Vocabulary & Idioms

30+ English Idioms With Numbers

Here are more than thirty common English idioms with numbers. You’ll hear these idioms in conversations, and also see them in newspapers, blog posts and advertising. Make a note of any idioms that you have never seen before (or for which there isn’t a translation in your language). English idioms – One be one step… Read More

Collective Nouns

We use many different “collective nouns” to talk about groups of animals, birds or insects. Here’s a list of ten common collective nouns. You can often use these with more than one animal, but often the animals share certain characteristics. Collective Nouns – Animals, Birds & Insects herdUse this with many animals that eat grass.A… Read More

Advanced Collocations In English

One of the best ways to become more fluent in English is to learn “collocations”. Collocations are words which naturally go together, such as “pass an exam”, or “sports car”. When you know a collocation, you can speak more fluently, because you remember words in phrases. There are different types of collocations. For example: adjective… Read More

10 English Phrases To Talk About Extremes

One way to become a better and more interesting English speaker is to use a variety of words and phrases. Native speakers often use very descriptive phrases to add interest in conversations. In this lesson, there are ten English phrases to talk about extremes. You can use these expressions to talk about general life, but… Read More

Onomatopoeia Words For Summer

“Onomatopoeia” (pronounced “on-uh-mat-uh-pee-uh”) is when a word sounds like the word it describes. For example, a “moo” is the sound that a cow makes, while “bark” is the sound that a dog makes. We use onomatopoeia all the time when we speak English – but you don’t often find these words in textbooks. When you… Read More

Risk And Safety Idioms

How much risk do you take? Or do you prefer to play it safe? Here’s a list of the most common risk and safety idioms in English. You can use these to talk about your personal situation and decisions, your career and business, and also risk of physical danger. Risk Idioms You can use many… Read More

Demonstration And Protests

In the last couple of weeks, we’ve seen worldwide demonstrations which started after a black man was murdered by a white policeman in the USA. These protests have been the biggest in more than 50 years. Here are some useful phrases and collocations to describe the protests. Stand stand up for = protect something /… Read More

12 Nouns With “Down”

English is a very flexible language, and one of the things we can do is to create nouns from verbs (and verbs from nouns!) See here for 25 common phrasal nouns. In this post, I’ve got twelve nouns formed with “down”. Be careful of the spelling – some of these nouns use hyphens. Nouns With… Read More

21 Phrasal Verbs For Activities

What activities can you do to stay sane during these times – and how can you talk about these activities naturally? Here are six things that you can do to stay calm, focussed and productive while you’re in lockdown, or quarantine. Check out the phrasal verbs for these activities as well – when you use… Read More

Personal Care Vocabulary

After three months at home (where we can only go out for essential food shopping, or exercise) we probably won’t look our best! Many of us go to the hairdresser every couple of months – but we might also have to miss non-essential dental appointments. Here are some of the things that we might rush… Read More