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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.

Idiom of the day – It’s no skin off my nose!

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The English idiom ‘It’s no skin off my nose’ means ‘It doesn’t affect me’ or ‘It doesn’t bother me’.

John: So you didn’t get an invitation to the party then?

Peter: No. Did you?

John: Yes, of course! I bet you feel disappointed, don’t you?

Peter: No! It’s no skin off my nose. I didn’t want to go anyway.

Hashtag - Englishness

Want to Know what the English are REALLY Like? Try this Hashtag!

When I started reading some of the tweets on this recent trending topic on Twitter, I knew that I had to share them with you! If you are interested in understanding the true character of English people (which is an awkward combination of shyness, embarrassment, and self-righteousness) check out this hashtag to learn more about our quirky ways!

https://twitter.com/hashtag/VeryBritishOffences

Click below to listen to the podcast and hear my commentary of the following top ten tweets. Don’t forget to watch the video and like Purland Training on Facebook!

There is more free material on the topic of Englishness – including podcasts and videos – here:

Finally, here’s my contribution to the hashtag:

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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To get all the tips visit the British Council Learn English Teens site here:

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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Why doesn’t anybody care about the English language? By Matt Purland

NEW! Free Podcast: Why doesn’t anybody care about the English language?

NEW! Free Podcast and Presentation!

Why doesn’t anybody care about the English language?

By Matt Purland

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Englishness

Free LIVE English Class on YouTube – Englishness – Are You English? Quiz

FREE CLASS TODAY! 26th September 2017 at 8.30pm London time!

Join us live as we talk about the topic of Englishness. What is Englishness? We’ll do a quiz together and try to find out whether we are in fact English! (Spoiler: I’m definitely English!)

You can watch the class below, or go to our YouTube channel and get involved adding comments: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRV1wEeQkrOWZCgjm4BzhqQ

FREE Podcast! What does it mean to be English? (Discussion Words)

What does it mean to be English?

This is a lesson plan for Intermediate to Advanced level learners of English, EFL, ESL, and ESOL.

Let’s talk about the topic of Englishness. What does it mean to be English? Why are English people so… well, you know. Right? Here are the 40 vocabulary words and phrases that best describe Englishness.

You can download the free accompanying material below:

Englishness – The English Condition (free pdf worksheet)

Englishness – Discussion Words (free pdf worksheet)

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