Try, try, and try again

That is what Thomas Edison liked to say. He worked 😅 hard. If it was not good, he tried again.

He made the first the light bulb 💡,  movie player  📽, and the music player. 🎧

Will you try to learn a new English word every day?

On Monday, I tried making a blog. I did not like my first one. I did not stop. I tried again, and I liked it.

I am trying to learn how to read Arabic.   <<< the “-ing” means I still try.  If I said “I tried to learn”, that means I stopped. 

I tried to write Arabic words. It was hard. I will keep learning, and try, try again.

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Practice

If someone gave $1,000,000 to you, what would you do?

Hmmm… I don’t know what I would do.

Give me a minute.  Let me think…🤔

OK!  I know what I would do!  💡

I would like to travel. I would visit people. That would be nice.  ✈️

Please do something for me. On Monday, I gave you a book. Tomorrow, please give it to Sara. Then she will give it back to me.📔

Then I will make dinner for us, and we will talk about the book. 🍲

would and want

Would you like to learn about these?  I want to teach you.

would like” = “want”

“I want some food” is OK, but it is nicer to say
“I would like some food”.

“Want” is a strong word.
Would” is more polite, like asking and saying “please”. It is like saying “If I had some food, I will be happy”.


Would you like a drink?

Yes, I would like some tea please.

Would you like some cake too?

I would, but I am not hungry


If something is not 100% real, you can use “would”:

If you saw a house on fire, what would you do?

I would call 911.

Would you try to stop the fire?

No, I would not.

Really?

No, I wouldn’t. I would call 911.

If your car does not start, would you call 911?

No! I would not. I would call my friend.

Oh?

Yes, I’d call my friend. He would help me.

Really?

Yes, he’d help me.


I’d = I would
he’d = he would
she’d = she would
they’d = they would
you’d = you would
we’d = we would

give and gimme

Today, we practice the words “give” and “to”.

  • Please give your pen to me.
  • Please give your pen to Sarah.

In English, we like to make things short.  We could say:

  • Please give Sarah your pen.
  • Please give me your pen.

More sentences like “give me”, “give her”, “give us”:

  • Will your mother give us some cake?
  • Give me all your money!!!      <<< that is not nice to say!

If it happened yesterday, the word is “gave

  • Yesterday, you gave me a pen.  I will give it to you tomorrow.
  • Why do you need money? I gave you a lot of money yesterday.

It can also be used for nouns (things) you can’t really touch:

  • I will give you a job.
  • Can you give me a hand?  <<< not your real hand!  This means “Can you help me”, like, “I need some more hands.”

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You will read the words “give me”, but we usually say “gimme”.
Try saying them.  It’s a lot easier to say “gimme”!

  • Can you gimme a drink?
  • Gimme Shelter” is the name of a famous song.
  • If you need to pick up a big box, you might say “Hey, gimme a hand.”
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