English Phrases With Mad

Often, we use the word “mad” not to mean mentally ill, but when we think something (or someone) is a little unbalanced. We also use it to comment on things that we don’t understand or which seem illogical to us. “Mad” is often used informally and in spoken English. barking (barking mad) Dogs bark at… Read More

Natural English Adjectives

Have you noticed how many adjectives end in -y? It’s really natural for native English speakers to turn a word into an adjective just by adding a ‘y’ to the end – particulary in spoken and informal English. In this way, you can make what you say more descriptive and vivid. Here are a couple… Read More

English Phrases With Half

English is full of little phrases that you hear a lot when people speak- but, these phrases aren’t usually taught in textbooks. Here are a few with “Half”. When you use them, you’ll sound more natural and more like a native speaker. half-way there If you are “half-way there” it means that you are on… Read More

How to Learn English Vocabulary

Many years ago, I was on holiday with my family at a campsite in Devon when a young guy offered me (what sounded like) a “kruggi”. Don’t be alarmed! It’s what happens when there are two kids but only one bicycle. One kid sits on the saddle of the bike, and the other gets in… Read More

How to Learn English Idioms

One way to improve your English is to learn English idioms – and then use them. Idioms add interest to what you say or write, and they make you sound more like a native speaker. Take, for example, the idiom “water baby”. This is someone (often a child) who loves being in the water. When… Read More

How to Understand Native Speakers

It can be very frustrating when you don’t understand native speakers – especially if you’ve been studying English for a while. When you get into a conversation and need to keep asking someone to repeat or slow down, it can feel demoralising! Here are three tips that can help. 1. Be patient Give yourself some… Read More

How to Talk to Your Boss in English

Most of us want to make a good impression with our boss or project manager. Creating a great relationship with a line manager can make a promotion or pay rise more likely. But it’s one thing to do this with a boss who speaks your own language – and quite another thing to do it… Read More

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