Easily Confused: AFFECT Vs EFFECT


Close in meaning and spelling, affect and effect might be the most commonly confused in all of English! Let’s look at the difference:

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To AFFECT (verb) means to influence or to cause a change:

  1. Norman’s injury didn’t affect his desire to compete.
  2. I don’t feel so good. Something is affecting my stomach
  3. The families were deeply affected when they visited the memorial.

An EFFECT (noun) is the change that results.

  1. The injury had no effect on Norman’s performance.
  2. The medicine I’m taking is working to good effect.
  3. Leaving the memorial had a restorative effect on the family.

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Easily Confused: WISH Vs HOPE


Hope and wish have very similar meanings. We use both to express our desire for something. Here’s the difference:

To hope‘ is used to express desire for something that is possible or likely to happen.

  1. “I hope it will stop raining soon.”
  2. “I hope you’ll visit me when you come to Boston.”
  3. “I hope Nadeem gets the job.”

When hope is used in the past tense, it usually means that the thing hoped for didn’t happen:

  1. “I hoped Fatima would have finished by now.” (she hasn’t)
  2. “I hoped you wouldn’t find out about the surprise.” (but you probably have)

To wish‘ is often used to express desire for something that is impossible or unlikely, something imagined:

  1. “I wish we were rich.”
  2. “I wish unicorns were real!”

*Note that we use the past simple here even though we are talking about the present.

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It can also be used to express regret for something that has already happened.

  1. “I wish Fatima had finished her project.”
  2. “I wish you hadn’t found out about the surprise.”

*Here we use the past perfect tense.

Wish‘ paired with an infinitive expresses a desire to do something:

  1. “It’s getting cooler out, I wish to go inside now.”


Easily Confused: FUN Vs FUNNY


It’s no fun to mix up these two words. Let’s look at the difference between the two:

Fun (n) means pleasure and enjoyment: “We had a lot of fun on our trip.” It can also be used as an adjective: “We did lots of fun (enjoyable) activities while we were in the city.”

Funny (adj) means causing laughter or amusement

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  1. “Hahahaha! I’ve heard that story a million times and it’s still funny!”

BUT, it can also mean that something is or feels…

  1. strange: “There’s something funny about that man’s shoes.”
  2. unwell: “My head feels funny, I think I need to lie down.”
  3. or even suspicious:  A) You should drink this. It’s really, REALLY good. B) Why, what’s in it? You’re acting funny

NOTE that funny does not mean enjoyable:

“Our school trip to New York was very funny.” incorrect
“Our school trip to New York was lots of fun.” correct

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Easily Confused: BESIDE Vs BESIDES


These two words are confused all the time! Let’s Look at the difference:

BESIDE is a preposition.
It means (1) by the side of or next to something or someone:

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  1. “Tasha sits beside Jamal in English class.”
  2. “My Alarm clock is beside my bed.”

or (2) in comparison to something:

  1. “The cost of the project seems small beside the potential profits.”

BESIDES is a preposition and an adverb.
As a preposition it means (1) other than something or someone:

  1. “There’s no pizza left besides plain cheese.”

or (2) in addition to something:

  1. Besides my homework, I need to do my chores and wash up.”

As an adverb it means (1) as well:

  1. “They teach sculpture and many other crafts besides.”

or (2) in addition to what has been said:

  1. “I’m not upset the picnic was canceled. Besides, it’s supposed to rain later.”

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Easily Confused: ADVISE Vs ADVICE


Advise and advice are easy to confuse, so let’s look at the difference:
ADVICE is a noun meaning an opinion or suggestion about what someone should do:

  1. “I’d like the advice of my teacher before I make a commitment.”
  2. “Take my advice and travel while you have the opportunity.”
  3. “I followed my friend’s advice and bought a bicycle.”

To ADVISE is a verb meaning to give advice to someone:

  1. “Dillon advised me to fix my roof before winter.”
  2. “Olive’s doctor advised her to stop smoking.”
  3. “I would advise against trying the fish. Get the chicken instead.”

