Lisa's week

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Lisa's week: Doing your homework and making mistakes! (Part 2)

So, how DID you DO last week with all the rules I gave you about the small but important word DO?

DID you remember to use it in the right places? Did you think about it while you were DOING the housework in order to DO your best?

This week, I’m back to talk about the other side of the coin – MAKE. When do we use MAKE?

The verb MAKE is used when we create, build, produce or construct something. We usually choose to MAKE a particular action and when we use MAKE, we are referring to the result rather than just the action itself. Sometimes, we can physically touch the result of the verb MAKE but very often, the result is a more of a concept.

Examples would be:

  • She was very talented and could MAKE a dress in an evening.
  • Can you MAKE me a cup of tea, please? I’m too tired to even stand up!
  • He MADE the same mistake over and over again until his boss lost his temper.
  • I was asked to MAKE a presentation in front of the whole company. I was terrified but I MADE an effort not to show it.
  • Our company is really successful and MADE a huge profit in 2016.
  • The new university students soon MADE lots of new friends.
  • She never leaves the house before MAKING sure the flat is tidy and the bed is MADE.
  • The comedian on TV MADE fun of the politician. He MADE joke after joke about the mistakes he’d MADE since he took office. It MADE me laugh so much that my stomach hurt!

It can also be used to talk about the materials that are used to MAKE something.

Examples would be:

  • The necklace was MADE of gold and was beautiful. It had been MADE by a very skilled craftsman.
  • That table is gorgeous. What is it MADE of?
  • I MADE dinner and used a meat substitute MADE of tofu.

Remember that very often, German uses the verb MACHEN in phrases that cannot be translated with MAKE in English.


  • “make our homework” - we DO our homework
  • “make a test” - we DO / SIT / TAKE a test
  • “make a photo” – we TAKE a photo
  • “make sport” – we DO keep fit / exercise (generally for exercise at the gym etc.) or DO / PLAY sport (when referring to something like tennis or football)
  • “make a holiday” – we HAVE/TAKE a holiday/vacation
  • “make a diet” – we ARE on a diet / we DIET

We have many standard collocations with the verb MAKE that are useful to learn:

  • Make a mistake
  • Make up your mind
  • Make a mess
  • Make a decision
  • Make a comment
  • Make a plan / arrangement
  • Make an effort
  • Make a list
  • Make a profit / loss
  • Make a speech
  • Make a phone call
  • Make sure of something
  • Make an exception
  • Make dinner / breakfast / lunch
  • Make a cake
  • Make a drink / cup of tea / cup of coffee
  • Make your bed
  • Make friends

So, now that I’ve given you all this information about MAKE and DO, I suggest that you MAKE up your mind not to MAKE these typical mistakes again and DO your best to learn how to DO a good job of using these two tricky verbs more correctly!


What is Lisa's week?

"We’ve (hopefully) been entertaining you so far with the meaning and background of a weekly English idiom and now we’ve decided to expand that a little to give me the chance to share some details that come my way in my daily life as a Business English teacher. I hope to find weekly tidbits of information and experience to tell you about such as British traditions that I (or we) celebrate, or typical mistakes made when speaking English, or even some of the funny things I come across in my daily life. We hope that you’ll enjoy the insight into the life of a Brit in Germany!"


Episode 1: The Queen's 90th birthday

Episode 2: What did you do last Sunday?

Episode 3: What's the best way to answer?

Episode 4: The sound of London

Episode 5: Not just a last resort

Episode 6: Quick tip of the week: advice vs. advise

Episode 7: Title talk

Episode 8: The Union Jack

Episode 9: Why Thursday?

Episode 10: Quick tip of the week - Are you watching or just looking?

Episode 11: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

Episode 12: Don't forget to take you handy to the public viewing!

Episode 13: Up in the Highlands

Episode 14: Quick tip of the week - "Popular" false friends

Episode 15: Pie in the sky 

Episode 16: Through the tunnel

Episode 17: Keep left!

Episode 18: Quick tip of the week - Rise vs. raise vs. arise

Episode 19: How do you say that?

Episode 20: Back to School!

Episode 21: Sweet cravings

Episode 22: Can you change a fiver?

Episode 23: Grabbing some "me time"

Episode 24: Typical Mistakes (part 1)

Episode 25: Fancy a cuppa?

Episode 26: Quip tip of the week - Fell vs. fall etc.

Episode 27: Things that go bump in the night!

Episode 28: Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpower, treason and plot

Episode 29: What's that badge you're wearing?

Episode 30: Bless you!

Episode 31: What are you thankful for?

Episode 32: Where's the larget Christmas Market outside Germany or Austria?

Episode 33: What's behind the door?

Episode 34: The joy of a Christmas cracker!

Episode 35: Does it all fit on the table?

Episode 36: Seeing in the New Year

Episode 37: How are your resolutions going?

Episode 38: Quick tip of the week - "Popular" false friends - part 2

Episode 39: What will the Year of the Rooster mean for you?

Episode 40: Sweet Valentine

Episode 41: A Reminder

Episode 42: I'll have mine with sugar and lemon juice, please!

Episode 43: The joy of golden daffodils

Episode 44: To correct or not to correct, that is the question

Episode 45: The whole world's going green!

Episode 46: Idiom of the week - Raining cats and dogs

Episode 47: The joke's on you!

Episode 48: Left over from the Middle Ages!

Episode 49: More calendar food-based ponderings

Episode 50: We use German words too

Episode 51: Celebrating St George

Episode 52: The perfect start to the day

Episode 53: The tiny apostrophe is actually something big (part 1)

Episode 54: The tiny apostrophe is actually something big (part 2)

Episode 55: The tiny apostrophe is actually something big (part 3)

Episode 56: Holiday season is coming!

Episode 57; ‘Tis the season (of Bank Holidays) – part 1

Episode 58; ‘Tis the season (of Bank Holidays) – part 2

Episode 59: Summer Solstice

Episode 60: Harry Potter turns 20

Episode 61: Quick Tip of the Week - live, life, live

Episode 62: Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

Episode 63:  I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

Episode 64: Stick a stamp on it!

Episode 65: Idiom of the week - Water under the bridge

Episode 66: I say QWERTY, you say QWERTZ

Episode 67: Doing your homework and making mistakes! (Part 1)