Category Archives: Vocabulary

10 English Idioms with Mind - Free Live Class

10 English Idioms with Mind

From make up your mind to out of sight is out of mind, there are lots of English idioms with the word ‘mind’.

We will explore ten of them in a free Facebook Live class tonight (12.09.18). Click the link below to sign up for this free class:

Here is the presentation that we will use during the class:

Class recording:

When do we Use Passive Voice in English? (FREE PDF)

When do we Use Passive Voice in English? (FREE PDF)

When do we use passive voice in English?

Not sure? Then download these handy notes (PDF) and find out!

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When do we Use Passive Voice in English? (FREE PDF)

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Purland's Word of the Day! Haughty

Purland’s Word of the Day! Haughty

Purland’s Word of the Day! Haughty

Increase your word power with Purland’s Word of the Day!

Are you haughty? Do you know anybody who is haughty? Let’s hope not!

A haughty person is somebody who is proud and arrogant and acts in a disdainful and stuck-up manner. You get the feeling that they think they’re much better than you – and everybody else, for that matter.

If you are haughty you believe you are superior, but in reality you are just too big for your boots – you have too high an opinion of yourself and could be described as vain or even an egomaniac!

If you know anybody who is haughty – or if you are haughty – please tell us about it in the comments below!

‘Terry’s boss is so haughty. She storms around the office all day barking orders at people. It’s really not on!’

adverb: haughtily

abstract noun: haughtiness

opposite adjectives: humble, unassuming

sounds like: naughty (in British English), body (in American English)

tone: formal / literary English

stress: first syllable

origin: 16th century French


Do YOU know the days of the week in English?

Do YOU know the days of the week in English?

There are 7 days of the week in English:

Monday   Tuesday   Wednesday   Thursday   Friday   |   Saturday   Sunday

Monday is the first day of the week. Monday to Friday is the typical working week. Saturday and Sunday together are known as the weekend.

Find out more here:

40 Quantifiers - Discussion Words

40 Quantifiers – Discussion Words

Practise working with quantifiers in English with this handy FREE cut-out worksheet featuring 40 common quantifiers, like some, any, most (of), and a few:

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40 Quantifiers - Discussion Words


Learn Animals Vocabulary with this Free Word Search (PDF)!

Learn how to spell 20 animals in English with this great free word search (pdf).

Can you find the bear and the gorilla? What about the hippopotamus? Where is the tiger hiding? Check it out – and print it out – below. Full answers included:

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Learn Animals Vocabulary with this Free Word Search (PDF)!


Idiom of the day - It's up to you

Idiom of the day – It’s up to you

The English idiom it’s up to you means:

  • it’s your decision
  • it’s your choice
  • you can decide

We use it when we want to let another person take a decision, without us getting involved in the decision-making process.

It may be that we can’t decide ourselves, or we don’t have an opinion. It may be that the decision is particularly difficult and we don’t want to get involved – and get the blame if it goes pear-shaped (goes wrong)!

You want the full responsibility for the decision – and all of its consequences – to lie with the person whom it will most affect. Maybe because your help could backfire: if you make the wrong decision for your friend it could negatively affect your friendship:

Alex: I’m thinking about applying to Exeter University.

Sue: OK.

Alex: But I can’t decide. I really like Edinburgh.

Sue: I don’t know.

Alex: But what do you think? They’re both great universities. Come on. You must have an opinion.

Sue: It’s up to you, Alan. I really don’t want to tell you what to do.

FREE Worksheet! John the Baptist – Vocabulary – Jumbled Sentences

Study the Holy Bible and improve your English at the same time with this free printable worksheet from

The text used in this worksheet is Mark 1: 4-8, from the World English Bible. It’s all about the coming of John the Baptist.

The key skill practised is: vocabulary. The lesson topics are: jumbled sentences and synonyms. Full answers are included.

Note: this free worksheet is in the public domain, so you are welcome to download, copy, print, and share it. You can even sell it – e.g. in digital or print form – and keep all of the profits! Enjoy!

You can download the worksheet below, or click the direct download link: