How to use ME TOO and ME NEITHER in natural English conversation! (2018)


Do you know when to use me too? How about me neither? One of my private students asked me how to use these two words naturally in English conversation. They weren't confident on which word to use to agree with a statement, so I created this lesson to help them communicate in English with confidence! Thank you for being part of the World English 808 community so I can share it with you too!
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A: Do you watch football?
B: Yes.
A: Me too.

A: Do you watch baseball?
B: No.
A: Me neither.

We use the adverbs too and neither to show that a statement is also true for someone or something else.

Too is used for affirmative or positive statements. (do, can, often etc.)

A: Do you watch football?
B: Yes. (I do)
A: Me too.
(I also watch football)

Neither is used in negative statements. (don't, can't, never etc.)

A: Do you watch baseball?
B: No. (I don't)
A: Me neither.
(I also don't watch baseball)



More examples:

A: I like sushi.
B: Me too!
(I also like sushi.)

A: I don't like natto.
B: Me neither.
(I also don't like natto.)


ferment = to experience a chemical change because of the action of yeast or *bacteria, often changing sugar to alcohol; to make something change in this way

"Grapes are fermented to make wine."

*bacteria are the simplest and smallest forms of life
Foods like natto, yogurt and pickles all have bacteria that is good for you!


A: I can't speak German.
B: Me neither.
(I also can't speak German.)

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In English conversation it's common for the word neither to start a sentence. Please look at these examples:

A: My grandfather won't use a computer.
B: Neither will mine.
(My grandfather also won't usa computer.)

A: I have never been to France.
B: Neither have I.
(I have also never been to France.)

A: I can't speak German.
B: Neither can I.
(I also can't speak German.)


๐Ÿ•ฎ Dictionary definitions ๐Ÿ•ฎ

too (adverb) one way we use the adverb too is to mean ~ also; as well
'I just watched the new Star Wars movie, I liked it.' 'Me too!'

neither (adverb) used to show that a negative statement is also true of somebody/something else
‘I can't understand these instructions.’ ‘Neither can I. They're too complicated.’
(informal) ‘I just watched the new Star Wars movie, I didn't like it.' ‘Me neither.’

Let's use this grammar with more examples where the subject is different than I, me, mine.

Greg hadn't been to New York before and neither had Jane. It was their first trip.
(Greg had never been to New York, Jane had also never been.)

We were talking about politics at work yesterday. Louis likes the new Prime Minister and Joe likes him too. I was surprised! I think he's terrible!
(Louis likes the new Prime Minister, Joe also likes him.)

A: Adam hasn't been to that new club on Queen St. yet.
B: Neither has Gus. We should all go there on Saturday, I'll be fun!
(Adam hasn't been to the new club on Queen St., Gus also hasn't been there.)

It snows a lot in Toronto in February. It snows a lot in Sapporo too.
(It snows a lot in Toronto in February, it also snows a lot in Sapporo in February)

A: Fred isn't good at soccer.
B: Neither are Mike and Spencer.
(Fred isn't good at soccer, Mike and Spencer are also not good!)

They all need more practice!


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Common English Summer expression! IN THE SHADE (2018)

Summer is here! (Again)
Readers of my blog come from all over the world, some places cooler and some places warmer. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere it's summer! Do you remember the meaning of hemisphere?


hemisphere meaning

I want to teach you some useful English that we can use to talk about summer activities and of course weather. We’ll practice a common phrase today and learn the correct preposition to use with it. There is also a section to help you with pronunciation.

When it’s hot outside it's good to be "out of the sun." The sun can make us feel hot and also burn our skin if we’re not careful. On a hot sunny day, we want to be in the shade. This is today’s expression.

๐ŸŒžIn the shade๐ŸŒด


shade - noun - an area that is cool and dark under or behind something, under a tree or behind a building for example, protected from the sun’s light.
Definition from: https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/

Shade is a cool area and we want to be inside of it, so we use the preposition in. Be in the shade.

Learn the meaning of the English word shade

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Here are some more natural example sentences of verbs
with the phrase in the shade.

๐Ÿ”ด“It’s getting hot, let’s get in the shade.”

๐Ÿ”ด“We like to set up our picnic under a tree in the shade. It’s more comfortable.”

๐Ÿ”ด“My friend will meet us here in 15 minutes. We should wait over there in the shade.”

๐Ÿ”ดIs it hot yet where you live? Where is a good place to sit in the shade?


I also learned something from my students here in Japan. (This is one of the advantages of being an active English teacher, live feedback!) The word shade can be easy to mispronounce if you have never heard it. If you only read the word, the sound is not so clear.

