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Are you bored or boring?

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I”m so bored.

I’m so boring.

These two sentences may look almost the same but they have very different meanings.  When you say you are bored, you are saying that something is making you feel not excited.  Maybe you are bored because you are watching a bad movie.  Maybe you are bored because you are in a class that doesn’t interest you.   When you say you are boring, you are saying that you are not an exciting person.  Here are some more examples to help you better understand:

1. That class was boring.  I felt bored in that class.

2. Tom is a boring guy.  All he likes to do is play video games.  I am bored with I spend time with him.

The ‘ing’ in boring is talking about the person, place or thing that is making you feel a certain way.

The ‘ed’ in bored is talking about how you feel.

Here are some other adjectives that work in the same way:

excited / exciting – I was excited to go to on the trip.  The trip was very exciting.

annoyed / annoying – My boyfriend annoyed me last night.  He was very annoying.

interested / interesting – Kelly is interested in space travel.   Space travel is interesting to Kelly.

Some more examples:
fascinated / fascinating
tired / tiring
relaxed / relaxing
confused / confusing

Practice Time:

1.  You just saw a 3 hour documentary on insects.  You feel ____________.

2.  Jill just came back from a vacation in Athens, Greece.  She said it was ____________.

3. That math test was so _____________.  I think I answered most of the questions incorrectly.

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Is Learning English your New Year’s resolution?

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It is the beginning of the new year and many people like to make New Year’s resolutions. So, what is a New Year’s resolution?  It is a promise we make to ourselves to improve something in our lives.   Here are ten of the most common resolutions:

  1. lose weight
  2. quit smoking
  3. get out of debt and save money
  4. get in shape
  5. eat healthy food
  6. drink less alcohol
  7. volunteer
  8. get a better job
  9. spend more time with family
  10. learn a new language

So, what are your new Year’s resolutions?  If improving your English is one of them, here are 3 tips to help get you started:

  • STUDY ENGLISH EVERY DAY.  Whether you study for one hour or ten minutes, make learning English part of your everyday life.
  • LEARN AT LEAST ONE NEW WORD A DAY. Sign up for a ‘word of the day email’ and try to use that new word throughout the day in speaking and/or in writing.
  • WRITE DOWN NEW EXPRESSIONS YOU HEAR. Keep a list of these new expressions on your smart phone (if you have an iPhone you can use the ‘notes’ app). Learn the meaning of these expressions and ask your English teacher or English-speaking friend how to use these expressions in conversation.  Lastly, start using them:)
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Hello English Learners!

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Hi everyone and welcome.  My name is Jennifer and  my blog is about learning English.  Here I will share ideas on how to improve your English communication skills.  The most important thing to remember is that learning English should be fun.  If you are dreading your next English class, you may need to consider learning in a new way.   Also, know your English goals.

  • Do you want to be able to have a conversation with a native English speaker?
  • Do you want to be able to watch American television shows without using subtitles?
  • Will better English ability help you at your job?
  • Do you need an 800 on your TOEIC exam?
  • Do you want to sound like a native-English speaker?

No matter what your goals are, I look forward to helping you get better at using English.    You can learn more about me by clicking here.

 

Thanks,
Jennifer

 

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