English Vocabulary: commute

English Vocabulary: commute

English Vocabulary: commute. We are all commuters (except you remote workers who commute from your kitchen to your home office). How do you commute every day? By train, car, bike or walking?

Commute (verb)

  • To travel from work to home or vice versa.
    • I commute to work every day by train.
    • He feels like he is always commuting.
  • We can also talk about the trip you take from home to school as commuting.
    • I’ve decided to stop commuting every day and move closer to school.
    • She commuted 30-minutes to high school every day.

Commute (noun)

  • The journey you take from your home to work or vice versa.
    • The commute took forever today because there was a huge traffic jam.
    • She has a 30-minute commute every day to get to work.
  • We also can talk about someone’s commute to and from school.
    • I’ll finish my homework on the commute.
    • He’s decided to change schools so that he has a shorter commute every day.


  • The person who travels from work to home or vice versa.
    • Thousands of commuters ride the train in Madrid.
    • The government is encouraging commuters to use public transportation.
  • The person who travels to school and back.
    • Most people live near the school although there are some long-distance commuters.
    • Most commuters take the school bus.

English Vocabulary

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Vocabulario en inglés: Beat vs Win

Vocabulario en inglés: Beat vs Win

Vocabulario en inglés: Beat vs Win. Congratulations Spain on winning your fourth EuroBasket title!!! It was an exciting match and has inspired me to talk to you about these two words that can be very confusing.

Vocabulario Inglés: Beat

  • Beat means to defeat someone
  • We must say who we have beaten
    • Spain beat France in the basketball championship.
    • Slovenia didn’t beat Poland in the quarter finals.
    • She beats me every time we play chess.
    • Have you ever beaten the computer at this game?

Vocabulario Inglés: win

Win as a verb

  • to have the most amount of points.
  • We do NOT follow win with someone.
    • Spain won the EuroBasket title.
    • Germany didn’t win the the semi-finals, but they won third place.
    • Who won the game last night?
    • She’s an excellent tennis player. She always wins!
  • To earn a prize
    • He won the lottery!
    • What prize did you win?
    • I didn’t win anything – I just got all the right answers.

Win as a noun

  • an event where someone wins something
    • Spain beat France for the Eurobasket win.
    • They’ve had only four wins since the beginning of the season.
    • How many wins have they had so far this year?
    • They haven’t had any wins yet.

Vocabulario Inglés con Vocab Rehab

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Vocab Rehab: procrastinate

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B2 C1 C2 Vocabulario en inglés: icon

B2 C1 C2 Vocabulario en inglés: Icon

B2 C1 C2 Vocabulario en inglés: icon. Icon is used much more frequently than in Spanish. It can be a person, such as the Queen or how Michael Jordan is a sports icon, but it can also be a thing. The Starry Night painting by Van Gogh can be an icon of post-impressionism.


  • A famous person or thing that represents a way of life
  • Someone or something that is adored by all.
    • Michael Jackson was a music icon for the world.
    • Many people say that Queen Elizabeth was not just a British icon, but a global one as well.

B2 C1 C2 Vocabulario en Inglés

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Vocab Rehab: Procrastinate
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B2 C1 C2 English Vocabulary: Procrastinate

B2 C1 C2 English Vocabulary: Procrastinate

B2 C1 C2 English Vocabulary: Procrastinate. At University, I was a procrastinator. I had a 10-page paper due the next morning and I started writing it at 10pm. As I got older I procrastinated less and less. Now, procrastination is a thing of the past.


  • Verb
  • To wait a long time to do something that you know needs to be done.
  • Usually it is something unpleasant so you are avoiding doing it.
    • I know I need to talk to them at some point – I’m procrastinating.
    • She procrastinates all the time when she has to clean the bathroom. She hates doing it.


  • Noun
  • The person who procrastinates
    • He’s such a procrastinator because he’s always leaving everything for the last minute.
    • I could never be a procrastinator because I like to get things done as soon as possible.


