Wednesday, May 30

Some “Very” Vocabulary in English

To help you increase your Vocabulary, here are 10 very common and useful Adjectives in English:

1.       Tired                     Very tired = Exhausted

2.       Hungry                  Very hungry = Starving/ Starved


3.       Angry/Mad            Very angry = Furious

from the film "The Fast and the Furious"

4.       Surprised              Very surprised = Shocked

5.       Sad                       Very sad = Depressed

6.       Afraid/ Scared             Very afraid = Terrified

7.       Tipsy                           Very tipsy = Wasted

8.       Embarrassed               Very embarrassed = Humiliated

9.       Happy                        Very happy = Ecstatic

10.   Disappointed       Very disappointed = Devastated/ Crushed

*Note: Because all the words above are Adjectives, you have to remember how to use them properly. Like this:

I / He/ They etc. + be + Adjective


I’m starving.

I was starving.

I’m shocked.

I was shocked.


        Please don't forget the "Be" Verb when you use them. 

P.S. If you have any other words you would like to add to this list, please feel free to post them in the Comments. Thanks!


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Sunday, May 27

How Do You Find It?

Be careful, guys!

When somebody asks you:

Q: How do you find this restaurant?

How will you answer?

A.      My friend recommended it to me.

B.      I found it on the Internet.

C.      I think it’s great.


If you answered Letter “C,” you are correct ;-)

But if you answered Letter “A” or “B,” then you're one of the many learners who have the wrong idea of this expression.

As a matter of fact, “How do you find?” means “What do you think?” or “What’s your opinion?

That’s why if somebody asks you this question:

Q: How do you find the movie (so far)?

You should answer by sharing your opinion on it.

The original, complete answer to this question is:

A: I find it exciting.

Notice that the pattern used is:

Subject + find + something/ someone + Adjective

Please don’t be surprised and don’t get confused. The Adjective at the end of the sentence will describe the word (something or someone) before it.

Like this:                   

I find him attractive.

 I find sunflowers very beautiful.

But if you wish, you don’t really need to follow the original pattern. As long as you're able to express what you think or feel (your opinion), that’s also a natural answer.

For example,

A: I like it.

A: She’s great/ wonderful/ fantastic.

A: I think it’s too big.

A: This book sucks*.

*sucks = to be terrible

Again, please remember that "How do you find?" means "What do you think?

Your friend might ask you this question on many other topics: food, fashion, a person, a country you’ve been visiting, etc. 

So you need to practice a lot.

How Do You Find…? vs. How Did You Find…?

The problem and confusion happens because there are actually two meanings. Sometimes this meaning is also possible:

Q: How did you find my house?

A: I asked somebody how to get here.

So, now we are talking about the way or method to locate. The physical meaning.

If you don’t wanna get confused, you can check the tense of the question, whether it is Past tense or Present tense.

This rule is usually (but not always) true:

How do you find…? = your opinion

How did you find…? = way to locate

WARNING: The Past question “How did you find…?” is sometimes used to talk about the way to physically locate, and sometimes about opinion.

Finally, the best way is to try to feel the situation that the speaker is talking about. You have to realize what the speaker really wants to hear -- whether it's your opinion or the way that you were able to locate.

If the speaker asks you:

Q: How do you find my new hairstyle?

Of course it is strange to answer:

A: I find it on your head. X

And if you just came back from a trip to Hawaii, your friend will ask you:

Q: How did you find Hawaii?

It’s wrong to answer:

A: I found it on a map. X

You should say your opinion in both these situations. 

Got it?

;-) Registered & Protected

Thursday, May 24


Are You Up to the Challenge? 

Hey guys, 

This is your chance to practice your English through the most fulfilling way: Writing

Just write about any topic you like. This can be a grammar point, your opinion about English, your own experience, a joke, your favorite song, a movie that you just watched, your advice to other English learners, an issue (global or local to your own country), a story, a trip - and almost everything and anything interesting! 

Next, send your writing to me at: I'll edit your English for free then we'll post it under your real name (or anonymously) here on Cool Elf

This is your chance to have your writing featured and shown to all our friends around the world: in Japan and other parts of Asia, in Europe, America, South America, Russia etc. 

So, what are you waiting for? Start writing! 


Monday, May 21

The Meaning of the Starbucks Logo

       So there I was sipping my usual cup of iced Café Americano when I wondered:

What’s the story behind this logo?

Saturday, May 19

How to Break Up in English

image courtesy of stock.xchng

Breaking up is never easy.

In the middle of a relationship, couples forget that change is a natural part.

We are so caught up in the fantasy and excitement of love that we forget to expect and understand all possibilities.

But breaking up is also an important part of any relationship – whether we like it or not.

Tuesday, May 15

English For Your Sweetheart

In today’s world where people are deeply connected, sharing and updating is very natural. With the advances in mobile technology – for example, Smart phones, Face Time, Tweeter – it’s impossible to make an excuse why you couldn’t send a simple message to your boyfriend or girlfriend.

The level of sweetness might be different in each culture, but it’s always safe for a lover to be romantic and passionate. At least better than being cold and lifeless. But of course saying or sending sweet words to your partner 24 hours a day and 7 days a week is too much, because the words will start to lose their magic.

Usually, an unexpected, caring message will bring a smile to your loved one’s face.

I advise that you feel the timing and rhythm of your relationship. And remember that you don’t need to be a modern-day Shakespeare to impress.

If you are ready to send sweet, romantic words in English to your sweetheart, then go ahead and use the words below.

I’ve made a rough list of the most common sweet messages for your practical use!


LAST WARNING: The right words used at the wrong timing may have the opposite effect. So feel the situation!


= Male

= Female


Usual Speaker (Not Always!)

Approximate Level

Do you think of me often?


I want to know all about you.


I miss you./ I’m missing you.



I miss you the minute that you’re gone.



I like you for who you are.



I’ve never felt this way before.


I’m yours. / My heart is yours.


I want to hear your voice.


I miss holding your hand.


I want to see you right now.



I wanna stay with you forever.


I don’t ever wanna leave you.


You’re the only one I want.



I can’t live without you.


I miss your touch.


I miss your kiss.



I want to kiss you deeply.


I want you.



Have I told you that I love you?



I think about you all the time.



I think of you night and day.


It hurts to be without you.


I can’t think of anything but you.

 Very Strong

I can’t stop thinking of you.

Very Strong

I can’t get you out of my head.

 Very Strong

You’re precious to me.

 Very Strong

I’m crazy about you.

Very Strong

I love you so much I could die.

Very Strong

P.S. If there’s any love expression you would like to add here (something you often use with your sweetheart), please feel free to mention it in the Comments below.

Good Luck!


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