I mean to reduce the playback speed.

If you’re watching something on Youtube or streaming Netflix, and you slow it down by 10% you will be surprised at how simple it is to understand the dialogue and the movie as a whole.

Anyone who learns a second language is, at some point, frustrated by how fast native speakers talk.

 

Interest is the key

The other very important thing is to watch something that you find interesting.

If you start with some recommended or famous series, show or movie but find it boring, skip it.

Please don’t waste your time on it as there are many others out there.

You got so many different shows and genres among which you can choose from.

You won’t learn English by forcing yourself to watch things that aren’t of your vibe.

Our brain can remember information better only if it is necessary, interesting or beneficial to us.

If you are a new English speaker, choose those series that have simple storylines and use easy everyday words.

Don’t start with shows like Suits, The Big Bang Theory or Supernaturals. Try out simple sitcoms like Friends and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.

Watch movies and talk shows that you have already seen in your language (which are not difficult to understand).

It may also benefit your reading comprehension skills to watch a show like that with English subtitles.

Try to read subtitles out loud as it may help you build your speaking skills as well.

Also, give importance to understanding the accents. You can watch various shows as many of the shows have mixed casts from different parts of the world.

Some are from England and hence have that authentic British accent, and some find effortless English good and hence have an American accent.

Even if you cannot develop the accent you like, you should try to pronounce words like that and at least you will be able to understand the same quickly.

Here is a list of the most popular series, shows and movies.

These are available on various online platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hotstar. Choose the genres according to your interest.

Some English Web Series suggestions:

  • Friends
  • Vikings
  • Sherlock
  • Emily in Paris
  • Lucifer
  • The Walking Dead
  • Sex Education
  • Breaking Bad
  • Modern love
  • The Vampire Diaries
  • The Originals
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Supernatural
  • Suits
  • Young Sheldon
  • The Marvellous Mrs Maisel
  • Riverdale
  • 13 Reasons why
  • The office
  • Modern Family
  • Mr Robot
  • How I met your Mother

Some English Talk Shows:

  • The Oprah Winfrey Show
  • The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon
  • The Jimmy Kimmel Show
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
  • The Late Late Show with James Corden
  • The Ellen Show

Some English Movies suggestions:

  • Devil wears Prada
  • Inception
  • Wonder woman
  • Interstellar
  • Inception
  • Pursuit of Happyness
  • Gravity
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Titanic
  • The Justice League
  • The perfect Date
  • The Sleepover
  • Lion King
  • Bird Box
  • Murder Mystery
  • David Copperfield

Final Thoughts

You can find all of these talk shows on YouTube. Sign up to watch new episodes if you wish.

Use English language TV series and talk shows to break up the boredom of studying from textbooks.

All the best!

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Commonly Used Slang Words in English

Commonly Used Slang Words in English

What is slang?

Slangs are simply English words used informally, generally among younger generation people.

When you use words in an informal setting, you should be more careful, and you should never use these slang expressions when talking to your boss, parents, supervisors, older people, or teachers.

It’s best to use these slang words while talking with workmates, friends, and those who you’re close with and you know well.

Another critical aspect of these slang words and phrases is that they are not always words that you can look up in a dictionary.

They are often derived from other words, phrases, or slang expressions.

For example, I have a workmate named Jay who is good enough to my face, but he might say all kinds of nasty things about me behind my back.

This makes him my enemy, to some extent, right?

So Jay is my frenemy (it is a mixture of the words friend + enemy).

Hence this slang word was derived from two common and regular words in the English language.

Let’s talk about some commonly used slang words in the English language.

1) To blow out of here.

This slang phrase is referred to leave a place. Example: It’s time we blow out of here. The party is boring.

2) Pain in the neck

Having real pain in the neck is very unpleasant. So this expression is to depict that something is irritating to us.

For example, My younger sister is a pain in the neck because she asks me so many dumb questions.

3) Zapped out

When you work hard and all day and didn’t take a break for even a minute, you are completely exhausted. To depict this feeling, we use this slang phrase or expression.

For example, You were zapped out. Did you have a long day at work?

4) To catch some Zs

We have emojis or emoticons in emails and text messages with the letter ‘z’ on the face.

Hence this slang expression means to sleep or to take a nap.

Example: Before you go to the airport, you might want to catch some Z’s.

5) Screw around

Screwing around means to do non productive things or wasting time doing unnecessary things.

If this is done at work, it means that you are not doing what you should be doing or are required to do.

Perhaps you send text messages to friends or play games on your phone or check social media.

Example: If Nisha screws around this much, she would be fired soon.

6) Far out

This expression is generally used to describe music/songs or something that is very good.

For example, The music at this event is far out.

This expression was very well known in the 1960s and 1970s but is very rarely heard in today’s time.

7) To goof-up

Everyone makes mistakes.

The slang expression means to do something stupid or make a mistake.

For example, I goofed up by getting inked on my belly. Or I goofed up by coloring my hair blonde.

8) To make waves

Most teenagers use this expression. It means causing problems or difficulties.

For example, The Bollywood actors controversial statement made waves around the country.

9) Bummed

This expression is related to a person’s mood. Generally, when we feel down or are disappointed for some reason, we can describe our mood using this word.

Nihaal was really bummed because his bike broke down and he couldn’t attend the party.

10) Airhead

It would be best if you never said it to someone’s face. It’s considered flawed, and you will probably end up offending them.