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Joke Corner


It’s important to have a good vocabulary. If I had known the difference between the words ‘antidote’ and ‘anecdote,’ one of my good friends would still be living.

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How To: Studylist Manager


You’ve explored VocabNetwork a little bit, you’ve reviewed the studylists that VocabNetwork suggested when you signed up, you’ve checked out the Walkthrough, and you’re starting to get comfortable with VN.

Now you’re thinking you’d like to make your own studylists, or edit existing ones to better suit your needs.

Introducing Studylist Manager!

Your Studylist Manager can be found at the bottom left of any page — the gray tab that says “Studylist Manager.”  This is where you can create, edit, and quickly view the studylists in your collection.

Viewing Studylists

1. Click on the Studylist Manager tab at the bottom of your Dashboard page.

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2. If it’s not already selected, click the My Studylists tab in your Studylist Manager.

Making Studylists

1. Click on the Vocab tab to see all the Vocablets on VN.

2. When you find a Vocablet that you would like to have in a studylist, click on the red button over the image that says Add to a Studylist.

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3. Click on the arrow at the top right of the Vocablet thumbnail to see the full definition and snippet, or to remove the Vocablet from your Studylist Manager.

4. When you’ve added all the Vocablets you want in your new studylist, select Create a NEW Studylist and click the green Save button.

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That’s it!  Now you can review your new studylist using FlashCards or quiz yourself with it using the Word Test.

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Vocablet of the Day: Traverse


Parkour: the sport that has people climbing the walls — literally!

Want to go straight to studying traverse?  Test yourself with the Extreme Sports studylist on VocabNetwork.com.

Will the feats of parkour experts help you remember that traverse means traveling across and through?

Check out the video below to see a demonstration of the meaning of traverse:

That practitioner of parkour traversed the urban landscape with ease.  The traverse-Parkour Vocablet highlights an amazing world-wide sport that is all about traveling across and through an area in the most efficient way possible.

Would you ever try to traverse an area in the style of parkour?  Do you think this qualifies as an extreme sport?

Would you like traverse in your vocab word collection?
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Language Matters: Double Meanings


What makes a joke funny?  Often it’s because the word or phrase has two different meanings, and the joke plays on both of them.

Do you “get” the jokes below?

"to get a grip" -- to control your emotions


"sweet" -- kind, gentle, nice


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Language Matters: Homophone Humor


What’s a homophone?  Take a look at these cartoons and see if you can guess…

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Got it?

Homophones are words that sound the same but have different meanings.  Can you think of other examples?

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Language Matters: Angry Grammarians


Some people can get a little… well… annoyed when people don’t know how to use proper grammar:


Others turn to sarcastic humor:


Some get to a point of frustration where they just can’t take it anymore:


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And for those who commit truly unforgivable errors, there could be a visit from the Grammar Police:

Language Matters: How Hyperpolyglots Think


A “polyglot” is someone who speaks multiple languages.  A “hyperpolyglot” is someone who speaks six or more languages.

What’s it like inside the heads of these talented linguists?  The Guardian talked to four of them for their fascinating insights.

One hears languages like music, learning new sounds and grammar from the lyrics of songs.  She thinks in multiple languages, switching between them to find the perfect word for the idea she wants to express.  The language she chooses can affect her mood.

Another only spoke English until age 21, but has spent the last ten years traveling the world and learning languages along the way.  He credits many of his amazing experiences to being able to speak the language of the locals and make connections to people that would have been impossible if he only spoke English.

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All of them have a passion for learning languages, and all of them know that speaking multiple languages opens doors to understanding people in new and different ways.

It makes me wonder: is speaking only one language like using only one color to paint?  Like using only one key of music?  How much do those of us who only speak one (or even two or three) languages miss out on?

How many languages do YOU speak?

Idiom Edition: Think Twice


Have you ever regretted a decision you made? Maybe you were a little too honest about a coworker’s performance in a group email, or maybe you thought that puddle was going to be a bit shallower before you stepped in it…

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Maybe next time you’ll think twice before you act!

