Category Archives: Vocabulary

Idiom of the day – Get that Friday feeling!

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If you’ve got ‘that Friday feeling‘ you are ready for the weekend and in the mood for fun and relaxation. This is the kind of thing you could say when you get into work on a Friday morning – it means you are happy because work will soon be finished and it’s time to celebrate the fact that two days of holiday (the weekend) is on the horizon. However, not everybody might share or appreciate your cheery demeanour:

Jeremy: Morning, Carol.

Carol: Morning, Jeremy. What are you so happy about?

Jeremy: It’s Friday! It’s nearly the weekend! I can’t wait. I’m going to a massive party with my mates in Cornwall! What about you, Carol? Have you got anything planned for the weekend?

Carol: Not really. I’ll probably do my ALDI big shop tomorrow.

Jeremy: Oh, cheer up, Carol! It’s Friday!

Carol: So you keep saying. I’ve got to get all these accounts finished by four.

Idiom of the day – They’re a match made in heaven

The English idiom ‘a match made in heaven’ is used to describe a couple who seem absolutely perfect together. They are so suitable for each other that it seems as though their relationship was preordained (arranged in advance) ‘in heaven’.

Olivia: Did you hear that Gerry and Eve have got engaged?

Greta: Yes! Isn’t it cute? I’m so happy for them. They’re so well suited.

Olivia: Yes, they’re such a perfect couple – and on Valentine’s Day too!

Greta: Aah. They’re a match made in heaven, I’d say.

Learn Days, Months, and Seasons

NEW! FREE Podcast – Learn Days, Months, and Seasons – with Matt Purland

Learn Days, Months, and Seasons – with Matt Purland.

In this podcast we learn the vocabulary for days, months, and seasons, and practise the correct pronunciation.

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The Businessman and the Fisherman

Free Reading Pack – The Businessman and the Fisherman

This is a great reading comprehension pack for advanced-level learners of English. Based on the modern fable of The Businessman and the Fisherman, this free ESOL material will have you and your students discussing the time-old concepts of work-life balance and how to find true contentment:

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The Businessman and the Fisherman (PDF)

 

NEW! Podcast – What are Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous?

It’s grammar time!

Please join me as I discuss two tenses that are nobody’s favourites: Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous! Yes, it has to be done! 🙂

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Listen and download the free MP3 lesson: What are Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous? (21 MB, Google Drive)

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Quick Christmas Quiz for ESOL Students!

NEW! Quick Christmas Quiz for ESOL Students!

Are you looking for a fun Christmas quiz that you can do with your ESOL or English Language students in class? Then look no further!

Quick Christmas Quiz for ESOL Students!

Quick Christmas Quiz for ESOL Students!

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Describing Photos of (Small) Rebellious Acts

NEW! ELT Podcast: Describing Photos of (Small) Rebellious Acts

Describing photos in English – with a funny difference!

Join me as we discover how to describe photos – which is a useful exam skill for English language students!

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http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/exams/speaking-exams/describe-photo-or-picture

We’ll use the funny collection of photos of people doing (small) rebellious acts from the BoredPanda website here:

https://www.boredpanda.com/first-world-anarchists/

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Free LIVE English Class on YouTube – Helpful Notices

Free LIVE English Class on YouTube – Helpful Notices

Join us live as we talk about the topic of Englishness and look at some of the helpful – yet passive-aggressive – notices that English people so love to put up.

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