Category Archive: Vocabulary

Sep 02

English Idioms and Collocations with ‘hit’

English idioms and collocations with ‘hit’:

hit a nerve

hit on someone

hit rock bottom

hit someone for six

hit the books

hit the ceiling

hit the ground running

hit the hay

hit the headlines

hit the nail on the head

smash hit (song)

Hit Collocations JPEG

Aug 20

Learn British English Free (geography video): counties and pronunciation

Chris presents this free pronunciation lesson about the names of counties (regions) in England. Please use captions / subtitles.

Aug 11

British Humour and Drinking Alcohol Vocabulary

British Humour and Alcohol Vocab. (please watch video below)
Fairly merry = slightly drunk
Inebriated = drunk
Absolutely plastered = very drunk
Completely newscasted = very, very, very drunk!

Also ‘footless’ = very drunk (NEW June 2017)

 

 

Aug 10

Learn British English Free (video): favourite idioms by Studio Cambridge

Favourite idioms by Studio Cambridge. Video produced by Mark Godunov.
Studio Cambridge website.

Understanding English Idioms
By Studio Cambridge on 19th July 2017
Idioms, we English speakers love them! They have the ability to perfectly sum up our thoughts or feelings on any giving topic. They can be described as a group of words which have a meaning which isn’t obvious from looking at the individual words. They also often rely on analogies and metaphors which may not be obvious if English is not your first language. So we thought we would highlight a few as you may encounter a few when you hit English speaking soil.

Sit tight – stay where you are and wait until you something happens.
Example: The receptionist asked Laila to sit tight and wait for her manager as she was talking to someone.
Costs an arm and a leg – If it costs an arm and a leg, it’s very expensive. Like, really expensive.
Example: Jim loves that house but it would cost him an arm and a leg to buy.
Face the music- It simply means to “face reality” or to deal with a real situation.
Example: Jamie will have to face the music for skipping class. (He will be punished.)
Break a leg – Break a leg actually means good luck! So next time you hear your teacher say ‘break a leg on the exam’ they don’t actually want you to get hurt. On the contrary, they want you to do well!
Example: My dad told me to break a leg at my football match.
Hit the books –Hit the books means to study.
Example: The teacher told us to hit the books as the final is going to be a hard one.
When pigs fly – No, we don’t think that pigs can actually fly. This idiom refers to an event or action that will never happen!
Example: You’ll pass an exam without studying when pigs fly.
Sit on the fence – When you cannot or don’t want to make a decision.
Example: We’re not sure why he is sitting on the fence on this issue; it’s frustrating for everyone involved.

Jul 16

Learn British English Free (video lesson): more useful objects at home

Chris presents another free lesson about vocabulary for useful objects at home:
Coat hanger
Clothes peg or peg
Toilet roll and toilet paper
Ruler
Calculator
Highlighter pen
Stationery
Kettle
Alarm clock
(Computer) mouse
Mobile (phone) [British English; not cell phone]
Smart phone

Jul 01

British English Listening Practice: Brexit

Listen to this short news report on BBC Radio 5 Live about Brexit (Britain leaving the European Union).

  1. What is the name of the UK Prime Minister?
  2. What is the name of the Brexit Secretary?
  3. What is the name of the Brexit Secretary’s ex-Chief of Staff?
  4. What particular element of the EU do they disagree on?

When you have finished, please check your answers here.

Jun 01

British Politics (video lesson): UK General Election 2017

Please watch the video and use the vocabulary notes underneath it:

Vocabulary

Party (noun): (e.g. Conservatives; Labour; Liberal Democrats)

Constituency (noun): an official area of land which chooses one MP.

Constituent (noun): person who lives in constituency.

Policy (noun): a party’s idea or plan about a subject.

Manifesto (noun): a document that includes the various policies of a political party.

Conservative party (Tory party / the Tories); leader Theresa May, Prime Minister.

Labour party; leader Jeremy Corbyn; opposition.

Liberal Democrats; leader Tim Farron.

Scottish National Party (SNP); leader Nicola Sturgeon; Scotland only.

 

Each party has a colour associated with them:

Conservatives: blue.

Labour: red.

Liberal Democrats: gold.

 

The UK general election: Thursday 8 June 2017.

 

Labour manifesto:

http://www.labour.org.uk/page/-/Images/manifesto-2017/Labour%20Manifesto%202017.pdf

Liberal Democrats manifesto:

http://www.libdems.org.uk/manifesto

Conservative manifesto:

https://www.conservatives.com/manifesto

May 20

The Magical “F-word” English Video Lesson in a British Accent (rude / offensive)

The Magical “F-Word”

This special lesson explores the many uses of the magical “f-word” in English, which is of course very rude and offensive. If you want to learn about this, please watch the video and access the document by clicking here. The text is also below the video.

Video of Osho: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2lNFikMFdY

American video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-30725cJe5Q

 

 

The Magical “F-Word”

One of the most interesting words in the English language today

is the word “fuck”.

Out of all the English words that begin with the letter “f”,

“fuck” is the only word that is referred to as the “f-word”.

 

It is a magical word.

 

Just by its sound it can describe pain, pleasure

hate and love.

 

In English, “fuck” falls into many grammatical categories.

 

It can be used as a verb,

 

both transitive:

“Mary fucked John.”

 

and intransitive:

“Mary fucks.”

 

 

However, it’s meaning isn’t always sexual.

It can be used as a noun:

“I really don’t give a fuck.”

 

It can be used as part of an adjective:

“John is a fucking spanner.”

 

It can be used as an adverb:

“Mary talks too fucking much.”

 

As an adverb enhancing an adjective:

“Mary is fucking beautiful.”

 

As part of another word:

“Abso-fucking-lutely.”

 

And as almost every word in a sentence:

Fuck the fucking fuckers.”

 

As you can see, there aren’t many words with the versatility of “fuck”.

 

For example, there are also the following uses;

 

Ignorance:

Fucked if I know.”

 

Dismay:

Fuck it.”

 

Trouble:

“I guess I’m fucked now.”

 

Fraud:

“I got fucked at the second-hand car dealership.”

 

Curiosity:

“Who the fuck are you?”

 

Bafflement:

“What the fuck?”

 

Aggression:

 

Fuck you.”

 

Displeasure:

“What the fuck is going on here?”

 

Difficulty:

“I can’t understand this fucking exam.”

 

Incompetence:

“He’s fucking useless.”

 

Instruction:

“Get fucked.”

 

Dismissal:

“You can fuck right off.”

 

Suspicion:

“What the fuck are you doing?”

 

Enjoyment:

“I had a fucking good time.”

 

Request:

“Get the fuck out of here!”

 

Hostility:

“I’m going to knock your fucking head off.”

 

Greeting:

“How the fuck are you?”

 

Apathy:

“Who gives a fuck?”

 

Clarification:

“What the fuck are you on about?”

 

Innovation:

“Get a bigger fucking hammer.”

 

And, finally, surprise:

Fuck! You scared the shit out of me.”

Mar 30

Learn British English Free: Brexit Timeline (video)

Please watch this explanation by Chris and see this visual for the information:

Mar 20

Learn British English: Brexit Timeline

The UK voted to leave the European Union (EU) or to Brexit (British exit) in the referendum on 23 June 2016. However, we haven’t left the EU yet.
 
First, Prime Minister Theresa May has to do something called trigger Article 50 which means she writes to the EU to tell them the UK is leaving. Then there is a two-year negotiating period before the UK actually leaves.
 
Theresa May will trigger Article 50 on March 29, 2017. This means that the UK will leave the EU two years later in March, 2019. This is when Brexit will take place.
Brexit Timeline JPEG

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