This expression literally means a head filled with air or no brains. So be careful, as no one likes it when they are being called stupid.

Example: My brother Shailendra is dating an airhead. This means that Shailendra is dating a young woman who is not intelligent. 

Final Thoughts

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Do you know what Heteronyms are?

Do you know what Heteronyms are?

English is a tricky language to learn. It is full of confusing and contradictory rules that are difficult to follow, especially for a new learner.

One of the very confusing yet amusing elements of the English language is known as heteronym.

Let’s explore heteronyms with some of their examples.

In phonology and grammar, heteronyms are spelled the same but have different meanings. Mostly the pronunciations are a bit different too.

Two words can be heteronyms but not homophones. There is a technical difference between them.

Let’s take an example, “”row”” (use oars) and “”row”” (argument) are heteronyms because they employ different pronunciations, while “”mean”” (signify), “”mean”” (rude), and “”mean”” (average) are not heteronyms.

Because they are pronounced the same. These words are called homonyms.

Most heteronyms are identified in pairs. There are three different words being heteronyms like the above example, but this is very rare.

Homophones are words that are pronounced precisely similar, but they have different meanings or spellings.

The differences in pronunciation show different definitions or meanings of the same word.

Heteronyms are generally noun-verb pairs, and the words are pronounced differently.

Heteronyms Examples

Some of the commonly used words are listed below. You can go through them and see if you know about Heteronyms.

Also, in some pairs, words have entirely different meanings, while others have implications that both are somewhat related to each other.

  • Affect – to touch someone’s feelings / causing emotions or desires
  • Alternate – when something occurs, in turn, one after the other/different choice or second option.
  • Attribute – associate something to be caused by / characteristic trait or quality
  • Axes – plural of ax (tool) / plural of ‘axis’ (reference line)
  • Bass – stringed musical instrument/fish species
  • Bow – a tool used to shoot an arrow/action of bending the upper part of the body as a sign of respect or greeting someone.
  • Bowed – past tense of bow / twisted or turned
  • Buffet – to strike as wind or waves in a continuous form/meal of several dishes where diners self serve
  • Close – to cover an opening / being nearby.
  • Conduct – to guide or lead / how a person acts or behaves
  • Conflict – being incompatible or at a variance / a severe argument or disagreement
  • Console – to comfort someone / an electronic unit with a list of controls
  • Desert – leaving or abandoning / a dry, barren, and sandy area of land
  • Digest – breaking down of food in the stomach / a summary of information
  • Dove – past tense of the word “dive” / a type of white bird
  • House – providing accommodations/home or abode
  • Incense – to make angry or irritated / substance that is burned for its fragrance
  • Intern – to capture someone as a prisoner / a student or trainee who is working to gain professional experience
  • Lead – to show or guide someone through the way / a type of metal (Pb)
  • Moderate – making or becoming less extreme/average amount
  • Number – comparative form of “”numb”” (adjective) / an arithmetical or numerical value
  • Object – to act or express disagreement or disapproval / materialistic thing
  • Permit – giving authorization or consent / an official document that gives permission to someone
  • Polish – rubbing the surface of something to make it smooth and shiny / anyone who belong to Poland
  • Record-setting down in writing or other permanent forms for future reference/something kept in writing permanently
  • Refuse – indicating or showing unwillingness to do something / of no use or garbage
  • Separate – cause to move/viewed as a unit apart
  • Sewer – an underground pipeline for carrying away wastewater / a person who sews
  • Subject – causing or forcing to undergo/a person or thing that is being discussed or talked about
  • Tear – to rip or pull apart / a drop of water secreted by the eyes
  • Wind – twisting or coiling something around a core/the natural movement of air

You see how cool heteronyms are.

Now see, below are three sentences. Try reading them and pronouncing the heteronyms.

  • I love to read stories so much that I read two books last weekend.
  • After reading the 300-number list repeatedly, her brain became the number.
  • When the wildfire got very close, the fire department had to close the road.

Hence, the next time you use heteronyms in a sentence, read it carefully, as the sentence’s meaning depends on pronunciations.

Thanks for reading!

Fascinating English Dance Idioms & Phrases

Fascinating English Dance Idioms & Phrases

Do you love to strap on your dancing boots and get on the stage?

Then you will find it extremely important to learn a few idioms, phrases, and expressions in the English language.

I’m sure you’ve seen the famous Hindi Movie ABCD: Any Body Can Dance and enjoyed watching Prabhu Deva, Varun Dhawan, and Shraddha Kapoor move together so gracefully.

Didn’t you wish to join any Hip hop or Dance classes after watching that movie?

Here are our favorite idioms, phrases, and expressions related to dancing in English

Dance the night away

When someone dances all night long: Join me, Ritesh! I am going to dance the night away.

To boogie

When we dance to fast pop or rock-n-roll music: Stop exaggerating! Let’s boogie!

Strut your stuff

When we dance confidently on the dance floor and show off our dancing skills: Sheila always struts her stuff. Some people consider her to be a great dancer.

Burn up the dance floor

When we dance in an enthusiastic and lively way on the dance floor: Laila burned up the dance floor at Amaira’s party last weekend.

Dancing on air

When we are extremely happy: My daughter was dancing on air after she got an increment.

Put on your dancing shoes.

When we get ready to dance, as in at a party or any other event: She never forgets to put on her dancing shoes!

