Stop Making These Common English Mistakes!

Stop Making These Common English Mistakes!

Even Advanced Speakers Make These Common Mistakes!

Making your English sound natural is hard. You can improve your English greatly by avoiding some common mistakes.

Knowing and avoiding these common mistakes will help you sound more like a native speaker and will help take your English to the next level.


Video Vocab

English Stripped Bare - B. Bearington & Naomi Grammar: Common Mistakes
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◆Don’t Shoot the Messenger (idiom イディオム)

To blame the person giving bad news, when you should instead be angry with the people who are actually responsible for the situation.

She got angry when I told her the event got canceled, but it’s not my fault. Don’t shoot the messenger.



◆The Rub (noun 名詞)

The central problem or difficulty in a situation.

Starting a business is easy. The rub is being successful.



◆Screw With (phrasal verb 句動詞)

To confuse someone or something, especially for one’s entertainment.

I’ve been screwing with my coworkers through the year by hiding the coffee in different places.



◆Scratched the Surface (idiom イディオム)

To know only the very basics and/or to just begin to find out about something.

Learning a language is a long process and we have only just scratched the surface.



◆Chuckle (verb 動詞)

To laugh.

I chuckled when I heard what happened.



◆Hypothetical (adjective 形容詞)

Being based on a suggested idea or theory.

In this hypothetical situation, we can see what happens if our product doesn’t sell well.



◆Word Collocation (grammar point 文法の要点)

Words that sound natural or proper when placed next to each other.

❌ I play karate every weekend.

✔️ I do karate every weekend.


❌ I play karate every weekend.

✔️ I do karate every weekend.

◆Natural Word Choice (grammar point 文法の要点)

Choosing words and phrases that sound native to the language.

❌ I had enjoy time.

✔️ I had a good time.


❌ I had enjoy time.

✔️ I had a good time.

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