  • Noun
  • The act of delaying something that needs to be done
  • Usually because it is something you don’t like or is boring
    • We don’t have any time left for procrastination because they need a decision now.
    • Some people say that procrastination can lead to creativity.

B2 C1 C2 Vocabulary

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Vocab Rehab: Cove

B2 C1 C2 English Vocabulary: Cove

B2 C1 C2 English Vocabulary: Cove. This summer you may have visited a Cala and thought, what do you call this is English. A cove or an inlay is that smaller, more intimate place to escape from tourists and enjoy the sea.

English Vocabulary: Cove

  • A place on the coast that curves in, usually between rocks or cliffs.
    • We went to a small cove to get away from all the tourists.
    • We had to take a small bus to the cove because it was too far to walk with our umbrella and chairs.

Vocab Rehab

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Vocab Rehab: Say, tell, speak, talk

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English Vocabulary: Say Tell Speak Talk

English Vocabulary: Say Tell Speak Talk

English Vocabulary: Say Tell Speak Talk. We use these words in almost every conversation, so let’s learn to use them correctly.


  • To speak words
    • She said she was coming.
    • I know he’s upset because he said so.
  • To tell someone about something
    • The officer refused to say what had happened.
    • Did they say where the party is at?
  • Collocations with say
    • 1. Say something
    • 2. Say nothing
    • 3. Say anything
    • 4. Say you are sorry
    • 5. Say hello/goodbye
    • 6. Say please/thank you
    • 7. Say yes/no


  • To say something to someone
    • She told us that the test will be next week.
    • They told everyone to go home because the concert was cancelled.
  • To order someone to do something
    • I told you to clean your room.
    • She keeps telling us to call Joe, but he’s not picking up.
  • To give someone information
    • My grandpa always tell us stories about when he was younger.
    • I told them all about what happened last night.
  • Collocations with tell
    • 1. tell a lie.
    • 2. tell a story.
    • 3. tell a secret.
    • 4. tell a joke.
    • 5. tell the truth.
    • 6. tell the difference.
    • 7. tell the time.
    • 8. tell somebody the way.


  • To say something to someone
    • It was really nice talking to you today.
    • We were just talking about our plans for the summer.
  • To discuss something in order to find a solution
    • We have agreed to talk.
    • They need to talk and come to a solution asap.
  • To discuss a particular subject
    • I really would rather not talk business during lunch.
    • We don’t talk politics with my family.
  • Collocations with talk
    • 1. Talk to a friend
    • 2. talk with your sister
    • 3. talk loudly
    • 4. talk properly
    • 5. talk about the war
    • 6. talk about the weather
    • 7. What are you talking about?


  • To say something using your voice
    • Could you speak more quietly please?
    • Nobody spoke a word when she came out.
  • to speak about/of something
    • She refused to speak about the merger.
    • At the seminar he spoke about his accident.
  • to be able to communicate in a certain language
    • She speaks English really well.
    • I spoke German for many years, but I’ve lost a lot of the vocabulary in the last 5 years.
  • Collocations with speak
    • 1. speak directly, indirectly, plainly, clearly
    • 2. speak in public
    • 3. speak at a meeting, ceremony, event
    • 4. speak with an accent
    • 5. speak like a native
    • 6. speak your mind
    • 7. speak the truth


Now that you have read English Vocabulary: Say Tell Speak Talk, have a look at our Vocab Rehab posts:
Vocab Rehab: False Friends – sensible and sensitive
Vocab Rehab: Intensifiers

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False Friends: Sensitive and Sensible

False Friends: Sensitive and Sensible. False Friends can be very confusing as they are words that sound similar in two languages but have different meanings. Here are just two examples.


  • In English, to be sensitive means to understand what people are feeling and treat them in a respectable way.
    • The man she is marrying is very kind and sensitive.
    • The doctor was very sensitive with the news she shared with us about our dad.
  • Sensitive can also mean to be easily upset by something someone does or says.
    • They’re very sensitive about their son.
    • I find it impossible to talk about politics with him as he is so sensitive.


