Expression of the week- “Cold Feet”

Expression of the week- To get (have) cold feet.Meaning: when you suddenly become very afraid or nervous to do something. Example: I was going to try bungee jumping, but I got cold feet.  

Expression of the week – “Hold your horses”

“Hold your horses” is an expression used by English speakers to say ” wait a minute” or “hold on”. We also use it to tell someone to stop and carefully consider their decision about something. Example: Peter: Let’s go! Anne: Hold your horses! I haven’t finished my breakfast yet.

Interesting article: “Speaking languages protects against dementia, study finds”

A very interesting article from The Scotsman about the benefits of language learning.( ://www.scotsman.com/news/speaking-languages-protects-against-dementia-study-finds-1-4335934 ) An excerpt from the article: “Being able to speak another language protects against dementia and other age-related decline in brain power, a new study found. People who are bilingual are better at saving brain power and less prone to be distracted…

English expression of the week “as cool as a cucumber”

“As cool as a cucumber” is an expression used by English speakers when describing a person who stays cool and calm in difficult situations and who is untroubled by stress. Example: David: Was Sally nervous before her exam? Maria: I don’t think so. She looked as cool as a cucumber.

“You bet!” or “You betcha!” – English expression of the week

“You bet,” or more colloquially, “You betcha,” is an expression used by English speakers to mean, “Of course!” Example: Sally asked Rebecca if she would like another chocolate chip cookie, to which the hungry Rebecca replied, “You betcha!” Sally promptly handed her a cookie.

Train Your Brain: How to Start Thinking in a Foreign Language

Interesting article shared below: We’ve all heard that thinking in a foreign language is a sign of real fluency. But I bet you haven’t heard that it’s the fifth key language skill that all learners must develop—falling right in line with speaking, listening, reading and writing. But is thinking really a skill? Yes, yes it is. (read more…

Interesting Article: “Social English Secrets: 5 Techniques to Get You Talking”

Interesting article share by Ryan Sitzman from: http://www.fluentu.com/english/blog/social-english/?utm_source=FluentU+Language+Learning+Tips+and+Updates&utm_campaign=870a8c75d7-English+Learner+Weekly_12_11_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ee7f81dbad-870a8c75d7-91809681 An excerpt from the post: Think back to the first time you spoke English in a real, authentic social situation. What was it like? Were you nervous? What did you talk about? How did you start the conversation? Did you tell a joke? Did you try to make…

English expression of the week: “a bitter pill to swallow”

The English expression this week is “a bitter pill to swallow.” Definition: A situation or information that is unpleasant but must be accepted. Example: Despite their excitement for Christmas, the children realized that there remained 2 weeks of school before the winter break. This was a bitter pill for them to swallow when they looked…

Back to the Drawing Board – English Expression of the Week

In English, when someone says, “Back to the drawing board,” he or she means that he or she is going to start something again and rethink it from the beginning because the first attempt(s) failed to accomplish the task. Example: “Our science experiment sure was a failure. I guess it’s back to the drawing board…