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So, one more English Bite about common mistakes in English. And I say one more because the last we had about it was in episode number 26 do you guys remember? If you don’t, check it out because it’s a really important one, alright?
Today I brought 3 very important structures that you guys should be really aware of. They’re not difficult but it requires some attention and practice so feel free to write sentences, write a composition and add them or speak to yourself explaining these mistakes and you know, check if you really understood. Guys, some things in English we can basically try to associate in order to memorize them faster, but some other things you just have to accept the way they are and memorize that way.
Talking about MEMORIZING, I’ll start with the first common mistake which is regarding the verb TO MEMORIZE. Every time we want to know something by heart, in other words, that we don’t wanna check a piece of paper, our computer or even someone else, so we want to MEMORIZE and not DECORATE ok? I still hear so many people using the verb TO DECORATE for this case and it’s not. TO DECORATE is to make something look more attractive by adding some items or images to it. We can DECORATE our bedroom, our living room by adding a stylish armchair, hang some pictures on the wall, put some flower vases, lamps, some cushions on the sofa, a rug over the carpet, etc. That’s the correct meaning for the verb TO DECORATE. Now if you wanna know something in order to remember it when you need, so that’s to MEMORIZE. You can memorize a phone number, an address, vocabulary in a different language, specific words for your presentation, names, and so on. Got it?
Let me give you some quick examples:
- I’m going to start decorating my living room as soon as my sectional sofa arrives.
- My sister loves helping people to decorate their houses. She’s really good at it.
- I’ll never be able to memorize my social security number. It’s too long and I never use it on a daily basis.
- Teacher, how can I memorize these words faster?
Our second common mistake for today is regarding the verb TO LEARN. Well, the mistake here is the preposition you add right after this verb. If you’re grabbing information from a specific place like a book, a website or even a person, so you’re learning FROM the books, FROM a website, FROM a person and not WITH. I’m pretty sure that’s a common mistake for us, Brazilian people because of our structure regarding this verb in Portuguese. Well, in Portuguese, “COM” in English is “WITH”. So, if I “aprendo com” we immediately associate it with “LEARN WITH” right?
But no guys! Be careful! You must always say LEARN FROM and never LEARN WITH alright? I simply love when some of my followers on the social media come to me and say they are learning a lot from me, but 90% comes and says: “I’m learning a lot with you” – I really wanna help you guys to not make this mistake again and guys please, I’m not complaining, don’t get me wrong! I am here to help you, to teach you because I care and I wanna see you all speaking English correctly alright?
But I’m always grateful when you come to me and say these kind words, it’s really lovely. Let’s see some examples:
- We should read more books. We always learn a lot from them.
- I really enjoy my German teacher. I learn a lot from her.
- Don’t you think we should learn more from our parents? They have so much more experiences than we do!
And the last one is regarding a pronunciation so I’d say, it’s a little easier to fix. Do you guys remember when you were learning about the time in English? And that we use AM and PM to mention activities that are done in a specific period of time (considering we can’t say 15 o’clock / 20 o’clock – but that explanation if you ever need, will be in another English Bite). So, be careful with the pronunciation of AM /ei ém/ ok? If you go to the gym, for instance, at 6am, so don’t say I go to the gym at 6AM (ai ém). Remember the alphabet in english – letter A is different from letter I. A as in ant / abnormal / astronaut…. And I as in India / immitate / interesting. So again, if you’re saying you’re gonna do something in the morning, you should say the time + AM /ei ém/ and nót /ai ém/. There’s no 7 /ai ém/ in English. I am is the verb to be being conjugated by the first person. I am a very nice person / I am your friend / I am here. AM is the acronym for Ante Meridien, which means, before midday alright? For instance:
- I wake up at 5am every day to take care of my mind and body before I start to work.
- My father goes to work at 8am every day.
- Hey, the meeting will start at 10am sharp ok? Don’t be late.
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