  • Although sensible in English sounds like sensible in Spanish it has a very different meaning.
  • If you are sensible in English it means you are showing good judgement.
    • She is a very sensible and pragmatic boss.
    • Even though she is only 10 years old, Lucia is able to make very sensible decisions.

Now that you’ve learned about False Friends: Sensitive and Sensible, have a look at our other Vocab Rehab posts.
Vocab Rehab: False Friends: Comprehensive and Understanding
Vocab Rehab: Intensifiers

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Vocab Rehab: Intensifiers

B2 C1 C2 English Vocabulary: Intensifiers

Vocab Rehab: Intensifiers

Make your adjectives stronger using these B2 C1 C2 English Vocabulary: Intensifiers. This will help improve your writing and speaking skills on a test, but also get you speaking like a native. Remember to pay attention to the way you pronounce them as we tend to emphasize our intensifiers.


  • We tend to use so before an adjective or adverb when used as an intensifier to emphasize what you are saying
    • I was so tired this morning that I went in to work late.
    • Your daughter has gotten so tall since the last time I saw her!


  • Truly means that is something is true in every way.
    • He truly is a good person.
    • We truly worked on this project as a team.


  • This is used when we want to say something is more than just ‘very’
  • In most cases, with strong adjectives, very doesn’t collocate, so really is really your best option.
    • That’s really interesting.
    • He’s really nice.
    • She really tried her best on the test.


  • totally is another way to say completely.
    • I totally agree with what you are saying.
    • He totally lost control of the wheel and ran into a tree.


  • We use honestly to emphasize that you are telling the truth.
    • Thank you, but I honestly couldn’t have another bite to eat.
    • She honestly doesn’t think that John will be coming tonight.


  • Like totally, we use absolutely to express the same as completely
    • I absolutely love what you have done with your house.
    • She absolutely hated the meal.


  • This means in every way possible
    • Although the twins look alike, they are completely different from each other.
    • I completely forgot that you were coming over today.


  • This means that something is not deniable, meaning it is 100% true.
    • Climate change is an undeniable fact although some people chose not to believe it.
    • It is undeniably true that the city is expanding.

Other Vocab Rehab posts

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Vocab Rehab: Synonyms for make
Vocab Rehab: bias

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B2 C1 C2 Synonyms for MAKE

As you can see, there are many B2 C1 C2 Synonyms for MAKE, so take your English up a notch and learn how and when to use these words. Note that some of these words may have other meanings, but we are only addressing their meanings related to make.


  • To build something by joining parts
  • It’s common to use assemble for toys and cars.
    • I love assembling LEGOs and puzzles. I find both activities to be really relaxing.
    • The car was assembled in Vitoria.


  • to make something by putting parts and materials together
  • This is often used to talk about buildings, construction, etc.
    • They knocked down the old building to build a new mall.
    • They are beginning to build the train station that will connect the new neighborhood to the center.


  • to build something using different pieces.
  • This is also very common for buildings and construction.
    • This building was constructed in 1920.
    • We are constructing a new garage next to our house.


  • to make something exist
  • Create can be used in many different areas, such as buildings, clothing, technology, etc.
    • She created the design herself when she was in her 20s.


  • A drawing that shows how something will be made.
  • Machines, buildings, clothes and other objects can be designed.
    • Frank Loyd Wright designed a number of mansions in the north side of Chicago.
    • Most of her clothes were designed by famous designers.


  • to make something new, usually over a period of time.
  • Develop can be applied to ideas, concepts and products
    • Scientist are developing new drug treatments for cancer every day.
    • We are constantly developing new ways of doing business.


  • to put up a structure
  • Erect is also used with buildings, structures and anything that can be put up.
    • The church was erected in the 1800s.
    • The city erected a statue in honor of the fallen solders.


