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If I were you or If I was you?

Which one is correct – if I were you or if I was you?

The word were in the phrase if I were you is special form. It is known as the subjunctive mood (from the grammatical point of view).

Today you also find the phrase if I was you. Here Simple Past form of be is used. But there are people who say that this phrase is incorrect and would never use it (mainly Americans). Others say that this phrase can be used.

  • If I were you I would phone him. → subjunctive mood
  • If I was you I would phone him. → Simple Past.

The following song by the group Beirut uses the second form, which would be considered incorrected by Americans. Let’s just think of poetic license. Check out the lyrics by clicking on the following link:

And now, enjoy the music video …



The Do’s, the Don’t’s and the Oh God Please Don’t’s of Eating Sushi

Many people love sushi; but, are we eating it the same way as the Japanese? Should I eat the ginger with sushi and mix the wasabi with soya sauce? How about ketchup, can I use ketchup?


Well the purpose of the pink ginger is actually for ‘washing’ your mouth between different kinds of sushi so you can taste the different flavour of fish!


This website has a simple guide (with pictures) to show you the Do’s, the Don’t’s and the Oh God Please Don’t’s of Eating Sushi. Here’s the Link.




Ni chicha ni limoná – It’s not chicha, not lemonade – Neither/nor

Maybe you had the chance to enjoy this ad when watching TV (in case you weren’t so lucky don’t worry, youtube is your friend)
Idiom aside, the structure you should be trying to use is neither/nor instead of the literal not/not
“Neither” combines two different negative ideas and separates them using the preposition ” nor“. For example:
  • Neither Henry nor Chris want to go to the beach. (Ni Henry ni Chris quieren ir a la playa.)
  • Neither the school nor the parents want to take responsibility for the problem. (Ni la escuela ni los padres quieren asumir la responsibilidad del problema.)
Therefore, it’s neither chicha nor lemonade. However, in case you are curious about it, the correct idiom would be “It’s neither fish nor fowl (nor good red herring)”.
Have a nice day!


Are you sitting too much?

This post has been proposed by our teacher Grace Wong.

We all know that sitting too much is bad for you. But how bad exactly?  A backache at the end of the day or something longer and does more damages to your health in the long run? Here’s a funny and easy to follow ‘whiteboard’ video for you to watch from AsapScience.

 I called it a ‘whiteboard’ video because it is the kind of video where they speak and draw at the same time, addling keywords on the board, making it easier for English learners to follow.  

Turns out that even two hours of gym a day doesn’t compensate 6 hours of sitting at your desk! And I doubt most people even go to the gym everyday and 6 hours of sitting is an understatement…

Chinglish or “Why Chinese people cannot pronounce well English”


¿Por qué a los Chinos les cuesta tanto hablar bien Inglés?
Al igual que los hispanohablantes, a menudo tienen una pronunciación “spanglish“Descúbrelo en este vídeo cuáles son los puntos débiles de los Chinos al hablar Inglés.
Si hablas Chino, o tienes algún amigo que hable Chino y quiera mejorar su Inglés, enséñale nuestra aplicación para aprender Inglés

Why it’s so hard for Chinese people to speak good English?
The same happens with spanish speakers, that sometimes have an “spanglish” pronunciation. Discover in this video which are the weak spots of Chinese people when talking in English.
If you speak Chinese, or have some friends that need to improve their English, check out our app for Learning English

Formas para mantenerte motivado mientras aprendes un idioma


Formas para mantenerte motivado mientras aprendes un idioma


Ramses Oudt nos cuenta en este pequeño vídeo como mantenerte motivado mientras estás aprendiendo un idioma extranjero. Ya sea a través de la televisión, libros, películas, música o cualquiera de tus aficiones.
Y vosotros, ¿cuáles son vuestras formas para manteneros motivados estudiando un idioma extranjero?

Ways to stay motivated while learning a foreign language


Ramses Oudt tells us in this short video how could we stay motivated while learning a foreign language. Whether you watch television, books, films, music, or any of your hobbies.
And you, what are your ways to keep you motivated while studying a foreign language?