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11:30:13 - Tongue Twister

Hi folks ~ it has been another jam-packed day, so I apologise for another ‘quickie’ but this site has some “great tongue-twisters” to play around with --> THERE ARE OVER 500 TO CHOOSE FROM ~ I am sure that you don’t know them all ~ use them and have some fun doing it ...

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~ “PRINCE WILLIAM ROCKS ~ !!”



This is such a great and very unique situation of Royalty from any country to GET UP ON STAGE AND SING ~ read the article in the Daily Telegraph and watch the video ~ Prince William rocks ~

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/prince-william/10477336/Prince-William-sings-with-Jon-Bon-Jovi-and-Taylor-Swift.html

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~ “GREAT IN GINZA”

11-28-13 Ginza

Good evening folks ~

So what did you get up to today? I hope you had a fabulous day with lots of positive results or were able to make positive things from the outcome!?!

From the photograph, can you guess where I was today?

Yes, Ginza ~ I had an important meeting that (after a couple of calls to India) became very ‘positive’.

Today’s quick point is hoping that you do/will have positive things happen everyday, and that you will use English as much as you can and in different situations everyday ~ doing something everyday will definitely help improve your fluency.

Keep up the good work ...


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~ “Nothing changes, if nothing changes”

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HAIR STYLE -> Simple changes to everyday things makes a whole world of difference -> read on ...

It is very interesting (no, not me and my hair - ha ha), I mean about the phrase “Nothing changes, if nothing changes”, as one of my students this afternoon ACTUALLY USED IT! She is wanting to improve her speaking ability even more, so was asking about different suggestions on how she could do that -> read on ...

We talked about ‘going back to basics’ (see Blog edition 1~7 of "BACK TO ‘BASICS’ THAT REALLY HELP")

Doing these everyday WILL make that necessary ‘change’ that will take you to the next-stage in your English ability.

“Nothing changes, if nothing changes”

Make the change, and be the change ~

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~ “One of those days” -> part II

11:26:13  Days

Hello, hello, hello ~

As you read yesterday, I had a packed day (busy day) with so many things (good things) happening.

For once, I was hoping to be able to take things a little easier but ...

After a very short-lived night (not much sleep), I ended up in the dentist this morning -> needing a root canal due to the top of my tooth coming off ~ ouch!

Have you ever had “one of those days” ~ usually used in a not-so-positive way when things don’t go as smoothly as you want ~ though good results in the end (I have no more tooth pain - YEAH) but things tend not to go the ‘way you want them to’ during that day.

Let me know if you have ever had the same thing ...

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~ The end of a long day ~

11-25-13 Busy bee

I hope you had a nice Monday and you are resting now, in preparation for the rest of the week.
As for me? Today has been “one of those days” -> meaning really busy, therefore having very little time to do anything.

Tomorrow I will be back with words-galore to enlighten and enhance your vocabulary ...

Best regards,
Robin

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~ POWERFUL WORDS ~ Part 7

11-25-13 Power

As it is Sunday, I’m making today’s list a little short, so you can hopefully have a restful day. The words are written in a way to help with the correct pronunciation ~ remember them and do use them . . .



1. Experts -> ‘Expert’ is defined as someone who has advanced knowledge or skill in a particular area.

When it comes to the subject of history, a history teacher is an example of an expert.

The definition of expert is someone who is very skilful or has advanced training and knowledge in a particular area or field.

An example of someone who would be described as an expert is an Olympic athlete, who could be described as an expert in his or her sport.

2. Audacious -> The definition of ‘audacious’ is bold, daring or fearless.

Wearing a very low cut dress to a conservative event is an example of audacious.
A shy housewife travelling to a war torn country alone is an example of an audacious act.

3. Modern -> ‘Modern’ is having to do with the current time.

An example of modern used as an adjective is a modern oven that has current features and technology.

Modern is also defined as a style of art, design, or fashion that is very different from past styles.

An example of modern used as an adjective is the modern home design of a concrete home.

4. Popular -> The definition of ‘popular’ is widely liked or well known.

An example of something popular is cookie dough ice cream.

5. Beginner’s luck -> ‘Beginner’s luck’ is good fortune in a first attempt or effort, as in I often use a brand-new recipe for a dinner party; I trust beginner's luck.