  • to construct using various parts
  • This is mainly used in the US to speak about parts or clothing.
    • Only the largest part were fabricated in the company.
    • They searched high and low for cheaper fabrics and eventually found a wholesale place to fabricate the suits.


  • to design and/or create something new
  • This can be used for ideas, objects, technology, etc.
    • My nephew has invented a new video game and is looking for someone to purchase it.
    • I wish somebody could invent a machine that would clear the table and put all the dishes in the dishwasher.


  • to produce something, usually in large quantities and in a factory.
  • This is used with cars, products, toys, etc.
  • All of the cars sold in Europe are manufactured in that factory.
  • They are manufacturing small pieces that are used in airplanes.


  • to make or grow something
  • Usually used with cars, plants and any products.
    • The plant produces flowers every year.
    • The company produces over a 1,000 pieces a month.

put together

  • to put the separate parts of something together in a joint way.
  • Anything that has pieces can be put together.
    • The larger pieces are manufactured, but then all the parts are put together manually.
    • We are putting together a LEGO this weekend that she got for her birthday.

B2 C1 C2 Vocabulary

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B2 C1 C2 English Vocabulary: Bias

B2 C1 C2 English Vocabulary: Bias

Today we are looking at B2 C1 C2 English Vocabulary: Bias. Bias is a word that often causes lots of confusion. Let’s take a look at it’s meaning and uses.


  • If someone is bias, they support or oppose a particular person or thing in an unfair way.
    • It is quite common for people to be biased towards people they feel are similar to them.
    • Judges are not allowed to be biased. They must always be neutral.

Bias towards or against someone or something

  • If someone is biased towards, it means that they favor a certain person or group over another one.
  • In the example below, note that bias is the reason behind why someone may make a sexist decision.
    • It was quite normal in the past for businesses to hire men over women due to bias. They felt more comfortable working with people who were like them. Today, people are confronting these biases and hiring the person that is best for the position.
  • In the following example, bias against a certain group of people or person means that you hold negative feelings about them.
    • If I walk into a room and there is a group of men and a group of women, I naturally go towards the women as I am biased against men.
    • It is clear that the hiring process is showing a bias against latinos applicants.

Bias vs Racism

  • Bias shows a preference for or against someone.
  • Racism has a number of meaning and cannot be simplified in just one sentence. Having said that, it is usually based on the idea that one group is more intelligent or superior to another culture. Hatred but also unjust policies and treatment are often defined as racist.
  • It is important to note that many biases if not checked may lead to racism, sexism, homophobia and forms of hatred.

Most people are not aware of their biases, but all of us have them. It is important for everyone to know what their biases are and why they may be favoring one person or group of people over another. Once you know what they are, you can start the work of breaking them down in order to treat everyone in a just way.

There are many websites that can help you address unconscious biases in the workplace, in schools and in your everyday life.

English Vocabulary

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Vocab Rehab: Work, job, career

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La diferencia entre lend y borrow

En este post, explicamos la diferencia entre lend y borrow.


  • Dar algo a alguien, esperando que lo devuelva / To give something to someone, expecting them to give it back
  • Cuando tienes algo, lo prestas. / When you have something, you lend it.
Le prestó a su hermano algo de dinero para la comida.She lent her brother some money for the food.
¿Me puedes presar una bolsa?Can you lend me a bag?


  • Obtener o recibir algo con la intención de devolverlo. / To get or receive something with the intention of giving it back.
  • Cuando recibes o consigues algo, lo tomas prestado. / When you get or receive something, you borrow it.
He podido prestado un libro para leer en la playa.I borrowed a book to read at the beach.
¿Me puedes prestar el coche? Can I borrow your car?

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Vocab Rehab: work, job, career
Vocab Rehab: responsible accountable

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Vocab Rehab job work career

B2 C1 C2 English Vocabulary: Job Work Career

B2 C1 C2 English Vocabulary: Job Work Career shows us the differences between when to use Job vs Work vs Career. Even some of my advanced students still mix us the difference between job and work, so let’s take a look.