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Here is the sound shade makes:


SH is like "Shhh....! This is a library, please be quiet."
ADE is like AID "I cut my finger and now I need a band-aid."

band aid

"It's a hot and sunny today so let's put our picnic blanket in the shade under that big tree."

in the shade

I found a song on YouTube called In The Shade. Lucky!
The pronunciation is long because the word is sung not spoken but I hope it's helpful!



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World Cup English vocabulary ~ PLACE ~ 4 different meanings (2018)


The word place has more than 10 different uses in English! Here are 3 examples:


PLACE


Meanings from: https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/
1. location or area

"This looks like a good place for our picnic. Many trees will give us lots of shade."



2. position or seat especially one that is available for a person or a thing

"Hi Steven, you can sit with us! I saved you a place."

"Is there some place I can put my school books?"



3. role or importance of somebody/something in a situation, usually in relation to others

A: "I'm having a difficult time with my son, he hates school. What can I do?"
B: "I don't have kids so I'm in no place to give advice."




Here is a 4th meaning that relates to races and 
competitions like the World Cup:

4. A position among the winners of a race or competition.

"I trained hard for the race and I finished in first place!"


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France is first place, Croatia is second place and Belgium finished in third place.



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English vocabulary "Dive" - 9 uses with 12 example sentences!

learn different meanings of the word dive

English vocabulary - Dive

The word dive has been in the news recently. A person who dives (swims underwater with special equipment) is called a diver. 

๐Ÿ“ฐDivers found missing soccer players trapped 
in an underwater cave in Thailand.

Some World Cup fans are upset over players who dive (fall on purpose to cause a foul against the other team) during a game.


๐Ÿ“ฐNeymar should have got a yellow card for taking a dive 
during Brazil’s match against Belgium. 

People are talking about both situations, in the news, and on social media. I wanted to make this blog post teaching you some different ways we use the word dive. Learn some verbs and nouns in this post!



Helpful definitions (as always!) from https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com 


While preparing this post I learned that past tense form of dive is not the same in every country! I have always used dove [sounds like DOHV] as the past tense, but in England, the say dived! I didn't know!

*Be careful! The past tense of dive is spelled the same way as dove the bird of peace. [sounds like DUV] The pronunciation is different but you will also know the correct meaning by the context of the sentence. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Dive VERB


① to jump into water with your head and arms going in first

๐Ÿ”ธ"When I was younger I used to dive off the cliffs near my family cottage every summer.” = I used to jump off the cliffs head first.


dive off a cliff

② to swim underwater wearing breathing equipment, collecting or looking at things

๐Ÿ”ธ"I learned to dive when I was in high school. There was a scuba school in my town.” = I went to a special school to learn how to swim underwater with special equipment.


dive underwater

③ fall deliberately when somebody touches you so that the referee awards a foul

๐Ÿ”ธ“When players dive in a soccer game they should get a yellow card.” = When soccer players fall on purpose to try and get a foul against the other team they should get a yellow card.


soccer dive

④ to move or jump quickly in a particular direction, especially to avoid something, to try to catch a ball, etc.

~dive for something

๐Ÿ”ธ“The goalie dove for the puck and made a great save!” = The goalkeeper jumped quickly to stop the puck.


dive for the puck

⑤ of prices - to fall suddenly


๐Ÿ“ฐNews headline 
๐Ÿ”ธ“Facebook stock dives 7% after it sold people's private data.” = The price of Facebook shares suddenly fell after they were accused of misusing people's information.


stocks dive


Dive NOUN


The first 3 definitions of the verb form can also be used as nouns. 

① a jump into deep water with your head first and your arms in front of you

๐Ÿ”ธ“That was a great dive!”


dive in the water

② an act of going underwater and swimming there with special equipment

๐Ÿ”ธ"Scuba divers should always check their air tanks before each dive.” 



③ a deliberate fall that a player makes when somebody touches them so that the referee awards a foul

๐Ÿ”ธ“Neymar Jr’s dive has gone viral on Twitter!”


*Grammar point
Single countable nouns can't be used by themselves. They will often come after an article (a, an or the) or a possessive noun. (his/hers, Mike's etc.) Plural nouns (more than 1) can be used by themselves. 

Please read these other examples:

๐Ÿ”ธ1 more dive and then we're going home. = One more jump into the water.

๐Ÿ”ธWatson's dive drew a penalty. = He pretended to fall and this caused a penalty for the other team.

๐Ÿ”ธScott is an experienced diver, he has done 4 dives at more than 60 meters! = Scott has swum underwater 4 times at more than 60 meters deep.

④ dive - a bar, club, etc. that is cheap, and maybe dark or dirty

๐Ÿ”ธ“My friend took me to a local bar but it was a real dive. I wanted to leave right away.” = the quality of the place wasn't good. I didn't want to stay there.


This place is a dive

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