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Month Idioms

Added by Tomasz H. 13 October 2015 in category: English, Learning tips, Lexicon

It'll be a long day in January

describing something that will never happen

e.g. It'll be a long day in January when you beat me at basketball.

Mad as a March hare

acting crazy (hares act crazy during their March breeding sesons)

e.g. I like John but he acts as mad as March hare.

April showers bring May flowers

rain in April = flowers growing

e.g. You hate this rainy weather but remember April showers bring May flowers.

May-December romance

when one person in a relationship is a lot older than the other

e.g. People ...

Beach Idioms

Added by Tomasz H. 2 September 2015 in category: English, Lexicon

fat as a beached whale

very fat

e.g. John is as fat as a beached whale.


not be the only pebble on the beach

to not be the only person who is important in a situation or in a group

e.g. It's time to learn that she's not the only pebble on the beach!


beach bunny

young woman who frequents beaches

e.g. Kate is a beach bunny and she offered to put lotion on me.


bring sand to the beach

to do something redundant or pointless, usually in the context of bringing something to a ...

How to Reduce Errors in Writing

Added by Tomasz H. 26 August 2015 in category: English, General tips

Write first and then edit

When you have freedom of thought and flow, you may be more creative in writing. So don't write and correct at the same time! First - write. Then - edit. You'll see better results.


Give yourself time

Be sure that if you write, you have still much time to read it many times and check spelling mistakes or some errors.


Quality over quantity

Write a little less but check if things you have written make sense.


Print your paper out

Not always you'll be able to see all mistakes on the screen. Seeing your ...

New Dictionary Words 2015

Added by Tomasz H. 14 July 2015 in category: English, Lexicon

A few times every year, the Oxford English Dictionary adds new words and definitions to its vast collection of the English language. It's important to keep up to date with the latest patterns by adding new dictionary words.

Today we show the list of the most interesting new words that were added in 2015:




A temporary training program in a workplace, especially one offered to students as part of a course of study. (It's very similar to an internship, but usually given by educational institutions)

e.g. My friend is doing a six week externship with production ...

Ways to Say 'Goodbye'

Added by Tomasz H. 30 June 2015 in category: English, Lexicon


So long!

Not very common. You may find it in news headlines.



A cool, casual way to say goodbye. Follow 'Later!' with something like: 'mate', 'bro', 'dude' or 'man'.


The most common way to say goodbye in English. You can say "'Bye" to anyone you know, from friends to coworkers to clients.


Bye! Bye!

Usually used by children and adults say it when speaking to children.


All right then!

Not very common phrase. Very relaxed and colloquial.


See you later!

Used with almost anyone. You're saying goodbye to someone in person. Talking to someone on the ...

The future of 'must'

Added by Tomasz H. 23 June 2015 in category: English, General tips, Learning tips

Must is a modal verb and it does not have an infinitive form. The obligation to do something can (and frequently does) exist in the present. So we have to use an alternative way of expressing the idea in the future - will have to.


Look how to use 'will have to' to express obligation:

I will have to wait until Monday to go to the doctor.

You will have to learn more to pass the exam.


Now look at some examples of 'will have to' in the negative form:

The kids won't have to go to school ...

8 Important Phrasal Verbs of Movement

Added by Tomasz H. 18 June 2015 in category: English, Lexicon

Step on

To eliminate a problem, have victory.

Hurry up (used as 'step on it').


Go under

If a company or business goes under, it fails financially.

To lose consciousness.


Run into / Bump into

To meet someone you know when you are not expecting to.


Get off

To remove something.

Something that you say in order to tell someone to stop touching someone or something.


Take out

Refers to prepared meals purchased at a restaurant, that the purchaser intends to eat elsewhere.

Go out socially with someone, especially a date.


Drift apart

If two people drift apart, they gradually become ...

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