6. Guide -> The definition of a 'guide' is someone or something that instructs others or shows others the way.

An example of a guide is someone who leads you on a hike.
An example of a guide is a book that teaches you how to use a new computer software program.

To guide is defined as to show or direct someone in how to do something.

An example of guide is when you lead people on a hike and show them where to go.

7. Spectacular -> The definition of 'spectacular' is something noticeable or dramatic, especially when something is notable because it is so beautiful.

An example of something that would be described as spectacular is a large, gorgeous and eye-catching diamond ring.

8. Splendid -> The definition of 'splendid' is gorgeous or wonderful.

An example of splendid is a magnificent wedding celebration.

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All the words I have shown you this week, USE THEM ~ don’t just read them and forget them, use them in your conversations and in your writing of stories or letters to people ~ everyone will be really amazed out how your level has GONE UP SO MUCH...!!

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~ POWERFUL WORDS ~ Part 6

11-24-13 Power

They are written in a way to help with the correct pronunciation ~ remember them and do use them . . .


1. Mega --> ‘Mega’ is something great in size, quantity, etc., often in relation to others of its kind:

large, great, powerful: megacephalic, megaphone
one million; the factor 10: megahertz, megaton

2. Excel­lent --> The definition of ‘excellent’ is someone or something as exceptional or of high quality.

An example of excellent is the taste of fine chocolate to a chocolate lover.

3. Unbe­liev­able --> ‘Unbelievable’ is something beyond belief; astounding; incredible.

4. Effec­tive --> The definition of ‘effective’ is something that is able to achieve a desired outcome or end result.

An example of effective is a good solid argument that lets you convince others of your point.

5. Cur­rent --> The definition of ‘current’ is something that is happening now or something that is up to date.

An example of current is today's newspaper.

The noun ‘current’ is defined as the movement of water in a specific direction.

An example of current is when a river moves towards a waterfall.

6. Awe­some --> ‘Awesome’ is something that is wonderful, impressive and sometimes frightening.

The sight of a huge, destructive tornado is an example of something that is awesome.
A play that you really like is awesome.

7. Recent --> The definition of ‘recent’ is something that happened just a short time ago.

An event that happened an hour ago is an example of an event that would be described as ‘recent’.

8. Reasons --> To ‘reason’ is to think things through, to use logic, or to try to solve a problem with logic.

An example of reason is when you think though a problem logically.

‘Reason’ is also the cause for something to happen or the power of your brain to think, understand and engage in logical thought.

An example of reason is when you are late because your car ran out of gas.
An example of reason is the ability to think logically.

9. Shocking --> ‘Shocking” is having an effect similar to that of a heavy blow or shock; staggering: the shocking news of his death.

10. Inspiring --> ‘Inspiring’ is an adjective that means tending to arouse or exalt: an inspiring eulogy.


Using these words will make your conversations and writing-style change from ‘okay’ to ‘awesome’...!



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~ POWERFUL WORDS ~ Part 5

11-22-13 Power

They are written in a way to help with the correct pronunciation ~ remember them and do use them . . .


1. Stel­lar -> The definition of ‘stellar’ is relating to the stars or excellent.

An example of stellar used as an adjective is stellar light which means light from the stars.
An example of stellar used as an adjective is a stellar athlete which means an outstanding athlete.

2. Amaz­ing -> ‘Amazing’ is something full of wonder or excitement.

An example of something amazing is receiving 100s on every test during a semester.

3. Per­fec­tion -> ‘Perfection’ is the act or process of perfecting the quality or condition of being perfect; extreme degree of excellence according to a given standard

An example is a person or thing that is the perfect embodiment of some quality

4. Pow­er­ful -> Something ‘powerful’ means having a lot of strength, authority or force.

An example of something powerful is a violent storm that knocks down many trees and electrical lines.

5. Clever -> The definition of ‘clever’ is being smart or having the skills to do something well.

An example of clever is a builder who can construct a deck around any tree.
An example of clever is a magazine that speaks intelligently about politics and pop culture.

