Aug 24

He or She vs They – ‘Singular They’ (free video lesson)

He or She vs They – ‘Singular They’

 

Aug 21

English Idioms: Gold Idioms

On the last day of the 2016 Olympic Games, here are some English idioms using the colour gold:

 

Gold Idioms JPEG

Aug 21

English Idioms: Silver Idioms

To mark the end of the Olympic Games, please see below for some English idioms using the colour silver:

 

Silver Idioms JPEG:

Aug 14

11 Idioms only Brits Understand (free video lesson)

11 Idioms only Brits Understand (click to read)

 

Aug 10

American vs British Pronunciation: 7 words to look out for (free video)

Via Oxford Dictionaries Blog:

Niche: /nɪtʃ/ (U.S.)

/niːʃ/ (British)

 

Vase: /vās/ (U.S.)

/vɑːz/ (British)

 

Privacy: /ˈprʌɪvəsi/ (U.S.)

/ˈprɪvəsi/ (British)

 

Buoy: /ˈbo͞oē/ (U.S.)

/bɔɪ/ (British)

 

Zebra: /ˈzēbrə/ (U.S.)

/ˈzɛbrə/ (British)

 

Route: /rout/ (U.S.)

/ruːt/ (British)

 

Clique: /klik/ (U.S.)

/klēk/ (British)

 

Aug 06

Look up to someone / Look down on someone (Phrasal verbs)

Look up to someone

To respect and admire (someone)

“I’ve always looked up to my younger brother.”

“The students really look up to their teacher.”

 

Look down on someone

To think of or treat (someone or something) as unimportant or not worthy of respect

“The other children looked down on her because her parents were poor.”

“He looked down on all of his friends because he considered them less successful than he was.”

 

Jul 26

Top 5 English Idioms – part 2 (with Lucy from English with Lucy)

This is the second part of the video. For the first part, please see below or click here.

 

Jul 26

Top 5 English Idioms – part 1 (with Lucy from English with Lucy)

Please watch for the first of two special lessons with Lucy from English with Lucy where we discuss our favourite British idioms:

 

Jul 16

26 Weird Words (free video lesson)

Chris reads this article for you:

AGASTOPIA

 

noun – admiration of a particular part of someone’s body

 

BIBBLE

 

verb – to drink often; to eat and/or drink noisily

 

CABOTAGE

 

noun – coastal navigation; the exclusive right of a country to control the air traffic within its borders

 

DOODLE SACK

 

noun – old English word for bagpipe

 

ERINACEOUS

 

adjective – of, pertaining to, or resembling a hedgehog

 

Although she won’t know what it means, never, ever tell your date Erin that she is “looking quite erinaceous this evening.”

 

FIRMAN

 

noun – in Turkey and some other countries, a decree or mandate issued by the sovereign

 

GABELLE

 

noun – a tax on salt

 

HALFPACE

 

noun – a platform of a staircase where the stair turns back in exactly the reverse direction of the lower flight

 

IMPIGNORATE

 

verb – to pawn or mortgage something

 

JENTACULAR

 

adjective – pertaining to breakfast

 

KAKORRHAPHIOPHOBIA

 

noun – fear of failure

 

This is the last word that someone with kakorrhaphiophobia would want to encounter in a spelling bee.

 

Or when reading an article for an English lesson.

 

LAMPROPHONY

 

noun – loudness and clarity of enunciation

 

MACROSMATIC

 

adjective – having a good sense of smell

 

NUDIUSTERTIAN

 

noun – the day before yesterday

 

OXTER

 

noun – outdated word meaning “armpit”

 

PAUCILOQUENT

 

adjective – uttering few words; brief in speech

 

If you had to figure out how to use this word in context, you probably wouldn’t say much either.

 

QUIRE

 

noun – two dozen sheets of paper

 

RATOON

 

noun – small shoot growing from the root of a plant

 

SALOPETTES

 

noun – high-waisted skiing pants with shoulder straps

 

TITTYNOPE

 

noun – a small quantity of something left over

 

Undoubtedly the biggest eyebrow-raiser on this list!

 

ULOTRICHOUS

 

adjective – having wooly or crispy hair

 

VALETUDINARIAN

 

noun – a sickly or weak person, especially one who is constantly and morbidly concerned with his or her health

 

WINKLEPICKER

 

noun – style of shoe or boot in the 1950s with a sharp and long pointed toe

 

XERTZ

 

verb – to gulp down quickly and greedily

 

YARBOROUGH

 

noun – hand of cards containing no card above a nine

 

ZOANTHROPY

 

noun – delusion of a person who believes himself changed into an animal

Jul 12

Theresa May, UK Prime Minister (video)

David Cameron steps down (resigns) on Wednesday

Theresa May is remain-supporting Conservative

Was Home Secretary, dealing with immigration amongst other matters

First female Prime Minister since Margaret Thatcher, second overall

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn under pressure

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