Monday, December 31, 2012


Although and Though
Even Though
Despite and In Spite Of

OH!! The confusion^^ That is our English Challenge #3 

Many native English speakers will use the following sentences:

1. Although he is fat, he’s very fast.
2. Even though he is fat, he’s very fast.
3. Despite his being fat, he’s very fast.
4. He’s fat; however, he’s very fast.

But one of them is just not quite right. Can you figure out WHICH sentence that might be? And…how can you change the sentence to make it sound more “natural” WITHOUT adding or subtracting any words? You can answer down below OR by visiting my facebook page . Good luck^^

Sunday, December 30, 2012

English Challenge #2 Answers: How to use: trashed, littered, dirty AND messy

English Challenge #2

This sidewalk is ...
1. trashed with tiny advertisements.
2. littered with tiny advertisements.
3. dirty with tiny advertisements.
4. messy with tiny advertisements.

The answer: This sidewalk is littered with tiny advertisement.


These words can be confusing! Sometimes native English speakers use all of those words for the same situation!! BUT, not every situation can use all of those words! So, I will give you some BASIC rules for each of the words. Then I will show you many photographs and YOU have to choose the BEST answer.

First of all, the BASIC rules for each word.

Trashed: destroyed, beyond repair
This car is trashed. It can not be fixed, it is destroyed. Well, if you had a LOT of time and a LOT of money, you could fix it. However, it would be better to buy a new one.  If something is trashed, you usually have to throw it away.

Littered: something being strewn about, something unfitting for the normal environment
Normal Environment
Littered Environment
People leave their trash on a beach? Those are bad people. The trash becomes LITTER. Garbage does NOT belong on a beach. Garbage does NOT "fit" the normal environment. People must be careful NOT to litter. Sometimes Mother Nature litters, too. During a storm, she might bring debris from one area into another area. In that case, we could say "the park is littered with broken tree branches."

Dirty: soiled with dirt, unclean, very unappealing to the eye/nose/ear/touch. Also unappealing to one's morals.
Clean fingernails

Dirty fingernails
Gross. If something is dirty, it needs to be CLEANED! With soap and hot water. Something dirty probably has bacteria, which could cause disease. If something is REALLY dirty, we can say it is FILTHY.

Messy: dirty but not soiled, disorganized, chaotic
NEAT!  My room ... in my dreams

MESSY! My room ... closer to reality!
Moms hate messy things...but at the same time, messy is sometimes cute! Little babies are messy eaters, but they are still cute. My hair is often messy, but Parmy says I still look cute!

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So, after looking at all these pictures and reading what I wrote, do you understand the difference between TRASHED, LITTERED, DIRTY and MESSY? I hope so. Let's test your knowledge with the 24 pictures below.
Good luck~~

1. The little girl's face is ___.
2. The man's face is ___.
3. This car is ___.

4. The police car is ___.
5. The man's clothes are ___.
6. This bathroom is ___.
7. The children have ___ the living room with flour.
8. These expensive cars are ___.
9. The area around Stone Henge is ___ with garbage.
10. This beach is ___ with dead fish.
11. This expressway is ___ with cars.
12. The baseball diamond is ___ with debris thrown by angry fans.
13. This dorm room is ___.
14. This kitchen is ___.
15. These dishes are ___.
16. This young boy's face and body is ___.
17. This truck is ___. 
18. The man's hands are ___.
19. This television is ___.
20. This beach is ___.
21. This sidewalk is ___ with cigarette butts.
22. This college dorm room is ___.
23. This public toilet is ___.
24. This baby's entire body is ___!

Friday, December 21, 2012

EC#1 Quiz Answers: HOW TO USE: made of ~ made from ~ made with ~ made out of ~

English Challenge #1 Extra Homework.

If you haven't seen the video FIRST, watch it HERE!

The week's challenge was HOW TO USE:

made of ~
made from ~
made with ~
made out of ~

The answer: Most native English speakers do NOT distinguish. We mix them up. BUT, there are some rules:

Made of ~ does not change form (house—still bricks, shirt—still cotton)
Made from ~ changes form (paper from trees, wine from grapes)  
                     (cannot reconstitute--cannot go back to trees/grapes)
Made with ~ care/love/meaning OR a mixture (A cake is made with eggs, 
                     flour, butter, sugar)
Made out of ~ the source (especially ONE source/ingredient)—
                     wine/cotton/plastic/wood. My remote control is made out of 

It's a little confusing. And in most situations, more than one answer is possible. But NOT always!

