Work is a necessity for most of us. However, work can be hard. That doesn't mean we'll quit, but it does mean we might complain from time to time. Complaining is a way of blowing off steam (idiom - relieving frustration, relaxing, etc.). Learn how to complain in English and you can join your colleagues while they complain about difficulty at work. You might want to complain about a horrible boss such as the one in this story on a very difficult boss containing 15 idioms in context to help you learn new vocabulary to use when you feel the need to complain.
It's December and for many that means the Christmas season has arrived. Get your class singing early with these classic Christmas carols. Each carol has the first verse and difficult words defined at the end of the song, so that you or your classes can understand each song.
Generally speaking, we say "I'm among friends." to mean that we are together with a group of friends. "Between friends" refers to the position between two friends. These two are just one example of confusing preposition pairs. Learn the differences between like / as, around / about, beside / besides and more with this guide.
Sometimes things don't go as we hope. In this case, we need to express disappointment using the correct phrase for the situation.
In other words, "That stinks!" isn't appropriate at work. Learn appropriate phrases and structures for expressing disappointment to let everyone know that you are upset. On the other hand, if things go well, you'll need to express enthusiasm.
The rule of thumb to use when telling others what someone else has said is to take one step back into the past. For example,
Tom, Your Friend: I'll help you with your homework.
Reporting: Tom told me he would help me with my homework.
A number of English teachers have been kind enough to share some top notch pronunciation lessons for use in class. Here's a selection of a few:
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This holiday feature includes a Thanksgiving reading comprehension with difficult vocabulary explanations about the history of the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving followed by a Thanksgiving reading comprehension quiz.
Double check is an idiom used when we want to confirm information. You can double check facts and figures, or simply the address of a friend. For simple questions between friends we can use a simple 'right?'. However, forms such as question tags and clarification phrases such as "So you mean ..." are more appropriate in business settings. Learn phrases and structures used when confirming information and make sure others have understood you.
The choice between 'when' and 'while' with the past continuous tense can be confusing. In the case of the title, "while I was studying" is the correct choice as we use 'while' to express the action which was interrupted.
While I was studying, my friend made a nice dinner.
'When' is used to express what happened to interrupt an action.
I was watching TV when the telephone rang.
Use this guide to confusing time words such as 'while' and 'when', 'for' and 'since' to learn the rules for each confusing pair.
What are friends for? Well, for one thing, friends encourage each other. Encouraging others help us communicate, help and give advice.
Encouragement is very similar to expressing enthusiasm for what others do, or for the things we enjoy the most in life.