Fearless English

  • The “ing” thing

    Ana is an advanced speaker of American English who has been living in New York for more than 20 years. She usually manages to understand others and make herself understood, so she hasn’t felt the need to improve her English skills—until now.“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That’s an old American expression meaning that if something works, don’t worry about it. But Ana is trying to fix her English.   Read More...

  • Welcome!

    Welcome to Fearless English! Here, we can explore some fascinating aspects of American language and culture.Most of my students ask me why English works the way it does: why the word “night” is pronounced so differently from the way it is spelled; why the 3rd person singular form of a regular verb requires an “s” (she cooks, he walks, it rains); and why English has so many tenses in the first place! Sometimes, there are answers to questions like these, and sometimes there...  Read More...

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