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Idiom Edition: Apples and Oranges


When someone wants to make a ridiculous comparison, between two things that are completely and utterly different, people often suggest that to do so would be like comparing apples and oranges.

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Wait, what?

Apples and oranges have a lot in common! Both fruits grow on trees, they have about the same amount of dietary fiber and calories, and they’re found right next to each other in the grocery store! Still, it’s a commonly used expression.

Ex. You can’t compare tennis and baseball, that’s like comparing apples and oranges.

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Far more sensibly, when comparing two things so alike that they could be considered identical, people often say it’s like comparing apples to apples.

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BTW: The British have a much better analogy. They say chalk and cheese.

Easily Confused: EVERYDAY Vs EVERY DAY

Everyday and every day are easy to confuse, so let’s look at the difference:

Everyday (adj) describes something that is used or seen every day, something ordinary or common.

  1. It was just an everyday meeting, you didn’t miss much.
  2. I need something fancier to wear than my everyday clothes.

Every day is a two word phrase used as an adverb.

  1. The Sun rises every day.
  2. Every day I walk my dog Scrappy.
  3. My Mom wants me to call her every day I’m away.
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Vocablets of the Day: Compare and Contrast

When you put two things side by side you begin to see the similarities and the differences between the two. When you look for what is similar, you’re comparing the two. When you look for what is different, you’re contrasting.

Compare and contrast may have different meanings, but the two words are very similar in practice. If you liken two things and make a note of everything similar between them, you likely will have noted the differences as well. Because of this the words are often used together as compare and contrast. If you use one or the other it’s because you want to emphasize the similarities or differences.

Photo:  Phineas Jones on FlickrCompare and Contrast:

Octopus vs Squid


Octopi and Squid are cephalopods that live in salty water from the tropics to temperate zones. Both have blue blood and travel by sucking water up into there bodies and quickly releasing it. Both are pretty tasty!


-Octopi live in dens on the seafloor, squid live in the open ocean

-Octopi have eight arms, squid have an additional two tentacles

-Octopi are solitary creatures, squid sometimes travel in schools

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Language Matters: Separated by a Common Language

Britain and America are both English-speaking countries, but a Brit abroad in the US (and vice versa) wouldn’t necessarily know it!

Overcoming the language barrier between these two English-speaking countries is a matter of understanding how the meaning of what you say is affected by each country’s cultural context.

It’s not just differences in what things are called, although that can also be confusing.

Ex. An American might say ‘nice pants’ to a friend or coworker, but in the UK ‘pants’ means underwear! (A Brit would say ‘nice trousers’)

How we speak is affected by our country’s culture. In the UK, directness can be considered rude. Asking “are there any other options to consider” is an indirect way of saying “I don’t like this idea.” British people recognize this, but someone from the US would understand it to mean only that a decision hasn’t been made yet.

On the other side of things, Americans value straight-forward communication, and sometimes come off as bossy as a result.

To communicate effectively, it’s necessary to understand not just what you are saying, but how it will be understood by your audience. Mastering this will ensure that the message you intend to send will be the one received!

Idiom Edition: Go with the Flow

Like they say, “When in Venice, do as the Venetians do.”

Living in Venice means adapting to the area’s constant flooding.

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The ‘Library of High Water’ has a clever way of keeping dry, and while it’s easy to throw on some boots and wade your way around, some Venetians throw in the towel and put on bathing suits instead.

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Vocablets of the Day: Farther Vs. Further

Man, these two can be easy to mix up! When do you use ‘farther’ in a sentence and when do you use ‘further’? Are they interchangeable?

Farther is usually used when referring to measurable distances. For example:

-Is it much farther to the house?

-No one has made it farther than the bridge.

-The TV remote was farther than I could reach.


Further is used normally for figurative distances or general advancement. For example:

-If you complain any further I’ll guarantee you don’t make it back to the house.

-We have no further plans to attempt to cross the bridge

-I can’t watch the TV for now, but I’m further along in my book

When in doubt, ‘further’ gets you further, because there are some restrictions for ‘farther’. In fact, ‘further’ can replace ‘farther’ in all the examples above, but not the other way around.

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