  • Job is a countable noun.
  • This means that we can have one job, two jobs, three jobs, etc.
  • Click here to learn more about countable nouns
  • We can also say:
    • This is my first job.
    • I was a cook at my last job.
  • Job refers to a specific employment or role at work: a teacher, a specialist, a doctor, etc.
    • I love my job. I’ve been working as a teacher for over 25 years now.
    • I start a new job on Monday and I am a bit nervous.


  • The word work is uncountable and can be used either as a verb or a noun.

Work – noun

  • Click here to learn more about uncountable nouns
  • This means we cannot use words like one, two, three, first, last, etc. with work.
  • We CAN say: How much work do you have left?
  • I have a lot of work today.
  • refers to a specific task that we do, usually this task earns us money, but not always.
    • I have to do some work around the house (cutting the grass, cleaning the kitchen).
    • I need to finish my work before 3pm because I my daughter has a basketball game I want to see.

Work – verb

  • The word work functions as a regular verb.
    • I have worked here for over 5 years now.
    • She’s working the night shift tonight.


  • Career is a false friend for Spanish speakers. It does NOT refer to what you are studying.
  • It is a job or series of jobs in a specific field of work.
  • Career is a countable noun. People can have several careers in one lifetime.
    • Before he started working as a chef, he had a career in banking.
    • She has had a long and prosperous career in engineering.

Now that you have reviewed B2 C1 C2 English Vocabulary: Job Work Career, take a look at our other Vocab Rehab posts:
Vocab Rehab: Accountable Responsible
Vocab Rehab: Leverage

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Vocab Rehab: Responsible Accountable

Vocabulario en inglés: Responsible Accountable

This week we explore the differences between Responsibility and Accountability in this post, Vocabulario en inglés: Responsible Accountable. This is especially difficult for Spanish speakers, since both words translate to responsabilidad. In the photo above, the sentence you can hide from responsibility but you can’t hide from accountability highlights the differences between these two words. You may be able to be irresponsible but someone will always hold you accountable. Continue reading to learn more.

Responsible and responsibility

  • The person who has to complete a step in a process
  • Someone assigned to work on a particular task.
  • This can be more than one individual
    • I am the one responsible for contacting our international clients.
    • Our team is responsible for all Latin American communication.
  • To have control and authority over someone/something and the duty to take care of it or them
    • She is responsible for the latest project and will also report to the one accountable.
  • Something that is your duty.
    • It’s our responsibility to finish the project on time.
  • Blame for something that has happened.
    • He is personally responsible for causing so much chaos in the office.
    • You need to accept responsibility for your actions.
  • Good judgement
    • Both of my cousins have very responsible positions in the company.
    • Being a parent carries a lot of responsibility.

Accountable and Accountability

  • The one ensuring that the step in the process is completely correctly and liable if anything goes wrong.
  • Only one person is accountable
    • In the end, I am the accountable one if anything goes south.
    • Maria is responsible for reporting everything to Julie. Julie is accountable for everything being completed in the way the CEO outlined.
  • Responsible for what you do and having to give an explanation for it.
    • He will be held accountable for stealing from the company.
    • The government is accountable for the strife felt by the general population.

Now that you have read Vocabulario en inglés: Responsible Accountable, take a look at our Vocab Rehabs:
Vocab Rehab: Leverage
Vocab Rehab: Empowerment

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Vocab Rehab: Empowerment

B2 C1 Vocabulario en inglés: Empowerment

Vocab Rehab: Empowerment

¡Feliz Día Internacional de la Mujer! Hoy te enseñamos B2 C1 vocabulario en inglés: Empowerment.


  • The process of gaining freedom and becoming stronger and more confident so that you can control what happens to you.
    • The government believes strongly in the empowerment of women.
  • Click here to find out more about the empowerment of women from the European Institute of for Gender Equality.