6. Phe­nom­e­nal -> ‘Phenomenal’ means extraordinary, highly unusual or relating to the unexplained or supernatural.

An example of phenomenal is a student who scores above a 95% on every test.
An example of phenomenal is the ability to communicate with the dead.

7. Incred­i­ble -> The definition of ‘incredible’ is something so unbelievable or so unusual that it is hard to believe.

An example of incredible is someone telling a story about an Emperor Scorpion sighting.

8. Boost -> To ‘boost’ something is to raise, push higher, increase or promote it.

An example of to boost is a man lifting a woman onto his shoulders.

9. Guar­an­tee -> A ‘guarantee’ is a promise that something will happen.

An example of guarantee is a document stating that a new barbecue grill will be repaired free of charge for the first two years after purchase.

10. Fan­tas­tic -> The definition of ‘fantastic’ is something imaginary, strange or incredible.

An example of fantastic is a three year old telling a story about a pink elephant breaking a window.
An example of fantastic is a dream trip to Europe.


Use these words in your writing and conversation, and it is 'guaranteed' that you will have 'fantastic' results...!


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~ POWERFUL WORDS ~ Part 4

11-21-13 Power

They are written in a way to help with the correct pronunciation ~ remember them and do use them . . .


1. Spicy --> Something containing or abounding in 'spices' - having the flavour or aroma of spice; fragrant, aromatic, or pungent
piquant or zestful; lively, interesting, etc.
risqué or racy

2. Wicked --> The definition of ‘wicked’ is someone or something who is cruel or acts in an evil way.
An example of wicked is the way you would describe a witch.

3. Eye-jerking --> ‘Eye-jerking’ is defined as something that pulls, pushes or throws you in a sharp sudden motion.
An example of jerk is someone quickly breaking away from another who has a hold on them.

4. Intel­li­gent --> The definition of ‘intelligent’ is someone or something that is bright, informed or shows sound judgement.

An example of intelligent is Albert Einstein.
An example of intelligent is a rationale decision.

5. Fresh --> The definition of ‘fresh’ is something recently harvested, recently produced or newly made.
An example of fresh is just squeezed orange juice.

6. Con­quer --> To ‘conquer’ is to defeat or take control over by physical, mental or moral force.
An example of conquer is when one army defeats another.

7. Sig­nif­i­cant --> ‘Significant’ is something having meaning, influence or importance.
An example of significant is the first person to undergo a heart transplant.

8. Stun­ning --> The definition of ‘stunning’ is great beauty or something that causes shock or loss of consciousness.

An example of stunning is a description of a very beautiful girl.
An example of stunning is the shock received when you put a fork in the slot of a toaster that is turned on.

Stunning means causing awe or confusion.
An example of stunning is when a performance is so good you are speechless.

9. Secrets --> A ‘secret’ is something kept from public knowledge or the knowledge of a specific person.

An example of a secret is a hidden door leading to an unknown room.
An example of a secret is a surprise birthday party.

10. Unreal --> The definition of ‘unreal’ is something that is so odd, amazing or unusual it cannot be true or does not seem true.

If you said you saw Bigfoot, this is an example of a statement that would be considered unreal.


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~ POWERFUL WORDS ~ Part 3

11-20-13 Power

The words are written in a way to help with the correct pronunciation ~ remember them and do use them . . .


1. Rock­star -> Thinking like or acting like a ‘rockstar’ means you are very special and unique.


2. Major -> A ‘major’ is a military officer of a high rank or the subject in which a person focuses his academic study and gets his degree.

An example of a major is an army officer who ranks above captain.
An example of a major is English or math.

The definition of major is something that is greater, very consequential, serious or important.

An example of major is a huge decision about your future.
An example of major is an event such as heart surgery.

3. Excit­ing -> ‘Exciting’ is someone or something that produces intense, thrilling feelings or emotions.
An example of exciting used as an adjective is an exciting movie, a suspenseful movie.


4. Immense -> The definition of immense is something that is extremely large.
An example of immense is the cooking talent of chef Wolfgang Puck.


5. Per­fect -> ‘Perfect’ is someone or something that is excellent, correct and flawless.

An example of perfect is a soft avocado without bruises.
An example of perfect is a female singer who sings contralto, mezzo soprano and soprano.
An example of perfect is right size allen wrench for the job.

