210 – Quit, Retire, Fire, Laid Off – Confusing Vocabulary Lesson

210 - Quit, Retire, Fire, Laid Off - Confusing Vocabulary Lesson

He quit by sending an email!

The words quit, retire, fire & lay off are all use to talk about ending employment. For today’s English lesson, let’s check out how these phrases can be used in everyday English Conversation.

Here are the example sentences:
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Using “quit:”

  • I quit my job last week.
  • I quit working for the bank.

Using “resign:”

  • I resigned from my job last week.
  • I resigned from the bank.

Using “fired” & “laid off:”

  • Joe got fired because he came to work late too many times.
  • Jenny got laid off because the company had a hard time in this bad economy.

Using “retire” & “retirement:”

  • Brad retired from the bank and now lives in Florida.
  • My grandfather is enjoying is retirement and new life in Southern California.

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Learn English Grammar With Cartoons! Your vs You’re

Our friends over at Kaplan International have come up with an other awesome cartoon to help you learn English grammar. Grammar through cartoons! What an amazing and fun way to learn.

This episode looks at your and you’re, which are two words with the same sound, but a totally different meaning. In fact, this is quite aneasy grammar mistake to make. You know, the internet is full of examples of people mixing up these two words. You don’t want to be in that group, do you? Check out the cartoon and learn this very important English grammar point!
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186 – Suppose vs Be Supposed To – Grammar Lesson

186 - Suppose vs Be Supposed To - Grammar Lesson

I suppose you enjoy this podcast! Suppose and be supposed to are two words that are often confused by a lot of English learners. For today’s English lesson, let’s look at how to use these two words in English conversation and writing

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Here are the example sentences:

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Suppose

  • It’s raining hard, so I suppose that there will be traffic.
  • I suppose you guys have a lot of questions about English.
  • Working at Happy English never really feels like work. I suppose that’s because I enjoy my job.
  • My dog happy has been following me all morning. I suppose she’s hungry.

Be Supposed To

  • I’m supposed to be at my office by 8:30 in the morning.
  • The train was supposed to be here by 10 o’clock. I wonder what happened.
  • To save energy you’re supposed to turn off the lights when you leave the room.
  • In many cultures you’re supposed to take off your shoes before you enter someone’s home.
Yesterday’s listening challenge answer:
  • Jack forgot the name of the baseball player whose autograph he got.
Today’s listening challenge:
  • What do you suppose we will study tomorrow?

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