Have two left feet

An expression which is used to describe a person who is not a good dancer: The thing is, Siddharth has two left feet. That’s why I think that I should ask someone else for the Diwali party. 

Dances have many types too. Some of them are described here:

  • Disco
  • Ballet
  • Salsa
  • Tango
  • Belly dance
  • Samba
  • Hula (Hawaiian dance)
  • Waltz
  • Ballroom dance
  • Breakdance
  • Ice dancing
  • Tap dance
  • Contemporary (modern) dance
  • Folk dance
  • Irish dance
  • Kathak
  • Bharatnatyam
  • Odissi
  • Kathakali
  • Manipuri
  • Kuchipudi
  • Other Indian dance forms

There are several other dance forms all around the world, but these are the most popular ones.

Now, whenever you have your next dance party, be sure to add these great phrases and idioms and showcase your dance and English speaking skills all at once.

Filler Words in English

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Filler words help fill in pauses and gaps in conversations and speeches when we are thinking about answering a question.

Many knowledgeable people think that the use of such filler words depicts the insufficient vocabulary of the speaker.

Still, these words are often considered to be ‘style’ of speech, as they are also used by people who speak fluently.

In fact, filler words perform a necessary psychological function.

Since we all are human beings and not robots, we need time to process the information or question, and then we can give genuine answers in response.

Below we will come across some filler words used by both native and learning English speakers.

See how these words could be beneficial and what their drawbacks are.

Well

This word is usually used to score some time and clear one’s thoughts.

Wow!

This word is also an exclamation in English grammar that is sometimes used when you cannot find other words or phrases.

For example, your brother bought a new shirt, and when he shows it to you (you don’t like it), you say “Wow!” to avoid hurting his feelings.

This word is also used to express a variety of positive emotions. It may express astonishment, excitement, surprise, or happiness.

Okay

This word is known to all as it is the most simple word to show agreement over a topic of discussion. It is very frequently used while speaking or writing.

It is sometimes shortened to the word ‘ok’ while writing.

No way

It is used when you are shocked by something and are in a denial state.

Either you can not find the right words, or it is hard to believe something. It also shows your resistance to doing a particular task.

Tell me something

When you are about to ask a personal natured question, you should use this phrase to announce the question and let the other person digest it.

For example, Suzi, tell me something, how is your relationship going with Paul?

You see

Virtually, this expression has no meaning in the English language. It is genuinely just a filler phrase.

Sometimes, it is used in coordination with a thought that the person you are talking to does not understand or is not aware of something.

By the way

Its meaning is ‘incidentally,’ and it helps the speaker to talk about a minor topic that is unrelated to the discussion going on.

Exactly

This is an appropriate expression to fill a pause in the conversation, and at the same time, it is used to express agreement concerning the current topic.

Words like, yeah or you’re right can be replaced by this. It sounds more professional.

To be honest

In situations where you are uncomfortable to answer a question, but you want to tell the truth, this word is the one exact word in such situations.

For example: To be honest, I feel my Paul is dishonest to me.

You know

It is an actual filler word. It has no meaning, yet native and fluent speakers often use it.

Certainly

This word helps to tell the other person with whom the conversation is going on that you are focused on listening to the discussion or that you do agree with them.

It can also be used in the place of “yes,” and shows more positiveness than the word ‘yes.’

Basically

When you are almost at the end of your long speech, usually then this filler word is used to help you summarize all the topics spoken very clearly. It is a guide filler word. 

Final Thoughts

Of course, we should try to limit the use of these words as excessive use can make both the speaker as well as the listener feel uncomfortable, and you will be forced to clarify your speech or understanding.

Hence, they can be used sparingly, as they will help you speak and keep a conversation or a speech go smoothly.

Good luck!

Different Ways to Say “Thank You”

Different WAYS to Say 'Thank You'

When we express our gratitude, it is considered not only being humble but also good mannerisms.

It validates the person’s actions that helped you.

By helping each other, we can make this world a better place, whether through their actions or comments.

They always tend to do right by us. These people deserve our appreciation.

Showing your thankfulness may not repay the good things someone did for you, and it certainly does go a long way.

So from now on, show people your regards and gratitude by being thankful to them.

Here are some creative choices that can be shared with people who helped you.

Express your gratitude by matching the correct words below.

Best Words of Thanks

  1. I’m wearing the smile you gave me.
  2. TYFBA! (Thank you for being Awesome!)
  3. TYSM (Thank you so much)
  4. Thanks a lot!
  5. You are nothing less than a savior from God!
  6. I cannot thank you enough for your contribution!
  7. Please accept my appreciation.
  8. Thankful to have you as a friend.
  9. We’d love to express our appreciation for your lovely gift.
  10. Thanks to you, it has helped me a lot.
  11. Thank you for a great time.

Great Words of Thanks Messages

  1. Our highest gratitude for your work.
  2. We are so grateful for your support.
  3. I am so thankful for the things you have done for me.
  4. What a blessing you’ve been.
  5. Magnificent! You’re a lifesaver!
  6. God bless your spirit!
  7. You made my day!
  8. I’m humbled by all you’ve done on our behalf.
  9. May the world be full of beautiful people like you!
  10. I am so thankful for your kindness.
  11. A heartfelt acknowledgment for all that you’ve done.

