Here's the short answer: eventually (English) and eventuell (Deutsch) don't mean the same thing. Luckily for me, this question came up in class and I realised I had been making the same mistake my students were making - another example of a false friend.

So what's the difference? Which word should I use, and when?

Do you know when you should use make or do? Learn by doing - scroll down to choose your level and practise when you should use make or do. If you need to revise, check out this post.

Idiom: a figurative expression or phrase that cannot usually be understood from the individual words it is made up of. Originally, many idioms had a literal meaning, lost or forgotten after years of use. There are thousands of idioms in any language, and the English language is said to have over 25,000 idiomatic expressions. Native speakers are able to recognize and understand idioms easily, but they can be quite a challenge for language learners. Here's the first post in a series aimed at shedding light on some of the best-known idioms in the English language.

These two verbs can be very tricky to use properly if your first language uses one verb for both meanings. Such is the case in German and Swiss German, so it comes as no surprise when learners of English make this mistake. I've heard students using these verbs incorrectly a number of times, so let's have a look at how they're used.

Have a look at these two sentences - one of them is incorrect:

The party was funny. The party was fun.

Which one is right? Fun and funny are two words in English (out of many!) that sound similar but have slightly different meanings - no wonder so many students confuse the two. Read on to find out which sentence is correct (and why).

Prefixes can be quite confusing. Although some languages make use of prefixes like un- or in- to form negative adjectives, mentally translating from one language to another won't always help you get it right. The use of unsensitive instead of insensitive is a common mistake - here's why: