Tuesday 30 October 2012

say / tell

I am often asked "What is the difference between 'say' and 'tell'?"

The meaning, of course, is very similar but the way to use them is different.

to tell (someone) (something)
to tell (someone) about (something)
to tell (someone) to (do - ) 

to say (something)
to say (something) to (someone)


He told me a story.
He told me about his plans for the weekend.
He told me to sit down.

He said (that) he was hungry.
He said 'hello' to her.

Sometimes you can use either to say the same thing...

He said he was hungry = He told me (that) he was hungry

He said "Sit down" = He told me to sit down

Hope this helps...if you have any questions please comment below :)

Sunday 14 October 2012

Amazing voice

I was just reading the news and I came across a piece about a new singer who is currently the favourite to win 'The X Factor', a UK TV talent show and I can see why...

She is only 16 years old but she has one of the most amazing raw voices I have ever heard...

Then last week on the show she sang Minnie Ripperton's 'Loving You'...it is amazing

Friday 12 October 2012

Bumped into...

'Bumped into' is a very useful verb to know...

Last week I was out for a walk around Kure with my wife and I bumped into 3 of my students with their mum.
They are only 4 years old and they are triplets!!

I really enjoy teaching them and, because they have been coming to me for around 2 years now, their English is very natural and their pronunciation is excellent...

thank you Mr K, Mr F and Miss K and see you soon :)

Wednesday 3 October 2012

get into / be into

One of my students said in class 'I got into Jazz music now'

What she wanted to say was 'I am into Jazz music now / at the moment'

To 'get into' expresses a change over time from not liking something to liking it...

'Last year I got into cooking' means before last year you didn't like cooking, but now you do, so...

'Now I am (really) into cooking'

We use 'be into' with 'now' or 'at the moment'

'I am (really) into going to the gym at the moment'

We use 'get into' a lot with 'last...' or 'recently'

'I got into painting very recently'

Hope this helps :)