120 – Kind Of Vs. A Kind Of – English Grammar Lesson

120 - Kind Of Vs. A Kind Of - English Grammar Lesson

It was kind of him to recommend this bed!

Kind of and a kind of look like similar phrases, but actually in English they are very different. A lot of English learners confuse these phrases, so for today’s FREE English Podcast Lesson, I’m going to show you how you can use these phrases in your everyday English conversations and writing.

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Here are the example sentences:

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We use kind of + adjective:

  • I was kind of tired yesterday.
  • The bed was kind of expensive.
  • This curry is kind of spicy.

We use kind of + person:

  • It was kind of you to help me with my homework.
  • It was kind of Jack to lend me his car yesterday.
  • Can I help you find something? Yes, that’s very kind of you.

We use a kind of + noun

  • The bed is made from a kind of memory foam.
  • A smart phone is a kind of pocket computer.
  • My sister said I was a kind of crazy person to pay so much for a mattress.
Today’s listening challenge:
  • Who gave an opinion about Michael and what was that opinion?

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105 – Security vs Safety – Confusing English Words Lesson

105 - Security vs Safety - Confusing English Words Lesson

For your safety, please fasten your seat belts

Learn the difference between security and safety. these are similar words, but we use them differently in English. For today’s English lesson, I’m going to show you how you can use these words in your English writing and conversation

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Here are the example sentences:

Using security:

  • The police ensure the security of the citizens against crime.
  • The secret service work hard to ensure the security of the president.
  • A bank has a strong security system.

Using safety:

  • For your safety, please fasten your seat belts
  • Bicycle riders wear helmets for their safety.
  • I wear a seatbelt in the car for safety.
Yesterday’s listening challenge answer:
  • Jack wants to get some furniture for his office, and he and Jenny are going to go shopping today!
Today’s listening challenge:
  • What do you do for safety or security?

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102 – Assessment, Evaluation, & Appraisal

assessment

Assessment, evaluation, and appraisal are similar words. Sergio, a listener from Brazil send a voice mail asking about how to use these words, so for today’s English lesson, let’s check it out!

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Here are the example sentences:
  • After a natural disaster, such as an earthquake, the authorities will make an assessment of the area to determine the extent of the damage or injuries.
  • An examination in school is an assessment of the student’s abilities or knowledge.
  • Perhaps your company has a new marketing plan and the CEO wants to know if that marking plan has made an impact on sales or not. He would probably ask you for an evaluation of the plan.
  • After the earthquake the city officials made an evaluation of the situation.
  • After the earthquake the city officials made an assessment of the situation.
  • The company is doing an assessment of Jack.
  • The company is doing an evaluation of Jack.
  • After the earthquake the city officials made an appraisal of the situation.
    The company is doing an appraisal of Jack.
  • ABC Gallery is doing an appraisal of the painting Jack bought at an auction.
  • The appraisal of this diamond put its value at $50,000.
Yesterday’s listening challenge answer:
  • Jack found three things to do for the weekend;there are a bunch of art shows happening downtown, there is a festival in Brooklyn on Saturday and there is an outdoor concert in Central Park on Sunday evening.
Today’s listening challenge:
  • Write an example sentence based on one of the words in this lesson.

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