‘Perfect’ is also defined as to complete something or sharpen one's skills.
An example of perfect is a gymnast achieving a landing without a slip up.


6. Strange-> The definition of strange is an unfamiliar or unusual person, place or thing.

An example of strange is a city someone is visiting for the first time.
An example of strange is food that a person hasn't eaten before.


7. Bril­liant -> The definition of brilliant is someone or something that is very bright, either in terms of intelligence or because it is shiny or intensely coloured.

An example of bright is an A student who is at the top of his glass.
An example of bright is a sparkly diamond.
An example of bright is an intense colour like peacock blue.


8. Lat­est -> Something that is the ‘latest’ is the newest or most up to date.
An example of latest used as an adjective is the most current news; the latest news.

Latest is defined as the newest.
An example of latest is in describing the newest version of something: "This is the latest."


9. Absolutely -> The definition of brilliant is someone or something that is very bright, either in terms of intelligence or because it is shiny or intensely coloured.

An example of bright is an A student who is at the top of his glass.
An example of bright is a sparkly diamond.
An example of bright is an intense colour like peacock blue.


10. Explo­sive -> Is something causing, or having the nature of, an explosion;

tending to explode; esp., tending to burst forth noisily
likely to explode, as in violence: an explosive situation

An explosive is a substance that can explode, as gunpowder


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~ POWERFUL WORDS ~ Part 2

11-19-13 Power

1. Mind-blowing --> The definition of mind blowing is something that is so shocking, surprising, unexpected or wonderful that your brain cannot comprehend it.
An example of a mind blowing experience is ‘sky diving’ or ‘seeing your new baby for the first time’.

2. Dynamite --> Dynamite is defined as a chemical explosive in stick form.
An example of dynamite is what is used to blow up and demolish buildings.

The definition of dynamite is a slang term for something 'outstanding' or 'very dangerous'.

3. Sexy --> The definition of sexy is someone or something that is considered pleasing in a sexual context.

An example of sexy is a very attractive girl, such as a super model.
An example of sexy is lingerie.
An example of sexy is a cool new car.
An example of sexy is the feeling you get when you look at your spouse on your honeymoon in the bedroom for the first time.

4. Fabulous --> The definition of fabulous is someone or something that is imaginary, hard to believe or very good.

An example of fabulous is a fantasy tale.
An example of fabulous is a very extravagant party.
An example of fabulous is a perfect date.

5. Hilar­i­ous --> The definition of hilarious is someone or something that is very, very funny.

An example of hilarious is a movie that you simply cannot stop laughing at.

6. Dan­ger­ous --> This is something that is potentially harmful, damaging or likely to cause an accident or injury.

An example of dangerous is an angry bear coming towards you.
An example of dangerous is making a decision sure to cause you to get into trouble.
An example of dangerous is a car with bald tires.

7. Extremely --> Variant of 'extreme'

Examples:
in or to the greatest degree; extreme pain
to an excessive degree
far from what is usual or conventional
deviating to the greatest degree from the centre of opinion
very severe; drastic: extreme measures
designating or of sports that involve high speeds, unusually risky actions, and considerable exposure to physical injury

8. Exceptional --> The definition of exceptional is someone or something that is high above average or someone who needs special educational help because of mental or physical challenges.

An example of exceptional is an IQ of 140.
An example of exceptional is a mentally handicapped child who needs a tutor.

9. Creative --> The definition of creative is having or coming from original thought or imagination.

An example of creative is the quality of a unique painter.

Creative is defined as the work produced with originality in expression or imagination.
An example of creative is the drawings of a fashion designer.

10. Serious --> The definition of serious is showing deep thought, not joking, or a situation that requires careful thought.

An example of serious is wearing a full suit to a casual dinner; serious attire.
An example of serious is a person who doesn't smile or laugh easily; serious person.
An example of serious is sky diving; serious sport.


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~ POWERFUL WORDS ~ Part 1

11-18-13 Power

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and are ready to have a fabulous week...!?!
Going with this sentence, this week I will give you a bunch of “POWERFUL WORDS” to make your conversations and writing so much more amazing and “alive”. They are written in a way to help with the correct pronunciation ~ remember them and do use them . . .


