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Written by Miranda González You would think that dogs would make the same sound in all languages. After all, dogs don’t speak French, or Italian, or Russian. They just speak, well, dog. So if I’m in Belgium and I hear a dog barking, it should sound pretty much the same as a dog barking… read more
Here we are again with another great English lesson from our good friend Miranda González! Quiz time! Which English word fits ALL four situations below? 1. I only have three dollars for the bus. That _____ be enough, right? 2. The dishes are dirty. We _____ wash them. 3. If anyone _____ call, tell… read more
Miranda González is back with another lesson in her series about English grammar. You’ve probably heard this old English proverb: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” It’s pretty good advice, I’d say. There have been times when I’ve said something rude and realized later that I should… read more
All too often language learners forget to have some fun with their endeavors. They commit to the work, practice their pronunciation, and bury their noses in their vocabulary and lessons. But let’s not forget that your brain needs a break! Give it a little breathing room by taking opportunities to ease up when can and have a… read more
Miranda González, a favorite English language instructor and blog contributor for Livemocha, joins us again giving our intermediate and advanced English learners lessons in grammar and syntax. In this first edition of her series “Versatile English Words” Miranda explains the many uses for the words ‘will’ and ‘would.’ Quiz time! Which English word fits all four… read more
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