Quotes of thanks by famous people

  1. “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” William Arthur Ward
  2. “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” G.K. Chesterton
  3. “Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves and spend without fear of bankruptcy.” Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

Appreciation for Your Help Messages

  1. Thank you for making time in your daily schedule to step up.
  2. Thank you very much!
  3. Having you as my friend is indeed a blessing.
  4. Thanks for not giving up on me.
  5. Thank you for your help.
  6. Thank you for always turning my lemons into lemonades.
  7. Thank you for the unforgettable experience. You’re incredible.
  8. You are a savior.

Expressions of ‘Thank you.’

  1. Much obliged!
  2. I am grateful.
  3. Thanks a lot for being there for me during this difficult time.
  4. It was so amazing of you.
  5. I will forever be indebted to you.
  6. I will remember this forever, thanks.
  7. What will I be without you?
  8. What you did for me is unforgettable.
  9. I’m so grateful to you.

Inspirational Words of Thanks

  1. Accept my endless gratitude.
  2. My sincere gratitude.
  3. Your generosity overwhelms me.
  4. I appreciate your valuable time.
  5. Consider yourself heartily thanked.
  6. I truly appreciate you.
  7. I cannot express my feelings.
  8. I’ll forever be grateful for your deeds.

Thank You for a Gift

  1. When I try to describe your gift, ‘perfect’ is just the word I could think of. Thanks for knowing me so well.
  2. Only someone as good as you could get me such an incredible gift. Your taste is so marvelous.
  3. Thank you for the gift. You put a smile on our faces.
  4. I think you know us better than we know ourselves. Thank you for this beautiful gift.
  5. This gift was exactly what I was looking for, Thanks!
  6. You never fail to surprise me.
  7. Thank you for such a terrific gift.
  8. This is the best present I’ve ever received!
  9. You made me feel so special.
  10. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
  11. Your warm wishes on our wedding were just what we wanted, thank you.
  12. Thank you for such a heartwarming gift.

Thank you for ‘kind words.’

  1. It was amazing it was to receive your beautiful note of support and appreciation.
  2. Thank you for supporting me all through the ups and downs.
  3. I was captivated when I received your encouragement note. Thank you.
  4. I am so much obliged to receive your note. Thank you.
  5. I’m so pleased to know that my suggestion note brightens your day.
  6. Your incredible generosity and thoughtfulness will be rewarded.
  7. Thank you for your kindness.
  8. Thank you for your marvelous words.

Short Words of Thanks

  1. You are such a calm and caring person. Thanks!
  2. Thank you for your support in all my endeavors!
  3. Thank you for your kind words.
  4. Thank you so much for your encouragement. They meant a lot to me!
  5. I think you are incredible.
  6. These are some phrases or sentences that you could use and add differently to create a flow in your speeches.

Final Thoughts

The next time try to use the above words according to the situation and level up your game of being grateful or thanking people.

Thank you!

Popular Idioms and Phrases to Describe Parties

Popular idioms and phrases to describe parties

After the CoVID 19 pandemic became widespread, have you ever been to a party?

When was the last time that you attended one such party?

What do you recall about it?

Now, whenever you are asked these types of questions in the English language regarding a party, you can quickly answer them.

Now you’ll learn some English phrases and idioms used to describe a party or any such event.

Party phrases and vocabulary

Before we read the idioms, let’s get our vocabulary straight: here are some common questions and phrases in the English language associated with partying.

Questions which you often hear at parties

  • How was the party?
  • How was the atmosphere?
  • How was the music?
  • Did you meet anybody new there?
  • How was the décor?

We are considering some ways to answer all these questions using modern, conversational English words.

But before that, let’s see the activities commonly done at a party.

Phrases describing what to do at a party

  • Attend parties
  • Have a couple of drinks
  • Dance all night long
  • Play party games
  • Chat with friends
  • Flirting
  • Swim in the pool
  • Have fun
  • Socialize (meet new people)

Words & phrases to describe the music section of a party

  • It was upbeat
  • It was nice
  • It was suitable for a romantic dance.
  • Right up my alley
  • It was too relaxing

Phrases to describe the aura of the party

  • It was electrifying
  • It was so wild and crazy.
  • It was chill/laid back.
  • It was too dull.

Phrases to describe the décor at an event

  • Pretty cool
  • Beautiful
  • Funky
  • A bit tacky
  • Not as per my taste
  • Themed

English Party Idioms

Along with the phrases, we also use a few idioms to describe parties:

Have a whale of a time

This idiom genuinely means “have a great time at the event or enjoy yourself thoroughly. For example, I had a whale of a time at Naira’s birthday party.

The life of the party

We use this idiom to describe someone who is the most entertaining person at any party. For example, She’s always been the life of the party.

There is another version of the same idiom, which is “soul of the party,” which means the same thing: someone who always has a wild/crazy time.

And do you know what the opposite of both the idioms, as mentioned earlier, is?

That’s a party pooper: it is known as someone who saps the fun energy of a party or brings everyone down.

Throw a party

This means to organize and host a party or an event.

For example, Viren and Shalini are throwing a party this weekend.

Billy-no-mates / Norma no-mates

This phrase is used to describe a male (called “Billy”) or a female (called “Norma”) who has few or no friends. The idiom is British slang.

For example, I didn’t want to look like Billy-no-mates, so I took Pratik with me.

A social butterfly

It is used to describe an outgoing social person and an extrovert.

These people generally have a lot of friends and are mostly attending parties and events.

For example, Mrs. Raji is a social butterfly. She is invited to all the society kitty parties.

Ann Landers – “At every party, there are two types of people; those who want to go home and sleep, and those who don’t. The problem is that they are usually married to each other.”

Conclusion

Now, you know the idioms and phrases you’ll need to describe parties or events in the English language.

So, are you planning to attend a party anytime soon?

Let us know in the comments below!

CONFIDENCE: The Fuel to YOUR SUCCESS

Confidence building

Confidence is a realistic feeling of being sure and thinking what you are doing is right gracefully.

Are failures important?

Are successes important?

Focusing more on successes and less on failures can boost self-confidence.

Confidence can be innate or inborn, but it flourishes and deepens the meaning of confidence in your life over days and time. Confidence might come and go.

Someday you might be way too confident, and somedays, you’ll feel drained.

Feeling the essence of confidence is more important than being confident.

One way to realize this is that confidence is like building up a part of your muscle — the more you work hard on it, the easier it will become.

There might be days when you know the answer, but you don’t have the confidence to say it aloud. This causes a turmoil of stress or anxiety and also some heavy flow of hormones in your body.

It is very much normal to face them but making it a habit can pull you down somewhere.

Confidence is not something that you’d achieve in a day or two, it is a practice where relaxation is important as well as knowing yourself like the weaknesses and strengths.

Confidence can make you feel very strong both from outside and inside, with peace and happiness. Because in the end, it is only you who is going through that roller coaster phase.

So here we come,

WHAT IS SELF-CONFIDENCE?

A person develops confidence when they believe they can successfully do something by their proper judgment, knowledge, and past experiences.

For example, if You’re sitting for a job interview, it’s natural to be nervous and feel anxious, but the feeling of impressing people on the other side of the seat is important.

Okay, let me ask you to think about a situation,

Imagine or think of a time when you felt extremely confident in any scope of work?

Did you feel that electricity in your body? That adrenaline rush? That sense of conquering the world?

You know self-confidence can bring so much goodness to you. Self-confidence does a lot and plays a significant role in our life. It boosts our self-esteem, tones down stress, and often pushes us to do better. But most importantly, it makes us feel upright about ourselves.

How can self-confidence impact your life?

Your happiness and self-esteem will increase: What is self-esteem?

Self-esteem is one’s evaluation of worth and value.

So, self-esteem and self-confidence are not the same but are closely related. Your self-esteem and confidence increase when you believe in your talents, capabilities, worth, and potential.

Self-esteem increases when you believe you’re worthy and capable of fulfilling your desires and dreams—accepting your failure and making that your power tool for success.

So if you feel good about yourself and your decisions in life, you’ll be happier than ever, which increases your self-esteem and confidence.

  • You’ll feel more motivated to act:

If someone is confident in any particular field of work, they are more likely to take responsibility to complete a task than someone less confident.

If you’re confident in your abilities, you will feel more motivated, and also the people you’re working with will also want to trust you more.

This takes us to our next section:

  • People will trust you:

When you are confident in your abilities, people are likely to listen to you, trust you, and follow you.

You’re working on a group project, and one had to be a leader.

Person A says, “I know I can and will work hard for this group, plus I got better ideas.

Person B says, “I don’t really like leadership roles, but I could try if you all want me to.”

So here we take a look at two different people. We would work with person A

anytime because he seems more confident and convincing.

If you are confident, you’re more likely to be followed and looked up to.

Many ways you can build your confidence:

  • Knowing yourself: Get to know yourself, meaning knowing your strengths and weaknesses and accepting them not as imperfections but as something to improve.
  • Be prepared: When you are ready to do something, you’re more confident in accomplishing a task successfully.
  • Stay positive: Positivity is a key component of building self-confidence. It keeps you from beating yourself up after a setback or mistake.
  • Knowing the worth: Know what is actually making you feel less confident, and work towards it. Focus on the variable and know-how that variable can add to your life because once you start getting the right responses from that worthy variable, you feel happy and good about working towards it.
  • Body language: sitting upright, with a smile on your face, that positive energy around like you own the entire property, and also moving your hands freely, and eye contact make you feel confident.

Don’t we say fake it till you make it?

That is exactly what am saying; let the world know you’re a serious competitor and very proud of your work. If the world knows it, you will get half of your confidence.

In the end, I’d like to conclude that, Self-confidence is not always that easy to achieve, but it’s something that everyone deserves to experience.

It is something that everyone should know how it feels to be confident.

Do you know how fuel works? Although it eases your travel, you’ll need people who inspire you to get that fuel.

There are several reasons why confidence is very important in our professional lives and in our daily lives.

To sum up everything, it affects your happiness, self-worth, and self-esteem. Most importantly, SELF.

Try being the best version of yourself every single day, but don’t forget to love yourself.

100 Most Common Phrasal Verbs List with Example Sentences

101 Most Common Phrasal Verbs List with Example Sentences

Do you want to sound like a native English speaker? If so, learning phrasal verbs is a must! In this blog post, I will go over 100 of the most common phrasal verbs and their meanings. 

We’ll provide example sentences for each one so that you can see how they are used in real-life English conversations. 

Phrasal verbs can be tricky to learn, but once you learn them, you’ll be able to speak English with more style and fluency. So let’s get started!

Here is a list of 100 most common phrasal verbs with example sentences:

1. Get on

Example Sentence: I’m going to get on the bus.

Meaning: To board or enter (a vehicle)

2. Get off

Example Sentence: Please get off the table.

Meaning: To move from a higher to a lower position

3. Get up

Example Sentence: I need to get up early tomorrow.

