Lady Diana…Random Acts of Kindness

Lady Diana tragically passed away on this day in 1997 so I thought we could get inspired by one of her quotes today.


Here is a list of random acts of kindness anyone can do in hopes that someone else pays it forward:

1. Buy a coffee for someone who is standing behind you at a coffee shop. Help a stranger.

2. Give a care-pack to a homeless person. Be generous.

3. Drink more water. Be kind to yourself.

4. Give the benefit of the doubt. Trust someone.

5. Compliment an employee on a survey. Give positive feedback.

6. Say good morning to 3 strangers on your way to work. Be friendly.

7. Let another driver into your lane. Be courteous.

8. Complain less. Let it go.

These are just eight. I am sure you can think of many more.

On an English note,

The 8 expressions in bold above might be worth learning.

The expression in italics often causes correctness issues for learners. You trust SOMEONE and not trust in someone.

In context,

Karim: Are you sure she wants to go out with me?

Geraldine: Trust me! I spoke to her last week and she asked whether you were single or not.

Pay it forward by sharing this post.

With one daily random act of kindness, we can get just a little happier every day & the world would be a better place.


8 Ways to Say ‘You’re Welcome’

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With all the requests we face everyday, there must be just as many ‘thanks’ after you’ve done what they’ve asked for. In response to the thanks, we normally reply ‘you’re welcome’.

In Context:

Bruno: Can I have a glass of water?

Marida: Of course.

Bruno: Thanks, I was parched.

Marida: Your welcome!

‘Your welcome in this case is almost second nature. It is connected to good manners.

At times, the situation require a different reply because you want to express that you were happy to help and that no thanks was necessary.

  1. Anytime
  2. I was happy to help.
  3. No worries
  4. Sure
  5. Not a problem
  6. You got it
  7. Don’t mention it
  8. My pleasure

In Context:

Bruno: Thanks so much for speaking to the boss about my problem. He gave me a second chance.

Marida: Anytime. You deserve it.

When you choose one of the alternative expressions, it makes the recipient feel like he does not owe you anything, You did it without expecting anything in return.

Being in touch with the nuances of a language can help you step it up.


p.s. posted by Crissy who is still enjoying the moments of summer.


Sorry For Being Late

What do you normally say when you arrive late to a meeting or an appointment ?




I often hear non-native speakers use the above phrases, but only one of them is actually correct: SORRY FOR BEING LATE.


Let me explain why, “late” is an adjective, it is not a noun and it is not a verb. So we need to use it with the verb “to be” to indicate an action: to be + adjective = to be late/happy/clever/hungry/etc.


When apologizing, we use one of the following forms:


I apologise/am sorry FOR

+ noun                                                     – Sorry for the misunderstanding / I apologize for the mistake.

+ verb in gerund                                  – Sorry for disturbing you. / I apologise for bothering you.



Sorry TO

+ verb in infinitive                              – Sorry to disturb you / Sorry to inconvenience you.



So the correct phrase is either SORRY FOR BEING LATE or SORRY TO BE LATE (used less frequently).


Now, what’s wrong with the sentence SORRY FOR THE DELAY ?

Grammatically there is nothing wrong with it as “delay” can be used both as a noun and as a verb. But it is normally used in a different context to refer to scheduled/planned activities and indicates a change in the original plan or intention.


e.g.          The flight was delayed due to bad weather conditions.

The TV programs are on a 10 minute delay.

There is no delay in the shipment, so you should get it on time.


Here is another expression with “late”: BETTER LATE THAN NEVER!


And of course IT IS NEVER LATE to learn something new. I hope this post helped you do that.


p.s. this post was created by Astrid who is such a grammar buff.

I Tuoi Figli Parlano Inglese?


When I speak to Italian parents, they often express a deep frustration with their kid’s conversation skills. We all know that Italian school focuses on grammar a lot. Most kids know English grammar better than my family back home in Canada. Unfortunately, if you place them before someone who asks them to chat, they may freeze up and not say a word.

Why is that? How can we get them talking & interacting so they can learn a language in a natural way? Not only study grammar and memorize vocabulary lists but understand speech, feel relaxed when faced with figurative speech and master fluency before they reach university.

Here is our solution for Young Learners in Italy.

They need to use the language in conversation. Enjoy the way in which they learn. Speak it as much as possible.

That’s the secret…Confidence in Communication…EASI can help!

Do you need to get out of your English comfort zone?

p.s. this post and doodle animation was created by Crissy Faita, our resident language coach.

Put Your Lips Together and Blow

Lauren Bacall was an american star of the silver screen. She was known for her husky voice and sexy eyes. She was born in the Bronx and worked as an actress and model.

This clip is entitled Whistle on Youtube. Her co-star is very sexy, don’t you think?

What can we learn from this clip?

  • Change your mind (to modify your opinion or decision)
  • Whistle (to put your lips together and blow to make a sound)
  • You know how to whistle, don’t you Steve? (Tag question form used to mean’Right?’)

What is a tag question?

  1. a tag question turns an affirmative  form into a question form.
  2. it is used to find agreement or disagreement on a topic.
  3. tag question are made with a contracted auxiliary and a subject pronoun.
  4. If the main clause is positive , the tag is negative & vice versa
  5. If the main clause has an auxiliary, then you keep using that in the tag inverting to positive or negative whatever the case may be.
  6. one exception is related to  ‘I am’ which becomes ‘Aren’t I’

What are some examples in context?

  • I am beautiful, aren’t I?
  • He has been to the USA, hasn’t he?
  • We ate too much on vacation, didn’t we?
  • They won’t be coming to the party, will they?
  • You would tell her, wouldn’t you?



p.s. this post was created by Crissy who wanted to say so long to Lauren Bacall who passed away on August 12th 2014.

Mork Calling Orson

This post is dedicated to Robin Williams.

What expressions can we learn from this Mork & Mindy clip?

  • Talk about your bad connections here! (used informally and ironically to emphasize a statement.
  • Pull yourself together. (figurative expression when people have to regain composure)
  • You are feeling like you are being ripped off. (phrasal verb that indicates cheating or deception)
  • Money talks! (figurative expression indicating that money gives power and influence to get what you want in life)

So long Robin Williams…we thank you  for all the laughs, tears and moments of genius you gave us.


p.s. this post was created by Crissy who felt she had to pay homage to one of the most versatile actors of our time.

I grabbed my car keys.



Here is an excerpt from Chapter 2 of Paper Towns by John Green, author of the award winning book ‘Looking for Alaska’.

‘ Margo grabbed hold of my shirt, whispered “Back in a minute” in my ear and then climbed out the window.

As soon as she left, I grabbed my car keys from my desk. The keys are mine; the car, tragically, is not.’

In both instances, the verb grab means to take something with your hands suddenly and roughly.


Grab a drink with an old friend some time soon….one of life’s best moments!!


There is no harm in asking, is there?



I have been reading Paper Towns by John Green and I came across the expression ‘There is no harm in + gerund’.

In the book, it was used when the main character Quentin is discussing his aversion to prom with his mom.

His mom says; ” Well, there is no harm in going with a friend. I am sure you could ask Cassie Hiney.”

There is no harm in studying a little English over the summer break, right?