Learn to spot and fix common mistakes we make when we talk about school and education in a new English Express episode—a podcast from English Plus Podcast Network.

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[00:00:00] Danny: You don’t have a lot of time, but you still want to learn a new way to express yourself in English every day. I get it, and that’s why I created English Express. This is your host, Danny, and this is English Express. Every day we’ll have a very short episode in which you will learn a new way to express yourself in English.

[00:00:23] Never stop learning, even if you don’t have a lot of time for it. Listen to English Express.

[00:00:35] Welcome to a new English Express episode. In this episode, we will talk about common mistakes people make when they talk about school and education. You can find the transcript on my website, You can find the links in the description of the episode. And now, without further ado, let’s talk about common mistakes people make when they talk about schooling and education.

[00:01:04] So there is this kind of confusion between saying students, pupils or school children. What’s the deal Here, I’ll give you an example and we will see that there’s something that is not exactly wrong, but it is not usually said this way. When I started school age seven, there were 20 students in my class.

[00:01:22] Well, what’s wrong with that? We can say students. I was seven. Yes, no problem. But can’t we say school children here or just children or pupils, which is a more formal word. Actually, it is better to say children, not students, because usually the word student refers to older learners, usually over 16, and usually at university.

[00:01:44] In school, there are school children or just children, or as I told you, As a more formal word, we use pupils, but this is kind of an old fashioned word, but if you ever wonder about the difference between students and school children or just children, that’s the difference. Students are older learners over 16 and usually at university.

[00:02:06] Now about another thing. What about this deal between professors and teachers? Well, let me give you an example. My school professors were friendly. Well, can I say that about my school professors? Or should I say teachers or maybe lecturers? What’s the difference? Well, there is a big difference because only universities have professors or lecturers, schools have teachers.

[00:02:28] So we should say here, my school teachers were friendly, not my school professors. And here I come to a common mistake that a lot of people make. It’s very simple. I know, but it is very easy to make. It’s a very easy mistake to make. That’s why it’s called common mistakes, right? Let me give you the example. My English teacher learned me a lot.

[00:02:50] I’m talking about a good teacher who learned me a lot. Well, not learned. It’s actually taught. Teachers teach. We learn, we learners learn. So instead of saying, my English teacher learned me a lot, we should say, my English teacher taught me a lot. You might say that This is silly. Yeah, we never make this mistake, but trust me, it is a common mistake.

[00:03:11] Teachers teach you things and you learn them. Remember that? And now we come to another thing, and that is the difference between class and classroom. Let me give you an example. There are some nice pictures in my class. Well, that’s fine. What’s wrong with that? There are some nice pictures in my class.

[00:03:29] Well, actually the class is the group of people learning. The place where you learn is not called the class, it is the classroom. So if you’re talking about some nice pictures in your class, that’s not the word you want to use. You should use classroom. You should say, there are some nice pictures in my classroom.

[00:03:49] So I hope you found the information and the common mistakes I shared with you in today’s episode useful because that was everything I wanted to share with you in today’s English Express episode. Don’t forget to visit my website,, not only for the transcript, but also there you will find great learning opportunities.

[00:04:08] Thank you very much for listening to this episode. This is your host, Danny. I will see you next time.


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Danny Ballan


Danny is a podcaster, teacher, and writer. He worked in educational technology for over a decade. He creates daily podcasts, online courses, educational videos, educational games, and he also writes poetry, novels and music.

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