Meaning: To rise to one’s feet from a lying, sitting, or kneeling position

4. Get in

Example Sentence: Can you get in the car?

Meaning: To enter (a vehicle)

5. Get out

Example Sentence: He got out of the car.

Meaning: To leave (a vehicle, place, or container)

6. Give in

Example Sentence: I don’t know how much longer I can give in.

Meaning: To yield; to submit (to someone or something)

7. Give up

Example Sentence: He gave up after trying for an hour. 

Meaning: To stop making an effort; to abandon

8. Give out

Example Sentence: We’re almost out of food, so we need to give some out.

Meaning: To distribute (something)

9. Grow up

Example Sentence: I’m tired of your childish behaviour. Grow up!

Meaning: To become an adult; to mature

10. Hang out

Example Sentence: I’m going to hang out with my friends tonight.

Meaning: To spend time in a relaxed way, without any specific plans or goals

11. Hang on

Example Sentence: Hang on, I’ll be right there.

Meaning: To wait (for someone)

12. Hold out

Example Sentence: She held out her hand for a handshake.

Meaning: To offer; to extend (something)

13. Hold up

Example Sentence: The robbers held up the bank.

Meaning: To delay or prevent (someone or something) from moving or progressing

14. Keep on

Example Sentence: Keep on working hard and you’ll succeed.

Meaning: To continue (doing something)

15. Keep up

Example Sentence: It’s hard to keep up with her.

Meaning: To maintain the same speed or level; to not fall behind 

16. Let down

Example Sentence: He was really let down by his friends.

Meaning: To disappoint; to cause someone to have a lower opinion 

17. Look after

Example Sentence: Who is going to look after the baby?

Meaning: To take care of (someone or something)

18. Look for

Example Sentence: I’m looking for my keys.

Meaning: To search for (something)

19. Look in

Example Sentence: Could you look in the closet and see if my coat is there?

Meaning: To search (a place) carefully for something

20. Look into

Example Sentence: I’m going to look into buying a new car.

Meaning: To investigate or research (something)

-Phrasal Verb: Look out

Example Sentence: Look out! There’s a car coming.

Meaning: To be careful; to beware 

21. Look up

Example Sentence: I looked up the word in a dictionary.

Meaning: To search for and find (information)

22. Make out

Example Sentence: They made out in the backseat of the car. 

Meaning: To kiss and caress passionately

23. Make up

Example Sentence: We made up after we had a huge argument.

Meaning: To become friends again; to forgive and forget

24. Mean for

Example Sentence: What do you mean for me?

Meaning: What is your intention?; what are you trying to do?

25. Pass out

Example Sentence: He passed out after drinking too much.

Meaning: To faint; to lose consciousness

26. Put off

Example Sentence: I don’t want to put off my vacation any longer.

Meaning: To postpone; to delay

27. Put on

Example Sentence: He put on a brave face for his little sister.

Meaning: To wear (clothing)

28. Read up on

Example Sentence: She read up on the company before her interview.

Meaning: To research (something) thoroughly

29. Run into

Example Sentence: I ran into an old friend at the grocery store.

Meaning: To meet (someone) unexpectedly

30. Run out of

Example Sentence: We’ve run out of cheese blocks. Can you go to the nearest shop and purchase some cheese blocks?

Meaning: To use up all of (something)

31. Set off

Example Sentence: A fire alarm set off and everyone had to evacuate.

Meaning: To cause (something) to happen; to activate

32. Show up

Example Sentence: She showed up to the party an hour late.

Meaning: To arrive; to appear

33. Sit down

Example Sentence: Let’s sit down and discuss this calmly.

Meaning: To take a seat; to lower oneself into a sitting position

34. Stand up

Example Sentence: He stood up and hugged her.

Meaning: To rise to a standing position; to get out of bed

35. Take after

Example Sentence: She takes after her mother.

Meaning: To resemble (a parent or ancestor) in appearance, character, or behaviour

36. Take back

Example Sentence: I take back what I said about her.

Meaning: To retract; to withdraw

37. Take off

Example Sentence: My flight from London to Delhi will take off in an hour.

Meaning: To leave; to depart

38. Take on

Example Sentence: He’s taken on a lot of new responsibilities.

Meaning: To accept (something) willingly; to agree to do or be something

39. Talk over

Example Sentence: Let’s talk this over before we make a decision.

Meaning: To discuss (something) together to make a decision

40. Talk through

Example Sentence: We talked the problem through and found a solution.

Meaning: To discuss (something) thoroughly; to find a solution

41. Thank for

Example Sentence: I want to thank you for all your help.

Meaning: To express gratitude for (something)

42. Think about

Example Sentence: I’ve been thinking about quitting my job.

Meaning: To consider; to ponder

43. Think of

Example Sentence: I can’t think of anything else to say.

Meaning: To consider; to ponder

44. Throw out

Example Sentence: He threw out the old newspapers.

Meaning: To discard (something)

45. Turn in

Example Sentence: I turned in my project two days ago.

Meaning: To submit (something) for evaluation or review

46. Wake up

Example Sentence: He woke up at seven o’clock.

Meaning: To become conscious; to awaken from sleep

47. Work out

Example Sentence: I’ve been working out every day for the past month.

Meaning: To exercise; to strain or struggle

48. Write down

Example Sentence: Write down my phone number in case you forget it.