1) Next-level -> to take something to a higher/better level
2) Eye-catchy -> something that ‘sticks out’ and catches your ‘attention’
3) High-quality -> higher calibre/merit/worth
4) Easier -> something that can be done smoother/with less effort
5) Striking -> something that is bold/powerful/outstanding/remarkable
6) Quick -> speedy/fast/prompt/swift
7) Ultimate -> the best example of something!
8) Killer -> this one has a lot of meanings/uses:
noun
a person, animal, or thing that kills, esp. one that kills habitually or wantonly
killer whale
SLANG something devastating, difficult, hard to cope with, etc.
SLANG an extremely successful, impressive, exciting, etc. person or thing
adjective
that kills or has the potential for killing: a killer storm
SLANG very difficult, hard to cope with, etc.
SLANG successful, impressive, exciting, etc.
9) Tremendous -> something wonderful/special or large in size or scale
10) Ridiculous -> something that is clearly not true, silly or foolish

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~ Poetry Week is back -> “SHE ...”

Hiromi (EMMA on FB) Sept 2013
For the Special Lady in my life . . .

She …

She holds her hair with such glamorous demise,
And gets you with her bright smile and sparkling eyes.

Her Lady-like posture shines with flare,
And all those around her want to share.

That soft gentle glow radiates through her tender touch,
Opening my Heart, oh so much.

So silky and smooth, one feels with ease,
As she only wants to be there to please.

And she sings with such a beautiful voice,
One simply has, “No Choice”.

Those luscious rosy lips tempt my mind into trips,
And the Love and Smiles go miles and miles,
And the Love and Smiles go miles and miles …




Copyright ©2009 Robin J.G. LeMare


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~ Poetry Week is back -> “LETTING GO ...”

11-16-16 Miss You

In memory of a very dear friend ~


LETTING GO ...


And with a drop of warm wetness from Above,

The Heavens start to cry their sacred Love.



Yet sadness burns the moist air of today,

As dear friends begin to pass on their way...



Joyous experiences shared with pure happiness,

Now change to memories full of tears and sadness.



Hearts once floating so high with Love,
Are drowned away by the Special Wanting of up Above.



It is time...



to Aunty Rita
from Robin
xxx

12th September 2009


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~ Poetry Week is back -> “SIGNS”

11-15-13 Emotions

Signs…
Passion and elegance are awaiting,
As she lays contemplating.


With light in one hand and newspaper in the other,
Will she come out from under the cover.

Through the wind and rain and ice,
Comes a heart so full of spice.

Now heating up in full repair,
The heart flickers again and is out of despair.

Moving on in blossoming glow,
Heart-filled motions start to flow…


Copyright ©2007 Robin Le Mare

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~ Poetry Week is back -> “THE ROAD”

11-14-13 Road

The Road…
Passing lights shine in the night,
As hearts travel on their flight.
Speeding here, there and everywhere,
Yet wondering wildly to nowhere.

Oh where doth though go with my heart and soul,
Winding round roads, yet with no goal.
Speeding here, there and everywhere,
Yet wondering wildly to nowhere.

Lonely souls driving in search of the past,
Finding nothing but memories that remain in the heart.
Miles and miles just for some smiles,
Leave behind traces of those gone places.

Speeding here, speeding there, speeding everywhere,
Yet Love goes no where.

 
Copyright ©2009 Robin J.G. LeMare

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~ Poetry Week is back -> “SADNESS”

11-13-13 Sadness

Sadness. . .

Sadness is when the soul cries out to above,

And the only cure is your one true love.



Emptiness is that heavy feeling lingering in the heart,

And nothing can remedy this when being apart.



Loneliness is driving that dark road going nowhere,

When lonely-hearted taillights are all in despair.



Painful is the tear that trickles from unhappy eyes,

Yet there is one who can cure this demise.



This Sadness is when your heart misses its true, true love

As they were sent to you from up above.


 
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~ Poetry Week is back -> “SWEET PLEASURE”

11-12-13 Sweet

More than just a ‘sweet tooth’ ;-)

SWEET PLEASURE...



Honey, you have all the flavours: white, milky and dark,

So many choices as I embark...



Your natural fragrance captures my heart,

And I never want to be apart.



