Watching television remains one of the most popular ways for people in Britain to spend their free time. But what do they watch? Apart from sports matches, soap operas are the most popular kind of television programme for British people and are viewed by tens of millions of people. They are also a popular conversation topic for Brits at work and school.
Perhaps as a parent you have sent your child off to English language lessons or you have had the opportunity to sit in on some of your child’s lessons and, to your absolute shock, you hear the mother-tongue or shared language (Polish – in Poland for example) being used. Czytaj całość »
Meaning: be prepared to do your absolute best.
Meaning: You’ve summarized the issue very clearly and precisely
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Are you particularly intimidated by phrasal verbs? Or are you thinking: “Wait a second, what were those phrasal verbs thingies??” These are words like pick up, turn down, get off, black out – just to give you some examples. Does that make it a bit clearer? No? Czytaj całość »
Compounds are words in English that are composed of 2 (and sometimes 3) words so that they create a new composite that has a single unit of meaning. They can be nouns, (paperclip, fire station, Facebook), verbs (often referred to as multi-part verbs such as look forward to, run out of), adjectives (hardworking, well-paid) and adverbs (wholeheartedly, self-consciously). Compound words are a fantastic tool in English and they are responsible for most of the ‘new’ words or words that have only been around the last 200 years.
Meaning: something you thought would have awful consequences actually turned out to have a delightful and rewarding result. Czytaj całość »
With the summer not yet officially over, I’d like to share with you some of the gems of the British seaside. It’s not too late to pack your swimsuit and sunglasses (oh well, and maybe an umbrella too) and take the first flight to the UK to unwind for a couple of days on some sandy and/or pebbly beaches.
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Meaning: It’s absolutely certain to happen. It has been guaranteed.
Meaning: If you tell people what is right and moral then you should also hold yourself to the same standards. In essence, don’t be a hypocrite and DO as you recommend for others.