The answers to the QUIZ at the end of the video:  I have chosen the BEST answer first^^

1. Orange juice is made out of oranges.  (Also "from" is possible.)

2. This house is made of wood. ("out of" and "with" are also possible)

3. This dress is made of silk. ("out of" is also possible)

4. This house is made of trees. ("out of" is also possible)

5. This soup is made with chicken.

6. This sandwich is made with cheese.

7. This sidewalk is made from old tires. ("out of" is also possible)

8. This statue is made out of marble. ("of" is also possible)

9. These Christmas cards are made with love.

10. Ice cream is made with cream. ("from" and "out of" are also possible)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Learn English: Daily Easy English Expression 0037 -- 3 Minute English Le...

Learn English: Daily English Dictation 196 & Listening Comprehension

Daily Dictation is an ESL channel on YouTube for people who want to improve their English listening skills. Each lesson has a sentence (or two) for dictation, and the following lesson has the answers AND the next dictation^^

If you can SAY it, you can HEAR it!! Pronunciation is VERY important^^

Dictation 195 ANSWERS^^
Do you want a man who smells like he can bake you a gourmet cake in the dream kitchen he built for you with his own hands? Of course you do.

Leave me a VOICE MESSAGE! If you have a new smartphone (iPhone, Android) find me on and DOWNLOAD the phone APP (Hallo)
My id is "coachshane"

Check out the ANSWERS on your SmartPhone--join me on InstaGram (go to your APP store). My ID is "eslcoachshane"

You can hear my HALLO messages and see my INSTAGRAMS by joining me on TWITTER--my ID is "coachshane"

And then there is FACEBOOK!

DD196 is about a special Christmas holiday tradition that takes place in a New York (the state, not the city). It is a unique tradition that I have never heard of!  Our section begins at about 1 minute 12 seconds. It is LONG, but not that difficult! Good luck^^

Monday, December 10, 2012

What are uggs? Uggs are ugly! Uggs for men...a major mistake.

In "Daily Easy English" today, the lesson (conversation) mentions uggs. Ugg boots are a type of footwear. They are boots made of sheepskin. They have soft leather on the outside and soft fleece (wool) on the inside. These boots were first made in Australia/New Zealand. They were first made back in the 1920s or so, and became very popular with Australian surfers. Ugg boots/Ug boots/Ugh boots are "unisex" in Australia (according to Wikipedia) but are mainly for WOMEN in the US. What about where you are from? Do men frequently wear ugg boots? Do you think they look good? Or are they uGGly?!!

These are uggs:
I call this the gay cowboy style.

I'm just going to the store, so I will wear my wife's uggs.

Black is fashionable, but black uggs are STILL not fashionable on men.

If those were shit-kickers, I'd be okay. But they're uggs. Don't look at me like that.

Even cool guys should NOT wear uggs. 

What's the verdict? Are uggs okay? No way, I say. Do you "beg to differ"?!!
This was the lesson I did...

Saturday, December 8, 2012

The "strange" people around you! FNL, December 7, 2012

That guy’s a geek.
1.    An unfashionable or socially inept person.
2.    A person with an eccentric devotion to a particular interest: "a computer geek".

I’m such a klutz.
A clumsy, awkward, or foolish person.
He looks like a nerd.    
1.    A foolish or contemptible person who lacks social skills or is boringly studious: "one of those nerds who never asked a girl to dance".
2.    An intelligent, single-minded expert in a particular technical discipline or profession.

That dude’s a weirdo. A person whose dress or behavior seems strange or eccentric.

She’s a freak. a person with something very unusual about their appearance or behavior

He’s a psycho.
a personality disorder that has been variously described as characterized by shallow emotions (in particular reduced fear), stress tolerance, lacking empathy, coldheartedness, egocentricity, superficial charm, manipulativeness, irresponsibility, impulsivity, criminality, antisocial behaviors such as lacking guilt and living a parasitic lifestyle.

Quit being such a jerk. (ass/loser/dick/bitch)
an unlikable person; especially : one who is cruel, rude, or small-minded

He’s nuts. A crazy person

He can be pretty nutty. A crazy person, BUT harmless...even cute

What a dork. A dull, slow-witted, or socially inept person.

He’s a dweeb. A boring, studious, or socially inept person.

She’s a freak! She’s a weirdo.

He’s a psycho!  He’s a freak.   He’s a weirdo.

 She’s a klutz.   She’s clumsy.  Graceful is the opposite.

He’s a FREAK!!  He’s muscular! He’s HUGE!

They’re psychos!

He’s a jerk! Ass/loser/dick/ bitch

A psycho/freak/NUTS

He’s a jerk! ass/dick/smug-->sure of himself/overly confident

He’s a JERK. He's an asshole.

He’s NUTS!

He’s a dork! A dweeb~

He’s a psychoA weirdo! A freak!  He’s nuts.

He’s a dork. He’s a dweeb!

He’s a dork. He’s a dweeb!

He’s nuts! He’s a freak. He’s a weirdo! He’s a dweeb.

He’s a dork.

He’s a geek. He’s a nerd.

She’s a klutz.