Phrasal verb: cross out

  1. cross something out
    (transitive, separable)
    draw a line through
    Example: Please cross that out and write it again.

    Sometimes in the English language, we eliminate words that are unnecessary to understand the meaning of the sentence.  This is called ellipsis.  For example, if I ask you, “Do you love” and you say, “Yes, I do.”  Then you know how to create an ellipsis!Try this activity: Cross out the words that are not necessary.

    ex. Do you like Italian food?  Yes, but I prefer Thai (food).
    *In this sentence, the second “food” can be removed!

  1. John can play the guitar, Mary can play, too.
  2. I went to the bar and I asked for a beer.
  3. She is tired, and I am tired too.
  4. I really like caffeinated coffee, but my husband prefers decaf coffee.
  5. We haven’t forgotten, and she hasn’t forgotten either.
  6. He’ll come soon but I don’t know exactly when he’ll come.
  7. If you need any money, I’ve got some money.
  8. Has she been running? No, she has been cycling.

Phrasal verb: come from

  1. come from somewhere
    (transitive/intransitive, inseparable)
    Meaning: originate
    Example: My blue eyes come from my dad.

    In the past, when there were no cameras, images were either sculpted or painted.  Prices charged by painters were not based on how many people were painted, but by how many limbs were to be painted.  Arms and legs are “limbs” therefore painting them would cost the buyer more.  This is where the expression “it’ll cost you an arm and a leg” comes from.  We use this expression nowadays when something is very expensive. (ex. “My phone bill costs an arm and a leg!”)

    Read about some more interesting origins:

Phrasal verb: Get up

  1. get up
    Meaning: get out of bed
    Example: I got up at 6am today for no reason!

    When I was a child I used to sleep walk.  I would get up in the middle of the night and walk around the house until my parents heard me and told me to go back to bed.  In the morning I would have no recollection of anything. Once I even sleep walked in a hotel!  Have you ever sleep walked?

  2. Meaning: stand (another phrasal verb: stand up)
    Example: Everyone got up when the judge entered the courtroom.

    Bob Marley says it well: “Get up!  Stand up!”

Phrasal verb: Keep on

  1. keep on (doing something)
    Meaning: continue doing (something)
    Example: Keep on practicing your English and you will improve!Some people say that your nose and your ears are the only parts of your body that keep on growing, as you get older.  But I have not found any evidence proving this to be true, thank goodness!

Phrasal verb: Give (something) up

  1. give something up
    (Transitive / Separable)
    Meaning: quit a habit
    Example: I am going to give up smoking…starting tomorrow.

It’s a tradition to start the New Year with some new goals or “resolutions.”

Some popular New Year’s Resolutions: Get in shape, Eat healthier (give up junk food), give up smoking, get a new job, spend more time with family,…

My new year’s resolution is to teach English to as many people as possible and to learn Spanish!  What is your New Year’s Resolution?

Hello World!

Welcome to!  I have been looking forward to launching this website for a while now, and I am very excited that it’s finally complete!

A few months ago a former student approached me on his last day in the United States.  He asked, “Teacher, when I return home tomorrow, how can I continue practicing my English?”

I told him that he can watch English television shows, listen to English music, buy a grammar book and use practice exercises that can be found online, but the most important thing is to keep speaking as much as possible.

“But teacher, I have nobody to speak with in English.  Everyone I speak with is learning English and I’m afraid that if I make a mistake, no one will correct me and I will continue making the same mistake over and over.”

He was right.  A light bulb went off in my mind.  And that’s how the idea for my website was formed.

My goal is to make students feel confident speaking English and to make learning English as simple and as fun as possible.  This website provides students with a convenient way to learn English, on their own time, from the comfort of their own home.

At the same time, it gives me the opportunity to work from anywhere in the world and do two things I love at the same time — travel and teach!