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Appearance Idioms

Added by Tomasz H. 27 November 2014 in category: English, Learning tips, Lexicon

look a sight

to look awful or very untidy


cut a dash

to cause people to admire you because of your appearance


look like a million dollars

to look extremely good


all skin and bone

to be very thin or too thin

deck out

to dress someone in special clothes


down at heel

wearing old clothes or in a bad condition, because of not having much money


not a hair out of place

to have a perfect appearance


dressed to kill

intentionally wearing clothes that attract sexual attention

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10 Untranslatable Words from Around the World

Added by Tomasz H. 25 November 2014 in category: Learning tips, Lexicon

Mångata (Swedish)

The word for the glimmering, roadlike reflection that the moon creates on water.


Pana Poʻo (Hawaiian)

When you forget where you've put your keys and you scratch your head because it somehow seems to help your remember.


Sobremesa (Spanish)

The period of time after a meal when you have a conversations with the people you have shared the meal with.


Pochemuchka (Russian)

Someone who asks a lot of questions or event too many questions.


Dépaysement (French)

The feeling that comes from not being in one's home country - of being a foreigner or an immigrant.


Jayus (Indonesian ...

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Buying and Selling Vocabulary

Added by Tomasz H. 18 November 2014 in category: English, Lexicon

price reduction

To make the price cheaper, to reduce the price of a product.



In a shop you are given a receipt. It's a written proof that you have paid for something.



It means that the money will be given back by the seller if the buyer is unhappy with the product.


cash on delivery (American English: collect on delivery)

It means that you pay for something when it is delivered to you.



When the seller allows the buyer to return his item and take a different one, usually because there was a problem with the ...

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Adjectives to describe the taste of food

Added by Tomasz H. 13 November 2014 in category: English, General tips, Lexicon


Like glue.

e.g. sauce



Having a strong, sour, usually unpleasant taste.

e.g. dark chocolate



Having a sharp, sometimes unpleasant, taste or smell and not sweet.

e.g. lemon



With a tase like sugar.

e.g. sugar



Containing a lot of oil or covered with oil.

e.g. olive oil



Crunchy food is hard and makes a noise when you eat it.

e.g. wafer



Old and not fresh.

e.g. bread



Tasting of or containing salt.

e.g. soy sauce



Having a high temperature.

e.g. boiling water

Differences between British & American English

Added by Tomasz H. 6 November 2014 in category: English, Lexicon

ll & l

In British English the 'l' is doubled for verbs ending in a vowel + l. In American English, the l is not doubled.

BrE: travel -> travelled

AmE: travel -> traveled

-our & -or

Words which end in -our in British English often end in -or in American English.

BrE: odour

AmE: odor

-yse & -yze

Verbs with -yse in British English are spelled -yze in American English.

BrE: analyse

AmE: analyze

-ence & -ense

In British English we have -ence and in American English it's -ense.

BrE: defence

AmE: defense

-re & -er

Words that end in -re in British English usually end ...

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Idioms with 'All'

Added by Tomasz H. 3 November 2014 in category: English, Lexicon

All or nothing

Completely or not at all.

If he can't be the best he won't even compete. It's all or nothing with him.

All over the shop

When something is badly organised or scattered in many different places.

What have you been doing with your clothes? They're all over the shop!

All eyes on me

Everyone is paying attention.

All eyes are on the Germany team after winning the World Cup.

All in your head

When you imagine something that is not real.

Nobody was telling it, it's all in your head.

All ears ...

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