Meaning: To record (something) in writing

48. Look up

Example Sentence: I looked up the definition of “apathy” in the dictionary.

Meaning: To search (for something)

49. Look into

Example Sentence: The police are looking into the cause of the accident.

Meaning: To investigate (something)

50. Cheer up

Example Sentence: Cheer up! It’s not that bad.

Meaning: To become happier or more cheerful

51. Calm down

Example Sentence: I know you’re upset, but try to calm down.

Meaning: To become less excited or agitated; to relax

52. Chill out

Example Sentence: Let’s just chill out for a while and watch TV.

Meaning: To relax; to calm down

53. Dress up

Example Sentence: I’m going to dress up for the party.

Meaning: To put on formal clothes; to wear a costume

54. Fill out

Example Sentence: Please fill out this form and return it to me.

Meaning: To complete (a form or questionnaire) by providing the required information

55. Hang out

Example Sentence: I’m going to hang out with my friends tonight.

Meaning: To spend time in a relaxed way; to socialize

56. Hang up

Example Sentence: Please hang up and try your call again.

Meaning: To end a phone call; to disconnect

57. Pick up

Example Sentence: I’ll pick you up at eight o’clock.

Meaning: To go to get (someone); to collect (something)

58. Put up

Example Sentence: I’m going to put up a poster in my room.

Meaning: To erect; to install

59. Rip off

Example Sentence: He ripped off the price tag.

Meaning: To remove (something) quickly or forcefully; to steal

60. Rule out

Example Sentence: We can rule out the possibility of a mistake.

Meaning: To eliminate (something) as a possibility

61. Sell out

Example Sentence: The tickets for the concert sold out within an hour.

Meaning: To sell all of (something)

62. Shape up

Example Sentence: If you don’t shape up, you’re going to fail the class.

Meaning: To improve; to reform

63. Show up

Example Sentence: I hope he shows up for the meeting.

Meaning: To arrive; to appear

64. Slow down

Example Sentence: You’re driving too fast. Please slow down.

Meaning: To drive or move more slowly; to decrease the speed of (something)

65. Speed up

Example Sentence: Please speed up. We’re already getting late for Neha’s wedding.

Meaning: To drive or move more quickly; to increase the speed of (something)

66. Stand up

Example Sentence: Stand up and hug me.

Meaning: To rise to one’s feet

67. Take off

Example Sentence: I’m going to take off my coat.

Meaning: To remove (something) from one’s body; to leave (a place)

68. Talk over

Example Sentence: Let’s talk over the plan one more time.

Meaning: To discuss (something) fully; to consider (something) carefully

69. Tear apart

Example Sentence: He tore the paper apart.

Meaning: To damage or destroy (something) by tearing it into pieces

70. Try out

Example Sentence: I’m going to try out for the soccer team.

Meaning: To test (something) to see if it works or is suitable

71. Turn off

Example Sentence: Please turn off the light before you leave the room.

Meaning: To stop the flow of (something); to cause (something) to no longer function

72. Turn on

Example Sentence: Can you turn on the light, please?

Meaning: To start (something) so that it begins to function; to cause (something) to become active

73. Wake up

Example Sentence: I always wake up early on the weekends.

Meaning: To stop sleeping and become conscious

74. Warm up

Example Sentence: Let’s warm up before we start running.

Meaning: To (cause something to) become less cold; to (cause someone to) feel less cold 

75. Wear out

Example Sentence: I’ve worn out my shoes. I need to buy a new pair.

Meaning: To use (something) so much that it becomes damaged or no longer functions 

76. Break down

Example Sentence: My car broke down on the way to home.

Meaning: To stop working; to malfunction

77. Bring about

Example Sentence: His death brought about a change in the company.

Meaning: To cause (something) to happen; to produce (a result)

78. Come about

Example Sentence: How did your meeting come about?

Meaning: To happen; to occur

79. Do away with

Example Sentence: We need to do away with this old system.

Meaning: To get rid of (something); to eliminate (something)

80. Fill in

Example Sentence: Can you fill in for me while I’m on vacation?

Meaning: To substitute for someone; to take the place of someone

81. Get along

Example Sentence: I get along well with my co-workers.

Meaning: To have a good relationship with someone

82. Get at

Example Sentence: What are you trying to get at?

Meaning: To suggest or hint (something); to try to communicate (something) indirectly

83. Get away

Example Sentence: We’re going to get away for the weekend.

Meaning: To leave (a place) in order to have a vacation or a break

84. Get back

Example Sentence: I’ll get back to you about that.

Meaning: To reply to someone; to call someone back

85. Get by

Example Sentence: I’m just getting by on my salary.

Meaning: To manage to live or survive on a limited income

86. Get in

Example Sentence: I’m going to get in the shower.

Meaning: To enter (a place); to arrive

87. Get off

Example Sentence: I’m getting off at the next stop.

Meaning: To leave (a place)

88. Get on

Example Sentence: I’m getting on the bus now.

Meaning: To board or get onto (something) 

89. Get out

Example Sentence: Can you get out of the way, please?

Meaning: To leave (a place)

90. Get over

Example Sentence: I need to get over my fear of flying.

Meaning: To recover from (an illness, an emotion, etc.); to move past

91. Get through

Example Sentence: I can’t get through to her.

Meaning: To succeed in contacting (someone) by telephone; to reach (someone)

92. Give away

Example Sentence: She’s going to give away her dog.

