British Meal Times

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British Meal Times – Introduction British meal times can be confusing for foreign visitors. This post will look at the cause of this confusion and offer some solutions, plus a valuable tip for avoiding embarassment. For those of you who prefer your content in video format, here’s a video based on this blog post. The … [Read more…]

What are Homonyms?

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What are Homonyms? – Introduction This post answers the question, “What are homonyms?” and gives some everyday examples. In a previous post, we looked at English heteronym examples, in which the word meaning changed, based on how the word was pronounced. We now look at how individual words can have different meanings, even when they … [Read more…]

Hair Idioms

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Hair Idioms – Introduction Hair idioms are quite common in English and, as is often the case with idioms, they usually have nothing to do with actual hair. As we shall see, the idiom meaning refers to a situation or emotion, expressed using hair metaphors. Please be aware of the pitfalls of using idioms incorrectly. … [Read more…]

How to Improve English Listening Skills

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How to Improve English Listening Skills – Introduction In this article, I will look at various ways in which you can improve English listening skills. Although we focus on the English language here, this will also apply to any language. General Points and Tips Before diving into individual methods, here are a few general things … [Read more…]

Summer Sayings and Idioms

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Introduction The weather is getting hot now I thought this would be a good time to talk about some suitable summer sayings and idioms. Strangely enough, although they involve summery terms, they don’t have very much to do with the weather. Don’t think that all summer sayings and idioms are all sunshine and positivity. Scroll … [Read more…]

What are Heteronyms?

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What are Heteronyms? – Introduction This post answers the question, “What are heteronyms?” and gives some everyday examples. In a previous post, we looked at some fun English intonation examples, in which the sentence meaning changed, based on which word was emphasised. We now look at how individual words can have different meanings, based on … [Read more…]

Winter Sayings and Idioms

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Introduction The weather has taken a turn for the worse and I thought this would be a good time to talk about some suitable winter sayings and idioms. Strangely enough, although most of these involve wintery terms, very few are actually to do with the weather. The cold shoulder To give someone the cold shoulder … [Read more…]

Using English Idioms

Using English idioms – introduction English idioms are entertaining but can be somewhat difficult to use. Rather than go through specific idioms and explain their meaning and/or origin, this article will look at the ways of using English idioms and the potential dangers of incorrect usage. For those of you who prefer your content in … [Read more…]

How to be Polite in English

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This post will take a short look at one aspect of how to be polite in English. How to be polite in English – introduction The English are a strange group of people. There are numerous ‘society rules‘ that most Brits instinctively understand, that can be a minefield for unwary foreigners. A lot of these … [Read more…]