Shiny and sweet,

And such a delicacy to eat.



You always melt at my touch,

Oh, I hunger for you so, so much.



Those looks and that pure, sweet smell,

Yes, I know it so very well.



Once is never enough - I want more,

My heart yearns - more, more, more...



"Can I have another piece, please?"





Copyright ©2009 Robin J.G. LeMare

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~ Poetry Week is back -> “BURNING TEARS...”

11-11-13 Burning
~ Poetry Week is back -> “BURNING TEARS...”

This week we are going back to some poetry writing ~ read and enjoy and let me know your thoughts ~ first off is "BURNING TEARS..."


BURNING TEARS...

High on the hill that is so colourful and bright,

Where everything is a wonderful loving delight.



My world is pure heaven as that of Above,

Since Love landed like a sweet white dove.

Days, weeks, months of glorious bliss,

And then it all flew away with one simple kiss.



Silence now deafens this empty heart,

As Love flew away leaving us apart.



Tears flow down through my heart and soul,

Burning, burning, burning this saddened hole.



Tears flow down through my heart and soul,

Burning, burning, burning...

Robin J.G. LeMare
Copyright ©2009 Robin J.G. LeMare


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~ 頻繁に使用される英国句 ~ Useful English phrases to know and use ~ “WAYS TO SAY THAT YOU ARE WELL”

11-10-13 Feeling
Ways to say that you are well.
When somebody asks you 'How are you?', there are many different ways to say that we feel well ~ read on ...


Ten Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing
1) I'm fine thank you.
2) I feel great / marvellous / fine.
3) Couldn't be better.
4) Fit as a fiddle.
5) Very well, thanks.
6) Okay.
7) all right.
8) Not bad.
9) Much better.
10) All the better for seeing you.

How To Use These Phrases In Your English
1) Many students only learn phrase 1. English people do say this sometimes but they also say all the other phrases. Try to learn some of them.
2) Phrase 2 is very positive. Marvellous is probably the strongest.
3) Phrase 3 is saying that it is impossible to be more healthy / well.
4) Phrase 4 is an idiom that says you feel very fit and healthy.
5) Phrases 6, 7 and 8 are positive but not strong. People sometimes say these when they don't feel very well but they want to be polite.
6) We say phrase 9 when we were sick before and now feel well.
7) Phrase 10 is the friendliest phrase. We are saying that seeing the other person has made us feel healthier and happier. (Don't use this with strangers.)

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11-9-13 Clothes
UK clothes and fashion

Britain is not the most famous country in the world for fashion but there are some special kinds of clothes and fashion items that you will see on every British street ~ do you know these...?


Ten Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing
1) A pair of trainers
2) A hoodie / hooded top
3) Surf shorts
4) Combats
5) Anorak
6) Waistcoat
7) Faded jeans
8) Nose studs / Piercings
9) Bare midriff
10) Doc Martens


How To Use These Phrases In Your English
1) In phrase 1, "trainers" is the UK word for athletic shoes, which are known as "sneakers" in the US.
2) In phrase 2 a "hoodie" is a thick shirt with a hood to cover your head. Many people in the UK connect them with street crime because you can use the hood to hide your identity from CCTV cameras.
3) In phrase 3, "surf shorts" are long shorts that come down to your knees.
4) In 5, "combats" is an abbreviation of "combat trousers". They are loose-fitting trousers with many pockets.
5) In 5, and "anorak" is a waterproof coat with a hood. Some people think this is very unfashionable but they are common.
6) In 6, a "waistcoat" is like a smart jacket with no sleeves. In the past, people wore them under a suit or as part of a waiter's uniform. Now they are fashionable as normal clothes.
7) In 7, jeans are "faded" when you wash them many times until the colour is very light. Nowadays people buy them looking like this.
8) In 8, "a nose stud" is like an earring in a person's nose. This is very popular in the UK with both men and women.
9) In 9, a "bare midriff" describes a person's lower stomach which is visible because they are wearing a very short T-shirt. This is popular with women in the UK, even when they are not very slim.
10) In 10, "Doc Martens" (or "DMs", as we call them) are a famous brand of boots that are popular with both men and women.

