One thing that can really help you to speak English fluently and naturally is: to learn English Collocations. These are common combinations of words.
For example in English, we say:
Do your exercise, and not: make your exercise
do your homework and not: make your homework.
Common English Expressions
The woman had no time to do the housework.
He went to the bank and made a payment.
The man was too lazy to do the laundry. All his clothes were dirty.
Please do the dishes afterwards.
The boy went to school and did the shopping afterwards.
Usually foreign students find it difficult to combine words the best way This is the reason why their English sounds "strange" or "unnatural."
If you know common English expressions (collocations) you don't have to think about combining each individual word, but you can use the natural "chunks" that you've learned.
Basic Difference between DO and MAKE
To make a payment, the result is, you created a payment. To make a cake. Result: a cake was created.
ACTIONDO the homework
DO the shopping
DO a good job
DO your best
PRODUCEMAKE a cake
MAKE a payment
MAKE a profit
MAKE a promise
MAKE a sandwich
MAKE a cup of tea
Learn words that go together naturally in English, because in many cases there aren't specific rules for how to combine words. So you have to just memorize them.
Common English Expressions with DO
The husband went home and did some shopping afterwards.
He was single and had to do the housework himself.
You better do the laundry now!
The guest did the dishes after diner.
He has to do a lot of work this week.
You can play when you've done your homework.
Don't do business with him, he is unreliable.
Do your job and stop talking.
(the word job does not always refer to work, but can also mean different activities, for example: painting your bathroom, etc.)
This storm did a lot of damage to the house.
I did a report about Germany last week.
(writing a report = action)
My son did a course at the college.
(to take a course = action)
I dislike doing exercises.
Hurry up! Do your hair quickly.
She did her nails ten minutes ago.
Are you doing anything?
Doing something is better than doing nothing.
My mother loves doing crosswords.
She did pretty well in the exam.
We all did badly at work.
This man has done well at the casino last week.
I called the police because I wanted to do the right thing.
Do your best and you will get this job.
Common English Expressions with MAKE
The mother told the boy to make his bed after lunch.
My mother is making dinner.
I don't like to make a sandwich now.
She made a salad for all of us.
She made a cup of tea.
The secretary made a reservation for him.
He makes a lot of money in his bank job.
The new company made no profit at all this year.
To make a fortune you have to invest a lot of money.
He made a million in the casino last night playing blackjack.
You can't make any friends here.
This couple made love in the hotel.
The other workers made fun of her because she was fat.
Wait! She needs to make a phone call.
The driver made a joke but no one laughed.
The manager made a good point during the meeting.
My brother made a bet with his friend to see who could catch more fish.
The secretary made a complaint with her restaurant manager about the terrible food.
The boy made a confession to his teacher.
The nurse made a speech about health in the hospital.
Can I make a suggestion? I think you should do a course about German.
It's nonsense to make any predictions about your future.
When the boss asked him if he'd repaired the car, he started making excuses.
His uncle made a promise to help him to repair the car.
Don't make a fuss! He's late, so what?
The core skill of a scientist is to make an observation and draw conclusions.
The neighbour made a critical comment about my look.
I asked a question about getting married.
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I made plans to travel to Thailand next summer.
She has made her decision about getting married.
This woman made a serious mistake at work.
He is not making any progress in life.
I'm making an effort to quit smoking.
Should I buy this car or not? I can't make up my mind.
The researchers have made an important discovery at a research lab.
She makes a list of everything she needs for her trip to Vietnam.
Make sure that you get this job done before tomorrow.
I stopped smoking. This makes a big difference. I feel much better.
I'll make an exception and let you stay up as late as you want.
When you do these exercises then hover with your mouse over the marked area to see the solution.---------------------------------------------
Susan ...... (do, make) her best at the interview last week but she still didn't get the job.
They ...... (do, make) a lot of noise at the party last night.
The student ...... (do, make) a payment every month to pay off his car as soon as possible.
You ...... (do, make) a mistake yesterday in your calculations.
Hurry up! ...... (do, make) your move. It's your turn.
He ...... (do, make) no profit in the casino last week.
If you ...... (do, make) a loss then you get fired.
Are you ...... (do, make) business with him?
You are not allowed to ...... (do, make) business in this country.
He ...... (do, make) a promise to his boss that he'd never drink again.
She ...... (do, make) a reservation for five people.
Don't ...... (do, make) any damage to the plants.
I ...... (do, make) badly on the exam.
He ...... (do, make) well and made a lot of money.
Tom ...... (do, make) a mess of the kitchen.
How are you ...... (do, make)?
...... (do, make) your call now!
...... (do, make) a course to study German.
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