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Weather Words You Should Know

Added by Tomasz H. 24 February 2015 in category: English, Lexicon

avalanche

when a large amount of snow falls down the side of a mountain

e.g. The skiers were warned about a possible avalanche.

 

blizzard

a storm with strong winds and snow

e.g. They couldn't drive the car because of the blizzard.

 



breeze

light wind

e.g. I love the breeze near the ocean.

 

chilly

unpleasantly cold

e.g. It's a litte bit chilly outside so take a coat.

 

drizzling

rain in very small, light drops

e.g. On Monday will be cloudy with outbreaks of rain and drizzle.

 

drought

a long period when there is no ...

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Breath vs. Breathe - Differences

Added by Tomasz H. 19 February 2015 in category: English, Lexicon

Breath

The word breath is a noun referring to the air going in and out of your mouth and nose.

 

When:

- you inhale a lot of air - you take a deep breath

- the air coming out of your mouth smells bad - you have bad breath

- you keep air in your lungs when you go underwaterhold your breath - you hold your breath

- you have difficulty breathing - you can gasp for breath

 

Breathe

The word breathe is a verb, referring to the action of taking air in and out.

 

When:

- you're using a lot of air - you can breathe hard or ...

English Idioms With the Word 'Water'

Added by Tomasz H. 17 February 2015 in category: English, Lexicon

not hold water

Not correct or true

Jack's story won't hold water. It sounds too unlikely.


test the waters

To try something new

We are testing the waters to see if online ads increase sales.


water under the bridge

Something that has happened and cannot be changed

I should probably have asked for more money when I was offered the job, but that's water under the bridge now.


a watering hole

A bar or tavern

John is down at the local watering hole.


a fish without water

Feel uncomfortable, like you don't belong in a ...

Sickness Vocabulary

Added by Tomasz H. 10 February 2015 in category: English, Lexicon

Catch a cold & Pick up a cold

Get a cold

I caught a cold from my mother.

I don't feel very well this week, I think I have picked up a cold.


At death's door

Dying or very ill

He literally was at death's door when a liver became available for transplant.

 

Like death warmed up

When you look sick or very tired

Why have you come to work today, you look like death warmed up.

 

Get over

We recover and regain our health.

I can't seem to get over this cold. I've had it ...

7 Commonly Misused Words

Added by Tomasz H. 5 February 2015 in category: English, Learning tips, Lexicon

Accept & Except

accept = to agree to take something

We accept credit cards.

except = not including

We accept credit cards, except American Express.


Compliment & Complement

compliment = a remark that expresses approval, admiration, or respect

I take it as a compliment when people say I look like my mother.

complement = to make something else seem better or more attractive when combining with it

Strawberries and cream complement each other perfectly.

 

Fewer & Less

fewer = nouns that can be counted

We got fewer complaints this week.

less = nouns that cannot be counted

We must try to spent less money.

 

Flammable & Inflammable

flammable = something that ...

British Slang Words You Should Know

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

Mate

An informal way of saying friend.

e.g. She's my best mate.

 

Taking the mickey

Making fun of something.

e.g. Are you taking the mickey out of my new shoes?

 

A brew

A cup of tea.

e.g. I will make you a brew.

 

Cheers

Thanks, but you can also use it when you make a toast.

e.g. I've bought you a drink. Cheers, mate.

 

Gobsmacked

To be really shocked.

e.g. He was gobsmacked when he heard of the redundancies.

 

Barmy

Crazy or mad.

e.g. Not another one of his barmy ideas!

 

Gutted ...

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