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11-8-13 Thank you

Thanking people

We British have a great variety of ways to thank people and showing appreciation for a gift or an act of kindness. Here are ten of them...


Ten Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing
1) Thanks.
2) Cheers.
3) Thank you very much.
4) I really appreciate it.
5) You've made my day.
6) How thoughtful.
7) You shouldn't have.
8) That's so kind of you.
9) I am most grateful.
10) We would like to express our gratitude.


How To Use These Phrases In Your English
1) Phrases 1 and 2 are fairly informal. People often say them without really thinking about it. We use them when somebody does something small to help you.
2) Phrases 3 and 4 are more formal. We use these when somebody has done something quite large or important to help you.
3) We use phrase 6 when somebody gives you a present. We are saying thank you to the other person for thinking about you and deciding to give a present.
4) Phrase 7 is also for receiving a present. You are saying that the other person is too generous. It does NOT mean that the person speaking is angry or annoyed.
5) Phrases 9 and 10 are more formal. Phrase 10 is especially formal and is only used in business letters and formal speeches.

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11-7-13 Drive
Things you do while driving
You probably know how to drive. But do you know all the English phrases to describe the different things that you often do in a car? Here are ten of the most common ones...


Ten Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing
1) Indicate
2) Pull out
3) Drive off
4) Pull over
5) Speed up
6) Slow down
7) Step on it
8) Slam the brakes on
9) Have a near miss
10) Get pulled over


How To Use These Phrases In Your English
1) When you “indicate” you turn on a flashing light to show that you are going to turn right or left.
2) “Pull out” means to take the car out of a side road or parking space and start driving.
3) “Drive off” means to drive the car away from a person or place.
4) “Pull over” means to stop the car at the side of the road.
5) “Speed up” means to make the car go faster.
6) “Slow down” means to make the car go slower.
7) “Step on it” means to put your foot hard on the accelerator and make the car go very fast.
8) “Slam the brakes on” means to put your foot hard on the brakes and make the car slow down a lot or stop.
9) “Have a near miss” is when you nearly have an accident with another vehicle.
10) When you “get pulled over” the Police stop your car - because you did something wrong.

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11-6-13 HELLO

Ten Ways of Saying Hello
There are lots of different ways of saying hello to people you know and people you don't know. Here are the best ones to learn and use in the UK...


Ten Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing
1) Hello.
2) Hi.
3) How's it going?
4) How do you do?
5) How's tricks?
6) Watcha (mate)!
7) How are things?
8) Haven't seen you for ages.
9) Great to see you again.
10) Nice to meet you.


How To Use These Phrases In Your English
1) 4 and 10 are quite formal. We use them when we meet someone for the first time.
2) The most general greeting is 1, which you can use in formal and informal situations, in business and with friends.
3) 3, 5 and 7 are informal expressions you can use with friends or people you work with on a regular basis. 6 is very informal and is only used with good friends or people in informal situations.
4) 8 and 9 can be used in informal situations when your last meeting was a long time ago.
5) The normal reply for all of them is: “Fine”. But with 1, 2 and 4 we repeat the same greeting back to the other person.

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11-5-13 Telephone

Telephones and Telephoning
The telephone is a very important part of our lives. The following ten expressions are parts of telephones or things that are connected with telephones in some way...


Ten Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing
1) Receiver / handset
2) Keypad / Dial
3) Earpiece / Mouthpiece
4) Phone box
5) The phone book
6) The Yellow Pages
7) Operator
8) Directory Enquiries
9) The dial tone
10) Reverse charges

How To Use These Phrases In Your English
1) All of the phrases are nouns apart from phrase 10. Phrase 10 is a verb phrase.
2) Phrases in 1 describe the part of a telephone that you hold in your hand. “Receiver” is a more popular expression in the UK.
3) Phrases in 2 are the part of the telephone that we use to enter the number with our fingers. Modern telephones have a keypad. (Older phones had a dial with numbers arranged in a circle.)
4) In phrase 4, a phone box is a very small building that contains a public pay-phone. In the UK, traditional phone boxes are painted a bright red colour.
5) In phrase 5, the phone book is a large book (directory) containing all the telephone numbers of people living in a city or area.
6) In phrase 6, the “Yellow Pages” is a large book or directory containing the telephone numbers of businesses and organisations in one area.
7) In phrase 7, the operator is a person who you can call and ask for help telephoning or making a connection.
8) In phrase 8, “Directory Enquiries” is a company that you can call and ask the telephone number of a person or business.
9) In phrase 9, the “dial tone” is the sound that you hear when you first pick up the receiver, before you dial any numbers.
10) In phrase 10, you can “reverse charges” if you don't have money and you want the person who you are calling to pay for the call. To do this you need to call the operator.