  • To encourage and support one’s own ability to do something.
    • We should stop telling people what to do and start empowering them to make their own decisions.
  • The 5th goal of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations is: Achieve Gender Equality and Empower all Women and Girls. Learn more here.

Ya que has visto B2 C1 vocabulario en inglés: Empowerment, puedes aprender más vocabulario:
Vocab Rehab: Repair, fix, mend
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Vocab Rehab: Repair fix mend

B2 C1 Vocabulario en inglés

Vocab Rehab: Repair fix mend

En Vocab Rehab, enseñamos B2 C1 vocabulario en inglés. Hoy se enfoque a repair, fix y mend.

Repair, Fix, Mend

  • All three mean to make something that is damaged, broken or not working correctly, work again
  • Usually they are interchangeable but there are some instances where one is better suited than another.


  • Usually we use mend to refer to clothing
  • We also use it to talk about relationships or physical states.
  • On the mend is a common expression in English to say that something is in process of being fixed.
Could you mend this whole I have in my shirt? ¿Puedes arreglar el agujero en mi camisa?
It takes about a month for the bones to mend. Los huesos tardan alrededor de un mes en recuperarse.
We weren’t speaking for a while, but the relationship is slowly on the mend. No nos hablamos durante un tiempo, pero la relación se está recuperando poco a poco.


  • Repair can be used for just about anything. Sometimes it may be a bit more formal than fix.
My backpack had a whole in it and instead of buying a new one, I took it to a shop to get repaired.Mi mochila tenía un agujero y, en lugar de comprar una nueva, la llevé a una tienda para que la repararan.
My nephew knows how to repair anything.Mi sobrino sabe arreglar cualquier cosa


  • Fix can be used in all cases.
I need to fix the clock.Tengo que arreglar el reloj.
The plumber will come to fix the sink. El fontanero vendrá a arreglar el fregadero.
She is looking to get her luggage fixed. Quiere arreglar su equipaje.

Now that you have learned these vocabulary terms, take a look at other Vocab Rehab posts:
Vocab Rehab: occur, happen, take place
Vocab Rehab: false friends

Vocab Rehab - occur happen take place

B2 C1 English Vocabulary

Vocab Rehab - occur happen take place

Learn B2 C1 English Vocabulary with our Vocab Rehab posts.

Occur, happen, take place

Yes, all of these expressions mean to exist or come into existence, but there are times when it is more appropriate to say one verses the other.


  • to come into existence (usually less formal that the other two expressions)
    • I think anything could happen in the next few days.
    • The funniest thing happened to me the other day while I was at work.
  • To ask questions – translated into Spanish, it would be ¿Qué pasó? or ¿Que occure? But, in English it would be too formal to say ‘What occurred?’ or ¿What has taken place? so, when you want to know about a situation, we say ‘What happened?’
  • to express that something happened unexpectedly or by accident:
    • I was minding my own business and just happened to see $100 on the ground.
    • I just happened to over hear them speaking about the strike.
  • to politely ask if someone knows something?
    • Did you happen to see anything?
    • Did you happen to speak to Maria about the party?


  • to happen, to come into existence (especially accidents or unexpected events)
    • A fatal shooting occurred yesterday outside the city. (here you could also use take place)
    • If any of the symptoms occur while on this medication, please contact your doctor.
  • To exist
    • Wildfires seem to occur more and more frequently these days. (You could use both happen and take place here)
    • His medical condition seems to occur only in older men.
  • to occur to somebody – to talk about something that has come to your mind
    • It occurred to me yesterday that I have been working here for over 10 years.
    • It finally occurred to Brian that she may not be interested in dating him.

Take place

  • To occur, to exist
    • This book I am reading takes place during the middle ages.
    • The film festival takes place every year in Vitoria-Gasteiz

Now that you have learned about these B2 C1 English vocabulary words, take a look at our other Vocab Rehabs:
Vocab Rehab: False friends
Vocab Rehab: Feelings and Emotions