Meaning: To donate (something) to a charity or someone in need; to hand out (something) free of charge

93. Go about

Example Sentence: What are you going about?

Meaning: To do or deal with (something); to approach (something)

94. Grow up

Example Sentence: He’s never going to grow up.

Meaning: To mature; to become an adult

95. Hang on

Example Sentence: Hang on a minute.

Meaning: To wait; to be patient

96. Hand in

Example Sentence: I’m going to hand in my paper tomorrow.

Meaning: To turn in (something) for a grade or evaluation

97. Hang out

Example Sentence: Let’s hang out this weekend.

Meaning: To spend time (usually casually) with someone

98. Have against

Example Sentence: I have nothing against her.

Meaning: To dislike or be prejudiced against someone

99. Hold off 

Example Sentence: Could you hold off your decision until next week?

Meaning: To dealy 

100. Head off

Example Sentence: I’m going to head off for lunch.

Meaning: To leave in order to prevent something from happening; to go ahead of someone in order to prepare the way 

101. Hold on 

Example Sentence: Hold on, I’ll check in my logbook.

Meaning: Wait a short time 

Conclusion 

I hope you found this 100 most common phrasal verbs list helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below. 🙂

If you want to speak advanced English, you must try using phrasal verbs in your day-to-day English conversations. 

Phrasal verbs make your English sound natural and stylish! So start using them today! 

You can read more articles that will improve your English when you read and put your learnings into practice.

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5 Simple Tips to Learn English Effectively

Do you find yourself struggling to learn English despite spending hours with Wren and Martin? Do you still feel like you can’t speak English fluently? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered! 

Learning English is similar to driving a car; you only learn by ACTUALLY doing it.

Try to immerse yourself in all things English- read books, talk to people, watch English shows, listen to podcasts, ENJOY the learning process, and you will reach your destination in no time!

Read on to learn about five simple and effective ways to learn and improve your English skills.

Tip #1 – Practice Everyday

Neurons that fire together, wire together.

If you study English all day today and then stay aloof for the following week, it won’t help. Your brain is likely to consider whatever you’ve studied unimportant and flush it out. The key to avoiding this is to keep repeating what you’ve learned, speak it out loud and use it in your daily discourse. 

Commit 30 minutes of your schedule and find something new to learn daily. For example:

  • Read the daily newspaper headlines or subscribe to a magazine of your choice.
  • Download any “word of the day” app and try to use the new word at least once during the day (and keep repeating!)
  • You can make it a habit to listen to English podcasts while traveling or exercising, or even while cooking food.
  • Pick a book that you like and try to read it for 10 minutes before your bedtime. This small effort, if done consistently, can go a long way in helping you improve your English!

Tip #2 – LISTEN MORE

Learning begins with listening

You never know whether you’re pronouncing a word correctly simply by reading it. Listening more helps you grasp the nuances of the English language as well as its pronunciation.

  • Listen actively. Try listening to English podcasts, songs or the daily radio, and see how much you understand. 
  • Your next favorite movie is just a click away- explore new movies and TV shows and watch them with subtitles. Try to speak a new word out loud, note it down somewhere, and revisit it later. This will not only help you remember the word but also know its correct pronunciation.
  • Try to retain what you’ve heard by summarising it in simple words. 

Tip #3 – READ, SPEAK, WRITE, REPEAT

While listening is a critical skill that will help you learn English, it is essential to put whatever you’ve heard to practical use too. A perfect blend of reading, writing, listening, and speaking will put you way ahead on your path. How will you achieve this?

  • By talking to a lot of people. Converse with people, talk to strangers in English and leave NO opportunity to hone your skills.
  • If you’re worried about sentence formation or pronunciation, try recording yourself and then look for errors. Now that you’re aware, you’ll be conscious enough to reduce that mistake the next time you speak.
  • How can you use “beautiful” as an adverb? That’s right- beautifully. When you encounter an unusual word, try to think of all the different forms you can use it in.
  • Try to guess the meaning of words by the context of the sentence. For example, “She was perplexed about whether to choose Arts or Science for her career.”

In this sentence, you might have guessed that the word perplexed has something to do with being confused or worried. See? Try not to rush for the dictionary and figure out the meaning of words from their context while reading.

  • Send emails to your friends and family, keep a daily journal to vent your heart out, read aloud, write a blog, make flashcards- do anything that helps you immerse yourself in the world of English.

Tip #4 – MAKE LEARNING FUN

It is tough to learn something if it’s not fun. Decide what works best for you and do just that!

  • If you can’t sit at a place for long and study, try listening to podcasts while you’re riding to work or walking.
  • If books seem dull to you, watch a movie or TV show in English! Thanks to the internet, we have various topics to choose from- all just a click away. Binge your favorite English rom-com or thriller, and remember to listen carefully for new words and phrases. 
  • If solitary learning does not work for you, talk to your friends and family in English. A conversation in English is your ultimate test- the more you speak, the better you will become.
  • Blend English with something you love- if you’re fond of cooking, watch MasterChef in English instead of your native language; if you like studying history, read more books on that in English.

Tip #5 – BE CONFIDENT AND CURIOUS

There is no end to learning a language. If you feel like leaving the process mid-way because it is too complicated or because you’re making many mistakes, don’t give up just yet. Be curious; look for English wherever you go.

Read menus, billboards, nutritional facts at the back of your chips packet- ANYTHING that you can get your hands on. Be confident and practice regularly; you will be sure to master English in no time!