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11-4-13 Double-words

Expressions with repeated words

There are many colloquial phrases in English that repeat words. Unfortunately, most ‘spell-checkers’ don’t recognise them and treat them all as errors...


Ten Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing
1) Tut tut
2) Now now
3) Knock knock
4) Chop chop
5) Hear hear
6) Aye aye
7) There there
8) So-so
9) Fifty-fifty
10) Well well


How To Use These Phrases In Your English
1) Phrase 1 shows fairly strong disapproval of an action or something said.
2) Phrase 2 shows more gentle disapproval.
3) Phrase 3 is meant to correspond to the sound made when knocking on a door. It is also used at the start of every 'knock-knock joke' of which there are many.
4) Phrase 4 is used to say that we want somebody to hurry.
5) Phrase 5 is used to show strong agreement during a debate. This phrase is often used by UK politicians in the UK parliament.
6) Phrase 6 is an informal and slightly old-fashioned way of saying yes.
7) Phrase 7 is used to comfort somebody unhappy or crying - often used for children.
8) Phrase 8 is used to show that something is of only moderate or mediocre quality.
9) Phrase 9 is often used to show and even mix or that there is a fifty percent chance that something will happen.
10) Phrase 10 is used to show mild surprise.

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Encouraging
Everyone likes to be encouraged. Here are some phrases for encouraging others...


Ten Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing
1) You're coming along well.
2) Keep up the good work.
3) Good effort!
4) That's a real improvement!
5) You're on the right lines.
6) Keep going.
7) Come on, you can do it!
8) Give it your best shot.
9) What have you got to lose?
10) If at first you don't succeed...


How To Use These Phrases In Your English
1) Phrases 1 to 4 are often used to encourage someone who is working and doing well.
2) Phrase 5 is used to say someone is not exactly right but could get it right if they tried again.
3) Phrases 6 and 7 are general ways of encouraging and can suggest that the person should not stop.
4) Phrases 8 and 9 can be used to encourage someone to try something new.
5) "...try and try again." The first half of this phrase can be used to encourage someone to try again, even if the first attempt was unsuccessful.

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11-1-13 Delay

Delaying Answering

Sometimes you need a few seconds to think of the right word or plan your next sentence. Luckily, there are many phrases in English for delaying. Here are ten of them to use...


Ten Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing
1) Well, you see.
2) Now, let me see.
3) Just a moment / Just a second.
4) Hang on a moment / second / mo / sec.
5) How shall I put it?
6) What's the word for it...
7) Now, let me think...
8) Let me get this right...
9) It's on the tip of my tongue...
10) (Now) that's an interesting question...


How To Use These Phrases In Your English
1) All of the phrases finish with high intonation to show that you are going to continue speaking with your answer or contribution in just a second.
2) Phrases 1 and 2 are very common expressions that English people use all the time. You should not pause for more than a second or two after saying them.
3) Phrases 3 and 4 are actually asking the listener to wait. In phrase 4, we often shorten “moment” to “mo” and “second” to “sec”, in informal speech.
4) Phrase 5 suggests that the speaker knows what to say but wants to organise the words to make them less unpleasant or annoying to the listener.
5) We say phrase 6 when we are trying to remember one particular word. If we still can't remember after a couple of seconds, we often explain what the word means and hope that the listener can tell us what the word is.
6) Phrases 7 and 8 are used for requesting the listener to wait for one or two seconds. You can only wait a few seconds after saying these.
7) Phrase 9 means that we really think we know the word that we are searching our memory for but can't remember it at this moment.
8) Phrase 10 is often used by politicians when they are asked a difficult or embarrassing question. Very often, they change the subject and avoid answering altogether.

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