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Flirty look: “To Give someone the Eye” 6th June 2014

Flirty look: “To Give someone the Eye” 6th June 2014

This sexy idiom describes when you flirt with someone using your eyes – showing you are interested. A cheeky look. E.g. “Look at that boy over there, Annie, he’s really handsome! “You should Give him the Eye – then he’ll come over and chat you up!” Idioms are commonly used by speakers of English in […]

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“To Bad Mouth Someone” or “To Slag someone off” 5th June 2014

“To Bad Mouth Someone” or “To Slag someone off” 5th June 2014

“To Bad Mouth Someone” or “To Slag someone off” These idioms are used to express something negative about someone or something. E.g. “Sally is always bad mouthing her boss and company – she should be careful!” “Pete was slagging you off behind your back yesterday in the pub – you should give him a knuckle […]

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“Not my Cup of Tea!” 4th June 2014

“Not my Cup of Tea!” 4th June 2014

“Not my Cup of Tea!” This old classic English idiom is used to state that something is not the speakers preference. “Have you seen the new Tom Cruise film?” “It’s not my cup of tea I prefer classic films like “12 Angry Men.” or Hitchcock films. Idioms are commonly used by speakers of English in […]

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Be careful! or “I’ll give you a Knuckle Sandwich” 3rd June 2014

Be careful! or “I’ll give you a Knuckle Sandwich” 3rd June 2014

“A Knuckle Sandwich” This humourous idiom is used as a joking threat. “Stop annoying me or I’ll give you a Knuckle Sandwich!” “hahahaha ok sorry!” Vocabulary: Knuckle: The parts of the hand which connect the hand to the fingers. Idioms are commonly used by speakers of English in everyday conversation and knowledge of them is essential […]

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Call me! “Give me a Bell” 2nd June 2014

Call me! “Give me a Bell” 2nd June 2014

“Give me a Bell” In this idiom a bell is a telephone. It means in short “Call me!” It is very common in informal dialogue. “See you later!” “Yes, I’ll give you a bell to let you know what time my train arrives!” “Give me a Ding” can also be used as an alternative. Idioms […]

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Phrasal Verbs for everyday English Language Learners

By on May 18, 2014 in English Language Learning with 0 Comments

Phrasal Verb               Meaning                           Example Get off   -  To exit a vehicle Let’s get off the bus Put Away  – To put an object into a place of storage/cupboard/drawer etc.— “I have put the documents away – […]

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ESL Vocabulary for the Book Review on “The Day of the Jackal”

“The Day of The Jackal” by Frederick Forsyth Vocabulary for Upper-Intermediate and Advanced Students of English The first part of the list looks at the Phrasal Verbs encountered in the text which describes the Book, “The Day of the Jackal” Bent on  -  obsessed with getting something, ” he is bent on achieving success in […]

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Clumsy: “Like A Bull in a China Shop” 9th May 2014

Clumsy: “Like A Bull in a China Shop” 9th May 2014

“Like A Bull in a China Shop” This is used to describe a very clumsy person who often drops or breaks things. Eg Marta is like a Bull in a China Shop – she’s always breaking things! Vocabulary: Clumsy: An adjective to describe a person who knocks into things and often breaks things by being […]

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Fantastic! “Make My Day” 8th May 2014

Fantastic! “Make My Day” 8th May 2014

“To Make Somebody’s Day” This is extremely common expression worth noting down. When somebody or something Makes your Day it makes you extremely happy. Eg “Bumping into Pete and Michel really made my day – They’re so funny!!” Idioms are commonly used by speakers of English in everyday conversation and knowledge of them is essential for […]

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“Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth” 7th May 2014

“Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth” 7th May 2014

“Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth” Another common cooking idiom. This suggests that when too many people are trying to do something it is less helpful and can even make a process or situation worse. This is particularly used in a situation where too many people are trying to manage a situation and therefore cause […]

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